SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A former San Bernardino County assistant assessor will not face retrial in the so-called Colonies corruption case.
District Attorney Mike Ramos says that after last week’s jury deadlock in the trial of Jim Erwin prosecutors returned to court Friday and dismissed the case.
Ramos says prosecutors identified witness problems that cannot be resolved.
A separate jury earlier acquitted former county Supervisor Paul Biane, former county official Mark Kirk and developer Jeff Burum.
In 2003, Colonies Partners sued the county over flood control easements on a development. That led to a 2006 settlement and then allegations of bribery and conflict of interest.
Former county Supervisor Bill Postmus and aide Adam Aleman pleaded guilty to various charges under agreements with prosecutors.