Wong’s Attorney: No Plea Bargain

The attorney representing Councilwoman Judy Wong denies that the D.A. and his client have reached a plea agreement.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published September 2, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

Sanford Perliss, the attorney representing Temple City Councilwoman Judy Wong, on Friday clarified that his client was not attempting to reach a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

“That really was a misunderstanding,” Perliss told the Voice in an interview on January 22, 2010. Perliss was referring to an article published in the Pasadena Star News. “That’s not what happened.”

Former Mayor Judy Wong, along with former Councilwoman Cathé Wilson, were indicted on various charges alleging both women of soliciting bribes in exchange for their support for the Piazza at Temple City development.

They were both indicted last June.

Since then, Wong has been under enormous pressure to step down. Last summer, her council colleagues stripped her of mayorship. She was also recently forced to step down as the youth committee advisor. In addition, a group threatening to recall Wong has been formed.

According to Wong’s attorney, the judge normally asks both sides to sit down and talk.

Perliss also reasserted that Wong was innocent.

“[She’s] not guilty of any wrong doing,” he said.

In response to the Star News article, Perliss replied: “I really was misquoted. I was surprised when I read it.”

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

Either way, Perliss is determined to fight the charges against his client.

“We’re looking forward to proving [her innocence],” he said.

He added, “If they want to dismiss the case, that’s a plea bargain I accept.”

A trial may begin soon, Max Huntsman, the deputy district attorney, previously stated. Regardless, another pre-trial hearing has been set for March 5.

“Miss Wong has a serving character and she’s never been accused of any wrong doing,” Perliss said. “Her character and honesty and decency will be pretty obvious in trial.”

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