Scales of Justice

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge left bribery and misuse of public funds charges intact, but threw out tax fraud and perjury charges in the Colonies case.

BY IMRAN GHORI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A San Bernardino County judge delivered mixed rulings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, with both sides notching victories.

At the conclusion of seven days of hearings over three weeks, Judge Michael Smith kept intact key charges of bribery and misappropriation of public funds against a Rancho Cucamonga developer and three former county officials.

But he also threw out significant conspiracy and conflict-of-interestcharges, as well those having to do with tax fraud and perjury.

Smith also denied defense motions to dismiss the entire case based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct that led to some of the most heated accusations in the proceedings.

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