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Pasquale Rotella’s Bribery And Conspiracy Trial Begins Today, August 1st

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The People vs. Pasquale Rotella begins today.

Although many may have forgotten, the Insomniac founder’s trial has been scheduled to begin today for a while now. Included are L.A. Memorial Coliseum event manager Todd DeStefano and promoter Reza Gerami, all of whom are being charged for alleged bribery and conspiracy and paying $1.9 million in payoffs to DeStefano as an exchange for helping them put on the original EDC raves at the stadium.

The case has been delayed multiple times, initially as Judge Kathleen Kennedy needed time to oversee the Grim Sleeper trial and again after the District Attorney’s office was charged with prosecutorial misconduct. In May of last year, Deputy District Attorney Dana Aratani had to be pulled off the case after reading emails between Rotella and his own attorney, Gary Jay Kaufman.

The mistake was pounced on by Rotella’s attorney, who asked the judge to throw out all the charges he was facing and to punish the DA’s office for fostering “an environment where the prosecutors and investigators not only reviewed attorney-client-privileged emails willy-nilly but also failed to keep any records of the privileged emails that they read.”

While Judge Kennedy didn’t throw out the charges, it was inevitable that she would approve the replacement of the prosecuting attorneys, delaying the trial by over a year. It is noted that Rotella and Gerami are also being sued by the commission that owns the building, a case originally thrown out by a 2013 LA Superior Court Judge but then reinstated by a state appellate court in 2015.

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In July 2015, an attorney for Gerami asked the judge to stop the civil trial, believing and arguing that it might force the defendants to incriminate themselves ahead of their criminal trial. Judge Delila C. Lyons however has refused to delay the trial, ruling that it will continue as scheduled in November of this year.

It is alleged for both cases that Rotella and Gerami supposedly paid DeStefano and former GM Pat Lynch to hold raves at the stadium, while little money was actually being paid to the owners of the building.

The allegations were a result of an investigation in the building’s finances that began when a 15-year-old girl died at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010. In 2012 Lynch pled guilty to the charges to avoid a prison sentence and is expected to testify at the trial.

Kaskade Is Taking Over Los Angeles’ Convention Center in May

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Insomniac Events have just announced the first ever dance music event taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

On May 7th, Kaskade will take over the downtown venue with an eighteen-and-over show that marks another milestone in Insomniac’s turbulent relationship with the city of LA.

The Convention Center hosts annual events such as the Los Angeles Auto Show and Anime Expo, and is best known to video gamefans as host to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. Overall, the venue provides 720,000 sq ft of space and parking for over 5,600 cars. It is conveniently located near the Staples Center in the southwest portion of the city’s downtown area and easily accessible via the Pico Metro station.

If you wish to attend, be sure to sign up for the presale on Kaskade’s website. Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb 24 at 10am PST. Regular tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 26 at 10am PST. For more information on the Los Angeles Convention Center visit the venue’s official website.

 

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Carlo Lio returns to Los Angeles

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One of our all time favorites, Carlo Lio, is set to return to Los Angeles tonight at Exchange LA with fellow industry peer and global techno icon Joseph Capriati. This much anticipated event will set new boundaries for Los Angeles underground as techno and tech-house is slowly surfacing in to the mass audience leading this generation of music lovers in to a new spectrum.

Carlo Lio can be credited as an important element of Toronto’s electronic music movement and have paved the way for the city’s recognition as a global destination within the industry. As the creator and co-owner of Rawthentic Music Label as well as his exclusive Vinyl only label, On Edge Society, which helps cultivate rising talents that share the same music ideology and vision of Carlo Lio’s sound and direction. The globe-trotting DJ/Producer/Label Owner has had a busy stunt of traveling since 2010 when his track ‘Breakfast In Bag‘ on Paul Ritch’s QUARTZ label hit the global circuit gaining support from some of the biggest names in the industry; a true defining moment in his career to say the very least.


The relentless work ethic of Carlo Lio to push his own sound has landed and secured him regular spots of major festivals and venues around the world such as BPM Festival, TreeHouse Miami, Stereo Montreal, Marquee New York, Space Ibiza, Electrocity Festival, Sankeys London, Monegros Festival and the list goes on. For those looking to push their own boundaries of Techno, be sure to catch the one and only Carlo Lio tonight at Exchange LA. Discounted tickets and guestlist are available here.

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