Arraignment postponed for Jeff Belle on ballot statement lie, hearing on motion to dismiss set for Friday

By Allen Payton

The November 9th court date for Contra Costa County School Board Trustee Jeff Belle at which he was to be arraigned for lying on his ballot statement in last year’s election, was postponed due to a motion filed by Belle’s attorney.

Belle filed a demure to dismiss the charge against him, claiming the District Attorney’s office did not adequately state the crime that he committed, Deputy District Attorney Steve Moawad explained.

The DA’s office responded and the hearing on Belle’s motion, which would dismiss the case, is set for this Friday, December 4 at 1:30 PM in Department 29 in Martinez.

In his candidate statement Belle stated he had a college degree, but had not yet obtained one, at that time. He faces a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine.

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