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SAN JOSE — For Santa Clara judicial candidate Enrique Colin, it was bad enough having to field media questions about how his wife got indicted Judge William Danser to dismiss her dad’s traffic ticket. Now it looks like the 11-year public defender will have to answer more questions, this time posed by prosecutors — and under oath. The district attorney’s office has subpeonaed Colin to appear as one of the 107 witnesses it plans to call during Danser’s eight-week-long criminal trial. Danser was indicted in September for felony conspiracy and misdemeanor obstruction of justice for dismissing 20 traffic tickets and dishing out light sentences in two drunken driving cases. Colin’s wife, who had worked as Danser’s court reporter, testified before the grand jury; her father’s ticket was one of the 20. Colin, who finished second in the March election, is now in a runoff against Griffin Bonini, a deputy district attorney. Colin didn’t return messages on his office and cell phones Wednesday, a court holiday. Nor did Bonini. But David Pandori, the deputy DA prosecuting Danser, said he wasn’t trying to embarrass Colin by calling him to the stand. “This is not about politics. It’s about evidence,” Pandori said. “The evidence will speak for itself in the courtroom.” Colin has maintained that he knew nothing about his wife’s request to Danser, and that if she asked him a similar favor should he win a bench seat, he would “just say no.” “I am my own person. I am an ethical person,” Colin said earlier. “I have a reputation for being ethical.” Colin’s wife, Georgina Galvan-Colin, testified to the grand jury after securing an immunity deal. She too has been subpoenaed for trial. She told the grand jury that she overheard her father, Erasmo Galvan, complaining to Colin about a $114 turn-lane violation ticket he got from the CHP. Galvan-Colin said she later found the traffic ticket and took it to Judge Danser so that the matter could be calendared in his department. “I thought he’d be fair in listening to the matter,” Galvan-Colin told the grand jury. The ticket was dismissed without Galvan appearing in court. Colin aside, the lengthy witness list yields few surprises but plenty of local star power. Three current and former San Jose Sharks players — Evgeni Nabokov, Mark Smith and Niklas Sundstrom — have been subpoenaed, along with Sharks CEO Gregory Jamison. Danser dismissed tickets for Nabokov, Smith and Jamison, and gave Sundstrom a no-jail sentence for drunk driving despite a blood-alcohol level in excess of .20. Also on the list is Dwayne DeRosario, who plays for the Earthquakes, San Jose’s pro soccer team. Danser dismissed one of his tickets, too. Prosecutors also expect to call numerous police, four local judges, two deputy DAs and a handful of other attorneys . Opening statements are expected next week. If convicted, Danser faces up to three years in prison.

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