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January 3, 2017

Media Advisory: Opening statements to begin Wednesday in Colonies corruption trial

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday in the Colonies public corruption case.

The trial is expected to last approximately six months and will consist of two separate juries, one for defendant and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and another 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 charges stem from a $102 million settlement between the Rancho Cucamonga-based investor group Colonies Partners LP and San Bernardino County in Nov. 2006.

Opening statements for Erwin’s jury will begin Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept. S-21 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. Opening statements for Biane, Kirk and Burum’s jury will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 5 at the same location.

No further information will be provided at this time.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at or via text at (909) 782-5559




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