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The California Supreme Court decision in the Colonies case

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Fmr. BOS Chief of Staff Jim Erwin, Fmr. Supervisor Paul Baine, Fmr. BOS Chief of Staff Mark Kurk and Colonies Executive Jeff Burum

Fmr. BOS Chief of Staff Jim Erwin, Fmr. Supervisor Paul Baine, Fmr. BOS Chief of Staff Mark Kurk and Colonies Executive Jeff Burum

I guess the first question has to be, Was the California Supreme Court sending a message?  I have to admit I was surprised by the unanimous decision.

 

It went without saying that Marvin Baxter would favor the prosecution but I never expected him to write the unanimous decision.  One only has to know his history in this state to know that one vote was guaranteed for the Attorney General.

 

I also thought the two older female justices would side with him.  So what I am saying is that I thought it would be a 4-3 split decision in favor of the defense.  Boy was I wrong!

 

Don’t misunderstand me.  After hearing Mandel’s argument as spoken by her and with questions from the justices, I thought she had the most legitimate argument of the two.  I just didn’t think they would rule in the prosecution’s favor.

More interesting to me is the fact the its opinion two days before Christmas.  That sure seemed like a “Merry Christmas” to the prosecution.

I continue to have issues with the bribery charges.  I still don’t think what was done constitutes a bribe.  But I know extortion was part of the equation, and for that , Jim Erwin will go to prison.  The question still remains as to whether or not he did what he did at Burum’s request and with his knowledge.   I don’t know.  But I do know I would like to see the four of them spend a Christmas in prison like Rex did.  It would even things out a bit.  Story source>LINK

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