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June 7th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Today San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Duke Rouse denied without prejudice the People’s motion to allow hearsay into evidence in the trial of Rex Gutierrez. Gutierrez, who is charged with two counts of grand theft, one count of embezzlement, and one count of presenting a false claim. At the last moment, the People attempted to claim that Rancho Cucamonga businessman Jeff Burum conspired with former Assessor Bill Postmus to hire Gutierrez so that Burum would have him available to him. None of this was brought up during the preliminary hearing but instead appears to be a ploy to save this prosecution. However, neither Postmus, Gutierrez or Burum have been charged with this “conspiracy.”

The People were unable to provide any credible evidence and only offered testimony from Confidential Informant No. 1, Adam Aleman, Ted Lehrer and Harlow Cameron as evidence. There are two problems with this theory. First, none of them were responsible for Gutierrez’s hiring. And second, as noted by defense attorney Jim Reiss, “Adam Aleman is a convicted felon who is trying to save his own skin.” Reiss went on to suggest that Aleman is the linchpin in this case and the People are trying to do everything to save this case. Reiss was successful in his argument. Rouse did state that the People can attempt to make an argument for the admission of hearsay once again when that part of the trial is reached.

Speaking of Adam Aleman, he has once again made contact with us after a month of silence.

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