Nutting’s trial to begin in April

Ray Nutting, right, sits with his attorney, David Weiner, in court on Feb. 21. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene
Ray Nutting, right, sits with his attorney, David Weiner, in court on Feb. 21. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The trial of El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting was confirmed during a Feb. 21 hearing.

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney James Clinchard, noting that co-prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Peter Wellings was unable to attend the hearing, confirmed the April 8 trial.

Clinchard outlined the trial — potential jurors coming in on April 8, jury selection beginning on approximately April 15 and opening statements and evidence commencing the week of April 22. A readiness and settlement conference was set for March 24 at 1 p.m. Defense attorney David Weiner agreed.

Prosecutors submitted a written plea deal to Nutting and his attorney on Feb. 7, Clinchard noted, but “The defendant rejected it.” Attorney David Weiner confirmed this. Despite the outcome of the trial, a civil grand jury will be convened to explore removing Nutting from office if he remains in his District 2 seat at the trial’s conclusion, according to Clinchard. Nutting’s term ends in December 2016.

Nutting has been charged by both the District Attorney’s Office and a Grand Jury with several felonies related to filing false documents, failure to disclose income and having a financial interest in a county contract, as well as misdemeanors concerning Nutting allegedly obtaining loans for bail from fellow county employees and contractors. The California Attorney General’s Office is co-prosecuting the case.

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