Friday, September 4, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.
The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Tuesday.
The result was, as expected, another continuance. But this time there was little extra added in.
The case, in which Former Hesperia Mayor Tad Honeycutt and California Charter Academy (CCA) founder Charles Steven Cox share a combined 117 felony charges for misappropriation of public funds, grand theft, tax evasion and filing a false tax return, court records show, has languished in the courts for years.
Today, September 4, 2016, the prosecution enters its ninth year.
The case allegedly stems from an audit report commissioned by the California Department of Education released, in 2005, alleging conflict-of-interest transactions, eventually spurred the special grand jury investigation of the now-defunct CCA in 2007.
Cox was chief executive officer of CCA, which grew to be the largest charter school network in the state, as well as Educational Administrative Services Corp., which handled the charter schools’ finances, according to reports.
Honeycutt ran Educational Administrative Services Corp. and was president of Maniaque Management Group Inc., which also contracted with the charters.
The case has been marred by a series of changes in judicial officers, as well as defense lawyers. But the case has been at a complete standstill for more than two years.
Now comes the unthinkable.
Court records show that Honeycutt attorney Grover Porter was relieved as counsel on August 27. This development coming after the court previously denied a similar request a few months earlier.
At a hearing on Tuesday, the court appointed conflict defense panel representation for Honeycutt.
The alleged date of incident, when the alleged crimes occurred, is listed as 2004, some eleven years ago.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
All parties are set to return to court on October 9.
The current last day for trial has been extended out to January 7, 2016.