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September 2, 2014

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Local ACORN trial delayed until November

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Amy Busefink, ACORN's deputy regional director, who authorities allege was involved with an alleged illegal voter registration incentive program, appears in court Sept. 29 in Las Vegas.

The Nevada trial of the national grassroots organizing group ACORN has been postponed.

ACORN and co-defendant Amy Busefink are now scheduled to stand trial beginning Nov. 26 in front of District Court Judge Donald Mosley. A July trial date was vacated during a Wednesday hearing.

The Nevada attorney general’s office has charged ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and Busefink, a regional manager for Project Vote, a group that worked with ACORN during the 2008 election season, with 13 felony counts related to allegations about the use of cash incentives as a motivation for workers to register more voters.

Busefink, as a manager, is alleged to have approved of the bonuses. If convicted of the charges, she likely would face probation. ACORN could see a $5,000 fine.

Attorneys for ACORN and Busefink have maintained that their clients are innocent.

Attorney Lisa Rasmussen, who represents ACORN, said the delay was discussed in chambers and mutually agreed upon to give the group time to sort out its financial problems.

Tying money to or setting quotas for collecting voter registration cards is illegal under Nevada law.

Last year, former ACORN field director Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty to two gross misdemeanors in connection with the case. He was sentenced to three years of probation and will testify during the trial.

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