Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – 01:30 p.m.

The Sun / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers has convicted the four defendants in the case surrounding the $120 million Colonies settlement.

The papers ran a story Tuesday titled ‘Prisoner realignment may affect Colonies case’. The article, by reporter Joe Nelson, centers on the impact prison realignment may have on the potential sentences that defendants Jeff Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk and Paul Biane may face.

Yes, they actually did!

Even though no trial has occurred and no plea bargains have been realized in the case.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office appears to have gleefully participated in the appalling hypothetical smear story.

All defendants stand accused, not convicted.

Maybe for tomorrow Nelson can pen a story on the defendants violating their parole.

Another par for the course for editor Frank Pine’s newspapers.