STOCKTON — Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva is immersed in separate court cases in Amador and San Joaquin counties, and he says he is going broke in the process.
“Right now, I’m in survival mode,” Silva said by phone Wednesday, looking ahead to upcoming court appearances in Jackson and Stockton. “I have to feed my family.”
In discussing his imminent court dates, Silva said he is down to his last $1,700, spoke about the truck-driving classes he recently has been taking, and revealed he soon will be father to a baby boy he plans to name Aurelius, after Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
“He’s one of my favorite people from history,” said Silva, who donned a gladiator helmet at his State of the City speech in 2013.
Silva has a scheduled court appearance Friday morning in Jackson, where the former mayor faces misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, providing alcohol to a minor and secretly recording a strip poker game with teenage counselors at a summer camp he ran at Silver Lake two years ago.
Attorneys for Silva say they will argue that evidence obtained in a 2015 search of the then-mayor’s cellphone and subsequently used against him in Amador County should be inadmissible because the phone was illegally seized by federal agents.
Silva says he is innocent in Jackson as well as in the Stockton case, which resumes Monday morning. In Stockton, Silva is charged with felonies for allegedly embezzling and laundering funds belonging to the Stockton Kids Club.
Monday morning, Silva’s attorneys say they will ask Judge Charlotte Orcutt to order a GPS monitor be removed from the…
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