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Pension roll-back court battle continues

Attorneys in the legal battle over whether to role back San Diego pension benefits were back in court today. Judge Jeffrey Barton called a special hearing to consider a new legal ruling on state conflict of interest laws. KPB reporter Alison St John has more.

An attorney from Carson argued that, in a case he litigated for three years, a development loan was cancelled after a city official was found guilty of extortion. The judge ruled the developers had to repay the city the $850,000 loan, even though they were not the guilty party.

Anthony Taylor says the state's 1090 conflict of interest statute doesn't require the financial incentive, or extortion to be part of the contract, for the contract to be voided.

Taylor: "1090 doesn't work that way, it's actually a lot broader, and the statute is construed very equitably in favor of protecting the public."

Judge Barton will decide if thousands of San Diego city employees should forfeit pension benefit increases, even though they are not personally accused of any conflict of interest.

Attorneys for the pension board say the Carson case does not affect the San Diego suit pension Alison St John, KPBS News.

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