By Lorna Rodriguez
A Humboldt County Superior Court judge on Tuesday set a March 25 preliminary hearing for a Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District commissioner accused of poaching.
Commissioner Aaron Newman is accused of using illegal tags in 2009 and 2012 to avoid California limits on abalone and deer harvests.
After being arrested in June, Newman pleaded not guilty to 11 criminal charges, which include four felonies.
He's been charged with knowingly offering a false or forged instrument to be filed with a state office and perjury by declaration. The offenses carry maximum penalties of three and four years in state prison, respectively.
In court Tuesday, Newman's attorney Manny Daskal asked Judge Marilyn B. Miles to reset the hearing date because he hasn't been provided with documentation that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife gathered.
During the hearing, Miles asked about a motion filed by Daskal to dismiss the two felony charges related to Newman's 2009 abalone report cards. Daskal argued in his motion that the charges should be dismissed because the statute of limitations had run out before his client's arrest in June.
Both Daskal and Deputy District Attorney David Nims, who was filling in for prosecutor Christa McKinney, confirmed the motion had been filed. No action was taken. An intervention hearing was scheduled for March 13.