Defense Attorneys Ask for More Time to Consider Evidence against Clients

Another court hearing is scheduled for March.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published July 9, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

The defense attorneys for two current and former city officials on Wednesday asked the court for more time to review the evidence against their clients, the Pasadena Star News reported.

Robert Wilson and Sanford Perliss, the attorneys for Cathé Wilson and Judy Wong, made the request at the January 13, 2010 pretrial hearing.

Wilson and Wong are accused of asking for bribes in exchange for their support of the Piazza at Temple City mixed-use project in 2006. Both women have pleaded not guilty.

“If I don’t have them [tape recordings] transcribed yet, I’ll ask for another continuance,” Wilson stated in response to a question about whether a trial might be delayed.

The district attorney filed charges against Wilson and Wong in 2009, and they were both indicted in June.

If convicted, Wong faces a maximum of 10 years and 4 months in prison, while Wilson faces a maximum of 9 years in prison.

Prosecutors have offered both a two-year jail sentence in exchange for a guilty plea, according to Perliss, Wong’s attorney. Both declined the offer.

Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman has indicated that a trial may begin in May, assuming the plea bargain negotiations between the district attorney’s office and defense attorneys fail to reach an agreement.

Wong and Wilson are expected to return to court on March 5.

Meanwhile, an anonymous group appears to have launched a campaign to recall Wong, a sitting councilperson.

In December, residents began calling for Wong’s resignation. She rejected their calls.

A website, http://www.RecallJudyWong.com, was also launched.

Then, last week, a resident collapsed while criticizing Wong. Paramedics were called to the scene and he was later taken to the San Gabriel Community Hospital. The regular city council meeting was quickly abbreviated in light of the circumstances.

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