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GINO DIMATTEO waits while his attorney and the prosecution discuss his case during a sidebar with the judge Wednesday. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum


Witness to testify in bribery case

By From page A1 | October 05, 2012

Gino Dimatteo, now out on bail, appeared in court Wednesday morning for a short hearing to discuss motions that had been filed and to receive a new hearing date.

The hearing began with prosecutor James Clinchard approaching the bench with Dimatteo’s attorney, Robert Woelfel. After a five-minute sidebar with Judge Douglas C. Phimister, Woelfel left the courtroom for a minute and returned.

The judge announced that several matters had been placed before him, including orders for shortening time, making a hearing come before the court faster than normal. In this case, the judge said, the hearing would be to examine a witness. The hearing was given a date of Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

Phimister also announced that other motions had been set before the court, including motions to suppress evidence and redact incoming evidence, as well as informing the court that additional evidence may be coming to the court’s attention.

The preliminary hearing on Oct. 10 was reset as a pre-preliminary hearing for 1 p.m.

The gym owner and medical marijuana dispensary manager has been accused of bribing a South Lake Tahoe City councilwoman, who has so far not faced charges, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition.

Cole Mayer

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