Nancy Hoover Hunter, accused of helping swindler J. David (Jerry) Dominelli bilk investors out of $80 million through his fraudulent investment firms, will be back in court Feb. 2, a judge ruled Monday.
U.S. District Judge Earl Gilliam also denied a request that transcripts of all grand jury proceedings dealing with Hunter be turned over to the defense because the prosecutor allegedly is not properly licensed to practice law in Southern California federal courts.
Defense attorney James Chalfont told Gilliam he will file a motion to dismiss the 234-count indictment against Hunter because Assistant U.S. Atty. Gay Hugo, who is prosecuting the case, hasn't taken the national portion of the California bar examination. Attorneys are required to pass that test before they can practice law in the state.
"Miss Hugo did not meet that qualification before she signed the indictment and participated in this case, and that's the point of the discovery motion," Chalfont said.