Erwin’s bail reduced to nothing, released on own recognizance
By Mike Cruz
Posted: 01/28/2011 03:53:30 PM PST

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in late April for former county assessor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin in the controversial 2006 Colonies lawsuit settlement.

Postmus and Erwin, a former assistant assessor, attended court proceedings Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Judge Duke Rouse scheduled a preliminary hearing on April 25 for prosecutors to present evidence in the case. Lawyers estimated the hearing to last two to three days.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge will listen to witness testimony to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to support the charges and hold over the defendants for trial.

The court scheduled appearances on April 4 for discovery and April 22 to determine readiness for the preliminary hearing.

Rouse also reduced Erwin’s bail to nothing during court proceedings Friday. Erwin’s bail had been as high as $600,000. Prosecutors did not object to the reduction, and the court released Erwin on his own recognizance.

Erwin is represented by lawyer Rajan Maline, while Postmus is represented by lawyer Richard Farquhar. Deputy District Attorney Lewis Cope and Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel are prosecuting the case.

Prosecutors say the landmark $102 million settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006 was tainted by bribery and extortion.

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