, an independent, non-profit investigative journalism outfit in San Diego, is publishing an eyebrow-raising series of articles about the business and legal dealings of notorious trial attorney Cory Briggs.

Briggs has made himself the scourage of economic development efforts in San Diego, and has more recently been suing the City of Anaheim: one on behalf of OCCORD against the city’s economic assistance agreement with the GardenWalk Hotels project and the other as co-plaintiff (via his Inland Oversight Committee front group) with gadfly group CATER to stop the Anaheim Convention Center expansion.

The first article is an in-depth look at a series of puzzling, shady business dealings Briggs is engaged in:

For years, Cory Briggs, a high-profile San Diego lawyer and a key figure in the resignation of former Mayor Bob Filner, has engaged in real estate transactions that a host of experts say are questionable and possibly fraudulent.

inewsource followed millions of dollars of his land deals through four Southern California counties to be met with slammed doors, a threat to call the police and a strange hand-delivered letter, saying there was no payoff to get rid of Filner, who resigned in 2013 amid a sexual harassment scandal.

Why this matters: A San Diego lawyer who has built a reputation on fighting for the environment and against government abuse runs a business contrary to his public interest persona.

inewsource also discovered Briggs had sold his home for about half its worth to a corporation he controls.

These types of transactions are “never done in honest business dealings,” said William Black, a white-collar criminologist and former bank regulator who testified before Congress about the Lehman Brothers collapse.

inewsource asked Black and other experts to review public records of Briggs’ land deals, in particular two $1.5 million deeds of trust made on the same day in 2013. Briggs and his law firm entered into the deeds with four members of the same family. The deeds were secured by houses worth a fraction of that cost, without listing a title company.

There is much, much more to read in Part One – so click here. I’ll post Part Two tomorrow.

CATER members are always caterwauling about the imagined shadiness and lack of ethics of those whose politics they dislike. Many observers of the Anaheim scene will be curious to see their reaction to these articles.