<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"><html><head><title>Email Newsletter | Keller/Anderle LLP, Business Trial Lawyers</title><style type="text/css">html *{font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif !important}</style></head><body bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><map name="nav"><area shape="rect" coords="270,10,320,32" href="http://kelleranderle.com/about/" alt="About"><area shape="rect" coords="321,10,390,32" href="http://kelleranderle.com/practice-areas/" alt="Practice"><area shape="rect" coords="391,10,466,32" href="http://kelleranderle.com/attorneys/" alt="Attorneys"><area shape="rect" coords="467,10,516,32" href="http://kelleranderle.com/news/" alt="News"><area shape="rect" coords="517,10,582,32" href="http://kelleranderle.com/contact-us/" alt="Contact"></map><table width="100%" border="0" bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><tr><td><table width="600" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" border="0" bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><tr align="center" height="50" bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><td><p style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#444444; font-size:11px;">If you have trouble viewing this message, please <a href="http://kelleranderle.com/category/newsletteremail/">click here</a>.</p></td></tr></table><table width="600" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" border="0" bgcolor="#ffffff"><tr><td><a href="http://kelleranderle.com"><img src="http://kelleranderle.com/newsletter/AnnouncementrHeaderV1.jpg" width="600" height="187" alt="Keller/Anderle LLP" border="0" usemap="#nav"></a></td></tr></table><table width="600" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" border="0" bgcolor="#ffffff"><tr><td width="600" colspan="3"> &nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td width="15">&nbsp;</td><td width="570" valign="top"><div align="center"><span style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#2B2B28; font-size:21px; font-weight:bold;"></span></div><div style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#2B2B28; font-size:14px;"><h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #a02842;">8 month long<br /> "Colonies Corruption Trial"<br /> Ends in<br /> Not Guilty Verdict</span></h1><p style="text-align: center;">Nationwide Coverage of Trial</p><h1 style="text-align: center;"><a><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2414" src="http://kelleranderle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Jennifer-Keller-500x625-2016.jpg" alt="Keller-Anderle-Super-Lawyers-2017" width="320" height="400" /></a></h1><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">After a marathon trial that lasted nearly eight months, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum was found not guilty in San Bernardino Superior Court on charges of aiding and abetting bribery in an alleged scheme to get county approval of a $102 million court settlement in favor of a developer.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">Jennifer Keller and Stephen Larson were co-counsel for Mr. Burum.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">The trial has received national coverage. Burum, along with former Supervisor Paul Biane, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for then-county Supervisor Gary Ovitt, were found not guilty by the jury. A separate jury for a fourth defendant, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, continued deliberations on Monday.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">Jennifer Keller, one of California's top trial attorneys, said the jury was able to return so quickly with unanimous verdicts, after a little more than a day of deliberating, because there was no evidence proving the defendants' guilt. "Had they had evidence to chew over, real evidence of guilt, or evidence that could even be construed as evidence of guilt, it would have taken them awhile (to deliberate), but there wasn't any," Keller said. She added that jurors reported they were particularly troubled by the testimony of former Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman, who admitted to lying to the grand jury and authorities, and county Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who was impeached several times regarding a 2006 China trip in which she alleged Burum lurked nearby while a former assemblyman tried to lure her to dinner with the two of them - when it was proven Burum was not in China at the time. Burum produced a passport and credit card receipts for expenditures in Palm Springs during the China trip to prove it.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">After a nearly three-year investigation by attorneys and investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's and state Attorney General's offices, a grand jury in May 2011 had indicted Burum, Biane, Kirk and Erwin in connection with a controversial $102 million litigation settlement between the county and Burum's investor group, Colonies Partners LP.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">The November 2006 settlement ended nearly five years of heated litigation over who was responsible for flood control improvements at the Colonies' 434-acre commercial-residential development in Upland, Colonies Crossroads and Colonies at San Antonio. The settlement followed a scathing ruling against the county in July 2006 by now retired Superior Court Judge Christopher Warner, who attended Monday's court proceedings. In that opinion, which County Counsel Mitchell Norton characterized as "Armageddon" for the county's case, Judge Warner ruled that the county, through fraud and deceit, acted in bad faith in its dealings with Burum and the Colonies Partners, and threatened public safety regarding the flood control issues at Colonies' property.</p><p style="text-align: justify; word-break: normal;">Prosecutors alleged Burum paid $400,000 to Political Action Committees controlled by the three defendants and former Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus, who later entered a plea bargain with prosecutors and testified at the Colonies trial. The money, investigators alleged, actually represented bribes or payments for delivering the settlement. But after two days of cross-examination by Keller, Postmus recanted his testimony and admitted none of the PAC contributions were bribed - as he had originally told investigators. All of the defendants pleaded not guilty, and said the PAC contributions were not payoffs for the settlement votes and were legal, transparent, and could be viewed online by the public.</p><p style="word-break: normal; text-align: center;"><a href="http://kelleranderle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KCBS_08-28-2017_Colonies.mp4">TV news coverage -- CBS</a> | <a href="http://kelleranderle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/PE-8.29.17-Not-Guilty.pdf">Press Enterprise</a> | <a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-08-28/3-not-guilty-in-long-san-bernardino-county-corruption-trial">U.S. News & World Report</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"></div></td><td width="15">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td width="600" colspan="3">&nbsp;<br /><hr /></td></tr><tr><td width="600" colspan="3"> &nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td width="15">&nbsp;</td><td width="570" valign="top"><div align="center"><span style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#2B2B28; font-size:21px; font-weight:bold;">About KA</span></div><div style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#2B2B28; font-size:14px;"><p style="text-align: left;">We thrive on the tough cases: the ones where your company, fortune or liberty are on the line.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Members of Keller/Anderle LLP have over 325 jury trials among them, with an unparalleled record of success. We win and win big. And we square off against some of the nation's biggest firms. Our practice focuses on high-stakes litigation of all types - the really difficult cases -- including commercial, intellectual property, securities, bad faith, white collar criminal defense, class actions, and entertainment/sports.</p><p style="text-align: left;">We see ourselves as old-fashioned barristers who can try any kind of case, and we've proven it by prevailing against some of the nation's major law firms. In just the last eight years we've won judgments of over $925 million and settled others for eight figures.</p><p></p></div></td><td width="15">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td width="600" colspan="3">&nbsp;<br /><hr /></td></tr></table><table width="600" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" border="0" bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><tr><td width="33%" align="center"><p style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#777777; font-size:14px;"><a href="http://kelleranderle.com/">www.kelleranderle.com</a></p></td><td width="33%" align="center"><p style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#777777; font-size:12px;">&nbsp;<br />18300 Von Karman Ave., Suite 930<br /> Irvine, California 92612-1057<br /><br /></p></td><td width="33%" align="center"><p style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#777777; font-size:12px;">Phone 949.476.8700<br />Fax 949.476.0900</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3" width="600" align="center"><p style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#000000; font-size:10px;"><a href="http://newsletter.kelleranderle.com/Unsubscribe.cfm?Email=#email#" style="color:#000000; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none;">Unsubscribe</a> | <a href="http://kelleranderle.com/copyright-legal-disclaimer/" style="color:#000000; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none;">Disclaimer</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3" width="600">&nbsp;</td></tr></table></td></tr></table><img src="http://campaign.atlantisnet.com/open.php?id=#id#&e=#email64#" width="1" height="1" alt="dot"></body></html> <!-- This website is like a Rocket, isn't it? 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