Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 02:45 p.m.

The first of four anticipated federal civil rights lawsuits, a result of the Colonies Criminal case debacle, was filed against San Bernardino County.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division, by plaintiff Jeffrey S. Burum, alleges causes of action of Retaliation, Malicious Prosecution, Fabrication of Evidence, Monell Claim, Supervisorial Liability, Conspiracy, Malicious Prosecution (California Law), Negligence and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Those named as individual defendants in the litigation include District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, James Hackleman, Hollis “Bud” Randles, Robert Schreiber, Josie Gonzales, Ruth Stringer, Adam Aleman, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, Gary Schons and Melissa Mandel.

The complaint requests damages of not less than $50 million, but in an amount ultimately determined at trial, including, but not limited to: Compensatory damages, including for injury to person, lost income, lost business opportunities, and loss of reputation; and punitive damages.

Burum’s complaint follows one filed by Colonies partners, L.P. requesting compensatory and punitive damages of $80 million.

Additional lawsuits are also expected from former defendants James Erwin, Mark Kirk and Paul Biane.

To read the civil complaint, click the following link: Jeffrey S. Burum v. County of San Bernardino, et al – Complaint