STOCKTON - San Joaquin County district attorney candidate Gary Hickey, who has several legal problems of his own, received another setback Thursday.
Hickey, who is from Lodi, was informed by the local bar association he was no longer being recommended for defense work by the Lawyer Referral Service. About 70 attorneys are available for that work when county-paid public defenders can't be assigned.
Hickey was arrested in Lodi about a month ago on suspicion of driving under the influence. He also under investigation for his involvement in another incident about two weeks ago when another man suffered a dislocated hip. Hickey still hasn't completely settled a misdemeanor hit-and-run case from last year, in which he left the scene of a crash. And finally, News10 interviewed Hickey on a work day in March coming out of a bar at 10:30 in the morning when he admitted he'd had "half a beer."
Hickey is facing Tori Verber Salazar for district attorney for San Joaquin County.