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Mathis may face a new federal indictment

Albany- Henry Mathis won't be going to trial on Monday, as planned, because the U.S. Attorney's office is seeking a new superceding indictment against the Albany city commissioner.

U.S. District Judge Louis Sands granted the government a continuance Friday. The documents that give the specific reason for the continuance are sealed from public view. But an unsealed order refers to additional information brought forth by the GBI.

Now,defense attorney Rick Collum, says the governor has to re-instate Mathis to the commission.

"The same statute that the governor used to remove Mr. Mathis from office, allows Mr. Mathis to be reinstated once the government files a motion to continue," Collum said.

A spokeswoman with the Governor's office was unable to tell us if Mathis would have to be re-instated or whether he could be re-suspended.

Mathis' trial has been continued until the June trial term. Mathis was indicted for extorting money from a man in exchange for voting for an alcohol license for an Albany nightclub.

Since his indictment, federal prosecutors have filed documents claiming Mathis extorted hundreds of dollars from Dora Wilson, a woman who had a waste contract with the city. She was recently found guilty of federal drug trafficking charges.

posted by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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