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.

After hearing attorneys go back and forth all day with their arguments on Wednesday, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith said he would need time to process everything before he could make a ruling.

He also said he was inclined to hear the remaining three motions before ruling on one seeking dismissal on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Attorneys argued Wednesday mainly over whether $100,000 contributions made in 2007 by Rancho Cucamonga-based investor group Colonies Partners LP to political action committees controlled by defendants in the case were legitimate or bribes.

Defense attorneys argued that the contributions were perfectly legitimate and that none of the defendants were aware they would receive the contributions until after the landmark $102 million settlement between the county and Colonies Partners LP in November 2006, which is the backdrop to the far-reaching bribery and conspiracy case state and local prosecutors are alleging.

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