Prosecutors: New charges against former Graham aide Ted Loza likely
A grand jury is likely to return more charges against Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in the next few weeks, federal prosecutors disclosed in court Thursday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb did not disclose the nature of the new charges during a brief hearing in the District's federal court. He said they should come in the "next two to four weeks."
Loza was indicted on bribery charges in September, accused of accepting $1,500 in cash to help push legislation benefiting some in the taxi industry. Loza, 44, has denied any wrongdoing.
In response to Crabb's grand jury revelation, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman tentatively rescheduled Loza's trial from late March to early July.
Loza's attorney, Pleasant Brodnax, told Friedman he was concerned about a trial occurring near the September primaries. Graham, a close friend of Loza's, is running for reelection, and testimony is expected to deal with how Loza and his boss dealt with the taxi industry. Graham has not been charged with any crimes.
"We would not like the trial in this case temporally located near the election," Brodnax said, adding that Loza was ready to go to trial as soon as possible.
-- Del Quentin Wilber
February 4, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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