As the state legislative session continues on in a budget stalemate, Sen. John Huppenthal's trial on misdemeanor charges of theft and tampering with a campaign sign has been pushed back a month.
While his attorney, Booker Evans, has asked that the senator not go to trial until after the legislative session in accordance with the state Constitution, he said the prosecution also wanted to reschedule to accommodate police officers involved in the case.
The trial was originally slotted to begin June 25. It's now on the docket for July 29 in San Marcos Justice Court.
Of course, if the egos on West Washington can't stop bickering over who can do more harm to the state, the July trial may not take place due to a government shutdown. Justice courts may be a county function, but much of the county's revenue comes through the state, and if the state treasury is closed, lesser levels of government will soon feel the pinch in the event of a state government shutdown.