Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 09:00 p.m.
It’s showtime in the re-trial of former Assessor employee and Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez.
Gutierrez, who is charged with three felonies related to alleged time card fraud during his employment under former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, now faces his main accuser.
That person? Former Assistant Assessor and key prosecution witness Adam Aleman.
Late Thursday afternoon Aleman took the witness stand for the prosecution.
Aleman, a convicted felon, is the central witness in all the alleged corruption cases being prosecuted by Attorney General Jerry Brown and District Attorney Mike Ramos.
Brown made his San Bernardino County prosecutions, which as of late have suffered significant evidentiary setbacks, a centerpiece of his campaign by way of a February 10, 2010 televised press conference.
Almost all the juror’s in Gutierrez’s first trial found Aleman’s and his testimony to be not credible.
Aleman has pleaded “no contest” to two felony counts of Destroying Altering Public Records, one county of felony Vandalism, and one felony count of Preparing a False Claim.
Also hanging over Aleman’s head is five additional felony counts subject to dismissal in exchange for his truthful testimony.
The additional charges are three felony counts of Preparing False Evidence, one felony count of Offering False Evidence to a Grand Jury, and one felony count of Destroying and Altering Documents presented to a Grand Jury.
Testimony continues Monday morning.