Trial Date Set For Ex-Suffolk DA Tom Spota

April 12, 2018 - 3:24 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A trial date has been set for the case against former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Spota stood quietly next to the judge as a trial date was set for March 18, 2019.

U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack looked at the prosecutor cross-eyed when the prosecutor said he would not be available to start the trial until next year. He said he has another trial starting in the fall.

Moments later, after talking to Spota’s attorney, the trial date was set.

Spota is accused of trying to cover up the crime of former Suffolk County police Chief James Burke, who is serving four years in prison for beating Christopher Loeb, who broke into Burke’s police sport-utility vehicle and stole sex toys and other items.

Spota has pleaded not guilty.