Judge Sets Placeholder Date for Trial of Suspended City Councilmember Jose Huizar

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A federal judge has set a tentative placeholder date of Sept. 29, 2020 for the trial of suspended LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar on Wednesday.

He also voiced concerns that Huizar may not qualify for federal public defender services.

Huizar pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in the 34-count federal grand jury indictment against him Monday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office on Twitter: "Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty today to the charges in the 34-count federal grand jury indictment against him. A trial setting conference has been scheduled for Wednesday at 8 a.m. before U.S. District Judge John F. Walter."

A federal judge has set Sept. 29, 2020 as a placeholder date for Huizar’s trial. He also voiced concerns that Huizar may not qualify for federal public defender services. @KNX1070 https://t.co/cxm0emE7nt

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) August 5, 2020

Huizar had been under investigation by the FBI and was arrested in June on federal racketeering charges.  Last week, federal prosecutors added additional charges for Huizar, including bribery and money laundering, according to an LA Times story.

Huizar is accused of agreeing to accept at least $1.5 million in bribes from developers. He was released on a $100,000 bond in June. 

Earlier in June, the U.S. Attorney's Office wrote in a tweet "L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar was ordered released on $100,000 bond. Upcoming court dates: July 14 (preliminary hearing), July 20 (arraignment). Mr. Huizar was NOT asked to enter a plea to the charge in the complaint, which is normal at this point in a prosecution."

Earlier this summer, Huizar said he would "limit my participation" in council activities amid a continuing federal corruption probe, according to a CNS story. In June, his salary was terminated by Controller Ron Galperin following the federal racketeering charges and his suspension from the City Council.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty today to the charges in the 34-count federal grand jury indictment against him. A trial setting conference has been scheduled for Wednesday at 8 a.m. before U.S. District Judge John F. Walter.

— US Attorney L.A. (@USAO_LosAngeles) August 3, 2020