Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative pundit and the filmmaker who made a film about how President Obama has been carrying out his father's anti-colonial agenda, will be in federal court this morning for a hearing related to campaign fraud charges. The NY Times reports that his trial was supposed to start today, but "the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York sent out an advisory late Monday night that said a hearing had been scheduled on Tuesday, using language that typically indicates that a plea is expected to occur."

The Times does hedge this assessment by noting that "decisions to plead guilty are subject to change at the last minute, and a defendant like Mr. D’Souza could decide instead to go to trial." But last week, D'Souza failed to get the charges dismissed. He is accused of asking people to make $20,000 in donations for Senate candidate Wendy Long, who was challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Federal prosecutors claim that D'Souza reimbursed the donors, which would mean he could face up to five years in prison if convicted. D'Souza, his lawyer and supporters claim that his position as an Obama critic had made him a target (the U.S. Attorney handling the case, Preet Bharara, is an Obama appointee and, Fox News Insider points out, an Obama donor).

D'Souza, described by critics as a "phony" far-right intellectual, has also written many books about Christianity and was the president of a small NYC-based Christian college until he was caught cheating on his wife with a married woman (D'Souza claimed he was separated).