Judge in Reno won't stop 'Girls Gone Wild' trial

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis poses on the press line at the Girls Gone Wild Magazine Launch at Area night club in West Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

January 27, 2010 7:26:58 PM PST
A federal judge says he won't dismiss charges against a former Nevada sheriff's deputy accused of accepting gifts in exchange for giving preferential treatment to the jailed creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks denied a defense motion on Wednesday to dismiss the charges against former Washoe County jail Sgt. Michon Mills. The bribery trial is expected to continue Thursday and into Friday.

A Hollywood associate of "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has pleaded guilty to a related misdemeanor charge and admitted he provided Mills with a $4,500 Cartier watch and a $5,000 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card.

But the associate, Aaron Weinstein, testified that Mills never considered the gifts a bribe and eventually gave back the unused gift card and unworn watch.