By Robert Haugh
Almost 3 months ago on April 17, Indicted Councilmember Anthony Becker appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court and told Judge Daniel Nishigaya that he needed more time to find an attorney to represent him.
He was represented by a Public Defender, Christopher Montoya on that day.
Becker was charged with leaking a Grand Jury report (a misdemeanor) and lying (a felony) about it. If found guilty of the felony charge, Becker could serve jail time.
Former 49ers executive Rahul Chandhok testified to the Criminal Grand Jury that Becker sent him a confidential copy of the Grand Jury report.
Becker returned to court on May 3 and entered a “not guilty” plea. He was represented by Montoya again.
On May 3, Becker also waived his right to a speedy trial.
That move, plus Becker’s claim that he’s trying to find a private attorney during his April 17 court appearance raised eyebrows among some local legal experts. A few concluded that Becker is just trying to delay his trial and is taking advantage of the judge.
Becker’s next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 2.
According to the Superior Court website, he’s still represented by the Public Defender’s office.
Since his indictment, Becker has continued to vote on City matters, including 49er-related issues. He’s also receiving his full Council salary.
Local business leader and worker-cooperative advocate Kirk Vartan has repeatedly called out Becker’s lack of ethics.
Becker, ironically, led the effort to remove a Parks and Recreation Commissioner who he didn’t like. Becker and his Council colleagues provided zero reason for not reappointing the volunteer.
For this story, Becker did not answer repeated requests for comment from Santa Clara News Online.