February 8, 2000 |
A jury found Brian Setencich, former speaker of the California Assembly, innocent of bribery and mail fraud charges Monday but deadlocked on two counts of filing false tax returns. "It's like a big weight off my shoulders. I've been held up by this for too long," said a jovial Setencich after the jury was escorted out of the courtroom. Setencich was indicted in 1998 on charges of bribery, mail fraud and filing false tax returns for 1996 and 1997.
November 7, 1998 |
Former state Assembly Speaker Brian Setencich has been accused in a federal indictment of taking a $6,000 bribe when he was a Fresno city councilman. Setencich, 36, now works for the city of San Francisco, whose mayor, Willie Brown, engineered Setencich's brief stint as speaker in 1995. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury Thursday and released Friday, charges Setencich and Fresno businessman Robert Yang, 38, with bribery and mail fraud.
November 15, 1996 |
Assemblyman Brian Setencich, who served a short term as California Assembly speaker to the ire of fellow Republicans, has been defeated in a long-shot write-in bid to keep his 30th District seat. The outcome of four other Assembly races also became clear Wednesday and Thursday, after more than a week in which absentee ballot counting seemed to advance at a glacial pace. In Setencich's race, conservative Republican Robert Prenter Jr.
September 30, 1996 |
If this were his beloved game of basketball, the odds would be obvious: longshot at best, like sinking a 70-footer at the buzzer. Assemblyman Brian Setencich is running for reelection--but not in the usual way. To keep his job in the Legislature, the Fresno Republican must persuade voters to write in his name on their ballots when they go to the polls Nov. 5. This is a Herculean task, one rarely accomplished in the annals of state political history.
July 11, 1996 |
Maverick GOP Assemblyman Brian Setencich, narrowly defeated by a March primary opponent backed by major Republican contributors, announced Wednesday that he will wage a write-in campaign this fall to keep his seat. The party dissident from Fresno, who briefly served last year as Assembly speaker, said "people were fooled" into voting for his opponent, political unknown Robert Prenter Jr. In running as a write-in candidate, Setencich has set up a rematch with Prenter in November.
June 3, 1996
Assemblyman Brian Setencich of Fresno, defeated in a stunning Republican primary election upset, says he is strongly leaning toward a write-in candidacy to retain his seat this fall. But there is no certainty he will remain a Republican if he is elected in a write-in candidacy, which carries no party affiliation, Setencich said after a brief address to the state conference of the Reform Party over the weekend. "I haven't decided," he told reporters on Saturday.