Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/10/2012 06:12:24 AM PST
Updated: 11/10/2012 02:35:17 PM PST
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The civil trial between Lanny Swerdlow, a medical marijuana advocate, and Paul Chabot, the founder and president of the Coalition for a Drug Free California, has been postponed until next year.
A judge continued the readiness hearing Friday morning to accommodate Chabot’s defense lawyer, Andrew Haynal, who is tied up with other criminal matters through the rest of the year and not available to start trial next week.
A new trial readiness hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8, despite an objection by Swerdlow who said the proceedings have gone on too long.
Swerdlow was found not guilty in 2008 after he was accused a year earlier of battery against Chabot at meeting in Rancho Cucamonga.
In 2010 Swerdlow filed malicious prosecution charges against Chabot for filing the false assault claim, which is why the two are in court.
“I understand Mr. Swerdlow’s frustrations,” Haynal said outside the courtroom. “This has been going on for two years.”
During the hearing Swerdlow, of Palm Springs, informed Judge Ben T. Kayashima that he plans to represent himself because he could not find a lawyer.
“You don’t know how to do that,” Kayashima said regarding Swerdlow’s decision.
“I’ll do the best I can,” Swerdlow responded.
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