CA Supreme Court rules in corruption case

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Updated: 12/24/2013 10:02 am

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that a Southern California developer can be prosecuted in a $102 million bribery case.

The San Bernardino Sun says the court released its opinion Monday.

The ruling said an appeals court erred last year when it determined that Jeff Burum couldn't be accused of aiding and abetting bribery. It also reversed the dismissal of two bribery charges against former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin.

San Bernardino County settled a lawsuit with Burum's company, Colonies Partners, for $102 million in 2006 but prosecutors say the deal was tainted by bribery.

Burum, Erwin and two former county officials were charged with crimes.

Burum's attorney, Stephen Larson, says the allegations are fabricated.

Erwin's lawyer, Rajan Maline, says he's disappointed by the ruling.

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