It has been nearly a year since former Corporation Commission Chairman Gary Pierce, his wife, Sherry, the lobbyist Jim Norton and water utility owner George Johnson were indicted on eight counts of bribery, fraud and conspiracy.
Trial is scheduled for May 30 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, but the defendants were back in court Tuesday — or at least their attorneys were there on their behalf.
Johnson was the only one of the defendants to appear at the hearing, which was held to hammer out what testimony and evidence will be admissible during the trial, and what will be left out.
The charges date to 2011 and 2012.
Bribery trial involving Arizona utility regulator and Johnson Utilities weeks away