Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cantrell Trial Update

The federal court trial resumed this morning with testimony from Deb Riga, the former Schererville Town Judge. Riga was convicted for public corruption a couple years ago and possibly faces 20 years in prison.

From the Post Tribune:

"Under questioning, Riga said in her first and only term as judge in 2000, her friend, Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe, set up a meeting or her with Cantrell's friend, Gil Guiterrez, and eventually with Cantrell to discuss steering town court business to Addiction and Family Care, the Hammond firm owned by Nancy Fromm.

Riga said she met frequently with Fromm and Cantrell and AFC eventually hired her father, Tony Riga, a pharmacist, and paid him in cash.

Riga testified that Cantrell said on occasion that he received payments in cash and was also paid for referral business at AFC.

On cross examination, defense attorney Kevin Milner made much of the fact that Riga is facing more than 20 years in prison for her public corruption conviction and has been free while she has been cooperating with government investigators."

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