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Daily Bulletin: FPPC a bigger bang for San Bernardino County’s buck

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 5:12 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County appears to be getting its money’s worth out of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Mike Ramos, SB County DA, was fined for the third time for failing to properly report campaign expenditures. Perris Councilman who was caught with drugs and male prostitutes resigns, and Lou talks with a Perris resident about the feelings there.

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Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15 – 2:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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lawsuit

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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Mike Ramos

During a news conference in November, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said about 60 warrants had been served. But that number has since changed to 35, and prosecutors are not saying why.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/15, 8:44 PM PST |

Authorities have no legal basis to block public access to dozens of search warrants filed in San Bernardino Superior Court in the McStay family murder case, according to a motion filed Wednesday by an attorney representing 18 news organizations.

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InlandPolitics: Jaded liability strategy blows up again

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Related Post: InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

Friday, January 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

Another criminal case, brought in an attempt to shield an agency from civil liability, this time San Bernardino County, blew up in Superior Court late Wednesday afternoon.

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The Sun: DA drops child porn charge in Adelanto teacher’s case

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 12/24/14, 4:49 PM PST |

VICTORVILLE >> An Adelanto middle-school teacher no longer faces child pornography charges, but he pleaded no contest to charges of having adult pornographic images on a school-owned computer.

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged

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Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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The Sentinel: No bang, just whimper as Sheriff’s POST Cheating prosecution ends

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff pay scandal case goes quietly into the night

Sailboat Drifting Away

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Remember the March 2011 press conference, by the San Bernardino County District Attorney, over the indictment of seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees, who were alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records?

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

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Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/07/14, 10:14 PM PDT | Updated: 20 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A letter determining that complaints of corruption were unfounded was presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies judge will rule on dismissal motions Wednesday

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Top 25 highest-paid executives

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Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

Here’s the Top 25 highest paid public employees in San Bernardino County government, according to 2013 compensation figures provided by the searchable database at website TransparentCalifornia.com

The totals include all costs related to the positions, including inusrance, pension contributions, allowances, etc. For hourly-wage employees further down in the database, overtime is included.

So much for tightening those purse strings!

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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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Stephen Larson

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.

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
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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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

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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

McMahon+Ramos Mockup

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

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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

SanManuel

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

Really

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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Mike Ramos+John Thomas

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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