Defense attorney for Willie Gandara Sr. disqualified from case; trial postponed [El Paso Times, Texas]
|By Adriana M. Chavez, El Paso Times, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kanof told Montalvo she plans on calling Gandara Jr. to the stand as a witness against Gandara Sr.
Gandara Sr., 62, had been scheduled go on trial this week on a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. He was the only one of 11 defendants indicted
with him who didn't plead guilty to public corruption charges.
Prosecutors allege that in
The 10 others who pleaded guilty to various charges of fraud or violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, were Schwartz, former Access President
Last month, Gandara Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to two charges -- conspiracy to distribute marijuana and establishment of manufacturing operations to distribute marijuana. He was allowed to remain free on bond until his
Spencer said Tuesday he and Gandara Sr. were disappointed with the prosecution's request to have Spencer, who has been the Gandaras' family attorney for about 10 years, thrown off the case.
"We are ready to try this case and he has the right to have his own lawyer, but the court ordered me off the case," Spencer said. "When I first started representing Mr.
Spencer said his co-counsel,
Spencer said Gandara Sr.'s trial has been rescheduled for March.
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