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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

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CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was finalized Tuesday.

By Ben Bolch, Nathan Fenno and Melissa Rohlin
August 12, 2014

The NBA announced that Steve Ballmer’s $2-billion purchase of the Clippers had closed on Tuesday, making the former Microsoft CEO the undisputed owner of the team.

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By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 08/08/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES>> The arraignment of three current and former Irwindale city officials accused of public corruption was postponed Friday at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Indictment

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

In response to reader emails, here’s the original 29-count indictment in the Colonies Case, with redacted charges, which were dismissed, without leave to amend.

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

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

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

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Prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case make their way to the courtroom on July 28 at San Bernardino Superior Court. )Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 11:36 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the defendants in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case can stand trial for bribery but dismissed some charges alleging conflict of interest, failure to report income and perjury.

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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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By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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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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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case are requesting in a court motion that a former federal prosecutor now working for the law firm representing key defendant Jeff Burum be barred from working on Burum’s defense.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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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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Yxstian Gutierrez

Yxstian Gutierrez

July 28, 2014 – UPDATED at 9:03 p.m.

Yxstian Gutierrez was not legally appointed to his seat on the Moreno Valley City Council and must step down, a judge tentatively ruled Monday, July 28.

To read story by Stephen Wall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles Clippers

By Jack Wang, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

On Monday afternoon, Shelly Sterling walked into a hallway at Los Angeles Superior Court and cried.

Moments earlier, Judge Michael Levanas had issued a tentative oral decision overwhelmingly in her favor — likely clearing the way for the Clippers’ $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer, and ending a turbulent three-month saga sparked by Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

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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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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 10:28 pm

The passage of Proposition 13 – California’s landmark property tax limit – in 1978 marked a major, even radical, change in how the state makes public policy.

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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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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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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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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Tuesday morning. In case you missed it!

Appeals court deals blow to Obamacare

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled subsidies paid under The Affordable Care Act in states where no exchanges exist are illegal. Meanwhile, within hours, a Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled exactly the opposite.

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By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 18, 2014

(July 15)– The preliminary hearing for former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey will be held on September 10, Judge Bridgid McCann ruled this week.

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InlandPolitics: Hearing for former Upland city manager continued

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The preliminary hearing in the criminal case involving for Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been continued again.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager back in court

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The former city manager of Upland, California, is heading back to court.

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InlandPolitics: Trial set in San Bernardino County Sheriff pay case

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

An effort to reach a settlement in a case tied to the falsification of training records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, has failed.

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SacBee (AP): Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

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By TAMI ABDOLLAH
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 – 8:32 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:38 am

LOS ANGELES — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.

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DailyBulletin: Doctor’s behavior questioned in Donald Sterling court case

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In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/01/14, 7:20 PM PDT |

One of the doctors who declared Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incompetent socialized with the billionaire at a hotel restaurant after the exam, raising questions about the physician’s conclusions, Sterling’s attorney said Tuesday.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts sought stability, found instability

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

When the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson agreed in 1997 that the state would assume the entire cost of financing California’s largest-in-the-nation court system, judges rejoiced.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: March Joint Powers Authority lawsuit could be re-examined

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

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

LATimes: Shelly Sterling appears to have early edge in legal fight with Donald

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James Rainey
June 23, 2014

Shelly Sterling appeared to have the advantage after an initial hearing in probate court Monday, with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge saying that the terms of a family trust may give Donald Sterling little room to rebut a finding that he is mentally incapable of continuing as co-owner of the Clippers.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:51 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday imposed sanctions totaling $3,500 against two San Manuel tribal members for failing to comply with court orders to produce evidence of their net worth in a civil case.

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SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Attorneys in a civil lawsuit stemming from a murder conspiracy case involving two San Manuel tribal members are quarrelling over the disclosure of the tribal members’ financial information in the upcoming punitive damages phase of the trial.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Gov. Brown appoints new judge

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Christopher B. Harmon

June 18, 2014

Defense attorney Christopher B. Harmon was appointed to a Riverside County judgeship Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

SFChronicle: Politicians don’t make a peep on teacher tenure ruling

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Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 2:01 pm, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rarely has a major court decision been met with such stony silence by California politicians as the ruling declaring that the state’s teacher tenure laws hurt poor and minority-heavy schools and are unconstitutional.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling ally says firms have dug up ‘dirt’ on NBA officials

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A confidant of Donald Sterling says firms hired by the Clippers owner have dug up “dirt” on other NBA executives.

James Rainey
June 13, 2014

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired four firms to dig up embarrassing information about NBA executives and fellow team owners, according to a person familiar with the latest escalation in Sterling’s seven-week battle to maintain control of his team.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case reaches seven-year mark

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Friday, June 13, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The case, stemming from a 2007 criminal indictment of former officials of the now-defunct California Charter Academy, will now reach the seven-year mark.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/14, 6:59 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Thursday granted a restraining order against Service Employees International Union Local 721 on behalf of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association.

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LATimes: California teacher tenure is struck down: Expect years of appeals

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A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional.

Howard Blume, Stephen Ceasar
June 11, 2104

The ruling Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that struck down job protections for teachers in California as unconstitutional will undoubtedly spawn a series of appeals that could last years before a final outcome is reached.

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Bloomberg: California Teacher Tenure Found to Violate Student Rights

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By Edvard Pettersson
Jun 10, 2014 9:01 PM PT

California’s two biggest teacher unions lost the first round in the broadest court challenge yet to state laws protecting teachers’ jobs, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy appeal.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 10:40 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 – 8:13 am

A sociopolitical bomb exploded in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday when a judge declared that five key job protection laws for teachers are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of 6 million public school students to receive effective educations.

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Los Angeles Clippers

Shelly Sterling is expected to argue that her estranged husband Donald Sterling is not competent in matters regarding the sale of the Clippers.

James Rainey, Mike Bresnahan
June 10, 2014

The latest round in the contentious legal wrangling over ownership of the Clippers is scheduled for Wednesday morning, when Shelly Sterling’s attorneys plan to go to court to ask a judge to expedite a hearing validating her takeover of a family trust — an action she used to clear the way for her sale of the NBA franchise.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: The price of road to independence hits $43 million

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City management and staff criticized for engaging ‘in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation’

Published: June 8, 2014 Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Beaumont’s efforts to build roads on its own, ignoring a regional program its City Council agreed to embrace, appear to have backfired.

And the bill for independence is tens of millions of dollars, a judge has ruled.

To read story by Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Ontario, L.A. given more time to gather evidence in ONT case

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 1:55 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Citing the lack of progress in the last four months, a judge has given Ontario and Los Angeles more time to gather evidence in their dispute over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: REGION: Battle over control of Ontario airport heads back to court

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By Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 31, 2014 Updated: 6:32 p.m.

Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles to regain control of Ontario International Airport will be back in court next week.

Lawyers for the sparring sides are mum.

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

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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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Published: May 29, 2014 Updated: 7:29 p.m.

Three Superior Court judicial seats are on the June 3 ballot. Two races feature single challengers facing seated judges; the third involves three attorneys vying for an office being vacated by a judge’s retirement.

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

Sheriff

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 23, 2014

(May 22)– While the $180 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of six of the county’s detention facility inmates by a legal team headed by highly respected former Superior Court judge has put the issue of violence against San Bernardino County’s incarcerated population into the limelight as perhaps never before, the abuse of inmates within the county’s jail system is not a new issue.

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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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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County courts reorganization draws criticism

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The new San Bernardino Justice Center is open, build on 7-acres donated by the City of San Bernardino, the new 11-story courthouse has 35 courtrooms and two hearing rooms, Monday, May 12, 2014. The historic courthouse, which sits directly across the street, will now be used for family law and probate cases. (John Valenzuela/Staff Photographer)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 2:30 PM PDT |

Now that the new Justice Center is open in San Bernardino, a long fight seems all but lost for some Rancho Cucamonga attorneys and city officials opposed to the major reorganization that began last week to transfer court cases between some of the county’s five court locations.

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Covered California

By Terry Baynes
Thu May 15, 2014 3:41pm EDT

(Reuters) – Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals.

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KNBC

Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 09: 00 a.m.

It seems Los Angeles-based KNBC TV-4 has embarked on a mission.

That mission being the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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CCTimes: California courts get a boost in governor’s budget

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By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/13/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT# Comments
Updated: 05/13/2014 12:26:00 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After years of budget bloodletting, California’s courts received a $160 million bump in funding in Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget plan — although with some strings attached and a stern warning that the state’s judicial leaders need to do more to tighten spending.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Justice Center opens for business

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By Lori Fowler, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/14, 8:53 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino Justice Center is officially open for business.

Civil cases will be heard starting today in the new 11-story building at 247 West 3rd St., across from the historic courthouse.

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The Sun: Controversial pipeline project in the Mojave Desert surges forward

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/02/14, 7:32 PM PDT

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler’s ruling Thursday dismissed each of six complaints filed against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, according to a news release and attached court order.

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The Sun: Court officials gear up for San Bernardino Justice Center dedication

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The new San Bernardino Justice Center in downtown San Bernardino, CA, Monday, April 28, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Lori Fowler, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/14, 9:10 PM PDT | Updated: 18 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After seven years of planning, the new downtown San Bernardino Justice Center is set to open this month.

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ALADS

Corina Knoll
April 30, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

Months after it unsuccessfully sought to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information gleaned from officers’ personnel files, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has been ordered to pay the newspaper more than $41,000 in legal fees.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/14, 10:09 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county counsel to enter into litigation with the architectural and engineering behind the High Desert Detention Center expansion project in Adelanto.

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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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VVDailyPress: LA councilman’s aide to be arraigned June 16

Kearia Brown, two others charged in Hesperia smoke shop attempted robbery
April 20, 2014 11:38 AM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • An aide for Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks is scheduled to be arraigned June 16 following her arrest this month in connection with a Hesperia smoke shop attempted robbery, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA fraud case delayed again

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Friday, April 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The case of former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer and alleged accomplice Felice Luciano has been delayed again.

The reason is a familiar tune with local prosecutors.

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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.

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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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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High-Speed Rail

Apr 7, 2014, 6:58am PDT
Updated: Apr 7, 2014, 7:12am PDT
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest business plan suggests the agency could run out of money next year unless it overcomes legal and legislative funding hurdles.

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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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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to begin construction this year on a bullet train system that is supposed to eventually stretch 500 miles from Sacramento to San Diego.

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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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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/03/14, 8:19 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A man who was shot 10 times by police last year is suing the city, claiming the officer-involved shooting at close range was unjustified.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court

Tomberlin to reclaim seat after disagreement on procedure
April 03, 2014 6:26 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

Despite an objection from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, a county Superior Court judge seeking a third reelection will be allowed to automatically retain his seat.

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Scales of Justice

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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Calpensions: Suit seeks back pay, pension boost for all judges

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 31, 2014

A class-action lawsuit contends that California judges are owed back pay and a pension increase because their salary, frozen for five years, did not keep pace with average increases in state worker pay as required by law.

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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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By Adam Poulisse, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 03/26/14, 9:59 PM PDT | Updated: 15 mins ago

A disbarred attorney on Wednesday was sentenced for stealing more than $3 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other clients while handling their cases, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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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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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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 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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Riverside-County-Seal

March 17, 2014; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors must decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that blocks the use of millions of tax dollars for certain projects authorized by the county’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency, including a plan to revitalize a rundown Jurupa Valley shopping center.

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

SacBee: Brown, Chiang sued for diverting $369 million in mortgage money

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The latest on California politics and government
March 14, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and Controller John Chiang unlawfully redirected $369 million in homeowner relief secured by Attorney General Kamala Harris, according to a lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday morning.

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