Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

The U.S. District Court docket shows that Samuel Clauder has filed a civil rights claim against San Bernardino County, and former Sheriff’s Gary Penrod and Rod Hoops, among others.

The 11-page complaint lays out how Clauder was charged on February 24, 2009, with possession of child pornography, even though there was, in existence evidence, clearing him, and other exculpatory evidence not properly examined by investigators.

After evidence exonerating Clauder was presented, the charges were ultimately dropped. Later, a superior court judge found Clauder factually innocent and ordered all reference to the case expunged, and erased, from all court and law enforcement records.

All related hardcopy paperwork was also destroyed.

Clauder spent 50 days in jail, and remained a charged criminal defendant for three years and seven months. He also lost, his reputation, his job, and his standing within the San Bernardino County Democrat Party.

The complaint, which lays out the political motivation driving Clauder’s arrest, and exactly who was involved, is a must read.

To view and download the complaint, click the following link: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

The case Samuel Hershel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino, et al, Case No. 5:14-cv-02011-PA-JC, is assigned to the United States District Court, Central District of California, Eastern Division.