An attorney for Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante is asking an Orange County Superior Court judge to dismiss sexual assault and battery charges against his client, saying the district attorney made "inflammatory" statements to the media.
Bustamante, who resigned his post in the county's public works department following an internal investigation into his workplace behavior, is charged with sexually assaulting women in his county office over an eight-year period.
James Riddet, Bustamante's attorney, alleges that the conduct of the district attorney's office is "so egregious" that the only remedy is to dismiss the case because it denies Bustamante a fair trial.
He cited several examples, including a July 3 news conference, newspaper coverage and a radio interview given by Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.