Trial Begins for Ex-Cop Tied to Hells Angels

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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Trial Begins for Ex-Cop Tied to Hells Angels

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Trial is starting for a former California policeman charged with giving confidential law enforcement information to the Hells Angels biker gang.

Jury selection begins Tuesday in San Jose federal court in the trial of 37-year-old Clay Rojas, who is facing 12 criminal counts ranging from conspiracy, fraud, improper computer access and illegal use of a computer for financial gain.

The San Jose Mercury News says the ex-Santa Clara police officer and former Marine sergeant who served in Iraq says he was in financial distress and under pressure to repay a loan.

A federal grand jury indicted Rojas last year on charges that he furnished confidential law enforcement records, such as criminal histories and state motor vehicle records, to Hells Angels member William "Billy" Bettencourt.

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