BRAWLEY — Annette Gonzalez Buttner, the Imperial County Board Education member alleged to have provided a false address of residency during her candidacy, was present at the Imperial County Superior Court n El Centro September 24 for a pretrial and setting of jury trial.
During court, Buttner requested to relieve her current attorney, Steven Honse, and a Mardsen hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Imperial County Superior Court in Brawley later that day.
A Mardsen motion is a private hearing, without the presence of a prosecutor, where there is a formal request made by an alleged criminal defendant to fire the court appointed attorney. Both parties, defendant and defense attorney, present arguments to a judge regarding their conflict and the judge makes a final decision as to deny the motion and maintain the current attorney, or accept the motion and appoint a new defense attorney.
The motion was denied, which required Buttner to proceed with the attorney she had requested to fire.
Buttner’s next court date is scheduled for October 24 at the Imperial County Superior Court, Department 5, in El Centro.
Buttner is being charged with two counts of perjury (PC118(a)), one count of filing/submitting false declaration of candidacy (EL 18203), and one count of grand theft — value exceeding $950.00 (PC487(a)).