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Sept. 13, 2017

Statement from District Attorney Mike Ramos Regarding Mistrial in Colonies Corruption Case

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Today, the judge declared a mistrial in the case against defendant Jim Erwin in the “Colonies” corruption trial. First and foremost, this jury took their job very seriously and we are extremely thankful for their service. We will continue to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of San Bernardino County and are evaluating the best course of action.


Although it is difficult to refrain from responding to the frivolous attacks being reported in the newspaper, along with the unfounded comments about this case being politically motivated, our ethical duties as prosecutors prevent us from trying the case in the media. At this time, we have no further comment while the case is still pending retrial.  

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




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