SACRAMENTO – Cortez Quinn appeared in a Sacramento County Courtroom again on Tuesday afternoon, but he still did not enter a plea in a multi-felony and misdemeanor case that also includes conspiracy in an alleged fraudulent paternity test.
Quinn appeared before the Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White in Department 8 along with his lawyer Vincent Maher. Andre Pearson, an alleged conspirator in the fraudulent paternity test, also faced the judge with his lawyer.
Judge White, who did not preside over the arraignment held in November, moved the court proceedings to Feb. 25 to allow defense attorneys to continue to scour over materials in the case.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina agreed with Judge White’s decision and told the judge that he now has “financial records and business records” he subpoenaed in the case.
Quinn and Pearson did say a word and left the courtroom at the conclusion of the proceedings. Blazina did not say whether the materials were related to Quinn or Pearson.
“I just got them,” Blazina told the press after hearing. “I haven’t had a chance to look at them.”
Blazina said the defendants’ court appearances were considered as a “settlement conference,” an attempt to resolve the matter. But currently, the attorneys needs more time to gaze at “additional records” pertaining to the case, Blazina said. The settlement conference could move forward during the next court date in February.
“The case is still pending,” Blazina said. “There is large volume of records” both sides have to observe.
Quinn, an inactive board member of the Twin Rivers Unified School District, was charged with 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges, including a conspiracy to submit a “false DNA sample” in a paternity suit.
The five misdemeanors charged to Quinn are connected to him for allegedly receiving illegal loans and gifts from a district employee as an elected official. The former district employee also claims Quinn is the father of her two-year-old son.
Quinn is in the middle of a 90-day absence request from the TRUSD. He was asked to step down from the board. Quinn ($25,000) and Pearson ($15,000) are both free on bail until the case is resolved.
By Antonio R. Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer