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FORMER JUDGE EXPECTED TO ADMIT TAKING BRIBE.

Byline: Associated Press

A former Superior Court judge was expected to plead guilty today to a charge of accepting money from a well-known trial attorney, a newspaper reported.

Under a plea agreement, Michael I. Greer will plead guilty to one count of bribery for allegedly taking money from lawyer Patrick Frega, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday.

Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper also reported that car dealer Jimmy Williams, who owns Rancho Jeep-Eagle, was expected to plead guilty to one count of obstructing justice in the yearlong federal investigation.

The money Greer allegedly took was used to help pay for cars and repairs at Williams' dealership. Williams allegedly failed to provide complete documents to investigators.

Under the plea agreement, Greer, 63, may still have to spend time in prison. Williams was not expected to receive any prison time as a result of his plea, officials said.

Greer and Williams were expected to plead guilty today in the Los Angeles courtroom of U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie. Rafeedie was assigned the case after the entire San Diego bench removed itself from the case involving its judicial colleagues.

Two other former San Diego judges - G. Dennis Adams and James Malkus - as well as Frega also face imminent indictment on bribery and racketeering charges, sources told the newspaper.

The probe grew out of a state probe by the Commission on Judicial Performance more than four years ago.
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