California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In a 10th floor room, overlooking the hotel's iconic dancing fountains, his plans folded.
FBI agents confronted Calderon, saying he was the target of a corruption investigation and they had evidence he had accepted $100,000 in bribes to influence legislation.
Since then, Calderon has been charged with 24 federal counts of bribery, fraud, and money laundering, he's no longer a senator, and he faces a maximum 396 years in federal prison. He has pleaded not guilty.
This week is a critical one for Calderon. A judge is set to decide Thursday whether the government's case should proceed and, if it does, what evidence prosecutors can use at trial.