U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) says an FBI affadavit was leaked in retaliation for his refusal to cooperate in a probe of other senators. (Manny Crisostomo, MCT / November 15, 2013)

By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
November 14, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A federal court ordered law enforcement officials Thursday to respond to an accusation by state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon that they leaked a confidential FBI affidavit alleging that he took bribes.

A clerk for U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley in Sacramento sent federal authorities and Calderon an order to provide a “joint status report” on the leak allegations and on whether they can be resolved through mediation or settlement talks.

A sealed FBI affidavit, published recently by a cable television network, accuses Calderon (D-Montebello) of taking $88,000 in bribes to influence legislation on tax breaks for the film industry and on workers’ compensation rules.

Calderon’s attorney filed a motion with the court Wednesday seeking sanctions against the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office, alleging that they leaked the affidavit to retaliate for his refusal to wear a wire to record conversations with two other senators.

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