NEW YORK — A judge separated a co-defendant from former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan's criminal case Friday and scheduled jury selection in the main case to begin Tuesday.
The ruling clears the way for the trial of the first Cabinet secretary ever indicted when in office.
Judge John P. Collins made the ruling after three days of hearings on the health of co-defendant Ronald Schiavone that delayed the start of the trial this week.
Collins ruled that Schiavone, 61, who suffered a heart attack on June 25, is not well enough to stand trial and must be tried separately, starting Jan. 12. The trial of the other defendants is expected to be completed by then.
Prosecutors opposed the separation, saying that trying all the defendants together would make it easier to prove that the accused had acted in concert to steal $7.4 million in a subway construction subcontract beginning in 1979.