Former Suffolk DA Thomas Spota set to face trial on federal charges

SUFFOLK COUNTY (WABC) -- Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota is set to face trial Tuesday on a string of federal charges.

Spota and a former top aide are charged with interfering in an investigation into the former Suffolk County police chief.

Prosecutors say they tried to cover up the beating of a drug addict who stole a duffel bag from an unmarked police vehicle in front of then Suffolk Police Chief James Burke's home.

Burke pleaded guilty to the beating and was released from prison last year.

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