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Attorneys seek to delay start of Calderon corruption trial

LOS ANGELES — A May 13 hearing has been scheduled to further consider defense motions to delay the federal corruption case of former state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother.

The trial is tentatively set to begin Aug. 11, but defense attorney Mark Geragos indicated during a status conference April 27 that he wanted more time to prepare.

Calderon was indicted last year in Los Angeles on 24 charges, including accepting $80,000 in bribes. His brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, is charged with money laundering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas M. Miller indicated in a court filing last week that a superseding indictment containing additional criminal charges could be forthcoming.

During the hearing, Geragos suggested that Tom Calderon’s attorney, Shepard Kopp, would shortly file a severance motion, asking that U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder consider separating the brothers’ trials.

The sibling defendants attended the hearing, but remained in the audience and did not sit with their attorneys at the defense table.