Ramos

Several months ago stories ran here and on iePolitics.com exposing substantial political contributions to Ramos by two attorneys who control the San Bernardino County criminal defense conflict panel.

The two attorneys James Spring and Earl Carter have showered Ramos with money either directly or through their recently formed firm of Carter, Spring, Schank & O’Connor.

Campaign finance records filed by Ramos with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters show on January 15, 2010 the new firm dropped another $10,000 into the Ramos re-election committee. The recent contribution brings the total that Spring and Carter has directed to Ramos to $93,000 since January 1, 2004

Ramos receievd $30,000 of the total from June 9, 2009 trough January 15, 2010.

Recent revelations covered by this blog still garner strong attention. Ramos is commonly known as the “go to” guy to do the bidding for the contract benefiting Carter and Spring. Ramos’ 92% plea bargain rate helps reduce the cost per case since the conflict panel is paid on a flat-rate basis.

Faster plea bargains translate to higher profits.

San Bernardino County supervisors have also benefited from the campaign contribution generosity of Spring and Carter, but at no where near the extent of Ramos.

The renewal of the panels contract is rapidly approaching on the horizon.

Here is a recap of political contributions by conflict panel attorneys James Spring and Earl Carter.

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04/12/2004      Earl Carter                        $  2,500.00
04/12/2004      Jim Spring                         $  2,500.00
08/11/2004      Jim Spring                         $  5,000.00
05/06/2005      Earl Carter                        $  5,000.00
05/06/2005      Jim Spring                         $  5,000.00
05/23/2005      Earl Carter                        $  5,000.00
05/23/2005      Jim Spring                         $  5,000.00
07/21/2006      Earl Carter                        $  5,000.00
07/21/2005      Jim Spring                         $  5,000.00
07/13/2007      Earl Carter                        $  7,000.00
07/13/2007      Jim Spring                         $  7,000.00
05/27/2008      Jim Spring                         $ 14,000.00
06/09/2009      Earl Carter                        $  5,000.00
06/09/2009      Jim Spring                         $  5,000.00
08/01/2009      Carter, Spring, Schank & O'Connor  $ 10,000.00
01/15/2010      Carter, Spring, Schank & O'Connor  $ 10,000.00
Total                                              $ 93,000.00