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90 Boxes of Documents Just Part Of Evidence for Trial of Kings - June 14, 1989 - Omaha World-Herald

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June 14, 1989 90 Boxes of Documents Just Part Of Evidence for Trial of Kings; [Metro Edition] Omaha World - Herald. Omaha, Neb. pg. 53

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(Copyright 1989 Omaha World-Herald Company)

The federal government has set up a special room in the Zorinsky Federal Building to hold approximately 90 boxes of documents for the criminal trial of Lawrence E. King Jr., the treasurer and manager of the failed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union.

Besides those documents there are "approximately three truckloads of records" dealing with Franklin stored at another, undisclosed site away from the federal building, said a memorandum and order from U.S. Magistrate Richard Kopf.

All those records are being made available to court-appointed attorneys for King and his wife, Alice Ploche King, who are defending the Kings against criminal charges, according to an order signed by Kopf.

The volume of records that attorneys must study figures in the Kings' motion to waive their rights under the Speedy Trial Act. The law provides that defendants go to trial within 70 days after their arraignment unless they specifically forgo that requirement.

The Kings were arraigned May 19, but because of their request for more time to prepare, the trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

Kopf's order setting the tentative trial date also requires that the Kings be present for all pretrial hearings on motions and other matters unless they are excused by the judge.

Kopf said that if the Kings want to be excused, they must deliver an affidavit to the court before a hearing stating that they are voluntarily giving up their right to attend the hearing.

King faces 40 charges and his wife 12 counts as a result of the alleged disappearance of $38 million from Franklin's treasury between 1976 and last Nov. 4.

The credit union was closed last November after the losses were uncovered.

The Kings also face civil lawsuits filed by the National Credit Union Administration, which insured all Franklin accounts of $100,000 or less.

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