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Former pension board members charged with conflict of interest

A Superior Court Judge arraigned six former San Diego pension board members Wednesday and charged them with conflict of interest. The defendants are accused of voting to allow the city to under-funding the pension plan in 2002, while increasing pension benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The suit, which was filed by the district attorney one year ago, is at the heart of the legal battle over who's to blame for the city of San Diego's massive pension deficit.

Judge Frederick Link says he's tired of all the delays and it's time to get the ball rolling on this case. He's overruled defense attorney arguments that there's not enough evidence to prove a crime was committed, and he's ready to go to trial
However attorney Jerry Couchlan says the defense now has a chance to get a second opinion from a different Judge..

Couchlan: "We're hoping first that the trial judge who hears it will dismiss all the charges based on this evidence and then we're hoping that the court of appeal will affirm that ruling."

If the defense is unsuccessful Judge Link will open the trial in mid November. If found guilty, the defendants face up to three years in prison. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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