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After FBI search of Sen. Calderon's office, a waiting game

SACRAMENTO -- Ever since federal agents searched the office of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), everyone in the Capitol has been waiting for another shoe to drop. But William J. Portanova, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor who is working with the Senate, said people shouldn't hold their breath. He predicted “a long calm after the storm” of Tuesday’s search. “These things have a rhythm to them,” Portanova said. “Right now we’ve seen one wave. It’s kind of hard to read what the rhythm of the waves is until you have at least one more.” Indeed, federal probes can be lengthy endeavors, and sometimes they end quietly. A five-year investigation of former Senate leader Don Perata was...

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