CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1989 |
A document filed in federal court late Friday fleshes out government charges that Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier), in person and through aides, repeatedly attempted to extort money from lobbyists and individuals who were concerned with bills pending before the Legislature. The court filing names several "victims" of the alleged extortion attempts for the first time, including former National Football League linebacker David Meggyesy, and ex-Sen.
December 12, 1989 |
Two representatives of the National Football League Players' Assn. testified Monday that Sen. Joseph B. Montoya asked for money and suggested that a political contribution would produce favorable action on legislation. And a former aide to Montoya testified that the senator was pleased when a Los Angeles sports agent offered to give the senator a campaign contribution of more than $5,000 to ensure that a bill would pass the Legislature.
December 7, 1989 |
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya was so eager to enrich himself that he relied on a staff notation "code green" on his office calendar to remind him when he was scheduled to receive money, prosecutors charged Wednesday as the trial of the Whittier Democrat began. Prosecutors said that greed led Montoya to use his public position to extort money from vulnerable citizens seeking assistance on legislation.
December 25, 1989 |
For the last three weeks, witnesses in the corruption trial of Sen. Joseph B. Montoya have consistently portrayed the California Legislature as a place where money talks. Testimony from lobbyists and former Capitol aides--as well as words from the mouths of legislators themselves--have depicted a system where the content of a bill is often less important than the prospect of personal gain for elected officials.
November 23, 1989 |
Sen. Joseph M. Montoya (D-Whittier) repeatedly and systematically demanded "fees for service"--campaign contributions and honorariums--in exchange for his support of special-interest legislation, federal prosecutors charge in a document filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The memorandum, prepared for Montoya's Dec.