Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting appears Tuesday at the El Dorado County courthouse in Placerville for the first day of testimony in his trial.

El Dorado jury begins deliberations in felony case against supervisor

Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 3:59 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Jurors this afternoon began deliberating the fate of El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting in a case that could end his political career after four terms in office.

Attorneys representing Nutting and the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office made closing arguments earlier today in a case involving alleged misrepresentation of grants Nutting received from the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Jurors were scheduled to deliberate until 4:30 p.m. and return Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. unless they reach a verdict today. That seems unlikely because they will have to consider evidence presented over almost three weeks.

Nutting faces four felonies and seven misdemeanors. The felony charges are related to economic disclosure reports Nutting submitted without describing the Cal Fire grants and his approval of budgets for two small fire districts that had board members who signed the grant checks.

If convicted of any of the felony counts, Nutting would have to resign his supervisor seat under state law.

Nutting also faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly seeking loans from county employees to pay bail and get out of jail.

In his closing argument, Nutting attorney David Weiner said the supervisor never received loans but county employees willingly provided money for his bail. He also said Nutting’s failure to disclose the grants was a mistake.

County prosecutor James Clinchard said Nutting had too much experience as a politician and a businessman to make such a mistake and his omission was willful.

Call The Bee’s Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @BradB_at_SacBee.

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