Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2011 06:09:51 PM PST
The attorney for San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry believes a federal agency soon will restore Derry’s voting power on federally funded county projects and programs.The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended Derry’s right to vote on those projects and programs in May, roughly a month after the state Attorney General’s Office charged him with two felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly laundering a $5,000 campaign contribution from a Highland developer.
On July 19, Derry, as part of a plea bargain, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count for failing to properly report the campaign contribution. The two felony counts were dropped. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay fines of $5,820 to the state Fair Political Practices Commission and $4,180 to the court.
Derry has spent the last four months trying to clear his last hurdle: getting the FHWA to lift the suspension.
“We learned that they have all the information they need and a decision is expected soon. That’s all they would tell us,” Derry’s attorney, George Newhouse Jr. said Friday of the FHWA.
He said Derry’s conviction will not jeopardize his job as an elected official.
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