Colonies Partners Trial

San Bernardino Sun

August 28, 2017Three of the four defendants in the San Bernardino County Colonies corruption case were found not guilty of all charges after a marathon trial that lasted nearly eight months.

Larson O'Brien client, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, and two former county officials - Supervisor Paul Biane, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for then county Supervisor Gary Ovitt - were charged with bribery, conflict of interest and improper influence in an alleged scheme to get county approval of a $102 million court settlement in favor of a developer.  

Larson said the not-guilty verdicts were "a tremendous vindication of the position we have taken from Day 1. This case was political retribution, it was irresposibly investigated, and it was just a horrible decision" to go forward and prosecute. 

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