LL cycled down through the drizzle to the District’s federal courthouse this morning to catch a hearing in the Ted Loza bribery case.

Things have been rather quiet in the prosecution of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham‘s former chief of staff, and LL was hoping prosecutors might be filing the new charges they’ve indicated that might be on the way. Alas, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb told LL no such charges would be forthcoming today.

So LL turned around and left, exiting through the courthouse annex. A few steps up 3rd Street NW, lo and behold, was Loza, running late for his 10:15 hearing. It was the first time LL had encountered him since his arrest.

“Life is good,” Loza said, dressed in blue suit and red tie.

Conversation quickly moved to the state of his case: “I’m innocent. This is bullshit,” he told LL, declining to speak in any further detail.

He proceeded take umbrage at LL’s reporting last fall on Loza and his personal and professional dealings. “You didn’t do me any justice,” he said.

There’s always next time, LL replied.

Loza’s trial was set today for Oct. 4—-bad news, incidentally, for Graham’s Democratic challengers who might have enjoyed some pre-election bad press for the incumbent. Only an independent or Republican will be in a position to make political hay out of any revelations that might be aired at trial.

File photo by Darrow Montgomery