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August 08, 2004

unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her as she lay on

a pool table in the garage of the assistant sheriff's Corona del Mar

home in July 2002. The teenagers also made a video of the incident,

which jurors watched several times during the previous trial.

If convicted on all nine counts, the defendants could face a

minimum of probation and a maximum of 23 years in state prison. The

previous jury deadlocked on all 24 counts, forcing Judge Francisco

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Briseno to declare a mistrial. Jurors voted 11-1 for acquittal on

some of the counts, which the district attorney's office has not

charged this time.

A bail hearing for Greg Haidl has been scheduled for Tuesday at 10

a.m. A new trial date has been set for Oct. 18. A preliminary hearing

is scheduled for Sept. 10 when the judge is expected to rule on the

defense's motion to dismiss all charges, arguing that the retrial is

a waste of taxpayer money.

-- Deepa Bharath

POLITICS

League of Women Voters says, 'No debate for you'

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, a Newport Beach

resident and Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, was denied

Tuesday in his attempt to block a high-profile debate between his

opponents, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican candidate

Bill Jones. Gray filed a temporary restraining order to stop the

League of Women Voters' Tuesday debate, from which he said he was

unfairly excluded.

The league said Gray didn't meet its standard of at least 10% of

likely votes in an independent poll. Gray contended the league

changed the rules when he submitted a poll he commissioned that

showed him with 8% of the vote and 68% of those polled agreeing that

he should be allowed to debate. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge

turned down Gray's claim, but Gray said he and his supporters will

appear outside the debate venue at the Museum of Tolerance in Los

Angeles.

* Although 70th District Assemblyman John Campbell in April

proposed raising money for the state by selling the Orange County

fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, he was surprised last week at the idea's

inclusion in a massive report on government reorganization that was

commissioned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The fairgrounds sale was

mentioned as an example of why the state needs to streamline the

review process for "underutilized or surplus property."

Costa Mesa officials remained firm in their opposition to selling

the state-owned fairgrounds, saying that moving the fair would have

negative impacts on the community and on city revenues.

-- Alicia Robinson

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