Nutting’s trial to begin in April
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.