Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/14, 3:27 PM PST | Updated: 48 secs ago

A defense attorney representing a key figure in a case accusing former county officials of conspiracy and accepting bribes told a judge on Friday he will be filing five motions this month alleging government misconduct and challenging evidence in the Colonies corruption case.

Defense attorney Stephen Larson told Judge Michael A. Smith of his intentions during a status conference in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Larson’s allegations include elaborate charging schemes used by prosecutors to bypass the statute of limitations on bribery and criminal conspiracy.

The defendants were indicted in May 2011, but the alleged crimes occurred in 2006, and the statute of limitations for the charged crimes is three and four years.

In addition, Larson is alleging prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence from a criminal grand jury in 2011 that diminished the credibility of two of the prosecution’s key witnesses, former county Supervisor Bill Postmus, who also formerly was the county assessor, and former Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman.

Larson produced an email sent to Aleman from Postmus on Jan. 16, 2010, in which Postmus accused Aleman of lying during his testimony in the criminal trial of another former Assessor’s Office employee, Rex Gutierrez. Gutierrez is also a former Rancho Cucamonga councilman who was forced to resign from the City Council upon his conviction in October 2010 of grand theft, conspiracy and fraud.

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