Feb. 23, 2015


One of San Diego’s most well-known environmental attorneys has been engaging in real estate transactions experts say are questionable and possibly fraudulent. Details »


Feb. 24, 2015


The wife of lawyer Cory Briggs, who sues local, state and federal government agencies over environmental violations, held a key position in a La Mesa company on the other side of his litigation. The potential conflict of interest and its effect on the taxpayers has not been publicly known. Details »

Feb. 25, 2015


New documents provided Wednesday to inewsource say the wife of a well-known environmental lawyer was vice president of his law firm at the same time she worked on projects for government agencies he was suing. Details »

Feb. 25, 2015

San Diego attorney Cory Briggs published an open letter on his law firm’s website Wednesday responding to inewsource stories investigating his business practices, including potential conflicts of interest between him and his wife. Details »

Feb. 26, 2015

The lawyer argued in court this morning against releasing a key document responsive to an inewsource public records act request. Details »

Feb. 27, 2015

KPBS news partner inewsource has found that Cory Briggs, a San Diego attorney who specializes in public-interest and environmental cases, is involved in some real estate transactions that some experts say are unusual, highly questionable and may even amount to fraud. Details »

March 3, 2015

An interactive timeline of inewsource‘s investigation into Cory Briggs.

March 3, 2015

The lawyer for Cory Briggs’ wife released the document Monday, saying she had no objection. It shows she was associated with her husband’s law firm for the past 20 years while also working for a consulting firm that did business with local governments he sued. Details »

March 3, 2015


A letter to the City Attorney’s Office states that Cory Briggs’ wife, Sarichia Cacciatore, did not disclose her involvement in her husband’s law firm in the eight years she worked for Helix. Details »

March 10, 2015

The ambiguity surrounding the relationship between Cory Briggs and Sarichia Cacciatore could be problematic, considering statements made under oath and recorded in land deeds. A San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney spoke with inewsourceDetails »

March 24, 2015

San Diego attorney Cory Briggs and his personal and professional partner Sarichia Cacciatore have signed contradictory documents about where they live and their relationship — potential felonies according to both a prosecutor and mortgage fraud experts. Details »

March 25, 2015


Three experts from around the country reviewed the case of Gonzalo and Gabriela Arteaga — recipients of a Briggs home loan. The Arteagas said they would have been better off never having met the San Diego attorney. Details »

March 25, 2015

inewsource has interviewed many experts for our ongoing investigation into Cory Briggs, including professors, authors, politicians, attorneys, developers, ethicists and law enforcement. Here are their bios.

March 26, 2015


“If you hide assets from folks for a client,” said William Black, an expert in fraud and white-collar crime, “first you’re just going to lose the ethics case… and you’re going to be debarred.” Details »

April 6, 2015


On March 30, Cory Briggs and Sarichia Cacciatore sent a retraction demand to inewsource regarding a story about the ambiguity of their relationship. This is inewsource‘s response.

April 7, 2015



The City Council unanimously approved the settlement with La Mesa-based Helix Environmental Planning, which employed attorney Cory Briggs’ significant other. She also was a vice president in Briggs’ firm when he sued the city over a project Helix had worked on. Details »

April 8, 2015

Another lawsuit connecting environmental attorney Cory Briggs and his significant other, Sarichia Cacciatore, involves a cross border development project. Details »

April 9, 2015


For the second time, inewsource has received a retraction demand regarding our Cory Briggs investigation. For the second time, here is a point-by-point response.

April 10, 2015


One of Briggs’ frequent clients, environmental nonprofit San Diegans for Open Government, filed a lawsuit Thursday against inewsource and its executive director. Details »

April 14, 2015


The subpoena asks for information related to an inewsource interview with San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Details »

April 17, 2015



The settlement between Sunroad and Briggs called for a $10,000 donation to the city in addition to a second payment based on the value of an appraisal. Details »


April 21, 2015


inewsource has served Cory Briggs with a response to his subpoena, which you can read here.

May 5, 2015


Sunroad donated $10,000 to the city’s Parks and Recreation account and the appraisal is now underway. Details »

May 8, 2015


After inewsource‘s lawyer challenged the subpoena request in court, Briggs withdrew it, saying he has already received all the information he needs from the City Attorney’s Office. Details »

May 28, 2015

Briggs-associated nonprofits flout state, federal laws

For years, San Diego’s well-known environmental attorney has collected attorney fees and settlements on behalf of a network of charitable, nonprofit organizations he helped form that, in many cases, repeatedly and persistently violated state and federal laws. Details »

June 3, 2015


Judge Gregory Pollack said attorney Cory Briggs knew the nonprofit he represented in the litigation had been suspended by the state at the time. “Mr. Briggs may be in a whole heap of trouble,” Pollack said. Details »

June 15, 2015


One of the subjects of inewsource‘s investigation into San Diego attorney Cory Briggs has requested a retraction of a recent article. Here is our response.

July 2, 2015


Despite repeated requests for answers, some big questions still stand in inewsource‘s investigation into the environmental attorney. Details »

Sept. 4, 2015

Briggs judge hears arguments

A judge heard arguments to dismiss a local nonprofit’s lawsuit contesting the legality of inewsource’s lease agreement with San Diego State University and KPBS. Details »

Sept. 9, 2015

briggs dismisses lawsuit

A San Diego judge threw out a lawsuit against inewsource, KPBS and San Diego State University, concluding that it was prompted by the inewsource’s investigative journalism. Details »