Deadline extended for motion in terror case
Hamid Hayat's attorneys have been granted another week to file their motion for a new trial in the terrorism case.
The deadline had been Friday, but on Monday U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. granted a request to move the deadline back a week.
Now attorneys Wazhma Mojaddidi and Dennis Riordan have until Oct. 27 to file the motion, which is expected to include allegations of jury bias. Federal prosecutors agreed to the delay.
The 24-year-old Lodi man was convicted April 25 of providing material support to terrorists, along with three counts of lying to the FBI. Jailed since June 2005, he faces a maximum sentence of 39 years in federal prison.
Shortly after the verdicts were read, a juror signed an affidavit claiming that the jury foreman was biased and that he had decided Hayat's guilt before the case went to the jury, something jurors were instructed against.
Defense attorneys have also said the case would have gone differently had Burrell allowed retired FBI agent James Weddick to testify. He spent more than 35 years with the bureau before retiring and has said that agents in the Hayat case used leading questions to get Hayat to tell them what they wanted to hear.
A separate jury could not decide on two counts of lying against Hayat's father, Umer Hayat, and his case ended in a mistrial. He then pleaded guilty to lying about the amount of money his family was taking to Pakistan in 2003, a charge not related to terrorism. Umer Hayat was sentenced to the time he served in custody and has since returned home.
Lodi City Council candidate forum set
The Lodi chapter of American Association of University Women is holding a forum for Lodi City Council candidates on Thursday.
School board candidates will answer questions first followed by City Council candidates. The forum is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hutchins Street Square theater.
Free trees availables
The organization TREE Lodi, the Lodi Improvement Committee and Solutions are offering a free tree program. Residents are invited to apply for a tree.
Applications may be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Department, 125 N. Stockton St.; the Community Development Department, 221 W. Pine St.; the City of Lodi Finance Department, 300 W. Pine St.; and Weigum's Nursery, 401 N. Ham Lane.
All the trees have been donated for this project to help add to Lodi's urban forest, said Joyce Harmon, of TREE Lodi.
TREE Lodi will visit the applicant's site before and after the planting, provide a tree, do a site inspection three years later to check on the condition of the tree and do tree stewardship training and pruning demonstrations. Members will be available to answer questions.
Those who receive a tree must dig the hole and plant the tree and are in charge of caring for it afterward.
Deadline for application is Oct. 27.
For information about the program, contact TREE Lodi at 369-4558 or 334-6668.
Calling all Costume Fanatics
Recycle electronic items
Galt-area residents may take their old TV sets, computers, printers, copiers, stereos and other unwanted electrical items to the city parking lot at Fairway Drive and Caroline Avenue next to Burger King from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Several items will not be accepted. They include projector TVs, microwave ovens, refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters and car stereos.
The event is sponsored by Golden State Electronic Waste Recovery Systems in Stockton. For more information, call 463-7200.
This itemn was updated at 2:35 p.m. Oct. 18, 2006, to correct the phone number.
Sign language specialist sentenced on sex charge
STOCKTON - A sign-language specialist for the Stockton Unified School District was sentenced to six months in jail for having sex with a 15-year-old student.
Vickie L. Kerby, 50, pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday.
Kerby may be allowed to serve the sentence in an alternative work plan. She must also register for life as a sexual offender, which will prevent her from working in a California school again.
She worked for the Stockton school district since 1990 until her arrest in July. A security guard notified authorities when he found her with a student in her car.
First published: Wednesday, October 18, 2006