California Supreme Court

December 23, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The trajectory of the highly-publicized $102 million Colonies corruption prosecution remains, at least for the moment, at a standstill.

The California Supreme Court has modified a lower appellate court ruling upholding the dismissal of conflict of interest charges against Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeff Burum, and Former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, but in a unanimous decision published Monday, vacated the dismissal of bribery counts against the two men.

But, in an unexpected move, the state’s highest court sent the case back to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 2, in Riverside for additional analysis, rather than the trial court for further proceedings.

To read the full opinion, click here: S207250 – People v. Biane, et al

In May 1011, the Califoria Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney, with much drama-filled fanfare, indicted Burum, Erwin, Former County Supervisor Paul Biane, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

In a 29-count indictment, prosecutors alleged a $102 million settlement of a flood control dispute was tainted by alleged illegal misconduct.

All four men have denied any wrongdoing.