RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Local developer Richard Meaney made his first initial court appearance at the Riverside Hall of Justice Friday morning, amid public corruption and bribery charges connected to the Scandal at City Hall in Palm Springs.
But, he was only in the courtroom for about three minutes as his arraignment was rescheduled to May 19, the same day his co-defendants are expected back in court.
He is one of three men facing charges, including developer John Wessman and former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet. Meaney arrived to court with his wife, Heidi, on Friday morning. He briefly met with his attorney, Peter Scalisi, who works out of Irvine, before driving away from the courthouse.
The D.A.'s office has already made clear previously they planned to have all three men arraigned together on May 19.
According to John Hall, the public information officer for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, "Most of the time it starts that way, because maybe we'll have everyone arrested at the same time, or they surrender at the same time, so everyone ends up with the same date to begin with. And then we don't have to put them together like this." Hall said.
"In this particular case, that didn't happen. So, it's just best for everyone involved to keep it all on the same date," Hall added.