*Update: 2:39 p.m.
A trial-setting hearing was postponed today for Rodney King, who is facing two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop in Moreno Valley.
King was not present at today’s trial-setting conference before Commissioner Stuart Glickman, who granted Deputy Public Defender Magdalena Cohen’s request for a month-long delay in the hearing. The hearing was reset to Dec.23.
The reason for the postponement was not immediately clear.
A trial date is expected to be confirmed today for Rodney King, the man at the center of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, who is facing two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop in Moreno Valley.
Riverside County prosecutors filed a complaint against the 46-year-old King in August, and he pleaded not guilty earlier this month.
The Rialto resident, who is out of custody, could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
On July 12, King was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies for committing several traffic violations in the area of Frederick and Brabham streets.
After deputies administered a field sobriety test, the ex-con was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
He was quoted in news reports saying he had been using marijuana, for which he had a doctor’s prescription.
In March 1991, King, high on PCP, led California Highway Patrol and LAPD officers on a high-speed chase on the Foothill (210) Freeway, culminating in his videotaped beating by four officers. Their acquittals by a Simi Valley jury the following year led to days of rioting in Los Angeles.
The officers were subsequently convicted on federal charges.
King has had run-ins with the law since then, including multiple arrests for DUI and illegal drug use and a 2003 conviction for reckless and impaired driving.