Appeals court upholds Setencich conviction

The Associated Press
Friday December 14, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has upheld the tax-evasion conviction of Brian Setencich, California’s former Assembly speaker. 

“There was sufficient evidence in the record to support appellant’s conviction,” the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in a one-paragraph memo released Thursday. 

In September of last year, he was sentenced to seven months in a halfway house. 

Setencich was convicted of looting his campaign account and understating his 1996 income by $19,301, ending his right to vote or hold public office. 

Setencich, a Republican, was Assembly speaker in late 1995. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has hired him to work in the city’s emergency communications office. 

The case is United States v. Setencich, 00-10445.