Jun 3, 2016

Former assistant court operations manager to enter change of plea in $100,000 embezzlement case

The hearing for a motion to dismiss has been vacated for this afternoon in the Socorro Cervantes case.

Instead, Cervantes is expected to enter a change of plea at 9 a.m this morning.

Mar 10, 2016

DA Maggie Fleming saves the day, again.

The last hearing Socorro Cervantes had was on February 24, 2016 for trial setting for the alleged embezzlement case. The setting kept getting continued and nothing has happened in this case for a while so I figured I would just check the next date instead of going to that hearing on a day that there were several other cases to cover at the same time. The case always has to be heard by a Visiting Judge since Cervantes was the former court operations manager. Recently, even a Visiting Judge recused himself.

The Public Defender was substituted by Conflict Counsel and since the last post, Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown is now representing Cervantes.

There were two dates in the computer. Jury trial 9/26 and motion for hearing to dismiss on June 3rd. There is also a pre-trial scheduled in the drunk in public case on June 3rd.The latter surprised me because no such document has been filed or entered in the computer.

After some research, the only one who had the answer was District Attorney Maggie Fleming, It has been so refreshing to have a DA who answers questions, promptly and is accessible to explain decisions.

"I believe the visiting judge gave a briefing schedule:  If the defense chooses to file a motion seeking a dismissal of the indictment, that must be filed by 4/11 and then the People have until 5/2 to file a response in opposition to that motion.  The defense must file a reply by 5/9 so that the hearing can be heard on June 3," said Ms. Fleming.

Oct 26, 2015

Just add that drunk in public to the alleged $100,000 embezzlment charge, Socorro Cervantes arrested Saturday

Former Humboldt Superior court operations manager, Socorro Cervantes, charged with embezzling $100, 000 was arrested for being drunk in public this Saturday.

Oct 13, 2015

Jury trial date finally set for former court operations manager who is charged with embezzling $100,000

A jury trial date of February 8 was finally set today for Socorro Cervantes, the former court operations manager who is alleged to have embezzled $100,000.

The alleged incident took place in 2008, she was indicted by a grand jury in 2013.

Trial confirmation is January 27 at 2 p.m. and Pre-Trial is January 13 at 2 p.m.

Sep 10, 2015

Surprise, not! Another trial setting date for former court operations manager charged with embezzlement

Another court hearing was set for Socorro Cervantes today in Courtroom 4 at 2 p.m. DDA Roger Rees was present for the People. Mr. Kaleb Cockrum appeared with Cervantes.

Mr. Cockrum told Visiting Judge Arnold Rosenfield, "this case is large. I spent an hour and a half with my client and we have only covered 25 percent of the discovery. We need more time."

Another disposition and reset hearing set for October 13 at 2 p.m.

Aug 5, 2015

Local lawyer says that it will be difficult to prove the alleged $100,000 embezzlement charge against former court operations manager

Nothing much happens with this case except disposition and reset hearings continuing over and over, this time the next court date is September 10 in Courtroom 4. It has to be heard by a Visiting Judge since it involves a former court operations manager.

I started following this case from the beginning of this year and there have been several hearings this year.

DDA Jackie Pizzo subbed in for her colleague Mr. Roger Rees in Courtroom 7 today. Cervantes is represented by Conflict Counsel's Mr. Kaleb Cockrum and today's hearing was before Visiting Judge Richard Kossow.

Mr. Cockrum asked that a discovery motion that had been filed by the Public Defender "be withdrawn without prejudice."

According to Mr. Cockrum today, the DA's office has provided all the discovery. He needs time to go over it with his client. Will the next disposition and reset actually result in a trial date?

A lawyer who has often made observations and given me feedback on certain local cases and has been right every single time. These are his observations on the Cervantes case.

Cervantes is with charged with a felony and alleged $100,000 embezzlement but she is someone with no record, a stable residence and no violence in her history. Anyone with a similar charge and record would also be out of custody. That lawyer also said" the provable loss in this case will never even approach 5 figures in my opinion. It is very difficult to prove what they are alleging against this woman."

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