Colonies defendant appointed new attorney, DA given access to FBI documents

San Bernardino County Courthouse

On Friday, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith relieved attorney James Crawford and appointed Peter Scalisi as counsel for Colonies Four defendant Mark Kirk.  After Kirk claimed he could no longer afford to pay for his for private defense attorney Paul Grech last October, the court first appointed a deputy public defender, who then declared a conflict, and next conflict panel attorney, James Crawford.

Crawford advised the court in April that due to 400,000 pages of discovery and 600 DVDs, he could not be ready for trial for one and a half to two years.  At that hearing, Smith said he liked the idea of severing Kirk’s case from the other three defendants so that the tentative January trial date could become reality.

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