By Robert Haugh
Indicted Santa Clara City Councilman Anthony Becker showed up to court be arraigned Monday. But he did not enter a plea.
Becker was represented by Christopher Montoya, a public defender. But he’s asked for more time to find a private attorney.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya instructed Becker to report to the sheriff’s department to be booked and return to court May 3 to enter his plea.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen had harsh words for Becker.
“When you leak a confidential report to the target of that report, you’re taking sides against Santa Clara County,” Rosen said.
“When you do both of those things leak and lie as an elected official who’s sworn to protect and defend the interest of your constituents before and above your private interests, you have violated everyone’s trust and broken the law.”
Rosen also called out the 49ers who’s former executive Rahul Chandhok personally attacked grand jury members.
Legal experts said Chandhok violated professional and ethical rules. Chandhok no longer works for the team.
“The 49ers’ smearing of individual grand jurors was wrong and shameful,” Rosen said. “The 49ers should apologize.”
The team has not responded to Rosen.
Becker allegedly leaked a grand jury report to the 49ers and the SV Voice, a pro-49er publication. He then lied to the grand jury about doing so.
The 49ers have supported Becker with over $3.5 million of campaign contributions for a city council campaign and a mayoral race. Becker has never won a race without their help.
The SV Voice is a pro-49er publication that’s also close to Becker. One of their reporters Carolyn Schuk secretly wrote memos for Becker that he falsely claimed he wrote.
Becker could face up four years in prison if convicted of the felony for perjury.