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It looks like LL’s Vince Gray Investigation Clock won’t be out of business any time soon. With the federal investigation into the 2010 shadow campaign to elect Gray now nearly 1,650 days old, prosecutors filed motions last week to delay hearings in the case yet again.

When LL last looked at the schedule for hearings for the likes of shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson and Thompson henchwoman Jeanne Clarke Harris, this week was set to host several status hearings in their cases.

But now prosecutors are changing their minds. Status hearings for Thompson, Harris, and five other people who have pleaded guilty to involvement in Thompson’s schemes have been moved yet again, this time to November. And since prosecutors can’t let the cooperators be sentenced while they still need to be convinced to testify in a potential Gray trial, their sentencings could come much later than that.

The new delay raises the possibility that Thompson, the mastermind whose guilty plea in March 2014 was supposed to blow this whole thing open, won’t be sentenced until two years after he was charged—-if not later than that.

Meanwhile, the Post editorial board, once one of U.S. Attorney Ron Machen‘s biggest champions in his tangle with Gray, is getting restless. Now the ed board says it’s time for Machen replacement Vincent Cohen to make a decision already about charging Gray.

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