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January hearing set for John Ensign aide in lobbying case

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Doug Hampton is a former senior aide to Sen. John Ensign and is married to the woman with whom the senator admitted to having an affair.

WASHINGTON -- A one-time aide to Nevada's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Ensign could head to trial next year in a Washington criminal case alleging he illegally lobbied Ensign.

Doug Hampton's lawyer told a Washington D.C. judge Friday that he hopes to see the trial begin in May or June.

Public defender A. J. Kramer asked U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell for another 90 days to review evidence against Hampton. The next status conference was scheduled for Jan. 13.

Hampton didn't attend the hearing, but spoke briefly to the judge by phone.

Hampton faces charges stemming from lobbying he did on behalf of a Las Vegas airline company and an energy company.

Hampton became a lobbyist after Ensign had an affair with Hampton's wife.

Ensign resigned in May over the scandal.

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