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Colonies Partners and San Bernardino County Corruption Case Begins

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SAN BERNARDINO – The accusations of corruption stemming from a $102 million settlement between a Rancho Cucamonga-based investor group, Colonies Partners LP and the County of San Bernardino will begin opening statements on Wednesday morning.

The case between Colonies Partners LP and the County was settled in November 2006. The high-profile trial is expected to last around 6 months and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s officials said that it will consist of two separate juries.

The juries in this corruption case will include; one for the defendant, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin and the other for the three remaining defendants; Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, former county Supervisor Paul Biane, and Mark Kirk, the former chief of staff for former county supervisor, Gary Ovitt.

The case will be heard at the San Bernardino Justice Center and opening statements will begin on January 4, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. Opening statements for Biane, Kirk, and Burum’s jury will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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