Attorney waives indictment deadline for Bishop

Published On: Apr 16 2013 11:17:36 AM HST

Benjamin Bishop

HONOLULU -

The attorney for a Hawaii defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend says he's agreed to waive an indictment deadline for his client.

Benjamin Bishop would normally face indictment this week under a federal law saying defendants must be indicted no more than 30 days after their arrest.

But his attorney Birney Bervar said Monday he agreed to waive the deadline for the opportunity to view the prosecution's evidence.

The prosecution and defense must find a place where Bervar may review the evidence because much of it is classified.

Defense attorneys went to a secure room in the Honolulu federal courthouse to view evidence during a previous trial involving classified information.

Investigators say Bishop told his girlfriend secrets about nuclear weapons, missile defense and other issues.

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