Aaron Schock

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to throw out the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.

Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case Thursday in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment "trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress."

Prosecutors have denied that investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from Schock's staff as they built their case against him.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Federal prosecutors say they don't oppose delaying the criminal trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock because they expect it to last as long as six weeks and include up to 100 witnesses.

A preliminary trial date of Feb. 7 was set when Schock was arraigned this month, but the ex-congressman has requested a delay until July. The 35-year-old Republican from Peoria is accused of misusing government and campaign money for personal use and faces 24 criminal counts.

His lawyers argued more time is needed to study "voluminous" documents that could be used as evidence.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has pleaded not guilty in federal court to misusing government and campaign money for personal use.

Schock appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to be arraigned on a 24-count indictment. It includes allegations of wire and mail fraud and theft of government funds.

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough set a trial date for Feb. 7.


Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is due to be arraigned in a Springfield courtroom this afternoon.  

The 35-year-old Republican is charged with scheming to defraud the government, campaign donors, and constituents. Federal prosecutors say it adds up to thousands upon thousands of dollars for everything from cars and cameras to vacations and Super Bowl tickets.

Shock resigned last year. He’s said any mistakes made in Congress were administrative errors.

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Nov 11, 2016
Cass Herrington/Peoria Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney’s office Thurs. indicted ex-Illinois congressman Aaron Schock on 24 counts of alleged fraud.

The former 18th District Congressman resigned in March 2015, amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

He held a press conference with his attorneys in Peoria, about an hour before the indictment was released. Schock claims no wrongdoing. He says the Justice Department "manufactured a crime."