By Robert Haugh
It was 107 days ago that Indicted Councilmember Anthony Becker appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court and said that he needed time to find a private attorney.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya gave him more time.
Becker will appear in Superior Court again today for a hearing to set a trial date.
Becker is being charged with leaking a Grand Jury report (a misdemeanor) to the 49ers and lying (a felony) about it. If found guilty of the felony charge, he could serve jail time. Becker has pleaded not guilty.
The 49ers have supported Becker’s last two campaigns with nearly $4 million of contributions through an independent expenditure.
According to the Court’s website yesterday, Becker is still being represented by a public defender.
Local lawyers have told Santa Clara News Online that they believe Becker is just delaying his case to buy time. He doesn’t really plan to hire a private attorney.
Santa Clara News Online has asked numerous lawyers if they know if Becker has reached out to any local defense attorneys. No one is aware of Becker making an effort or a phone call.
Becker has also waived his right to a speedy trial.
While Becker remains on the City Council, he continues to collect his paycheck and vote on major issues, including those having to do with the 49ers.