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VVDailyPress: Trial close for former Barstow mayor

Joe Gomez

CRIMINAL COURTS
After long delays, sexual battery case looms next week
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Delayed for years by attorney changes, ongoing investigation and scheduling conflicts, the misdemeanor sexual battery trial for former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez is expected to finally get underway next week, the case’s prosecutor said Monday.

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SacBee (AP): Court: Silence can be used against suspects

California Supreme Court  justices

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

To read the published opinion, click the following link: People v. Tom

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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InlandPolitics: Sterling appeal denied

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

For our readers who happen to be Clipper fans.

The California Second District Court of Appeal has put a fork in Donald Sterlings last minute attempt to reverse the sale of his former team.

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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was finalized Tuesday.

By Ben Bolch, Nathan Fenno and Melissa Rohlin
August 12, 2014

The NBA announced that Steve Ballmer’s $2-billion purchase of the Clippers had closed on Tuesday, making the former Microsoft CEO the undisputed owner of the team.

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SacBee: California campaign finance measure booted off ballot

By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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Scales of Justice

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 08/08/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES>> The arraignment of three current and former Irwindale city officials accused of public corruption was postponed Friday at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Clippers

By Nathan Fenno
August 8, 2014

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling’s petition late Friday to stay last month’s probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

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LATimes: New charges filed against ex-CalPERS official in corruption case

Alfred Villalobos

Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Indictment

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

In response to reader emails, here’s the original 29-count indictment in the Colonies Case, with redacted charges, which were dismissed, without leave to amend.

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Scales of Justice

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge left bribery and misuse of public funds charges intact, but threw out tax fraud and perjury charges in the Colonies case.

BY IMRAN GHORI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A San Bernardino County judge delivered mixed rulings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, with both sides notching victories.

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Prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case make their way to the courtroom on July 28 at San Bernardino Superior Court. )Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 11:36 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the defendants in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case can stand trial for bribery but dismissed some charges alleging conflict of interest, failure to report income and perjury.

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Bank of America

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Posted: 08/06/14, 7:20 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Bank of America has tentatively agreed to pay up to $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities leading up to the nation’s financial crisis, an insider said Wednesday.

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The Sun: SEC files complaint against Redlands broker for theft of accounts

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/04/14, 11:44 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A Redlands broker has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with stealing $4.4 million from two trust brokerage accounts at his firm and diverting it to friends to spend on luxuries.

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From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The outlook is grim for Obama nominees awaiting confirmation from the Senate, which went into recess Friday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

High anxiety is gripping scores of Obama administration nominees who were left dangling above the Senate floor as that distinguished body took off for a five-week recess. (That’s vacation for most of the lawmakers and nonstop campaigning for a few facing tight races.)

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DailyBulletin: Colonies judge will rule on dismissal motions Wednesday

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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Legal

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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High-Speed Train

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Published 3:05 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At a certain age, people stop talking about birthdays, and so it is with the quiet second anniversary of the city’s filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Keyboard

A district court judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with law-enforcement demands even for user data stored on servers in Ireland.

By Dustin Volz
July 31, 2014

– A federal judge ruled Thursday that U.S. law-enforcement authorities can force Microsoft to hand over emails that are stored on servers in Ireland.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/30/14, 6:59 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Matt Berman

July 30, 2014 — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case are requesting in a court motion that a former federal prosecutor now working for the law firm representing key defendant Jeff Burum be barred from working on Burum’s defense.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

Gavel-Legal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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Yxstian Gutierrez

Yxstian Gutierrez

July 28, 2014 – UPDATED at 9:03 p.m.

Yxstian Gutierrez was not legally appointed to his seat on the Moreno Valley City Council and must step down, a judge tentatively ruled Monday, July 28.

To read story by Stephen Wall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles Clippers

By Jack Wang, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

On Monday afternoon, Shelly Sterling walked into a hallway at Los Angeles Superior Court and cried.

Moments earlier, Judge Michael Levanas had issued a tentative oral decision overwhelmingly in her favor — likely clearing the way for the Clippers’ $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer, and ending a turbulent three-month saga sparked by Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

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Calpensions: Detroit-style pension cuts: could it happen here?

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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The Sun: Judge to decide fate of Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/26/14, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Last week was rough for prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case as a judge dealt a major blow to their case by dismissing the key conspiracy charge against all four defendants.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 10:28 pm

The passage of Proposition 13 – California’s landmark property tax limit – in 1978 marked a major, even radical, change in how the state makes public policy.

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The Sentinel: Rulings on dismissal motions dismantling Colonies corruption case

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 26, 2014

(July 25) — More than three years after indictments were handed down against Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County officials he is accused of bribing, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith eviscerated the case against the defendants, throwing out conspiracy and a dozen other charges that were considered central to the case.

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Leland Yee

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 – 2:16 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors for campaign cash.

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Stephen Larson

Defense attorney Stephen Larson (far right) speaks with the defense team Thursday morning in San Bernardino Superior Court during a motion hearing in the Colonies corruption case. (Will Lester — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:47 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed to amend the indictment.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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Gavel-Legal

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 9:52 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 10:07 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has undergone very obvious ideological cycles – depending on who happened to be in the White House when vacancies occurred.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Smith threw out the conspiracy charges against the four Colonies defendants during a motion hearing.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/23/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.

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IEBusinessDaily: Defense wins early round in corruption trial

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge today dismissed a conspiracy count against four defendants in a prominent public corruption case.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – 10:18 pm

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.

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Mariano-Florentino-Cuellar

Stanford law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is Gov. Jerry Brown’s state Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Courtesy Governor’s Office)

Bob Egelko
Updated 10:55 pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Tuesday morning. In case you missed it!

Appeals court deals blow to Obamacare

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled subsidies paid under The Affordable Care Act in states where no exchanges exist are illegal. Meanwhile, within hours, a Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled exactly the opposite.

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Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 18, 2014

(July 15)– The preliminary hearing for former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey will be held on September 10, Judge Bridgid McCann ruled this week.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 07/16/14, 7:57 PM PDT |

A federal court judge ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment because long delays create an uncertainty for inmates, who are more likely to naturally die on death row than to be executed.

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VVDailyPress: West Valley facing wrongful death suit

Sheriff

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 15, 2014 @ 8:11 am
Updated at 8:40 AM

Three weeks before an inmate at West Valley Detention Center was reported dead Thursday from an apparent medical emergency, the family of an inmate who died there in June 2013 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail, which they said ignored repeated calls for the inmate’s immediate medical attention.

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Robb Quincey

Quincey

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The preliminary hearing in the criminal case involving for Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been continued again.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am

Ever since Stockton filed for bankruptcy two years ago, Judge Christopher Klein has strongly hinted that he’s willing – perhaps even eager – to declare that city employee pension obligations are debts that could be trimmed along with those of more conventional creditors.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager back in court

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

The former city manager of Upland, California, is heading back to court.

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calpers

By Paul Elias, Associated Press
Posted: 07/11/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT
Updated: 07/11/2014 03:46:48 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The former head of the nation’s largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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InlandPolitics: Trial set in San Bernardino County Sheriff pay case

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

An effort to reach a settlement in a case tied to the falsification of training records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, has failed.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: A mushroom bill on home care workers may backfire

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

At any given moment, dozens of comatose bills float around the Legislature – vessels to be filled with whatever the powers-that-be want to enact quickly and semi-clandestinely.

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SacBee (AP): Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

Los Angeles Clippers

By TAMI ABDOLLAH
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 – 8:32 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:38 am

LOS ANGELES — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.

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LATimes: Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game

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

David G. Savage
July 4, 2014

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.

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LATimes: L.A. County jail verdicts don’t let sheriff leaders off the hook

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 2, 2014

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was testifying in the case of a deputy charged with obstruction of justice earlier this year when the prosecutor asked if he was familiar with a common investigative tactic: Start with low-level criminals, then go after their bosses.

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DailyBulletin: Doctor’s behavior questioned in Donald Sterling court case

Donald Sterling

In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/01/14, 7:20 PM PDT |

One of the doctors who declared Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incompetent socialized with the billionaire at a hotel restaurant after the exam, raising questions about the physician’s conclusions, Sterling’s attorney said Tuesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 1, 2014

A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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Patrick McGreevy, Tony Perry and Julie Cart
June 30, 2014

A California law barring therapy aimed at converting the sexual orientation of minors from gay to straight withstood a legal challenge as the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal arguing that the statute violates free speech rights.

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Gallup Poll - Gov't 06302104

There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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AP: Court: Public Union Can’t Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

Union Dues

WASHINGTON — Jun 30, 2014, 10:08 AM ET
By SAM HANANEL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.

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unions

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 10:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 7:39 am

The U.S. Supreme Court chipped away at government-employee union power on Monday by ruling that Illinois home-support workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

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InlandPolitiics: Supreme Court fires warning shot at labor unions

Supreme Court of the United States

Monday, June 30, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The United States Supreme Court has fired a shot across the bow of labor unions, who collect mandatory dues under agency shop agreements.

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AP: Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception

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Jun 30, 11:30 AM EDT
By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

When the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson agreed in 1997 that the state would assume the entire cost of financing California’s largest-in-the-nation court system, judges rejoiced.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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Texting

By PAUL ELIAS
ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 28, 2014, 10:57 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County litigation filings update

Court Filings

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s an update of recent publicly-available federal lawsuit filings against San Bernardino County.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: March Joint Powers Authority lawsuit could be re-examined

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City had sued to prevent development of a medical complex, but City Council members say recently ousted Mayor Tom Owings was driving force.

Published: June 26, 2014 Updated: 7:18 p.m.

The recent change in Moreno Valley’s leadership has some city and county officials hoping it could mean an end to the city’s litigation against the March Joint Powers Authority.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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The Supreme Court’s decision against recess appointments highlights the president’s risky strategy.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
June 26 at 8:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision invalidating President Obama’s use of recess appointments laid bare the legal and political risks the president faces as he makes the aggressive use of executive power a core tenet of his second term.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: Government by fiat

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Opinions
Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer
June 26 at 8:08 PM

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

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The Sun: Relatives of Yucaipa man fatally shot by deputies sue county

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/25/14, 7:26 PM PDT |

The relatives of a man fatally shot by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies last year in Yucaipa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleging wrongful death.

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Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search a suspect’s smartphone without a warrant during an arrest, marking a major victory for privacy rights.

David G. Savage
June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court brought the constitutional right of personal privacy into the digital era Wednesday, ruling unanimously that police may not search a smartphone or similar device without a warrant from a judge.

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RollCall: Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

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By Daniel Newhauser Posted at 5:11 p.m. on June 24

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.

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LATimes: Shelly Sterling appears to have early edge in legal fight with Donald

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James Rainey
June 23, 2014

Shelly Sterling appeared to have the advantage after an initial hearing in probate court Monday, with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge saying that the terms of a family trust may give Donald Sterling little room to rebut a finding that he is mentally incapable of continuing as co-owner of the Clippers.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:51 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday imposed sanctions totaling $3,500 against two San Manuel tribal members for failing to comply with court orders to produce evidence of their net worth in a civil case.

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By Fred Shuster, City News Service
Posted: 06/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

A prosecutor urged a jury Friday to convict six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of witness tampering, but their attorneys countered that the defendants were simply following orders from superiors when they helped keep an inmate informant hidden within the jail system during a federal probe of prisoner abuse.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 5:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Attorneys in a civil lawsuit stemming from a murder conspiracy case involving two San Manuel tribal members are quarrelling over the disclosure of the tribal members’ financial information in the upcoming punitive damages phase of the trial.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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SacBee: CalPERS has interim agreement in San Bernardino bankruptcy case

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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