BRIDGEPORT - Charges will stand and a trial date will be set for former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernie Newton.

The convicted felon is accused of violating his probation and campaign finance laws during his failed re-election bid in 2012.

The case against him will move forward after a judge ruled yesterday the state was negligent but not reckless when interviewing witnesses.

Newton was convicted in 2005 of extortion and campaign finance felonies.