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Trial For Former BHUSD Superintendent Tentatively Set For Nov. 10

Updated live at 12:35 p.m. on September 30, 2011 from Department 102 of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center:

A pre-trial conference for former BHUSD Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard occurred this morning in Judge Stephen Marcus’ courtroom. Hubbard’s trial was tentatively set for November 10.

Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman told Judge Marcus he intends to bring additional charges in front of the Grand Jury against Hubbard. Huntsman said he had not previously been able to present to the Grand Jury because his witness was “unable to appear.”

In early September, Huntsman told The Courier the additional charges had to do with former BHUSD Human Resources Coordinator Nora Roque.

After the Grand Jury has made a decision on the additional charges, Hubbard’s attorney Salvatore Ciulla said they may be filing a 995 motion, or a request to have a judge review what happened during the grand jury to evaluate of there was enough evidence presented.

Both factors will determine whether the case can be sent to trial. As of now, Judge Marcus said the trial should begin within 11 days of Nov. 10.

A trial readiness conference for former BHUSD Director of Planning and Facilities Karen Christiansen is tentatively set for Oct. 28 with a tentative trial set for early November in Judge Marcus’ courtroom. Hubbard’s trial is expected to last seven days and Christiansen’s trial is expected to last up to five weeks.

Christiansen is charged with four counts of conflict of interest and Hubbard is charged with two counts of misappropriation of funds.

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