Nutting arraignment delayed by motions to dismiss charges

By From page A1 | July 24, 2013

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was set to be arraigned on a Grand Jury indictment Monday in South Lake Tahoe but the prosecution was instead met with motions to dismiss the charges.

The new indictment supersedes the criminal indictment from the District Attorney’s Office from May, a press release stated. New bail for the felony case is set at $20,000, with the previous $55,000, alleged to have been obtained illegally, being returned to Nutting.

Visiting Judge Timothy S. Buckley was assigned to the case, with attorneys from both the District Attorney’s Office and the California Attorney General’s Office at the hearing.

The Grand Jury indictment alleges four felony counts related to filing false documents, failure to disclose income and having a financial interest in a county contract. A second indictment from June alleges seven misdemeanor counts related to his obtaining bail bond funds, illegal loans from El Dorado County employees and contractors while he is an employee of the county.

The prosecution was unable to set the matter for trial as the defense stated their intent to file a demurrer and a 995 motion to dismiss charges. The press release from the DA’s Office points out the defense — Nutting is represented by attorney David Weiner — received discovery on June 7. A hearing regarding the motions will take place on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 3.

The case was investigated by the DA’s Office and the case will be prosecuted jointly by the DA’s Office and the state Attorney General’s Office.

Cole Mayer

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