Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Robinson Rancheria Tribal Chair Tracey Avila, Accused Embezzler and Terrible Human Being, Has Her Trial Delayed Again. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.
A judge Tuesday granted a defense motion to postpone the theft trial of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians tribal chair accused of stealing from another Lake County tribe over a nearly three-year period last decade. Tracey I. Avila was scheduled to face a jury May 15, but her attorney, R. Justin Petersen, is currently involved in another trial that is expected to conflict with Avila's date. Petersen filed a continuance motion as a result of the overlap. Judge Andrew S. Blum granted the defense request Monday, finding good cause to reschedule Avila's trial during a morning hearing at the Lake County Courthouse. Avila, 51, of Nice is now set to stand trial for a grand theft charge June 19. Authorities allege Avila stole tens of thousands of dollars from the federal government and the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians while working as that tribe's fiscal officer between February 2006 and September 2008. She was arrested Sept. 9, 2011. Avila, who has pleaded not guilty and is out of custody, is scheduled to return to court on Monday for pretrial matters. Tuesday marked Avila's second trial postponement since she was held to answer for the felony count Oct. 3 -- the first delay occurred in February because of the defendant's health issues. Read more about the Hall of SHAME member Tracey Avila: Robinson Rancheria Disenrollments 1