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Mar 2, 2014 10:10 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

California lawmaker accused of corruption on leave

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California Senate spokesman says a state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges will take an indefinite leave of absence from the Legislature while awaiting trial.

Mark Hedlund, spokesman for President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, told The Associated Press that Democratic state Sen. Ron Calderon sent Steinberg the request for leave Sunday evening.

Calderon has been arraigned in Los Angeles on charges that he accepted bribes totaling $100,000 in cash and trips, arranging for some of the money to go to his adult son and daughter.

He pleaded not guilty, but his fellow Democrats had given him until Monday to resign or take a leave of absence. If he refused, Calderon faced being suspended from the Legislature.

By taking a leave, Calderon will continue to receive his $95,291 annual salary.

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