California’s Third District Court of Appeals has denied former El Dorado County supervisor Ray Nutting’s request for the appeals court to throw out the Board of Supervisors’ decision to hold a September 9 special election to fill his vacated District 2 seat, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Tim Buckley ordered Nutting out of office in June for six misdemeanor convictions for obtaining illegal loans from county employees and a county contractor.
Nutting used the money to post bail when he was ordered to surrender on felony charges he was not convicted of. Nutting is appealing the misdemeanor convictions as well as Buckley’s order to remove him from office.
Following Buckley’s decision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors agreed to hold a special election to fill Nutting’s former seat.
“This joint prosecution by the California Attorney General’s Office and the DA’s Office, and the District Court’s decision today, has proven once again that no one is above the law … even the politically powerful,” Pierson said in a press release.