Former jail superintendent’s trial postponed

John Higgins

The federal jury trial for John Higgins, the former superintendent of the Rockbridge Regional Jail, has been postponed for the fourth time.


Last week, his lawyer filed a motion to continue the trial based on a substantial amount of new discovery documents.


The trial, which was originally scheduled for over a year ago, was postponed from Dec. 9 to April 20.


Higgins faces 21 charges, including fraud, bribery and inmate abuse.


Last month, a U.S. district judge sentenced the jail’s former head nurse, Gary Andrew Hassler, to a year in prison for falsifying an incident report about injuries an inmate suffered in a beating by other prisoners.