Archive for the ‘ Courts ’ Category

California Supreme Court

Howard Blume and Joy Resmovits
August 23, 2016

Monday was the end of the line for a landmark California case challenging tenure and other traditional job protections for teachers — and the teachers won.

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Calpensions: Court pension decision weakens ‘California rule’

Pensions

Ed Mendel
August 22, 2016

The one thing some pension reformers say is needed to cut the cost of unaffordable public pensions: give current workers a less costly retirement benefit for work done in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned.

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The Sun: All seven former Beaumont officials plead not guilty in corruption case

Beaumont Corruption Case

The seven defendants in the Beaumont political corruption case, in the front row are Francis Dennis Coe Jr., Joseph Sandy Aklufi, William Kevin Aylward, Ernest Alois Egger, Deepak Moorjani, David Willliam Dillon, and Alan Charles Kapanicas, left to right, in the back row are attorneys Melissa Meister, James Taylor and Virginia Blumenthal, left to right, prior court proceedings in Dept. 52 of Riverside Superior Court on Friday. (Kurt Miller – Staff Photographer)

By David Danelski and and Gail Wesson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/19/16 – 11:20 PM PDT |

The seven former Beaumont city officials charged in May with 94 felony corruption counts, including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, each pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Friday.

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The Sun: State Supreme Court rejects request to dismiss Colonies corruption case

Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/18/16 – 7:56 PM PDT |

The California Supreme Court has rejected a petition by a defense attorney in a San Bernardino County public corruption case to consider dismissing the indictment on grounds of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, paving the way for trial in October.

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Moreno Valley seal

Foes tried to stop the developer and city from using initiatives to legally protect the project.

By Imran Ghori / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 18, 2016 – Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A judge has denied a request by opponents of the World Logistics Center to block two initiatives aimed at shielding the 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex from legal challenges.

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Judge Thomas M. Goethals speaks and agrees to continue Steven Bruno's sentencing on Thursday to January 23 in Santa Ana. Bruno was found guilty for the murder of his father to Ernest Bruno by an Orange County Superior Court jury. ////ADDITIONAL INFO: - 05.IRVfathermurdersentence.1218.ks - Day: Thursday - Date: 12/18/14 - Time: 9:34:45 AM - Original file name: _KSB3279.NEF - KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -- Bruno’s attorney Leonard Matsuk - Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera

Judge Thomas M. Goethals during a 2014 case. (Ken Steinhardt / Staff Photographer)

By Sean Emery / Staff Writer
Aug. 17, 2016 – Updated 10:08 p.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County judge offered to remove himself from a murder trial Wednesday, only to learn that attorneys on both sides want him to stay on a case that involves allegations of prosecutors falsifying evidence.

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Medical Marijuana

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the federal government can’t prosecute medical marijuana groups if they are following state law.

Maura Dolan
August 17, 2016

A U.S. appeals court decided unanimously Tuesday that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws.

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Judge Thomas Goethals discusses the admissibility of previously sealed court documents related to an alleged jailhouse informant who may have assisted in the conviction of Henry Rodriguez, who has spent 15 years in prison for his role in the 1998 murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: RODRIGUEZ.0626 - 6/25/15 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - Henry Rodriguez, who has spent 15 years in prison for his role in the 1998 murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom with his attorney, James Crawford, and deputy district attorneys Howard Gundy and Eric Scarbrough on Thursday to discuss alleged misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County prosecutors in his case. Judge Thomas Goethals' decision could lead to a new trial or the outright prisoner release. Picture made at The Orange County Central Justice Center, department C45, in Santa Ana, California, on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has cracked down on misuse of jailhouse informants. He threw a curve Monday to lawyers seeking removal of the District Attorney’s Office from a murder case following allegations of falsifying and withholding evidence. As he postponed the hearing until Wednesday, Goethals urged attorneys on both sides to consider an argument as to why he should or shouldn’t be removed from the case. (Joshua Sudock / File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Aug. 15, 2016
Updated Aug. 16, 2016 – 7:25 a.m.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals threw a curve Monday to lawyers seeking removal of the District Attorney’s Office from a murder case following allegations of falsifying and withholding evidence.

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Courts

By Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/14/16 – 2:11 PM PDT |

Baffling. That’s all that can be said about the state Senate Appropriations Committee killing a bill last week that would have addressed a critical shortage of judges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
August 12, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to felony charges arising from an FBI probe into county jails.

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The San Diego Union Tribune: DA is called to testify in Azano campaign money trial

Scales of Justice

By Greg Moran |
Aug. 10, 2016 – 12:47 p.m. |

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a Mexican tycoon facing federal charges he illegally contributed $600,000 in cash and services into campaigns for San Diego mayor in 2012 — including Dumanis’ unsuccessful bid.

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Goodwin Liu

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, shown in 2011, argued in a dissent that California officials’ public votes are not protected under state and federal free speech laws. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Maura Dolan
August 8, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Monday that the votes of elected officials are protected free speech.

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USC Trojans Football

The USC Trojans take the field for a 2014 game against Notre Dame at the Coliseum. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
August 6, 2016

The alleged bribes and kickbacks that prosecutors said flowed like honey between government officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and people who did business at the venerable stadium exceeded $2 million — cash that belonged to the taxpayers.

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Appellate Courts

By Alma Fausto / Staff Writer
Updated Aug. 6, 2016 8:25 a.m.

The 4th District Court of Appeal rejected a request Friday by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for a rehearing on a ruling that was mainly in the office’s favor.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca arrives at the downtown federal courthouse for a sentencing hearing. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang
August 5, 2016

Days after withdrawing a guilty plea for lying during an FBI investigation into widespread abuses at the county jails, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was indicted Friday on more serious charges that could bring up to 20 years in prison.

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Courts

Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Marisa Gerber
August 4, 2016

Two concert promoters accused in a bribery-and-embezzlement scheme involving raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will avoid serving any jail time under a plea bargain with prosecutors who acknowledged, for the second time, that they mishandled evidence in the high-profile corruption case.

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9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - 2

Joel Rubin
August 4, 2016

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the convictions of seven former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on charges they tried to thwart an FBI investigation into county jails.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

In narrative rejected by county, whistleblower complaint alleges corruption, retaliation

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM
Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Three current or former deputies who say they were rebuked for disclosing an alleged impound and ticket quota scheme entrenched within two High Desert sheriff’s stations will have their days in court.

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Lee Baca

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/01/16 – 6:59 AM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told a federal judge Monday he wants to withdraw his guilty plea and stand trial in connection with a jail corruption scandal that has already taken down almost a dozen of his former deputies and his second in command.

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The Sun: San Bernardino reaches fourth bankruptcy anniversary, but end in sight

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of the nation’s longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it’s probably its last, officials say.

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her." Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

File – In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and “do everything but put handcuffs on her.” Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

By Brian Melley, Associated Press
Jul. 31, 2016 – 2:24 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sheriff Lee Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, faces a difficult choice that will influence how he spends the healthiest days of his retirement.

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Courts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

A civil lawsuit filed by current and former deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will advance to trial.

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ACLU

By Tony Saavedras, Staff Writer
July 22, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union sent volunteer watchers into local courtrooms Friday, a move aimed at bringing attention to what the civil rights group describes as routine cheating by prosecutors in Orange County.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court via a loading dock Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber
July 18, 2016

A federal judge on Monday threw out a plea agreement that would have given former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca a maximum of six months in prison, saying the sentence was too lenient considering Baca’s role in obstructing an FBI investigation into the county jails.

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Politico: Court: Private-account email can be subject to FOIA

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals foi the District of Columbia

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
Published: 07/05/16 – 12:00 PM EDT
Updated:   07/05/16 – 02:29 PM EDT

On the same day that the FBI announced that the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is likely to conclude without any charges, a federal appeals court issued a ruling that could complicate and prolong a slew of ongoing civil lawsuits over access to the messages Clinton and her top aides traded on personal accounts.

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Politico: Supreme Court overturns Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions

Politico

By Josh Gerstein
Published: 06/27/16 – 10:33 AM EDT
Updated:    06/27/16 – 02:37 PM EDT

To read opinion, click the following link: U.S. v McDonnell

A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, ruling that federal prosecutors relied on a “boundless” definition of the kinds of acts that could lead politicians to face criminal charges.

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Courts

Joel Rubin
June 27, 2016

For years, allegations of inmate beatings by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails swirled. When they did, one name surfaced over and over: Paul Tanaka.

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Associated Press: Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
Jun 23, 2016 – 10:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
June 20, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but he nonetheless should serve time in prison for lying to federal investigators during a probe into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. attorney’s office has concluded.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Warehouse battle continues in court

Moreno Valley seal

The focus of the legal challenges, for now, is on three initiatives that the City Council adopted.

By Imran Ghori / Staff WRiter
Published:  June 17, 2016
Updated:    June 18, 2016 – 6:30 a.m.

A legal battle over the World Logistics Center will continue through at least the summer as opponents and Moreno Valley square off over whether the city violated state law in approving three developer-backed initiatives.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves toward bankruptcy exit

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

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The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Inland judgeships stalled by state

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Governor wants to shift positions; Legislature wants more spots. Either way, Inland Empire loses.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2016
Updated:   June 14, 2016 – 9:12 a.m.

The Inland region’s chronic shortage of judges is now caught in a political tug-of-war between a plan favored by Gov. Jerry Brown and another favored by Democratic lawmakers.

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The Mercury News: New document revealed in California jail informants probe

Orange County Sheriff

Associated Press
Posted:     06/11/2016 – 11:47:28 PM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2016 – 11:48:01 PM PDT

SANTA ANA — Authorities in Orange County have acknowledged an extensive log detailing the handling of jailhouse informants was kept by sheriff’s deputies but never released despite court hearings last year over the use of snitches in the high-profile case of a mass killer.

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KQED (AP): Court: No Right to Carry Concealed Weapons in Public

Hand Gun open carry

By Paul Elias
Associated Press
June 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

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Scales of Justice

Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 9, 2016 – Updated 10:49 p.m.

Secret notes kept by Orange County sheriff’s deputies on jailhouse informants appear to contradict testimony given by deputies during legal hearings for confessed Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Dekraai, prosecutors said late Thursday.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 06/06/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

Former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering as part of a plea deal in a federal corruption case before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder. Calderon also implicated his brother, who still faces federal corruption charges.

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The Sacramento Bee: Citizens United critics soaked in hypocrisy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Pending bill aimed at overturning Supreme Court ruling
  • However, it denounces practice that California allows
  • Politicians rail against campaign money, but take it

State legislators – more precisely, Democratic legislators – worked themselves into a lather last month over what one called “the pernicious and pervasive role of money in politics.”

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SBCO Seal

Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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SEBA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/16 – 9:17 PM PDT |

Officials with the labor union representing San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said Friday that prison realignment and a shortage of deputies has prompted a safety campaign that has delayed the transport of inmates to court.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Surveillance video of shooting reportedly missing seconds of footage

By Paola Baker
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Attorneys representing the family of a Barstow man fatally shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies last fall claim witnesses were intimidated and harassed by investigators.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is in favor of renewing the ban on assault rifles. She addresses a crowd of about 120 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Laguna Beach. Harris and Loretta Sanchez are campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Harris.0129.cy 01/28/16– CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Attorney General Kamala Harris hugs supporters as she makes a campaign stop in Loretta Sanchez's backyard at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship in Laguna Beach.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai. (Cindy Yamanaka – File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 1, 2016 – Updated 10:10 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.

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The Sun: Hearing postponed for dismissal motion in Colonies corruption case

Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/16 – 11:28 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney’s bid to get the San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case dismissed was rescheduled Friday until July 15.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

Another motion seeking dismissal of San Bernardino County’s Colonies public corruption case will be heard Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court, this time on grounds prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office did not save e-mails a defense attorney maintains were evidence.

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InlandPolitics: Quincey makes third attempt at dismissal, expungement

Court Filings

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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U.S.-District-Court

By Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum)
Washington Examiner
05/19/16 – 5:22 PM

A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being “intentionally deceptive” during litigation over President Obama’s executive immigration orders.

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Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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The Sun: Colonies defense attorney alleges prosecutors destroyed evidence

Delete

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/16 – 5:07 PM PDT |

To read filing, click the following link:
Motion to Dismiss – Destruction of Evidence by Attorney General

A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has filed a motion in Superior Court seeking dismissal of the case on grounds that prosecutors destroyed evidence.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Cadiz water project in Mojave Desert wins big in Appellate Court

Cadiz

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/10/16 – 6:53 PM PDT |

Cadiz Inc. won a decisive courtroom victory Tuesday for its plans to transfer ancient groundwater in a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to parts of Orange County and other locations.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 10, 2016 7:39 a.m.

Convicted double murderer Henry Rodriguez was released on bail Monday after 18 years in prison, another felony case upended because of questions related to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s use of jailhouse informants.

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LASO Badge

Joel Rubin
May 10, 2016

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced Monday to more than a year each in federal prison for lying on reports they wrote about violently subduing a handcuffed jail inmate.

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/16 – 12:24 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city was ready to cut its losses.

After more than a year of costly legal battles, a Fourth District Appellate Court last month in unprecedented move ruled the city had no legal standing to deny the California Cannabis Coalition the right to hold a special election on a ballot measure that aimed to overturn Upland’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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The Sun: Ninth Circuit reverses ruling in San Bernardino County corruption case

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - 2

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/06/16 – 4:20 PM PDT |

To read order, click the following link: USA v. Jeffrey Burum – Memoranda Order

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court’s order in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case, in which a defense attorney is challenging evidence seized by the FBI in 2011.

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Daily Press: ACLU lawsuit challenges City of Hesperia, Sheriff’s Department

Court Filings

Victor Valley Family Resource Center claims city is trying to ‘banish residents released on probation’

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May. 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

HESPERIA — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Victor Valley Family Resource Center against the city of Hesperia and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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KPCC: OC sheriff investigating its own use of jailhouse informants

Orange County Men's Central Jail

Three inmates escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on January 22, 2016. The facility was built in 1968. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Erika Aguilar
May 05, 2016 – 09:36 PM

Orange County sheriff’s officials have assigned an investigative sergeant to monitor how and if jailhouse informants will be used with the Sheriff’s consultation after deputies failed to disclose records to the court on the department’s inmate informant program.

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Daily Bulletin: Howard Jarvis tax group takes up Upland’s marijuana battle

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/02/16 – 4:26 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Upland has a new ally in its battle against the California Cannabis Coalition: the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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Calpensions: Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa city councilman in 2012, an Orange County judge ruled Friday.

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U.S. Supreme Court

A Supreme Court ruling protects public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors. (AFP / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
April 26, 2016

Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened the rights of the nation’s 22 million public employees to protect them against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.

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Scales of Justice

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/26/16 – 12:25 AM PDT |

A Phelan man was arrested Monday nine months after authorities say he drove off with a U.S. Forest Service investigator hanging from the car window at a wildfire base camp in Victorville.

The investigator fired shots at the man but missed.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM

With an FBI and federal grand jury probe still active, attorneys for law enforcement officials ensnared in allegations of widespread inmate abuse at West Valley Detention Center want to keep seven federal lawsuits on pause, court records show.

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Apple Valley

Legal filing says town has illegally transferred funds, among other claims

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Follow @@DP_MatthewCabe
Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

APPLE VALLEY — A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of San Bernardino alleges Proposition 218 violations related to Apple Valley’s Wastewater Division, which provides sewer service to more than 22,000 town residents.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a San Diego news conference. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
April 21, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s income tax refugees get shield

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 19, 2016 – 2:04 PM

  • State has pursued inventor Gilbert Hyatt for a quarter-century
  • Nevada courts said California had harassed Hyatt
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Nevada’s spanking of California

There is a perpetual debate in California political circles over whether the state’s highest-in-the-nation income tax rates encourage the wealthy to take themselves and their money elsewhere.

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SBCO Superior Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/18/16 – 2:44 PM PDT |

A former Los Angeles County social worker recently charged in connection with the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez has been working on child custody cases in San Bernardino County for more than two years, a court spokesman said Monday.

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On Leave

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/18/16 – 2:29 PM PDT |

Christina M. Volkers, court executive officer for San Bernardino County Superior Court, has been placed on administrative leave, court spokesman Dennis Smith confirmed Monday.

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The Sun: Proposal could increase number of Inland judges

Gavel

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/14/16 – 1:21 PM PDT |

A state judicial panel has proposed redistributing vacant judgeships from counties where there are too many to counties where there are too few, including Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where a lack of judges has caused hundreds of cases to be dismissed.

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Appellate Courts

Howard Blume , Joy Resmovits and Sonali Kohli
APril 14, 2016

In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that had thrown out tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers.

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Microsoft

FILE – This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, April 14, 2016, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its customers’ email or online files without the customers’ knowledge. The lawsuit comes as the tech industry is increasingly butting heads with U.S. officials over customers’ privacy rights. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

By Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer
Associated Press
April 14, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland to appeal medical marijuana debate to the supreme court

Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/13/16 – 5:51 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A battle to keep out medical marijuana dispensaries has turned into a legal tax issue with possible statewide implications.

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Daily Press: County loses discrimination lawsuit

SBCO

Board of Supervisors’ lack of knowledge in county affairs part of the ‘culture,’ attorney says

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
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Posted: Apr. 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM
Updated: April 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury voted 11-1 Monday to award a former San Bernardino County Fire Department division chief more than $700,000 in damages related to an age discrimination case against the county and its fire department, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

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Greg Devereaux

San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux was a key witness in a case where a local civil jury is making the county pay $704,000.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

**Verdict Form PDF has been fixed***

A jury award in an unlawful termination case against San Bernardino County speaks volumes as to why the county, up until now, has never taken cases to trial in recent history.

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SBCO

County Supervisors up legal services contract by $400K

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Attorney fees could rise above $1 million in the county’s lawsuit against the architectural and design firms of the High Desert Detention Center expansion in Adelanto, which was completed in February 2014 after falling nearly $29 million over budget.

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No Money

By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
April 12, 2016 3:29 PM
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  • Bankruptcy judge says estate of Alfred Villalobos lacks money to pay money owed state
  • Villalobos commited suicide in January 2015
  • Villalobos’ fortune overstated

RENO —

The late Alfred Villalobos, the central figure in the CalPERS bribery case, always insisted he did nothing wrong and he didn’t owe the state of California a dime.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/07/16 – 1:34 PM PDT |

PASADENA >> A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case and an assistant U.S. attorney battled it out in federal court Thursday over whether the government should destroy documents seized during a search of defendant Jeff Burum’s home and office in 2011.

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Mimi Walters

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
April 7, 2016

Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

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LA County Seal

The former version of the Los Angeles County seal, left, includes a cross above the Hollywood Bowl. That seal was replaced by the version on the right.

Abby Sewell
April 7, 2016

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka leaves the downtown federal courthouse after a jury convicted him on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
April 6, 2016

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka of deliberately impeding an FBI investigation, capping a jail abuse and obstruction scandal that reached to the top echelons of the Sheriff’s Department.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, center heads to the federal courthouse on Friday in downtown Los Angeles. Sarah Reingewirtz — Pasadena Star-News

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/04/16 – 9:56 PM PDT |

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka admitted on the witness stand Monday that he has a tattoo associated with a deputy gang known as the Vikings that a federal judge has called a “neo-nazi, white supremacist” group.

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U.S. Supreme Court

Courts & Law

By Robert Barnes
April 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM
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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on the total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests that wanted the districts based only on the number of people eligible to vote.

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Chino Valley Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/03/16 – 3:05 PM PDT |

CHINO HILLS >> Almost two months after the Chino Valley Unified school board was ordered to cut out the heavy use of prayer during meetings, the same federal judge is ordering four board members to pay for the legal fees of the winning side.

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The Sun: ‘Major step forward’ for San Bernardino bankruptcy

Exit Ahead

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/16 – 5:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The end to the city’s three-year-old bankruptcy is in sight, but the 20 years after exiting bankruptcy will still be tough, city officials tell their creditors and bankruptcy judge in the latest version of the bankruptcy exit plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino settlement: Pension obligation bondholders to get 40%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/29/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

San Bernardino will pay the holders of its pension obligation bonds 40 percent of what they’re owed, reducing the total payments to one of its largest creditors by about $45 million, according to a settlement between the bankrupt city and those creditors.

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