We have been wondering what the next step would by for the prosecution in the Colonies Four matter. Today, the San Bernardino County District Attorney/California Attorney General filed a rehearing petition with the 4th District Court of Appeal.
The case stems from the $102 million settlement between the County of San Bernardino and the Colonies Partners. Prosecutors say the settlement was tainted with blackmail and bribery. The four defendants are Colonies partner Jeff Burum, former BOS Chairman of the Board Paul Biane, former BOS Chief of Staff Jim Erwin, and former BOS Chief of Staff Mark Kirk.
Last year San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith through out conspiracy charges against the defendants for statute of limitations issues but numerous other charges remain. The People appealed but recently lost. Court records indicate that the People filed a petition for rehearing today. Once we learn the basis for the request, we will pass it along. The likely reason is to set the stage for an appeal to the California Supreme Court.