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Michael Lyon video eavesdropping case delayed until July

Michael Lyon booking photo from September 2014
Michael Lyon booking photo from September 2014 Sacramento County sheriff’s department

Michael Lyon’s knowledge of Sacramento’s court system expanded Monday as the former real estate mogul cooled his heels for two hours in a jailhouse courtroom, then saw his criminal case continued again, this time until July 8.

Lyon, 59, appeared with his girlfriend and co-defendant, Shannon Lynn Campbell, 41, for a hearing that lasted only minutes and included an admonition from Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian that Lyon must make certain he has no access to cameras of any sort.

Lyon faces 16 counts of electronic eavesdropping for allegedly recording his interactions secretly with eight different victims from January through September of last year. He and Campbell also face drug charges from a September raid on his home during which Sacramento County probation officers found methamphetamine and other drugs.

Lyon already has served two stints in the Sacramento County Jail for his previous guilty plea to video voyeurism charges and his subsequent probation violation, and faces the possibility of prison time with the latest case.

Because of his past, Lyon has been ordered not to have access to cameras of any sort, and Davidian reminded him that if any guests in his home have cell phones, computers or other devices with cameras they could be subject to search and seizure if left in any common areas of the house.

Lyon’s arrest in October produced a mug shot that showed how far he had fallen, with his hair askew, deep lines on his face and a sore or bruise on his nose.

Since his release from jail on April 1, however, he appears healthier and looks the part of someone who once ran one of the region’s largest companies, Lyon Real Estate, and led a Carmichael Boy Scout troop.

He appeared in court Monday wearing a tailored gray business suit, blue dress shirt and tie, along with Campbell, who wore a black jacket and slacks. Asked how he was doing, he responded simply, saying “Good,” then took his seat in the third row of spectator seats in the courtroom and watched quietly as 22 other defendants’ cases were called before his.

Most of the defendants wore orange jail jumpsuits and appeared inside a large jail cell built into the courtroom wall. Others who were not in custody appeared mostly in jeans; one wore shorts. None appeared to recognize him.