WASHINGTON — In the realm of muni enforcement, the new year will start with the most high-profile federal criminal trial since the mid-1990s, stemming from the Justice Department’s extensive probe of bid-rigging.

The trial, currently scheduled for jury selection on Jan. 3 and opening statements on Jan. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, marks the culmination of efforts by the Justice Department, ongoing since 2005, to police bid-rigging misconduct dating back two decades or more.

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