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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, reaches deal on pension obligation debt

Reuters

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 8:10pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO | By Jim Christie

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, said in a court filing on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with the creditor holding its pension obligation bonds on how the debt would be treated in the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy but did not provide details.

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo “engaged in a regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting” of Federal Housing Administration loans, prosecutors alleged. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

James Rufus Koren
February 3, 2016

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $1.2 billion to settle claims that it duped the federal government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages in the years leading up to the housing crash, the San Francisco banking giant said Wednesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Joel Rubin
February 2, 2016

A federal jury found two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies guilty Tuesday of falsifying records about the beating of a jail inmate but deadlocked on whether the deputies used excessive force.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union reach tentative ‘global settlement’

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 25, 2016 | Updated – 5:05 p.m.

  • Ruling: Utilities commission won’t get last word on withholding San Onofre emails

A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Monday rejected the California Public Utilities Commission’s request to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at forcing regulators to release dozens of emails to and from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy plan hurts those injured by city

San Bernardino Seal

Those who have filed claims against the city would receive 1 percent of what they’re owed under the insolvency proposal

Published: Jan. 22, 2016
Updated:   Jan. 23, 2016 – 9:06 p.m.

The city of San Bernardino hopes that a provision of its bankruptcy-exit plan will erase more than $49 million from the books by allowing it to pay only 1 percent – $500,000 – to its unsecured creditors.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Hand Out

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted:    01/21/2016 – 12:01:48 PM PST
Updated: 01/21/2016 – 07:01:54 PM PST

California’s four largest health plans may be on the hook for $10 billion in state back taxes — and at least $1 billion every year going forward — if a closely watched legal case does not break their way.

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California Supreme Court

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There is new local news coverage of the long-running San Bernardino County Colonies case.

To read the coverage, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Key conspiracy charge still out in San Bernardino County’s Colonies case
The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supreme Court rejects Colonies appeal

Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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Appellate Courts

The conviction of former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon on charges that he lied about living in the district that he was elected to represent has been overturned.

Soumya Karlamangla and David Zahniser
January 20, 2016

A panel of justices Wednesday threw out the perjury and voter fraud convictions of former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, ruling that the trial judge had issued improper jury instructions.

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USA TODAY: Supreme Court will rule on President Obama’s immigration plan

U.S. Supreme Court

Richard Wolf
USA TODAY
January 19, 2016 – 9:57 a.m. EST

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will give President Obama a final shot at implementing his plan to shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Justice scales key

Saturday, January 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There has been updated news coverage of recent developments in a high-profile San Bernardino County criminal courts case.

To read the articles, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino judge denies defense motion to dismiss Colonies indictment
The Press-Enterprise: COLONIES: Judge refuses to toss out charges in corruption case

Los Angeles Times: L.A. County’s legal costs soared 24% in 2015

Los Angeles County - Men's Central Jail

The front of the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail is shown. Lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department, which runs the county jails, contributed to a dramatic increase in the county’s legal costs in 2015. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
January 15, 2016

Los Angeles County’s spending on lawsuit-related attorney fees, settlements and judgments rose 24% last year — an increase driven largely by litigation against the Sheriff’s Department.

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West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/13/16 – 7:53 PM PST |

Attorneys on both sides of federal lawsuits alleging years of inmate abuse by deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga are battling over whether the litigation should remain suspended while a criminal investigation is underway.

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InlandPolitics: Legal Journal continues coverage of high-profile legal case

Los Angeles Daily Journal

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

The Los Angeles Daily Journal has penned another article on an ongoing long-running high-profile San Bernardino County criminal prosecution.

Daily Journal is California’s largest legal news provider.

To read the story, published Monday, click the following link:

Daily Journal: Judge considers motion to dismiss in long-running public corruption case

Politico: SCOTUS signals support for anti-union plaintiffs

Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

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Politico

By Brian Mahoney and Josh Gerstein
Published: 01/11/16 – 11:54 AM EST
Updated: 01/11/16 – 02:26 PM EST

The Supreme Court appeared ready Monday to bar public-sector unions from collecting “fair-share” fees from non-members, a move that could deal a political blow to Democrats by reducing union membership drastically and draining union coffers.

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Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, seated next to McClatchy High School teacher Ellen Wong in 2013, appears to be the swing vote in a case involving public employee unions forcing nonmembers to pay dues. (Renée C. Byer – Sacramento Bee file)

 

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 11, 2016 3:57 PM

  • Lawsuit being argued challenges mandatory union dues
  • Justices’ comments indicate unions will lose
  • A loss could affect the clout unions have enjoyed

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InlandPolitics: New coverage on high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

January 9, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

A extensive hearing on the high-profile Colonies case was held in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Friday.

To read local news coverage on the proceedings, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Judge in Colonies case to weigh trial or dismissing case
The Press-Enterprise: CORRUPTION CASE: Prosecution denies withholding evidence
IE Business Daily: Allegations of Prosecution Misconduct Made in Colonies Criminal Case

U.S. Supreme Court

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
January 8, 2016 – 2:40 PM

  • Some educators oppose paying fees to California Teachers Association
  • Conservatives see a chance to overturn prior Supreme Court ruling
  • Unions fear that a loss will undermine their viability

Washington, D.C. —

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral argument in a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. It’s one of the most hotly contested disputes of the court’s 2015-16 term, with serious stakes for law, politics and business.

It raises lots of questions; here are some of them.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin (Kurt Miller/Staff)

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Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff
Published: Jan. 5, 2016
Updated: Jan. 6, 2016 – 8:48 a.m.

A very disturbing statistic emerged late last year: The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and one judge approved more wiretaps in 2012, 2013 and 2014 than any other county in California.

Not just a little more – a lot more.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/16 – 5:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unlike every other retiree in this and other bankrupt California cities, 23 retired San Bernardino police officers would lose part of their pension in the city’s bankruptcy plan — and they’re going public with their opposition to those cuts.

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Unnamed_CCI_EPS

Dec. 31, 2015 – Updated 8:59 a.m.

About this story: This report was written by Edward Humes, the author of 13 nonfiction books and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Orange County Register coverage of the military. The story is based on extensive reporting by the Register’s staff, including Tony Saavedra, David Ferrell, Kelly Puente, Tom Berg and Ian Wheeler, previously published stories and legal documents obtained by the newspaper since the arrest of Scott Dekraai after the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. Illustrations were drawn by Jeff Goertzen.

Read more at the Register’s ‘Inside the Snitch Tank’ site

Prologue

On his last day of freedom, Scott Dekraai spoke on the phone with his ex-wife. Let’s meet for coffee, he suggested.

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Bloomberg Politics: Koch Brothers Group Can’t Keep Donor List From California

Bloomberg Politics

By Edward Pettersson
December 29, 2015 — 1:34 PM PST
Updated on December 29, 2015 — 4:30 PM PST

California can ask a nonprofit group started by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch for the names and addresses of its donors, but the state can’t publicly disclose that information.

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InlandPolitics: High profile criminal case covered in legal journal

Los Angeles Daily Journal

Monday, December 28, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Recent developments in a high profile San Bernardino County legal case have caught the attention of Southern California legal publication Los Angeles Daily Journal.

To read the article, click the following link:

Daily Journal: Attorneys argue over key motion in corruption case – 122115

Scales of Justice

Monday, December 28, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest local news coverage of an ongoing high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Trial postponed in Colonies corruption case
Daily Press: Colonies trial date is pushed back
The Sun: Health issues delay trial in Colonies corruption case by eight months

Amazingly, the later story was authored by someone not actually present in the courtroom.

Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County presiding judge gets new appointment

Marsha Slough

Marsha G. Slough (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/23/15 – 1:00 PM PST |

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday the appointment of San Bernardino County Presiding Judge Marsha G. Slough to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside. She will be the first openly gay justice in the history of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, if confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino won praise from bondholders on Wednesday for its handling earlier this month of the massacre that killed 14 people, but at the first significant court hearing since the attack, creditors questioned a plan to increase spending to bolster the police force.

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U.S. District Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 1:14 PM PST |

Two more lawsuits totaling 21 plaintiffs alleging systematic abuse at the hands of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga have been filed in federal court in Riverside.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 22, 2015 4:41 PM

  • California, 3 neighboring states much different
  • We get along with Oregon, not Arizona and Nevada
  • Relations with Nevada are particularly frosty

There’s always been an incongruity about California’s having three disparate states on its borders.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Debt battle pits Inland cities against each other

lawsuit

A lawsuit by Eastvale over relief bill could have ramifications for three other area cities.

Published: Dec. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 20, 2015 – 5:57 p.m.

Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson is certain Riverside County will prevail in the legal challenge filed by Eastvale concerning a plan to erase millions of dollars in debt owed by Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar — but not Eastvale.

To read article by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Supreme Court of the United States

David G. Savage
December 14, 2015

California consumers who are angry about being hit with unexpected fees can be forced to air their complaints individually before an arbitrator rather than in a class-action lawsuit, under a decision handed down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Los Angeles Times: Bankruptcy judge approves financing for owner of O.C. Register

Orange County Register

A bidding war may be emerging for the Orange County Register. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Khouri
December 14, 2015

A federal judge has approved a $4.5-million loan that will allow the Orange County Register to operate during bankruptcy — setting the stage for a possible bidding war by an insider group and the owners of the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.

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San Jose Mercury News: U.S. Supreme Court to hear key voting rights case

U.S. Supreme Court

By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 12/05/2015 – 12:13:57 PM PST
Updated: 12/05/2015 – 07:04:48 PM PST

With the potential for a seismic shift in the political landscape of California and other states hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court this week takes on a case that will test the framework of the “one person, one vote” principle that has defined political boundaries for generations.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 6, 2015

  • For a half century, legislative and congressional districts have been equal in population
  • Plaintiffs before Supreme Court say districts should be created by number of potential voters
  • If successful, lawsuit could aid conservatives by forcing districts to be redrawn

When an independent commission redrew California’s legislative and congressional districts four years ago, equalizing their populations was a bedrock goal.

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LASO Badge

Joel Rubin
November 30, 2015

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to federal prison Monday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed jail visitor and a scheme to cover up the assault.

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InlandPolitics: Settlement talks requested in sheriff civil rights lawsuit

Court Filings

Friday, November 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A civil rights lawsuit filed by four African-American women, arising from an alleged altercation at an Adelanto, California Del Taco Restaurant appears headed to settlement discussions.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 26, 2015

  • Financial, managerial problems plague system
  • Rebel judges battle with judicial leaders
  • Ability of courts to function threatened

There’s nothing more fundamental to a well-functioning society than an efficient, fair court system to resolve civil disputes and criminal cases.

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InlandPolitics: San Berardino County: New developments in high-profile corruption case

California Supreme Court

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

There’s new coverage of recent developments in a long-running high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

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Settlement

By Lou Ponsi / Staff Writer
Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated 12:11 p.m.

A $4.9 million settlement has been reached in the Kelly Thomas wrongful-death civil suit against Fullerton and current and former police officers, attorneys announced Monday just hours before the civil case was to begin.

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Orange County Sheriff

By Kelly Puente and Tony Saavedra / Staff Writers
Nov. 19, 2015
Updated Nov. 20, 2015 – 12:36 p.m.

After four sheriff’s deputies refused to testify in court on grounds of self-incrimination, an Orange County judge on Wednesday granted a new trial for a gang member convicted of murder.

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Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

  • Eastvale voted to sue Riverside County on a 5-0 vote Monday night, Nov. 16.

The Eastvale City Council announced Monday night, Nov. 16, that it intends to file a lawsuit against Riverside County involving a bill that provided for debt relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

To read article by Sandra Stokley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris this month submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court encouraging it to “allow public universities to consider race as one factor among many in admissions decisions.” (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 16, 2015

  • 1996 measure outlawed affirmative action for college, government actions
  • Issue now before U.S. Supreme Court as it considers Texas case
  • State attorney general urges court to uphold affirmative action, despite her state’s stance

Proposition 209, passed by California voters in 1996, bars race, ethnicity or gender preferences in hiring, college admissions and other governmental actions.

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Scales of Justice

Monday, November 16, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Three highly-publicized long-running San Bernardino County criminal prosecutions will see 2016, and likely beyond for that matter.

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Inland Empire Business Daily: Immigration Reform: A Eulogy

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IE Business Daily

By Inland Empire Business Daily
November 14, 2015

Nine months ago Political Whispers declared immigration reform dead. President Obama’s executive amnesty was the final nail in the coffin that ended any ability for a compromise in this congress or future congresses.

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Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Fredrick Jefferson at the home in Corona where he is staying. Jefferson 46, is among millions of Californians who lost their driver’s licenses because of unpaid traffic fines. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Lee Romney
November 14, 2015

Heavy equipment mechanic Fredrick Jefferson said it was when a supervisor fired him that he learned his driver’s license had been revoked because of unpaid traffic fines.

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Los Angeles Times: L.A. Daily News owner expresses interest in bankrupt O.C. Register

Orange County Register

A bidding war may be emerging for the Orange County Register. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Khouri
November 14, 2015

Another bidder appears to be lining up for Freedom Communications, the owner of the Orange County Register that filed for bankruptcy last week.

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The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

Angela Valles

Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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lawsuit

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15 – 12:34 PM PST |

The parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man, beaten to death by his cell mate at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County and the captain of the jail.

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Daily Press: Former Baca staff member picking up the pieces

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Samuel Clauder sues county after being cleared of child porn charge.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A former Congressional staffer exonerated of possessing child pornography will speak to reporters Friday outside sheriff’s headquarters here as he recovers property seized by authorities from his home during the criminal investigation.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

By Brian Melley
Associated Press
November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s death penalty survived a legal challenge Thursday when a federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that had found it was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.

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Politico: Obama administration will take immigration fight to Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

Politico

By Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim
11/10/15 – 11:55 AM EST
Updated: 11/10/15 – 05:27 PM EST

The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to allow President Barack Obama to proceed with a round of executive actions to make it easier for millions of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S., the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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Calpensions: San Jose, Atlanta pensions: a tale of two rulings

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
October 10, 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have more in common than their last names. Both have the same broad pension story. But last week, Atlanta had a very different ending.

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Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

David G. Savage, Brian Bennett and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
October 9, 2015

A federal appeals court dealt a severe and possibly fatal blow Monday to President Obama’s executive actions to allow up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States to stay and obtain work permits.

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Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California sued a former employee who has criticized the nonprofit insurer. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)

Chad Terhune
October 9, 2015

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California sued its former public policy director and accused him of disclosing confidential company information.

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InlandPolitics: Local coverage on high-profile San Bernardino County legal case

Scales of Justice

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case of public concern.

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Daily Press: Former Ramos aide accepts plea deal

MIchael Lipsitz

Lipsitz pleads guilty to bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted Nov. 5, 2015 at 7:43 PM

VICTORVILLE — A former aide to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a jail pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony charge as part of a plea deal, court records show.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told federal judges that California needs to change how it sets prison sentences. (Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times)

Paige St. John
November 4, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown used a forum for federal judges Wednesday to make the case in strong terms that California’s crime laws have gone too far and inmate behavior should play a greater role in determining the length of a prison stay.

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Los Angeles Times

By Sean Emery and Jonathan Lansner / Staff Writers
Nov. 4, 2015 – Updated 8:11 p.m.

The owner of the Los Angeles Times made a surprise offer Wednesday to lend $3 million to the owner of The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise in what may be a precursor to a bid to buy the two newspapers out of Freedom Communications’ bankruptcy.

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Freedom Communications

Monday, November 2, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Freedom Communications, parent of The Press-Enterprise and Orange County Register newspapers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

What a shock!

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The New York Times: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice

Contract Arbitration

Alan Carlson, a restaurant owner and chef, was involved in a 2003 class-action suit against American Express. A decade later, a Supreme Court ruling enabled American Express to prevent merchants from bringing class actions. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff
October 31, 2015

On Page 5 of a credit card contract used by American Express, beneath an explainer on interest rates and late fees, past the details about annual membership, is a clause that most customers probably miss. If cardholders have a problem with their account, American Express explains, the company “may elect to resolve any claim by individual arbitration.”
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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: New local coverage on high-profile court case

Justice scales key

Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 02:45 p.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage regarding an ongoing high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Santa Clara University Law School’s recital hall on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo: Nathaniel Y. Downes, The Chronicle)

By Bob Egelko
October 28, 2015
Updated: October 29, 2015 – 6:46am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, widely viewed as the leader of the court’s dominant conservative bloc, told law students at Santa Clara University on Wednesday that he’s actually a dissident on a liberal court, one whose prevailing view threatens “the destruction of our democratic system.”

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The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Governor’s veto extends chronic Inland judge shortage

Scales of Justice

The vetoed SB 229 would have spent $5 million on 12 superior court judges, seven of whom likely would have come here.

Published: Oct. 23, 2015
Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s wait for justice — or its wait for more judges to be precise — continues after the governor’s veto of a bill that would have added judges to this area, which continues to suffer from a chronic shortage.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Maura Dolan
October 24, 201

Jurisprudence is no laughing matter.

Ramon Ochoa, 40, learned that lesson while appearing in Fresno before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill.

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Prime Healthcare

Stuart Pfeifer
October 24, 2015

Dr. Prem Reddy has frequently been criticized over his tough management, cost-cutting and reduced medical services at Prime Healthcare Services Inc., his fast-growing Ontario-based hospital chain.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Man claims rude remark led to assault by deputy

San Diego County Sheriff Beating

He files a $20 million lawsuit, saying he suffers lasting damage from a head injury inflicted during his arrest at a San Diego County casino hotel.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:52 p.m.

A Riverside man is seeking more than $20 million in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses San Diego County sheriff’s deputies of knocking him unconscious with a flashlight at Harrah’s resort near Valley Center in July.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Wrongful prosecution civil rights case gets trial date

SBCO

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Remember the name Samuel Clauder? It’s the name of a poor gentleman who was arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of child pornography.

The only problem? He didn’t do it.

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Justice scales key

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

There’s been more local news coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Monday, October 19, 2015 – Updated 10:00 p.m.

Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday in a potentially precedent-setting case.

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By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

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InlandPolitics: Coverage of key ruling in San Bernardino County legal case

Appellate Courts

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The following are links to local newspaper coverage of a Wednesday appeals court ruling involving a high-profile San Bernardino County legal case:

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U.S.-District-Court

Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court in Riverside, which makes allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, and others, now has a trial date.

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InlandPolitics: Appeal filed in $6.5 million San Manuel Murder-for-Hire award

Court Filings

Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

The lawyer for two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has appealed a $6.5 million jury award to the target of a murder-for-hire plot.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge: San Bernardino must provide more information

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/08/15 – 8:36 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The bankrupt city of San Bernardino will have to produce much more extensive information — at a pace its advisers say will be grueling — before it can clear a vital hurdle in the path of bankruptcy plan confirmation, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Thursday.

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas answers questions for the media Friday after the state Attorney General’s Office said Friday it would appeal a judge’s decision removing his office from the case of Scott Dekraai in Santa Ana. ////ADDITIONAL INFO: - 10.informant.0321.ks - Day: Friday - Date: 3/20/15 - Time: 10:01:19 AM - Original file name: _KSB2615.NEF - KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -- Scott Dekraai, DA District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Paul Wilson, Bethany Webb, Chelsea Huff, California Attorney General, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. (Ken Steinhardt, Staff Photographer)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Oct. 7, 2015 – Updated 12:43 p.m.

Prosecutors who intentionally withhold evidence from defense attorneys or the court could face tougher punishment and greater scrutiny under a new state law prompted by the misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County prosecutors.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pays millions in shooting case

SBCO

Monday, October 5, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has approved a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al.

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Orange County District Attorney

Sept. 30, 2015 – Updated 11:18 p.m.

ORANGE – A top official for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had a one-word response Wednesday to widespread accusations that local prosecutors illegally use jailhouse informants and withhold evidence beneficial to the defense: “baloney.”

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. (File photo)

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/28/15 – 5:01 PM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will not be immune from prosecution if he is called to testify in the corruption case against his former second-in-command and reveals any criminal activity that occurred in the jails under his watch.

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Suit against giant warehouse project by Owings’ group brings total to seven so far.

Published: Sept. 22, 2015 – Updated: 11:23 p.m.

The number of legal challenges filed against the World Logistics Center has climbed to seven — including one from former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Press: Victorville: SEC probe uncovers $3.5M fee

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

  • Records show dispute between city, bond underwriter over charge

VICTORVILLE — The Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering also uncovered that the city’s bond underwriter may have taken an unauthorized fee of about $3.5 million for managing four hangars at Southern California Logistics Airport, federal court records show.

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer
September 20, 2015

Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Inc. is suing California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year.

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The Sun: Judge: San Bernardino outsourcing done without required negotiating

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Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department. FILE PHOTO

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/17/15 – 11:00 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In a decision she acknowledged “puts a bunch of marbles on the road to reorganization” for San Bernardino, Judge Meredith Jury ruled Thursday the city hadn’t met its legal obligation to bargain with the fire union before outsourcing the Fire Department.

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The Sun: Years-old $5.5M charter school case not been tried yet

California Charter Academy

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/15 – 9:12 PM PDT |

On Sept. 4, 2007, Charles Steven Cox, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, and Tad Honeycutt, the former mayor of Hesperia, were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled. Eight years later, neither have been tried in court.

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