Last week the federal judge presiding over the Michael Coscia criminal trial for alleged spoofing ruled on motions by both the United States Attorney’s Office and the defendant to limit evidence the other side can introduce during trial. The judge ruled, contrary to a request by the United States Attorney’s Office, that Mr. Coscia will be allowed to introduce evidence related to applicable rules and regulations related to spoofing, to the extent he does so to show his good faith or absence of intent to defraud in connection with trading activity that is alleged to constitute a violation of law. The judge also granted Mr. Coscia’s motion to preclude the government from having CME Group and ICE Futures Europe witnesses testify about other traders’ complaints about his trading activity because this could be highly prejudicial to his defense. However, the judge denied Mr. Coscia’s motion to preclude the government from using the term “manipulation” at trial. The judge claimed that “[t]he term ‘manipulation,’ when used in the ordinary, non-legal sense that the Government describes, is not unfairly prejudicial.” Mr. Coscia’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin today.