Defense attorneys for three former banking executives accused of rigging municipal bond bids sought a mistrial Monday on the grounds that one government witness did not return to continue cross-examination.

Judge Harold Baer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected the motions by lawyers for Steven Goldberg, Dominick Carollo and Peter Grimm. The three former executives with General Electric affiliates were indicted in July 2010 on 12 counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy, in connection with the fixing of bids between 1999 and 2006.

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