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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Grand Jury releases 2013-14 final report

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury has released its final report for 2013-14.

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

Norma Torres

Torres

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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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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Norma Torres

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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Thursday, May 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The Lou Desmond Show, on San Bernardino-based KTIE-AM 590, covered the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office last night in it’s 5:00-5:30 p.m. segment.

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Merritt+Ramos

Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt left. District Attorney Michael Ramos right.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/14, 7:31 PM PDT |

The race for San Bernardino County district attorney pits incumbent Michael A. Ramos against one of his own prosecutors and longtime adversaries, Grover Merritt.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Editorial endorsement intrigue?

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The Sun

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We don’t don’t take a much stock in the endorsments and opinions of the local editorial pages.

But one has to wonder about the state of, and reasoning behind, current local political endorsements.

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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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: DA’s race is ‘Colonized’

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Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt left. District Attorney Michael Ramos right.

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY / STAFF WRITER
Published: May 13, 2014 Updated: May 14, 2014 7:56 a.m.

The showdown in the June 3 election between San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and opponent Grover Merritt, a prosecutor in his office, has been 10 years in the making.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Some humor from the Redlands Tea Party Patriots

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

The above revision to a joint political mailer from the campaigns of Sheriff John McMahon, and District Attorney Michael Ramos, is making the rounds on social media this afternoon.

It’s very creative to say the least!

McMahon-Ramos Mailer

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Looks we have a new Batman on the scene.

He’s the third to ascend to the keys to the Batmobile.

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InlandPolitics: Grover Merritt appears on KTIE-AM 590

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 08:20 a.m.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney and candidate, Grover Merritt, was a guest on the Lou Desmond Show on KTIE-AM 590, Wednesday evening (4/30).

The 30-minute segment was fast paced. Also participating in the discussion was Ralph Rossum, Professor of Criminal and Constitutional Law at Claremont McKenna College.

To listen to the podcast, click the here.

Merritt+Ramos

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The race for Riverside County District Attorney heated up last week, following allegations that incumbent, and former Superiror Court Judge Paul Zellerbach, was caught twice messing with the campaign signs of his opponent, and subordinate, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

Even more problematic, he (Zellerbach) was also using a county-owned vehicle to engage in the mischief. Local law enforcement unions, who also support Hestrin, have called for Zellerbach’s resignation.

But now it’s San Bernardino County’s turn.

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IEBusinessDaily: New Ethics Allegations against District Attorney

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
April 26, 2014

The election for District Attorney is one of the hot races to watch this June, if for no other reason than because of the history of the two candidates.

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The following article was published in Friday’s edition of the

San Bernardino County Sentinel.

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Laurie Levenson, a former assistant U.S. Attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola Law School says “The appearance of it is troubling. It gives the appearance of impropriety because by making those donations, he [Carter] looks as if he is currying favor with the district attorney. Although it may be permitted, I don’t think it is ethical.”

The Sentinel

Documents implicate DA Ramos in extortion and kickback scheme  (Update -1-)
By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on April 25, 2014

(April 25) The surfacing of long-buried criminal court documents indicates San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos withheld crucial information from a panel of Superior Court judges and county lawyers who provided the county board of supervisors with a persuasive recommendation to give attorney Earl Carter and his law firm an exclusive $20 million contract to perform indigent defense work at all of the county’s courthouses.

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InlandPolitics: SB County: KTIE covers breaking news story on DA, local attorney

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

San Bernardino based radio station KTIE-AM 590 had Mark Gutglueck, editor of the San Bernardino County Sentinel, as a guest for thirty minutes on the Lou Desmond Show, which aired live in the six to seven o’clock hour Thursday evening.

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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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InlandPolitics: Public Attorneys union drops demand for legal fees from candidate

Politics

Friday, April 18, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

In a surprise turn of events, the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors, public defenders and child support lawyers has decided not to pursue legal fees from the only candidate challenging incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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Scales of Justice

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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Colonies

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.

InlandPolitics: No settlement in San Manuel murder-for-hire case

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

An attempt to settle a long-running civil case against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission failed at a court hearing in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning.

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U.S.-District-Court

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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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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Merritt+Ramos

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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Scales of Justice

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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Pot+Kettle

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

There’s always entertainment in San Bernardino County politics.

This year is no exeception!

Sources at both local newspapers say Dave Ellis, political consultant to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, has been endlessly peppering the newsrooms, with press releases crying non-stop about contributions to Ramos’ opponent, Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt.

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Scales of Justice

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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Grover Merritt

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/02/14, 2:29 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee has endorsed veteran county prosecutor Grover Merritt for district attorney, marking the first time the committee has endorsed a non-incumbent Republican for the office.

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DailyBulletin: Proposed legislation from the Colonies corruption case passes

Norma Torres

Sen. Norma Torres

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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The Sun: San Bernardino County DA’s campaign treasury dwarfs challenger’s

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Grover Merritt

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 7:59 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos is trailing his challenger in contributions by nearly $22,000, according to recently released campaign finance reports reflecting the period Jan. 1 to March 27, but Ramos possesses a substantially larger war chest.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos loses republican endorsement

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Ramos

Friday, March 28, 2014 – 05:45 am.

What was supposed to be a sure thing didn’t happen on Thursday night.

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Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos (Photographer: John Valenzuela, Los Angeles News Group)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/14, 12:27 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt has challenged incumbent District Attorney Michael A. Ramos to three public debates to be sponsored by the county’s three regional state bar associations.

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SanManuel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 10:45 a.m.

A lawyer for two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, convicted in a Murder-for-Hire scheme, is now trying to get a civil case moved.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance update

Money

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in San Bernardino County this week.

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InlandPolitics: Politics: DA race causing stir inside union’s membership

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The barbs are still flying inside the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA), this weekend.

The union, which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys, has itself in the midst of an internal squabble, due to the apparently unpopular actions of its executive board and president, John Thomas.

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IEBusinessDaily: Silliness in District Attorney’s Race

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IE Business Daily
March 22, 2014

Political Whispers

For a second week in a row, the headlines in the race for San Bernardino County District Attorney have been focused on non-issue matters.

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Ramos

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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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Donations to DA candidate’s campaign criticized

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San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt, who is running for DA, accepted contributions from associates of Jeff Burum, a defendant in a corruption case.

March 20, 2014; 03:59 PM

A candidate for San Bernardino County District Attorney accepted campaign contributions from family and associates of a defendant at the center of a high-profile criminal corruption case, according to finance reports.

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

InlandPolitics: Ballot statement dispute resolved in District Attorney contest

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

It only took a matter of minutes to resolve an over-hyped ballot statement episode involving District Attorney Candidate Grover Merritt.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, pictured second from left. San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association President John Thomas at far right.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

We’ve been covering the dust-up over the ballot statement of San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt.

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Sylvester+Tweedy

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.

When it was Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon in the tank, it was an accident.

But, when it’s District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt. It’s intentional, despicable, dastardly, and outrageous!

We said dastardly right?

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 Campaigns

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 07:45 p.m.

The ballot statement squabble between Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt and the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association is headed to Superior Court on Thursday.

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Scales of Justice

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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DailyBulletin: Union: Erroneous info on Grover Merritt’s candidate statement

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/16/14, 6:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The president of the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors and public defenders is requesting that incorrect information on district attorney candidate Grover Merritt’s candidate statement be stricken or corrected.

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IEBusinessDaily: Did District Attorney Cross the Line?

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By IE Business Daily
March 15, 2014

The reelection campaign for San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos appears to be off to a rough beginning.

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

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District Attorney Mike Ramos

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 PE: POLITICS: Plenty of choices on June 3 primary ballot

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford. (File Photo/Staff Photo)

March 10, 2014; 03:12 PM

There will be contested races for every Inland county supervisorial seat up for election in the June 3 primary, candidate filings show.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Grand Terrace: Cortes urged colleagues prosecution

Grand Terrace

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

A few years ago, the San Bernardino County Distrct Attorney charged Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller, with a single felony conflict-of-interest count, for voting on approval of check registers, which listed checks paid to his wife’s community newspaper for city-purchased advertisments.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Incumbents challenged

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Several San Bernardino County incumbents have drawn challengers.

One last minute add caught the elected official by surprise.

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Elections 2014

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/07/14, 9:48 PM PST |

San Bernardino >> Friday was the filing deadline for candidates vying for seats at the state and local levels for the June 3 primary election.

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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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Scales of Justice

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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DailyBulletin: Lawsuit by widow of Upland real estate exec David Lewis loses on appeal

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/14, 7:33 PM PST | Updated: 32 secs ago

A federal appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an Upland real estate executive’s widow who alleges that her husband’s suicide occurred after authorities failed to conduct a proper medical and psychological screening following his arrest more than three years ago.

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InlandPolitics: 9th Circuit denies Lewis appeal, case back in Superior Court

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Monday, February 24, 2014 – 03:00 p.m

The appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling, dismissing two civil rights claims, by Rachel Lewis, widow of real estate executive David Lewis, was denied by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: David Lewis: U.S. Appellate Court filings

Court Filings

Monday, February 24, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com has obtained and uploaded appellate briefs, related to a lawsuit over the suicide death of real estate executive David Lewis, filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/14, 7:33 PM PST |

The widow of a deceased Upland real estate executive has sued San Bernardino County’s district attorney, the California Highway Patrol and several others, alleging they caused his suicide by forcing him to cooperate as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption and failing to take into account his unstable mental condition.

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InlandPolitics: David Lewis: Legal filings on wrongful death case

Court Filings

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 7:25 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has uploaded documents, from the respective state and federal court databases, related to the breaking story on deceased real estate executive David Lewis, published by The San Bernardino County Sentinel website on Sunday evening.

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A lawsuit filed by the widow and son of former real estate executive David Lewis alleges San Bernardin County District Attorney Michael Ramos coerced the prominent businessman to, among other things, wear a wire in an investigation into his family before killing himself.

 

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

(February 23) David Lewis, a third generation member of the Lewis Homes homebuilding and shopping center development dynasty, was driven to suicide in 2010 by pressure put on him by district attorney Mike Ramos to act as a cooperating witness against members of his family, according to a lawsuit filed by his widow and surviving son.

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Elections 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 23, 20134 – 08:45 a.m.

The filing period for the June Primary Election closes on March 7.

Two of the sure to be hotly-contested Inland races, will be that of Riverside County and San Bernardino County District Attorney.

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InlandPolitics: Hearing related to fifth Colonies dismissal motion continued

Update

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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Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos: “I will not allow our office to be used for political purposes.”
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/02/prosecutor-tim-donnelly-wont-face-legal-action-for-gun-use.html#storylink=cpy

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The latest on California politics and government
February 21, 2014

Tim Donnelly will not face legal action in San Bernardino County for his heavily publicized use of firearms at campaign events in recent weeks, the local prosecutor saying Friday that terms of Donnelly’s probation do not prohibit such activities.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies lawyer to appear on local radio show

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Wednesday, Fenruary 19, 2014 – 04:15 p.m.

Riverside-based Attorney Rajan Maline, one of the criminal defense lawyers in the well-publicized Colonies case, will be a guest on the Lou Desmond Show, this evening from 06:30 – 07:00 p.m.

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Scales of Justice

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 Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on February 14, 2014

(February 14)– A delay in the selection and approval process for four lucrative county contracts for the provision of what is known as conflict representation for indigent defendants in the county’s courts has resulted in the exposition of a series of apparent irregularities in the rating and recommendation system being used in the competition for the contracts.

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Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 14, 2014

One of the conditions of Tim Donnelly’s probation after a loaded firearm was discovered in his carry-on bag at an airport in 2012 is that the Twin Peaks assemblyman – and now-candidate for governor — could not “personally use, own or possess any firearm that is not registered to him.”

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InlandPolitics: Political advisor to Ramos, McMahon resigns position

Politics

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

The political advisor to San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon has resigned his long-time appointed position on the Orange County Fair Board.

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InlandPolitics: Greasing a lucrative criminal defense contract ? – Part 1

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Was the fix already in?

Questions have arisen regarding irregularities in the competition to win the right to provide conflict representation to indigent criminal defendants in San Bernardino County.

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

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Torres

Norma Torres
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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Norma Torres

Torres

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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It's a secret

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

The stepfather of a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is rumored to be on ice until the supervisor stands for reelection, later this year.

But maybe it just fell through the cracks of the overloaded justice system!

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County fundraising totals

Money

Monday, February 3, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 – 01:15 p.m.

A combination of new contribution limits and the sluggish economy is having an effect on local totals.

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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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Scales of Justice

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

Los Angeles Daily Journal

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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Jeff Burum

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.

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IEBusinessDaily: Colonies Criminal Case to take another turn?

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IE Business Daily

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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