Attorney: Former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin civil rights violated

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/17/2011 02:19:00 PM PDT

The attorney defending former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in a sweeping corruption probe is alleging that an FBI search of Erwin’s home was flawed and that Erwin’s civil rights were violated.

A motion filed by attorney Rajan Maline in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Oct. 11 is the second to be filed in the last three weeks challenging the strength of the Sept. 15 FBI raid in connection with an investigation into the county’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

On Oct. 3, attorney Stephen Larson, who represents Colonies’ co-managing partner Jeff Burum, filed a motion with the court alleging Burum’s civil rights were violated and FBI agents essentially lied to him and in an official court document, tainting the search altogether.
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Burum attorney argues DA has conflict of interest in corruption case

Alleging a conflict of interest exists, the attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum wants the district attorney recused from prosecuting his client.

The alleged conflict stems from conversations the pair had before conspiracy charges were filed against Burum, said attorney Stephen Larson.

Larson also said Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court that District Attorney Michael A. Ramos had appointed Burum to his advisory committee.

The relationship between the pair, says Larson, results in a conflict for Ramos in the prosecution of Burum.
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Attorney dies in dirt bike accident

Locally well-known lawyer Wayne Rozenberg died in a dirt bike accident Thursday in Perris, according to Riverside County coroner officials.

Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly after 9:30 p.m. to a motocross park in the 18700 block of Lake Perris Drive, according to a statement from coroner’s officials.

Rozenberg, 46, of Murrieta, was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley where he was pronounced dead at 10:11 p.m., authorities reported.

For unknown reasons, Rozenberg reportedly “lost control of his dirt bike while landing from a jump,” according to the coroner’s statement.

Rozenberg was once connected to – and later cleared from – San Bernardino County’s major attorney capping and bail bonds investigation last decade.

Prosecutors charged Rozenberg in 2004 with illegally recruiting clients in San Bernardino County jails, but the case against him fell apart during Grand Jury proceedings for the bail bond companies. The charges against Rozenberg were dismissed in 2008.

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