MIAMI (AP) — An African man and his lawyer are disagreeing on when the man should stand trial in South Florida on charges of attempting to illegally broker uranium ore shipments to Iran.
Defendant Patrick Campbell wants his trial to start as scheduled in mid-January. His lawyer Robert Adler seeks a delay of at least 60 days to better prepare a defense, including interviewing witnesses in Sierra Leone.
A federal judge has set a hearing Monday to sort it all out.
Campbell has pleaded not guilty to charges that carry a maximum 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Authorities say Campbell was negotiating with a Florida-based undercover U.S. agent posing as a uranium buyer acting on behalf of Iran. The ore could be used for nuclear fuel or weapons.