A visiting judge has set a Feb. 4 trial date for El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting.
The veteran supervisor faces a four-count felony indictment, including charges of perjury, failing to properly report state income for brush clearing and herbicide work on his ranch and providing false information on when the work was completed. He also faces a felony conflict of interest charge over his failure to recuse himself from votes to fund two local fire conservation districts.
Nutting was also later charged with seven misdemeanors for allegedly soliciting money from two county workers and a major construction contractor to bail himself out of jail.
Nutting, who has characterized the case as a political vendetta against him by El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, entered a not guilty plea in a South Lake Tahoe courtroom Sept. 20.
Visiting Judge Timothy S. Buckley, a retired Kings County Superior Court and state appellate judge who set Nutting’s case for trial, will hear the case. Buckley was appointed after three El Dorado County judges either recused themselves or were dismissed by defense motions due to their personal relationships with the supervisor.
Nutting’s trial is to be held in Placerville.