Former Colonies Defendant Files $25 Million Lawsuit

As you may have guessed, the recently acquitted defendants in the Colonies corruption trial out of San Bernardino aren’t going quietly into the night. No, not by a long shot.

Jim Erwin, a former defendant in the ill-fated Colonies corruption case that ended with Erwin’s case being dismissed and three other defendants acquitted, filed a $25 million claim against San Bernardino County and the state on Wednesday.

Erwin, 55, of Highland, alleges malicious prosecution, false arrest/imprisonment, fabrication of evidence, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, retaliation, and civil rights violations in connection with the 8-year-old criminal case and marathon trial that began Jan. 4 and ended Sept. 22 with all charges being dismissed against Erwin. His jury announced Sept. 13 it was “hopelessly deadlocked.”

Surely, there is more to come. Former county supervisor Paul Biane, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, and Mark Kirk, the former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, were also acquitted of a number of charges in the years-long case.

Read more at the San Bernardino Sun


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