Thursday, August 12, 2010, 8/12/2010 11:20:00 AM

Accused Ford Motor Trade Secrets Thief Needs Time to Consider Plea Bargain Options

By Todd



Lawyers have been discussing a possible plea deal in a case involving a former Ford Motor Co. engineer charged with stealing trade secrets.


A federal judge in Detroit this week postponed a December trial until March so Mike Yu's lawyers can continue to pore over evidence. A court filing says prosecutors and the defense also want more time to discuss ways to resolve the case.


The new deadline for a plea deal is Nov. 14.


Yu is accused of copying design details on doors, mirrors, power systems, wipers and other components before going to work in China in 2007.


He has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody without bond.

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