SACRAMENTO — Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Quinn will make his next court date July 16 after his attorney told a Sacramento judge his client was made an “offer” in his criminal case that also includes conspiracy to submit a false DNA sample.
Quinn appeared in Department 8 of the Sacramento Courthouse on June 18 with his attorney Vincent Maher before the Hon. Gregory Orr who was sitting on the bench in place of Judge Laura White.
Judge Orr asked Maher if his client received an “offer” from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, in which the defendant’s attorney replied, “Yes.”
Orr set the next court date of July 16 at 1:30 p.m., a mutually agreed appointment made by Maher and Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina. Maher also requested to “speak to the sentencing judge,” which Judge Orr also granted.
Quinn, a Twin Rivers Unified School District board member, was charged last November with 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges, including a conspiracy to submit a “false DNA sample” in a paternity suit filed against him.
Quinn is charged for allegedly receiving illegal loans and gifts from a school district employee as an elected official. The former district employee also claims Quinn is the father of her 2-year-old son.
Co-defendant Andre Pearson also appeared in court along with Quinn and he must return for the July 16 court date as well. Pearson, a lab tech, is accused of conspiring with Quinn to distort the paternity test.
Both defendants have appeared in court 10 times with separate attorneys since they were arraigned on Nov. 13, 2013. After the latest court proceedings, Blazina would not confirm that the “offer” mentioned in court pertained to a plea deal.
“I can’t comment on anything,” Blazina told The OBSERVER. “But there has been a discussion.”
Maher and Quinn left the courthouse without comment. Quinn and Pearson are both free on bail until the case is resolved.
By Antonio R. Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer