After federal prosecutors said they had just discovered a critical, new witness, a federal judge on Wednesday delayed the trial of reputed Cicero mob boss Michael "Big Guy" Sarno until Nov. 9.
The trial had been scheduled to start next week, but prosecutors said they have recently found a jewelry store clerk who has identified one of the men charged in the case, Outlaw motorcycle gang member Mark Polchan, as one of the robbers of the store in 2001 in Novi, Mich.
Prosecutors said one witness to the robbery couldn't identify Polchan from a photo lineup, but another one did.
Polchan's attorney asked for more time to deal with the new information.
"It's basically a last-minute time bomb we've been given a week before trial," defense attorney Damon Charonis said.
Prosecutors disagreed on the characterization but agreed to the three-week delay in the trial rather than begin next week without being able to use the new evidence.
The evidence could be a significant break for prosecutors, since some of their other witnesses against Polchan are believed to be people with criminal pasts as opposed to a victim without a criminal history or the need to cut a deal with prosecutors.
Defense attorneys for Polchan need the time to have their investigator interview the new witness, contact a potential witness who can testify on the reliability of eyewitness identification from nearly a decade ago and determine if Polchan has an alibi for the time in question.