By Robert Haugh
Indicted Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is scheduled to go to trial in March 2024 for leaking a Grand Jury report to the 49ers and lying about it.
Becker also waived his right to a speedy trial months ago.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya believed Becker and gave him more time.
That was 153 days ago.
It now looks like it was a dishonest, delay tactic by Becker.
Becker is still represented by a public defender Christopher Montoya who may try to get the trial delayed even longer according to press reports.
Santa Clarans who regularly watch City Council meetings know that Becker frequently complains about how he has difficulty with finances. Most people don’t believe that he can afford to pay for a private attorney.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Becker left his job as a content moderator earlier this year.
Becker earns about $2,000 per month as a Councilmember and may have no other employment, especially now that he’s been indicted.
While Becker remains on the Council, he continues to collect his paycheck and vote on major issues, including those having to do with the 49ers.
If convicted, Becker could face up to four years in prison and would lose his City Council seat.