THE ANGEL – – Defense attorneys and prosecutors in the federal corruption case involving former Los Angeles City Councilor Jose Huizar want to hold the trial next Monday, according to court records.
Citing concerns about COVID-19, attorney plans, and extensive material in the case, the attorneys filed an agreed-upon agreement to terminate the Huizar trial on May 24, 2022. The proposed date requires the approval of the judge.
Also, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter has turned down a defense offer to review the grand jury records indicting the former councilor – and a hearing on the matter scheduled for this morning has been canceled.
Huizar filed a motion in February to force the creation of two categories of grand jury records: information about changes to the prosecution’s pre-coronavirus grand jury procedures for the case – such as: Such as video grand judges, witnesses wearing masks or remotely giving evidence – and legal instructions that the U.S. Attorney General used to inform the grand jury of the indictment counts.
In his Friday resolution denying the motion, Walter wrote that Huizar had shown no particular need for details about possible changes to the grand jury’s procedures in his case. The judge also found that the former city council was unable to demonstrate that legal instructions given by the federal prosecutor to the grand jury “could have been misleading, much less obviously misleading”.
Walter stated that Huizar “is based on mere speculation and has not identified a valid basis for the court to believe that the grand jury was not properly briefed or otherwise presented with material omissions and / or incorrect information.”
Huizar, the central figure in a six-year investigation into suspected corruption in City Hall politics, is charged in a 41-count indictment of $ 1.5 million in bribes from developers in exchange for his support for construction projects adopted in the city center.
The federal investigation also involved political activists, lobbyists and the former director general of the Ministry of Construction and Security in Los.
Huizar, who represented downtown LA and chaired the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
Prosecutors wrote that the government created nearly 2 million pages of written reports, emails, third-party documents, and over 93,000 files of intercepted cable sessions, including audio and data files.
In addition, the discovery materials include reports for over a dozen digital devices, over 260 hours of audio recordings, as well as intercepted cable sessions, data for over two dozen phones, GPS phone tracker data for multiple devices, and dozens of pleadings for wiretapping applications, as well as search queries Warrants, Cell Site – and GPS warrants and other information.
Huizar is expected to face trial in Los Angeles federal court with several staff including Raymond Chan, general manager of the Department of Construction and Security and more recently deputy mayor of the city for Economic Development.
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