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White Headed For Trial
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Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White will go to trial on drug possession charges starting with his arraignment on July 15.

White, 21, will be charged in Stanislaus County Superior Court that day on counts of felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Judge Thomas Zeff issued the ruling on June 23 following a preliminary hearing in which the District Attorney's representative outlined the case for the prosecution.

White was arrested on May 14 after police said they found small amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his home and car while he was on three years probation from a June 4, 2007 arrest when he pleaded no contest to "wet and reckless" driving.

His attorney Mary Lynn Belsher of Modesto argued the drugs found in May did not belong to her client.

Meanwhile, White is free on bail and continues to serve on the Riverbank City Council although the mayor has asked him to resign and she and fellow council members are seeking a formal move to censure him.

He also faces a second recall movement by Riverbank Citizens For Fair Change that is collecting signatures to place his ouster on the November ballot.

Elected to the Riverbank City Council at 19, he was quickly accused of failing to register as a voter before signing to run for council office, ignored a Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury recommendation that he resign and survived an earlier recall move that failed to draw enough votes to get on the ballot.

On the council, he joined his grandfather Dave White who has served off and on for 15 years and was the city's first elected mayor. Both Whites are conservative in city fiscal matters and frequently vote together against new expenditures or taxes.