“The bribery and corruption case against ex-Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and real estate developer Richard Meaney is expected to go to trial in March.

Meaney and attorneys representing him and Pougnet agreed during an October hearing at the Larson Justice Center in Indio that the trial would begin next month. Steve Pougnet, 58, who identifies as gay, didn’t appear at the hearing.

Pougnet and Meaney were indicted in 2019 for 31 counts of bribery, perjury, and conspiracy. Steve Pougnet faces 21 felonies, and Meaney faces 10.

Meaney is accused of giving Pougnet money in exchange for greenlighting his real estate projects. They have pleaded not guilty…”

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