Tuesday, April 09, 2013

San Bernardino International Airport corruption figure Scot Spencer appears in court

SAN BERNARDINO -- Former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday for the first time since his March 24 arrest, and has been appointed a public defender to represent him.

Spencer, 48, pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, perjury and preparing false documentary evidence to the Grand Jury during an arraignment on an amended felony complaint.

The changes to the complaint do not affect the severity of the charges or Spencer's exposure to prison time if convicted. They merely reflect recent changes to the statutory language in the penal code pertaining to the criminal charges or inaccurate wording in the prior complaint, prosecutor Robert Brown said.

Deputy Public Defender Andrew Moss has been assigned to represent Spencer, but he said Spencer is considering hiring a private attorney.

A preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday, but Moss requested the hearing be delayed until he has time to review the evidence and gather more information on the case.

"We're still waiting on information, and once we develop that information we'll be able to get a clearer picture," Moss said.

Spencer and co-defendant Felice Luciano, 69, will next appear in court on April 17 for a pretrial hearing. The pair each stand charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and Spencer faces three additional charges: two counts of perjury and one count of preparing false documentary evidence, which Spencer allegedly presented to the Grand Jury during an investigation in March 2010.

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