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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/30/14, 6:59 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.

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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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The Sun: Judge to decide fate of Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/26/14, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Last week was rough for prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case as a judge dealt a major blow to their case by dismissing the key conspiracy charge against all four defendants.

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The Sentinel: Rulings on dismissal motions dismantling Colonies corruption case

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By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 26, 2014

(July 25) — More than three years after indictments were handed down against Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County officials he is accused of bribing, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith eviscerated the case against the defendants, throwing out conspiracy and a dozen other charges that were considered central to the case.

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Defense attorney Stephen Larson (far right) speaks with the defense team Thursday morning in San Bernardino Superior Court during a motion hearing in the Colonies corruption case. (Will Lester — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:47 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed to amend the indictment.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Smith threw out the conspiracy charges against the four Colonies defendants during a motion hearing.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/23/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.

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IEBusinessDaily: Defense wins early round in corruption trial

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge today dismissed a conspiracy count against four defendants in a prominent public corruption case.

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DailyBulletin: Torres’ anti-corruption bills pass two more Assembly committees

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/14, 8:45 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A pair of legislative bills drafted by Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, in response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case passed two Assembly committees on Tuesday, continuing their path to Gov. Jerry Brown for final review and possible signing into law.

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Norma Torres has proposed legislation to address a loophole in bribery cases. (Courtesy Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/14, 7:05 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> The state Senate on Thursday passed legislation that’s designed to close a “loophole” defendants in the $102 million Colonies corruption case are using to try to dismiss the charges in the case.

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The Sun: Colonies case returning to San Bernardino Justice Center

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 2:13 PM PDT |

The shuffling of judges and staff to the newly opened San Bernardino Justice Center and other scheduling conflicts will delay hearings on dismissal motions in the Colonies corruption case by up to two months, a court clerk said Monday.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 – 07:30 p.m.

Defense lawyers have lodged a series of reply briefs in the well-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 8:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A prosecutor in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case admitted in a letter to a state senator that criminal conspiracy charges may be dropped against one of the defendants because the statute of limitations has lapsed, according to a motion filed in Superior Court.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/14, 11:03 PM PDT |

An employee at a private investigation firm lied under oath about the actions of a San Bernardino County district attorney’s investigator during a raid last year at the business, a deputy district attorney said in a court motion.

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From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt. former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane in San Bernardino County Superior Court in June 2011. They’ve asked a judge to dismiss corruption charges. (File Photo)

April 09, 2014; 03:28 PM

Prosecutors are accusing defendants in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case of false accusations and personal attacks while trying to get charges thrown out.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/14, 2:57 PM PDT |

After more than two and a half years, a federal judge has closed the books on an FBI probe into San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case with no charges filed.

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The Sun: Colonies defendant Jeff Burum a possible suspect in phone hacking case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/14, 6:11 PM PDT |

A file that surfaced during a raid at a private investigation firm led prosecutors to believe that Rancho Cucamogna developer Jeff Burum may be tied to the illegal phone hacking of a witness in his San Bernardino County public corruption case, according to a court motion.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

State prosecutors are moving forward with case over $102 million San Bernardino deal
By Katie Lucia
Monday, April 7, 2014

Defense lawyers in one of the state’s biggets public corruption cases are celebrating a federal judge’s recent decision that effectively closes the book on all federal activity related to the matter.

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April 07, 2014 11:20 AM
SHANE NEWELL, FOR THE DAILY PRESS

Despite outraising incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos by almost $15,000 in the first 11 weeks of 2014, challenger Grover Merritt still possesses a considerably smaller war chest.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/06/14, 1:39 AM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and his attorney trumped up allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and misstated or mischaracterized myriad facts in a sweeping set of dismissal motions, according to responses filed in San Bernardino Superior Court by prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies: Prosecutors file briefs opposing dismissal

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

State and local prosecutors filed their oppositions to a series of five motions in the well-publicized Colonies case, last Friday.

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DailyBulletin: Proposed legislation from the Colonies corruption case passes

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/14, 1:09 PM PDT |

The state Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday passed a package of legislative bills drafted in response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case, which would alter the statute of limitations for bribery offenses so it does not begin until the discovery of an alleged offense.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/14, 3:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An Upland attorney who in 2007 contested San Bernardino County’s $102 million settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga-based real estate investor group that triggered a far reaching public corruption scandal is now opposing a defense attorney’s request to dismiss the criminal case due to lack of evidence.

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Private Eye

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/28/14, 7:53 PM PDT |

When a prestigious El Segundo-based private investigations firm was hired to investigate the key witness in a major San Bernardino County corruption case, they subcontracted the work — or at least part of it — to a rural Alabama woman who had no license and a spotty criminal record.

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VVDailyPress: Ramos questions opponent’s integrity, Merritt responds

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March 21, 2014 9:45 AM
Anneli Fogt, For the Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos on Wednesday night denied any involvement in a lawsuit recently brought against his election opponent Grover Merritt, though he said the suit raises legitimate questions about Merritt’s integrity.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 – 07:30 p.m.

The Colonies case is finally headed back to San Bernardino County Superior Court, following the issuance of a modified opinion by Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, in Riverside on Monday afternoon.

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The Sun: Colonies supporters giving to District Attorney’s opponent

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/12/14, 9:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Associates of an indicted developer are backing a challenger to incumbent District Attorney Michael A. Ramos in the upcoming June primary election.

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The Sun: Bill Postmus, attorney respond to suspected cell phone hacking

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/14, 6:47 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and his attorney have responded to allegations that a prominent Los Angeles-based private investigation firm hired a woman to hack into Postmus’ cell phone and obtain his phone records.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/03/14, 6:30 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> Prosecutors and defense attorneys are finally in agreement on one thing in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case: that the case should be remanded to Superior Court from the 4th District Court of Appeal so it can proceed to trial.

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The Sun: P.I. firm spied on key Colonies’ case witness, documents disclose

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/14, 4:09 PM PST |

A private investigation firm was hired by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case to spy on a key witness, court documents show.

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March 02, 2014; 12:57 PM

Authorities are looking into allegations that the cellphone of a key government witness in a San Bernardino County corruption case was illegally hacked by private investigators linked to the case of a prominent developer he will be testifying against.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: Third prosecutorial misconduct motion unsealed

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Friday, February 28, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

A motion, related to the execution of a February 2013 search warrant, by the District Attorney, filed by Stephen G. Larson, attorney for Colonies Defendant Jeffrey Burum, is now public.

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InlandPolitics: Hearing related to fifth Colonies dismissal motion continued

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Friday, February 21, 2014 – 10:30 p.m.

A decision to unseal a fifth dismissal motion in the highly-publicized Colonies case has been delayed until February 28.

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The Sun: Colonies’ prosecutors withheld evidence from grand jury, defense alleges

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/14, 7:44 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An Upland attorney’s allegation that prosecutors withheld key evidence from the grand jury in the Colonies corruption case, which he said would have cleared his client of any wrongdoing, has long been a sticking point among defense attorneys since certain court reforms were passed in 1990, a criminal law expert said Tuesday.

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The Sun: Lawmaker targets statute of limitations in response to Colonies case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/07/14, 3:18 PM PST |

In response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case, state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, introduced three legislative bills Friday that would, among other things, change how the statute of limitations applies in certain bribery-related offenses.

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February 07, 2014; 06:10 PM

State Sen. Norma Torres is introducing legislation that would make it easier to prosecute public officials in bribery cases, citing the Colonies corruption case as her reason for doing so.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino County corruption prosecutor John Goritz retiring

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/07/14, 5:00 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Deputy District Attorney John Goritz, who in the last five years has been immersed in prosecutions involving former county officials and their associates accused of public corruption, is retiring, effective Feb. 22.

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Friday, February 7, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

State Senator Norma Torres (D-Pomona), announced on Friday, that she has introduced three pieces of legislation stemming from new developments in the highly-publicized Colonies case.

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InlandPolitics: Dismissal motions lodged in Colonies criminal case (-Final Update-)

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Monday, January 27, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

[**Update: The post has now been updated with all supporting exhibits.**]

Defense attorneys in the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case lodged long-awaited dismissal motions in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Monday.

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The Sentinel: Defense Files Quartet Of Motions To Have Colonies Indictment Dismissed

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 31, 2014

(January 28)– Multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct have so marred the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Case that it should be dismissed altogether, according to four motions filed by the attorney representing the defendant central to the case, a businessman who is accused of extorting and bribing four former public officials.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/14, 8:05 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

Another motion alleging prosecutorial misconduct and requesting dismissal of the Colonies corruption case was served on prosecutors Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court, but the motion remains under seal.

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The Sun: Judge to set hearing on dismissal request in Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/14, 6:53 PM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge today is expected to schedule a date to hear dismissal motions filed by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case.

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DailyJournal: Defendants in public corruption case allege prosecutorial misconduct

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San Bernardino County developer, officials in corruption scandal say their rights were violated

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Katie Lucia

Defendants charged in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal are trying to convince a judge to toss the case, alleging a litany of prosecutorial misconduct.

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The Sun: Defense attorney in Colonies case alleges prosecutor misconduct

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/14, 5:21 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the ongoing Colonies corruption case filed a sweeping set of motions Monday, arguing that the case should be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations having run out.

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Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum, a Rancho Cucamonga developer, accuse prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial. (File Photo)

January 27, 2014; 04:01 PM

Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

IEBusinessDaily: Colonies Criminal Case to take another turn?

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By IE Business Daily
January 25, 2014

Political Whispers

Four years. Yes, it has been nearly four years since San Bernardino County District Attorney and then Attorney General Jerry Brown announced the prosecution of the “greatest corruption scandal in the history of California.”

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 24, 2014 (www.sbsentinel.com)

(January 21) — In their zeal to make a federal criminal case against the defendants, who were already charged with bribery-related crimes in the state’s Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, FBI agents and members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office violated the constitutional rights of the central figure in the case, his lawyer has alleged in recent filings in U.S. District Court.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Federal investigators admit time has run out for filing charges in San Bernardino scandal
By Katie Lucia

RIVERSIDE – A high profile Inland Empire developer and others face state charges in what authorities have dubbed one of the biggest public corruption scandals in thestate. But it appears they won’t answer to the alleged crimes in federal court.

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Scales of Justice

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Defense lawyers made a new publicly-available online filing related to the now-closed federal probe into the 2006 settlement, between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners, on Friday.

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 18, 2014

(January 13) Federal prosecutors will not pursue a criminal case against any of the defendants involved in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution that is proceeding in state court, according to a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in U.S. District Court on January 13.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Feds’ corruption probe into Colonies closed

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January 16, 2014; 06:18 PM

More than two years after FBI and IRS agents raided nine locations connected to a San Bernardino County corruption probe, federal prosecutors are indicating that their investigation is closed.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: No Federal charges in Colonies corruption case after inquiry

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/14, 11:25 AM PST | Updated: 44 mins ago

LOS ANGELES >> An FBI investigation into alleged criminal misconduct in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has concluded with no federal charges being filed, according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

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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.

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Defendants, from left, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt; former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane; businessman Jeff Burum; and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, in an August 2011 court hearing in San Bernardino. (File Photo)

January 10, 2014; 08:44 PM

Following a state Supreme Court ruling, defense attorneys are pushing for the Colonies corruption case to go to trial soon but at a status hearing Friday, Jan. 10, it wasn’t clear how long that might take.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sentinel: With Postmus’ credibility shot, DA banks on Brown as lead witness

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By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
January 10, 2014

(January 8) Matt Brown, San Bernardino County’s current assistant auditor-controller-treasurer and the one-time chief-of-staff to former county supervisor Paul Biane, is about to emerge front and center as the lead prosecution witness in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, the Sentinel has learned.

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The Sun: Defense attorneys want Colonies case back in San Bernardino Superior Court

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Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Smith during a hearing in 2012, in the Colonies case. (File Photo/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/28/13, 5:30 PM PST |

Defense attorneys said Friday they will push to get San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case back to trial court so they can present additional evidence they say will help prove their clients’ innocence.

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The Sentinel: State Supreme Court Reinstates Earlier Dismissed Charges In Colonies Case

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2013

(December 26) SACRAMENTO—The California Supreme Court on December 23 reestablished the essential elements of the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, granting the gist of prosecutors’ appeal more than a year and two months after the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside dismissed the most crucial charges lodged against developer Jeff Burum, the central defendant in the case.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: It’s back to the Court of Appeal

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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.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/20/13, 1:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDIN0 >> The California Supreme Court is set to release its opinion on San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case at 10 a.m. on Monday, according to the court’s website.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: SACRAMENTO: State Supreme Court considers local corruption case

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November 22, 2013

The wheels of justice turn slowly. That’s clear from public corruption cases that have ensnared officials in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck
November 14, 2013

Whether a landmark political corruption case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County political figures will proceed to trial now hinges on the California Supreme Court’s determination of a highly arcane legal issue.

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DailyBulletin: California Supreme Court hears arguments in Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/13, 5:54 PM PST |

SACRAMENTO >> The California Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments from a prosecutor and a defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case. The high court’s decision will determine whether bribery charges will be reinstated against a key defendant in the case or whether the case will move forward as it now stands.

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California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. (Myung J. Chun/AP)

California justices pepper both sides with questions; prosecutors want some charges reinstated in the Colonies Partners case
November 05, 2013; 05:02 PM

State prosecutors got their chance to ask the California Supreme Court to reinstate charges against an Upland developer in a case San Bernardino County prosecutors called one of the biggest public corruption cases in county history.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: More evidence problems in Colonies case

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Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 07:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.

Discovery (the turnover of evidence or case-related materials) compliance by prosecutors, a year’s-long chronic issue, continues to plague the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/02/13, 5:44 PM PDT |

The future of a San Bernardino County corruption case involving a $102 million legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer, allegedly tainted by bribery and extortion, lies with a decision by the California Supreme Court.

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DailyBulletin: Notable San Bernardino County public scandals

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Posted: 10/17/13, 8:11 PM PDT |

• Developer Al Steward pleaded guilty in 2001 to bribery charges that brought down the city of San Bernardino’s infamous “Gang of Four.” Four council members — Valerie Pope-Ludlam, Edward Negrete, Frederick Curlin and Ralph Hernandez — were cited in 1994 for consistently backing Steward projects and receiving hefty contributions in return. Most, if not all, of those projects failed to bring in promised revenue and crippled the city’s redevelopment agency.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supreme Court sets Colonies hearing

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From left, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, former Supervisor Paul Biane; businessman Jeff Burum and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, are seen in an Aug. 19, 2011, court appearance in San Bernardino./Staff Photo

October 11, 2013; 04:30 PM

The Colonies case that prosecutors have called one of the biggest examples of public corruption in San Bernardino County history will go before the California Supreme Court on Nov. 5 for a hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Oral argument set in Colonies case

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Friday, October 11, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

The California Supreme Court has set oral argument in the Colonies case for November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Sacramento.

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By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/03/13, 12:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

The state Supreme Court has agreed to review a public corruption case in San Bernardino County and decide whether bribery charges should be reinstated against a prominent Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court limits review in Colonies matter

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 – 09:55 a.m.

The criminal conspiracy case involving the 2006 settlement, between Colonies Partners L.P. and San Bernardino County, has landed on the radar of the California Supreme Court.

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The Sun: Judge declines to lift stay in Colonies criminal proceedings

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By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/16/13, 6:49 PM PDT | Updated: 18 mins ago

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday declined to consider a motion to dismiss a county corruption case until the state Supreme Court reaches a decision on whether some charges will be reinstated, court records show.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies defense attorney pushes toward dismissal

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Burum’s attorney gets hearing to possibly lift stay of criminal proceedings
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2013 09:33:58 PM PDT
Updated: 08/02/2013 10:05:01 PM PDT

The attorney for a Rancho Cucamonga developer accused of conspiring with county officials in a bribery scheme is asking a San Bernardino Superior Court judge to lift a stay on criminal proceedings so he could file a motion to dismiss the case, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Action on Colonies appeal expected soon

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 11:00 p.m.

The much-publicized Colonies case appears to be on track for oral argument before the California Supreme Court either the week of September 2 or October 7.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Final brief filed in Colonies appeal

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Friday, May 10, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

In a strange turn of events, state prosecutors now say it’s no longer necessary for the California Supreme Court to throw out two long standing case law precedents, and more than a dozen underlying appellate opinions, in order to reinstate key bribery and conflict of interest charges against defendants in the well-publicized case involving the 2006 Colonies Settlement.

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The PE: CORRUPTION: Task force increasingly visible in local investigations

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“It just makes a bigger statement to the world that politics has nothing to do with doing what’s right and holding these people responsible,” Ramos said. “It takes the wind out of the sails of these people that claim this is a political investigation.”

May 04, 2013; 05:24 PM

Law enforcement officials first announced the formation of a task force focused on political corruption in November 2010, when FBI agents and San Bernardino County district attorney’s investigators raided Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2013 06:22:53 PM PDT

In 2010, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos announced the formation of the Inland Empire Joint Corruption Task Force, prompted by allegations of rampant corruption in local government. His announcement followed an FBI raid at the county-run Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where it was alleged that some public officials had been receiving free medical care.

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By Mark Gutglueck
sbcsentinel@yahoo.com
Republished from Friday, April 19, 2013

(April 19) The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney have overstepped their prosecutorial authority and are engaging in “an impermissible charging scheme” in the pursuit of a bribery and conspiracy case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former public officials, according to a defense brief filed with the Supreme Court on April 15.

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The Sun: High court receives defense motions in Colonies corruption case

California Supreme Court

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/19/2013 11:31:16 PM PDT

A defense attorney, in a motion filed with the state Supreme Court, alleges that state and San Bernardino County prosecutors are asking the high court to overturn a century of established case law and reinstate bribery charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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The PE: CORRUPTION: Lawyer urges court to reject bribery arguments

Jeff Burum

Developer Jeff Burum during a break in an August 2011 court appearance in San Bernardino County Superior Court.(Stam Lim/Staff Photographer)

April 17, 2013; 04:08 PM

A defense attorney accused prosecutors of attempting to “radically change” state bribery law in its California Supreme Court petition to restore charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Colonies Defense: Case a “Novel” charging scheme

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 04:30 p.m.

The defense in the highly-publicized Colonies case accuses the State Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney of using an “novel charging scheme” to bring its case against Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeffrey Burum, Former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, Former County Supervisor Paul Biane and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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InlandPolitics: New Supreme Court ruling to impact Colonies case

California Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 04:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 10:15 p.m.

The California Supreme Court rendered a ruling Wednesday afternoon that will impact the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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InlandPolitics: Prosecutors want Colonies case on ice

California Supreme Court

Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney has filed papers with the State Supreme Court opposing parts of the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case from moving forward.

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