Allegations fly in Ray Nutting case
July 24, 2013
Prosecutors accused the attorney for El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting of delaying court proceedings, while the attorney accused the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office of harassment following a court hearing at the South Shore Monday.
During Monday's hearing, visiting judge Tim Buckley reduced Nutting's bail from $55,000 to $20,000 and set a hearing date for a pair of defense motions. He ordered the original bail be returned and gave Nutting until Thursday to provide the new bail amount.
Nutting, 54, is charged with four felony counts relating to the filing of false documents, failing to disclose income and having a financial interest in a county contract for public funds he used to clear forest fuels from his property on the west slope. He has also been charged with seven misdemeanors regarding cash he received for bail money.
According to prosecutors $47,000 Nutting received from county administrative assistant Kitty Miller constitutes an illegal loan from a public employee to a public official, something Nutting's attorney David Weiner disputes. Weiner told the court he is planning to file an objection to the prosecution's allegations known as a demurrer and also file a motion to dismiss charges in the case, known as a 995 motion. The motions are scheduled to be argued at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the South Shore.
Nutting did not enter a plea to the charges Monday, but has denied wrongdoing.
Weiner called the allegations against Nutting "political" and said they are "a lot to do about nothing." He accused the District Attorney's Office of harassing Nutting.
In a Monday statement, the District Attorney's Office said Weiner's motions unnecessarily delayed trial setting despite the defense having evidence in the case since June 7.