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Calderon corruption trial pushed back more than six months

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013.
Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. The Sacramento Bee file

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, which is prosecuting Calderon, confirmed that the new start date was approved during a pretrial hearing on Monday, but had no comment on the delay.

Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, was indicted in February 2014 on 24 counts including bribery, money laundering and tax fraud, which carry a maximum sentence of 400 years in prison. His brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, also faces seven counts of money laundering.

The trial was originally set to begin that September, but it was pushed back until the following May and then again until Aug. 11.

In an filing on April 20 requesting the latest continuance, Calderon’s attorney, Mark Geragos, wrote that his “heavy trial schedule” this summer and the “voluminous discovery produced in this case” would deprive him of “sufficient time to adequately prepare” for an August start.

“The defense believes that the failure to grant the continuance will deny Mr. Calderon continuity of counsel and adequate representation,” he stated.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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