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John Wallace’s arraignment postponed again in conflict-of-interest case

John Wallace, former administrator for the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District, appears in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
John Wallace, former administrator for the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District, appears in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge once again postponed the arraignment of John Wallace, the former South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District administrator accused of violating conflict-of-interest laws, at the mutual request of the prosecution and the defense.

An attorney for Wallace, Jeff Stein, told Judge Dodie Harman: “We’re continuing to confer the case, there’s a lot of complexities on both sides.”

Wednesday morning’s hearing marked the second time the arraignment was postponed. (A previous arraignment in early February also was postponed.)

Harman rescheduled Wallace’s arraignment for May 10.

Wallace is accused of participating in, or influencing, governmental decisions and contracts that benefited him financially. He was charged at the conclusion of a 10-month investigation by the county District Attorney’s Office.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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