>   A pretrial conference was held Nov. 4, in the case involving charges that Culver City Recorder Jeri Jones made personal charges on the city's credit card.
   Judge Dan Ahern presided at the hearing, in which the defendant's attorney Geoffrey Gokey appeared in person, and state prosecuting attorney Timothy Thompson spoke by phone.
   Gokey said, "Mr. Thompson and I spoke and I proposed a civil compromise with the city of Culver, but Thompson objected to the compromise."
   A short hearing then needed to be set for the formal hearing of Thompson's objection, but since a number of area judges have recused themselves from hearing the case (Jones is the Jefferson County sheriff's wife), Ahern had to contact judges to see who was available.
   As of Monday, a hearing date had not yet been set.
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