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Lawyers ask for delay in Games trial

In court documents made public this week, attorneys for Olympic bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson argued to have the June 1 start date of their trial on fraud, conspiracy and racketeering charges moved to Sept. 10.

"A continuance is essential if the defendants and their counsel are to be prepared for trial," the attorneys said, calling the case "complex, wide-ranging and document-intensive."

Welch and Johnson were investigated for their connection to the $1 million in cash and gifts given to International Olympic Committee members during the bid for the 2002 Winter Games.

U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce set an April 9 hearing on the matter. Federal prosecutors said the attorneys have wasted time in asking for the continuance.

If the trial lasts for several months, it would coincide at least with December promotional actives for the Games, which begin in February.