December 11, 1994 |
At the prosecution table in a wood-paneled federal courtroom in Sacramento sits FBI agent James J. Wedick Jr. His suit and tie are as drab as any plainclothes cop's, but there is something that sets him apart: the long brown hair, flecked with gray; the salt-and-pepper beard; the half-glasses that give him an almost scholarly air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1994
Former state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) reported to the minimum-security federal prison camp near Boron on Wednesday to begin serving a 46-month sentence on political corruption charges. Also reporting to the desert encampment was Hill's co-defendant, former legislative aide Terry E. Frost, who began a 21-month sentence. Hill was found guilty of extortion, conspiracy and money laundering for taking a $2,500 payment from an undercover FBI agent in 1988. Frost was found guilty of conspiracy.
September 27, 1994 |
A federal judge Monday denied former state Sen. Frank Hill's request to remain free on bail pending the appeal of his conviction for taking a $2,500 payoff from an FBI undercover agent. U.S. District Judge Edward Garcia ordered Hill, 40, to surrender to federal authorities by Oct. 12. Hill's attorneys argued that the former lawmaker's conviction should be reversed because he was set up by a key witness seeking leniency from the prosecution. But Garcia disagreed.
September 13, 1994 |
Still proclaiming his innocence, former state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) on Monday was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for taking an illegal $2,500 payment from an undercover FBI agent participating in a Capitol sting operation. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia ordered Hill, who resigned his Senate seat in July after his conviction on public corruption charges, to report to federal prison authorities by Oct. 12.
September 8, 1994 |
With a special election less than a week away, Diamond Bar Councilman Gary Miller has reached deep into his own pocket to outspend his six opponents--including Assemblymen Richard Mountjoy (R-Arcadia) and Paul Horcher (R-Diamond Bar)--in the race to fill the state Senate seat from which Frank Hill recently resigned. Miller, a wealthy Republican businessman, has spent $309,774 campaigning for the Sept. 13 special election, according to a campaign disclosure statement filed last week.
July 20, 1994 |
Almost five years after pleading guilty to a political corruption charge, former Assembly Republican aide-turned-government-witness Karin Watson was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will not have to serve time in prison. Watson, who provided key testimony against former GOP state Sen. Frank Hill of Whittier, was treated leniently because of her years as a cooperating government witness in the federal probe of corruption in the state Capitol.