Sara Suddes - Gilroy Dispatch - Aug 6, 2009
San Jose, California
A family of tow truck operators accused of using local courts to defraud hundreds of motorists will be held to answer for their alleged crimes.
"I'm very pleased," said Deputy District Attorney Dale Lohman outside the courtroom minutes after Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown announced his decision to hold the family over for trial.
Although Brown dismissed a handful of minor charges, Vincent Cardinalli Sr., 66, Paul Greer, 32 - formerly Vincent Cardinalli Jr. - Cardinalli's daughter, Rosemary Ball, 34, and her husband, Michael Ball, 39, will stand trial for 158 counts of conspiracy, forgery, perjury, attempted grand theft and other felony charges.
"I'm not upset about these," Lohman said of the eight dropped charges against Greer - the majority of which were for alleged perjury. "You pick your battles."
Greer's attorney, Eben Kurtzman, said the dropped charges "probably aren't going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things."
With more than 100 counts against his client alone, Kurtzman said the judges decision was not a surprise.
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