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Calderon brothers ask to delay criminal trial

Ron Calderon, right, comforts his brother Tom Calderon during a memorial service for Tom’s wife Marcella Calderon in January 2012.
Ron Calderon, right, comforts his brother Tom Calderon during a memorial service for Tom’s wife Marcella Calderon in January 2012. Los Angeles Times

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have asked for a three-month delay in their trial on charges of bribery and money laundering.

Under an agreement the Calderon brothers reached with federal prosecutors, but which has not yet been approved by a judge, the Calderons’ trial would begin in Los Angeles on Aug. 11 instead of May 19. The agreement says the Calderons must appear in court for a series of pretrial procedures beginning on April 20. The court has already approved one delay in their trial.

“It was a joint request by the (government) and the defense due to the pace of discovery being provided,” Ron Calderon’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said in an email to The Bee.

Ron and Tom Calderon, both Democrats from the Los Angeles County city of Montebello, were indicted by a grand jury nearly a year ago on multiple criminal charges. Prosecutors allege that Ron Calderon took nearly $100,000 in bribes from a hospital executive and an undercover FBI agent posing as a movie studio mogul. They accuse Tom Calderon of laundering money through a nonprofit group called Californians for Diversity. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Facing a maximum sentence of nearly 400 years in prison, Ron Calderon was suspended from the state Senate in March but continued to receive his monthly paycheck until his term in office expired Nov. 30.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @LaurelRosenhall.

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