Ron Calderon

Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) sits at his desk during a Senate session last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on about 10 staff members in the California Legislature who may be called as witnesses in the August corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, Capitol sources confirmed Thursday.

It does not appear that any of the subpoenas issued so far are for senators. But some elected officials are expected to be called as witnesses, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Mack E. Jenkins.

“We are subpoenaing public officials for the Aug. 11 trial date,” Jenkins said. “They are potentially witnesses. It doesn’t necessarily mean they will testify, but it means they may potentially testify, so we want to make sure they are available during the trial.”

Jenkins would not say how many subpoenas have been issued, but Capitol sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment on the case said about 10 had been delivered.

Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, was indicted in February 2014 on 24 felony charges. They include accepting $88,000 in bribes in exchange for official actions involving bills affecting the film industry and workers’ compensation benefits. He has pleaded not guilty.

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