Scales of Justice

California Charter Academy
By Beau Yarbrough
Posted: 04/26/2013 04:57:27 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The two men who allegedly misappropriated $5.5 million in taxpayer funds meant for California charter schools may be inching toward a trial date, five and a half years after they were indicted.

California Charter Academy founder C. Steven Cox and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted in September 2007 on a combined 117 felony charges. Since then, they’ve appeared in court 29 times, including Friday in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.

Attorneys for both the defense and prosecution spent 13 minutes behind closed doors in Judge Jon Ferguson’s private chambers. When they emerged, he announced they had just engaged in a “brief conference about some scheduling issues” in what he said was the “voluminous” case.

Cox’s lawyer, Rancho Cucamonga defense attorney Geoff Newman, has to master the more than 52,000 pages of discovery and 456 exhibits that had been presented to the grand jury in the CCA case. Evidence presented by the defense will likely raise the page count even higher.

At the time it went out of business in August 2004, CCA operated 36 campuses around California.

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