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Via: WRAL.com

A federal judge on Wednesday set an April trial date for an ex-aide to former Gov. Mike Easley on 51 corruption-related charges.

Saying it was in the best interest of both sides to bring the case against Ruffin Poole to a speedy conclusion, U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said the trial would begin April 26.

Poole, 38, was Easley’s legal counsel and trusted adviser during the governor’s two terms in office.

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