Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2011 03:12:49 PM PDT

The attorney representing Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum is asking a state appeals court to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against his client, who prosecutors charged in a sweeping county corruption probe.

In a petition filed with the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside Tuesday, attorney Stephen Larson argued that San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Brian McCarville should have dismissed conspiracy and conflict-of-interest charges against Burum, in addition to five other charges that he did dismiss, during an Aug. 19 hearing.

McCarville also dismissed one felony count of misappropriation of public funds against three former county officials in a sweeping corruption case in which prosecutors allege the county’s $102 million legal settlement in November 2006 with Burum’s development consortium, Colonies Partners LLP., was tainted by bribery and blackmail.

On May 9, a criminal Grand Jury indicted Burum; former county Supervisor Paul Biane; former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin; and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt, on charges of conspiracy and conflict of interest, among other charges.

Attorneys for Erwin and Kirk also filed petitions for writs of mandate Tuesday in the Riverside appellate court seeking dismissal of some of the charges against their clients. They did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Biane’s attorney did not file a petition, according to online court records.

Larson declined to comment Thursday.

The defense attorneys’ actions come amid an appeal by state and local prosecutors of McCarville’s Aug. 19 rulings.

Prosecutors are seeking the reinstatement of the dismissed charges, while defense attorneys are seeking more dismissals.

On Thursday, prosecutors filed an opening brief on their appeal, court records show.

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