Written by Administrator
April 26th, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin were arragined today in Department S23 of the San Bernardino district of the Superior Court of California where Judge Michael M. Dest entered pleas of “not guilty” for both defendants. In addition to Raj Maline, counsel for Erwin, and Steve Levine, counsel for Postmus, Steve Harmon was present as a new member of the defense team.
On advice of attorneys, the “not guilty” pleas were entered with the condition they could later be withdrawn. As stated repeatedly on iePolitics, there simply is no evidence that a criminal act has been committed as the elements of Forgery, Bribery, and Extortion are not present. It is expected that the pleas will be withdrawn and a motion made for the case to be dismissed.
The case is set for a dispo hearing on June 3, 2010.
There are several items of interest to note. For the second hearing in a row, no appearance was made by the Attorney General’s office, furthering the premise that the Attorney General’s office has realized it has been duped and is trying to distance itself.
No mention was made of a gag order. However, Deputy District Attorney Louis Cope wheeled in six boxes of discovery, marked “Erwin 1,” “Erwin 2,” and “Erwin 3,” and “Postmus 1,” “Postmus 2,” and “Postmus 3.” Now, all those with guilty consciouses will have to wait as the defense wades through the documents to see what the District Attorney was trying to hide from the defense.
This should be interesting and informative.
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