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SacBee: California AG Kamala Harris says she’s staying put

Kamala Harris

Harris

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:35 am
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 12:23 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she plans to remain in her current job following speculation she was on the short list to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned Thursday after six years in the post.

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

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Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Kamala Harris stays on message, which means she bobs and weaves

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am

Attorney General Kamala Harris will not lose re-election in November, and shouldn’t.

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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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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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The Sentinel

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

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

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

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July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

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From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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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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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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InlandPolitics: Charging referral puts fork in Zellerbach

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May 21, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The fat lady is singing on the end of the political career of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

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Paul Zellerbach

Paul Zellerbach

May 20, 2014

Indio police have sent a report to the state attorney general’s office, requesting that six charges — two of them possible felonies — be filed against Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach stemming from an April 23 complaint about campaign sign vandalism.

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

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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LATimes: California GOP sees Democrats Newsom and Harris as sitting pretty

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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, two of the best-known Democrats on the June 3 ballot, are widely seen as unbeatable. (Getty Images, Associated Press)

Michael Finnegan
May 17, 2014

Republicans trying to unseat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris share a common complaint: The two Democrats are so confident of reelection that they’re already laying ground to run for governor in 2018.

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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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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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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.

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

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

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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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InlandPolitics: Colonies: Prosecutors file briefs opposing dismissal

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

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

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DailyBulletin: Proposed legislation from the Colonies corruption case passes

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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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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SacBee: Citing truancy ‘crisis,’ Kamala Harris, lawmakers seek action

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 10, 2014

Emphasizing that young students who frequently miss school are far more likely to fall behind and commit crimes later in life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and half a dozen lawmakers introduced an anti-truancy bill package on Monday.

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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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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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Kamala Harris

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Bob Egelko
Updated 5:21 am, Friday, February 28, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris moved Thursday to preserve California’s restrictions on concealed-weapons permits, seeking a rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling that would allow law-abiding citizens throughout the state to carry handguns in public.

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InlandPolitics: Hearing related to fifth Colonies dismissal motion continued

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

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

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SacBee: Obama ‘birther’ critic Orly Taitz files for California AG race

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 19, 2014

Last month, Orly Taitz was in a federal courtroom in Sacramento as part of her unsuccessful effort to wrest the presidency away from Barack Obama.

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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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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 – 12:00 am

Two years ago, Attorney General Kamala Harris trumpeted a landmark deal with the nation’s three largest housing lenders, which agreed to give beleaguered California homeowners $12 billion in relief from their underwater mortgages.

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LATimes: Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will launch reelection campaign Wednesday

Kamala Harris

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, shown in June, will announce her reelection plans on Wednesday. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press / June 26, 2013)

By Chris Megerian
February 11, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Kamala Harris will formally announce her plans to seek a second term as state attorney general on Wednesday morning in San Francisco.

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The PE: SACRAMENTO: Torres’ bill would strengthen anti-bribery laws

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.

InlandPolitics: Torres proposes legislation stemming from Colonies prosecution

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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NationalJournal: California’s Democratic Drought

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National Journal

Against the Grain
By Josh Kraushaar
February 5, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who’s running for a second term at age 76, is occasionally mentioned—usually in jest—as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. (He’s said he’s not interested.) It’s a reminder of how thin the bench beyond Hillary Clinton is in the Democratic Party. But Brown himself is an important symbol of why Democrats have struggled to develop a deep farm system of future national candidates. It all starts with California.

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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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LATimes: Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris banks $3.1 million for reelection bid

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Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris discusses the first statewide statistics on the elementary school truancy crisis during a symposium with officials in law enforcement, education and public policy in September in Los Angeles. (Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times / March 11, 2010)

By Phil Willon
January 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO–Democratic state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who thus far faces no major opposition in her 2014 reelection campaign, raised just over $2.5 million in political contributions in 2013, state election records show.

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

The Sentinel

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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SacBee: Public pension measure likely off the 2014 ballot

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 2:18 pm

Efforts to put a public pension measure on the November ballot dimmed Thursday when proponents said they would sue to challenge the language assigned their measure by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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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.

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

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

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January 16, 2014; 06:18 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/14, 3:27 PM PST | Updated: 48 secs ago

A defense attorney representing a key figure in a case accusing former county officials of conspiracy and accepting bribes told a judge on Friday he will be filing five motions this month alleging government misconduct and challenging evidence in the Colonies corruption case.

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Colonies Arraignment

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

January 10, 2014; 08:44 PM

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

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

SacBee: Dan Walters: California pension reform movement clears one hurdle

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 – 4:26 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 – 10:17 pm

Two years ago, a campaign to overhaul public pensions in California was short-circuited when Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office issued a “title and summary” that was obviously slanted against the proposed ballot measure.

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

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

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

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

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

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2013

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

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

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December 23, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The trajectory of the highly-publicized $102 million Colonies corruption prosecution remains, at least for the moment, at a standstill.

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

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

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

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

November 22, 2013

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

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

Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck
November 14, 2013

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

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The Sun: San Bernardino County Colonies corruption case at crossroads

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Ramos Fundraiser: An observation

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Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos held his reelection campaign kickoff fundraiser, at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel, Thursday night.

An event headlined by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris hugs San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos after endorsing him at Ramos’ reelection campaign event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Thursday evening. (Rachel Luna /Staff photographer)

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/24/13, 7:39 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos received the endorsement of California State Attorney General Kamala Harris as he kicked off his re-election campaign Thursday evening here.

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

Colonies Arraignment

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

October 11, 2013; 04:30 PM

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

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

InlandPolitics: Oral argument set in Colonies case

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Friday, October 11, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

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

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

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

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Taking the supes show on road

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A Riverside County supervisor’s plan to hold sessions in remote locales will be tested Oct. 1

August 25, 2013; 10:01 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to take county government on a trip to places he hopes will send him to Sacramento.

To read column by Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

UTSanDiego: State criminal probe of Filner under way

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By Greg Moran
Aug. 23, 2013 – 05:13 p.m. / Updated 09:31 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation Friday solved his immediate political problem of trying to fight off a recall movement that could have removed him from office.

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 09:30 p.m.

This news has been suppressed for nearly a year now.

But officials on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center have started letting it out there, so it must not be a classified secret any longer.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies defense attorney pushes toward dismissal

Scales of Justice

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Political snow job melting

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California Governor Jerry Brown left, with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos at a March 1, 2012 fundraiser event at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. (Photo Credit – Mike Cruz/The Sun)

Thursday, August 1, 2013 – 02:30 p.m.

For the past few years San Bernardino District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has orchestrated a real show. He’s been masterful at snowing the media, and anyone else willing to listen.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Political entertainment abounds

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Sunday, July 14, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

It seems scuttlebutt and dirt is creeping back into local politics. The 2014 election cyle is going to be filled with it! Therefore it would only be appropriate to bring back the insider column.

District Attorney’s office provides ample entertainment

Could it be?

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos running for State Attorney General?

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Action on Colonies appeal expected soon

California Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 11:00 p.m.

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

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 8:34 am

Who can defend an orphaned ballot initiative?

The question gained resonance Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, had no standing to pursue their appeal once California officials declined to defend the embattled law.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Final brief filed in Colonies appeal

Scales of Justice

Friday, May 10, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

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

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By Andrew Tangel
May 9, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

NEW YORK — California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has accused JPMorgan Chase & Co. of using fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against some 100,000 credit card holders in the state.

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

Mike Ramos

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

May 04, 2013; 05:24 PM

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

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

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

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

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

California Supreme Court

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

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

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris

By Carla Marinucci
April 18, 2013 – 10:41 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made lots of headlines in the last month for getting “best-looking” praise from POTUS, but today, Time Magazine is giving her a real honor. Harris has been named to the Time 100, the list of the most influential people on the planet.

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

Jeff Burum

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

April 17, 2013; 04:08 PM

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

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