Disgraced Sacramento real estate mogul Michael Lyon was back in court Monday wearing a suit and tie, having shed his orange jumpsuit after being released from jail last month.
While Lyon looked more like the prominent businessman he once was – instead of the disheveled figure seen in jail booking photos – his legal ordeal is far from over. His hearing was postponed to May 18 in Sacramento Superior Court on 16 felony counts of electronic eavesdropping that expose him to potentially more time behind bars.
When he was released April 1, Lyon, 59, the former chief executive officer of Lyon Real Estate, had served six months for violating the terms of a plea agreement his lawyer worked out with the District Attorney’s Office in 2011. During that arrest last year, prosecutors allege, investigators discovered methamphetamine and other drugs in his home and seized electronic equipment that they analyzed in preparing the latest eavesdropping charges.
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