Ignacio De La Fuente Jr.’s trial for his alleged sexual assault of four women – three prostitutes and a 15-year-old girl he believed to be a prostitute – began today, reports the Chron. He approached each between October 2003 and April 2005 in the vicinity of International Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue in East Oakland. The son of the Oakland City Council prez has been charged on five counts: two of rape and one count each of assault with intent to commit rape, digital penetration by force and forced oral copulation. If convicted on all, the 34-year-old could end up with multiple life sentences.
The folks at CBS5.com also found it noteworthy that opening statements began at least a half-hour late because “a juror was stuck on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train that stalled near the Dublin station because of a switching problem.” Now c’mon – how is that news?