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The Press-Enterprise: MENIFEE: Ex-councilman pleads guilty to abusing power

Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Judge Thomas Goethals speaks to an attorney in his courtroom in superior court in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   JudgeGoethal – 06/19/15 – MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.

Related stories

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.

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The Press-Enterprise: JUDGES: Gov. Brown appoints four to Inland courts

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Two will serve in Riverside County and two in San Bernardino County. They fill vacancies created when judges retired

Published: July 16, 2015 Updated: 10:03 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments to fill retirement-created judgeship vacancies in Inland area Superior Courts on Thursday, July 16, comprise state and federal prosecutors, a public defender administrator and a sitting court commissioner.

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

Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: A story of interest in The Sun newspaper

Take a Look

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 10:40 a.m.

There’s a story of interest by Staff Writer Joe Nelson in the Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the entire story, click here.

Daily Bulletin: Some LAWA documents may be released to Ontario, judge rules

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation is on the show. First off, he and Lou talk about a whistle blower in Fontana who was laid off for reporting sexual misconduct. Then, the fight for local control of Ontario Airport is heating up.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter School prosecution will see ninth year

Scales of Justice

Friday, July 3, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Friday.

The result was, as expected, another continuance.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting story in The Sun

Magnifying Glass

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 09:10 a.m.

There’s an interesting article published in Thursday’s edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the story, click here.

InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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The Sacramento Bee (AP): Court sides with media outlet in California records fight

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

California
June 23, 2015
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday brought by a media outlet over a failure by the court in a California county to make some civil complaints available on the same day they are filed.

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: Time for local Tribe to end legal embarrassment

SanManuel

Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s time for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to put an end to a long-running and embarrassing legal battle, arising out of an admitted murder-for-hire scheme, hatched by two of its members.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 09:55 a.m.

We almost missed it!

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy indictment was in court two weeks ago, on June 12 to be exact, and guess what?

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Orange County Superior Court

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Updated: June 19, 2015 – 8:50 p.m.

A single missing document in a DUI case, noticed three months ago by a courtroom clerk, set off a probe by the FBI and local prosecutors that has grown to more than 1,000 cases of suspected record fixing.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland City Manager abandons record clearing attempt

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Friday, June 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who cut a plea deal with prosecutors less than a year ago, has abandoned an attempt to clear his felony record.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Judge rejects plea deal in child abuse case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has rejected an inexplicably lenient plea bargain San Bernardino County prosecutors were set to give a Redlands nanny accused of child abuse.

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The Sacramento Bee: Court case hinges on claim of illegal CHP ticket quotas

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Transportation
By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Evidence in a Sacramento court case suggests officers are encouraged to increase traffic stops
  • Judge says CHP ‘should be ashamed’ of evidence presented
  • California Highway Patrol flatly denies quotas exist

For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month.

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Orange County Superior Court

The probe allegedly centers on a court employee suspected of falsifying records to benefit defendants, recording dismissals where there were none, reducing charges and, in at least one case, making it appear a defendant served jail time.

By Tony Saavedra and Kelly Puente / Staff Writers
June 12, 2015
Updated June 13, 2015 – 8:16 a.m.

The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating fake plea deals and forgeries recorded in hundreds of DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases at Orange County Superior Court.

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Court Filings

Los Angeles claims attorney-client privilege for the papers Ontario wants to see for the lawsuit

Published: June 11, 2015 – 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles has filed papers to protect documents it wants to keep from Ontario in the two-year-old lawsuit the Inland city filed to regain ownership and control of Ontario International Airport.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Bulletin: Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes released from jail early

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By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

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The Sun: Jury awards $2M to San Bernardino man marked for death

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 –  8:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury on Friday awarded a man $2 million in punitive damages in a civil case he brought against two San Manuel tribal members who authorities say conspired with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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InlandPolitics: Man gets another $2 million in San Manuel Murder-for-Hire case

San Manuel Gaming Chip

Friday, June 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

A man has been awarded another $2 million by a jury in the punitive damages phase of a civil trial against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who contracted with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel “Murder-for-Hire” case goes to jury

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of a civil case arising from a failed murder-for-hire scheme, hatched by two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, will go to a jury on Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: When politics corrupts the justice system

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Monday, June 1, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

In America, politics can and does infiltrate the justice system. It happens more than people realize.

Right now Orange County, California is front and center.

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InlandPolitics: Story of interest in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s an interesting article in The San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper, published over the weekend.

To read the story by Mark Gutglueck in The Sentinel, click here.

Tony Rackauckas

DA Tony Rackuackas flanked by staffers Susan Kang Schroeder and Scott Simmons

By R. Scott Moxley
Mon. Jun. 1 2015 at 3:00 AM

All prayers inside the Orange County district attorney’s office (OCDA) that their 16-month jailhouse informant scandal would quietly disappear as just another empty, partisan controversy likely ended on May 31 thanks to veteran journalist Kevin D. Williamson, a frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and NPR.

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National Review: When District Attorneys Attack

National Review

by Kevin D. Williamson
May 31, 2015 4:00 AM
@kevinNR

The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct.

As the old Vulcan proverb has it, “Only Nixon can go to China.” And only Nixon’s political heirs can fix the persistent — and terrifying — problems that continue to plague this country’s law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices.

Exhibit A: Orange County, California.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Shaun King
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM PDT

Between San Diego and Los Angeles is Orange County, California. With more than 3 million residents, it’s larger than 21 states. If Orange County were a separate country, its economy would be the 45th largest in the world. Now known for Disneyland, the county may soon be known for having one of the most corrupt justice systems in the world. The width and depth and duration of the corruption truly boggles the mind. A case that should’ve been open and shut has blown the lid off some deep secrets.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting column in IE Business Daily

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

An interesting column was published in Saturday’s edition of IE Business Daily.

The column raises several interesting questions.

To read the point of view, click here.

City of Industry

The City of Industry hopes to cancel or renegotiate its $12-million-a-year trash contract with Valley Vista Services. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Frank Shyong
May 28, 2015

The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts.

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SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/15 – 06:04 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The second phase of a civil trial involving a San Bernardino man marked for death by two San Manuel tribal members and who has already been awarded $4.5 million began Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel Murder-for Hire trial resumes

San Manuel Gaming Chip

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With selection of a new jury complete. The long-awaited trial to see how much more money, if any, Plaintiff Leonard Epps will get from San Manuel Tribal Members, and siblings, Erik Barajas and Stacy Nunez-Barajas, will resume Monday morning.

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Commission on Judicial Performance

By Joseph Serna
May 14, 2015

Like most judges, Kern County Superior Court Judge John Fielder did not necessarily carve out a reputation of being warm and cuddly on the bench.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland City Manager files for dismissal, expungement

Robb Quincey

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey left, has petitioned to have his felony conviction reduced, dismissed and expunged, and probation terminated.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge last year, and sentenced just last October, has filed to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, expunged and probation terminated.

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M. Marc Kelly

Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly. (Los Angeles Times)

By Emily Foxhall
May 13, 2015

An Orange County judge who is being threatened with recall for giving a child molester a lenient prison sentence contends he is a respected jurist who is the victim of a “misleading” campaign.

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Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

SBCO

After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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Perris

Julio Rodriguez agrees to a deal that will remove him from the Perris City Council immediately.

Published: May 11, 2015 – Updated: 10:18 p.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug charge and has resigned his council seat.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 5, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

What began as a push by two California newspaper groups for the calendars of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee may ultimately broaden public access to legislative business and change the way lawmakers operate at the Capitol.

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General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

A culture of high-pressure sales encouraged employees to engage “in unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct,” the suit says.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 4, 2015

Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation.

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Recall

By Emily Foxhall
May 4, 2015

A group behind the effort to recall an Orange County Superior Court judge filed the necessary paperwork Monday with the county’s Registrar of Voters to get the process underway.

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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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Los Angeles Times: Lead prosecutor removed from L.A. Coliseum corruption case

Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber and Paul Pringle
May 1, 2015

Responding to defense allegations of “outrageous prosecutorial misconduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal case fully dismissed

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Friday, April 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal that resulted in a fifteen-count grand jury indictment charging seven current and former employees, with falsification of training and pay records to defraud taxpayers, has met a final conclusion.

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Gavel

A Riverside Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the city of Los Angeles’ motion to throw out key parts of the lawsuit against it filed by Ontario over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/23/15, 10:53 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

RIVERSIDE >> It will be up to a jury to decide if Ontario can seek damages as a result of alleged malfeasance by Los Angeles World Airports over management of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Orange County Seal

April 22, 2015
Updated April 21, 2015 – 7:36 p.m.
By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / STAFF WRITER

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally called for Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly to resign because of his decision to sentence a child rapist to 10 years instead of the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

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InlandPolitics: High-profie SBIA fraud prosecution hits the skids

SBIA

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Another high-profile prosecution has hit the skids.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel Murder-for-Hire trial set

Scales of Justice

Sunday, April 19 2015 – 10:30 a.m

The long-awaited punitive damages trial in the San Manuel Murder-for-Hire saga will start May 4, 2015.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case continued again

Scales of Justice

Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

The nearly nine-year old prosecution of the California Charter Academy criminal case has been delayed again.

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Ontario International Airport

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied Ontario’s request that Los Angeles be compelled to release 399 documents in a lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/15, 11:17 AM PDT | Updated: 11 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied a request requiring Los Angeles to release documents sought by Ontario, which the city’s attorneys say will help show why it should prevail in its lawsuit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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LA_Ontario International Airport

Another piece of the Ontario v Los Angeles lawsuit for control of Ontario International Airport has gone before a state appellate court. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: April 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:32 p.m.

The lawsuit between the city of Ontario and Los Angeles over ownership of Ontario International Airport is months from its Aug. 17 trial date, but for the second time in this year, a piece of the case has gone to state appellate court.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Former aide to Supervisor Ramos pleads not guilty to drug charges

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/15, 8:14 PM PDT |

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court to felony charges of smuggling drugs into a county jail.

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Orange County Seal

Orange County officials Thursday called for the resignation of a superior court judge who cut 15 years off the minimum 25 year sentence of a man convicted of sodomizing a 3-year-old girl.

By Emily Foxhall
April 9, 2015

In more than 15 years on the bench, Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly said, he had never run into a case like the 19-year-old child molester facing a minimum 25-year prison term.

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Daily Press: McMahon stands by department’s Taser policy

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By Anneli Fogt, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday stood by the department’s use-of-force training procedures and Taser guidelines weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued the department alleging they withheld requested documents surrounding Taser policies and use.

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InlandPolitics: Twist develops in California Charter Academy prosecution

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A twist has developed in the long-running California Charter Academy prosecution.

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Ontario

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 3:49 p.m.

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Abby Phillip
April 7, 2015 at 4:48 PM

In December, a jury convicted 20-year-old Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. In California, that charge comes with a minimum sentence of 25 years to life.

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Gavel

By Matthias Gafni, Bay Area News Group
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 04/06/15 – 8:16 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a first of its kind decision for open government, a Sacramento judge ruled last week that the public has a constitutional right of access to California state Legislature meetings and writings of public officials.

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InlandPolitics: Another sordid case of misconduct

California Lawyer

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

A reader forwarded a link to an exhaustive article, published in California Lawyer magazine, discussing alleged misconduct by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General, in a civil case stemming from the costly 2007 Moonlight Fire in Plumas County.

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Adrienna Wong - ACLU

Adrienna Wong, a staff attorney with the ACLU, has filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff´s Department on Thursday, seeking more information regarding the alleged mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Doug Saunders and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/15, 1:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The ACLU sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, seeking a judge’s order to produce records on its Taser gun policies and practices, in light of controversy over how deputies are using the devices.

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Daily Press: ACLU sues over Taser records

Sheriff

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: Watchdog group demands more documents to evaluate if concerns spurred change.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department held back requested documents related to its policies and practices on Taser use, impairing the ACLU’s ability to properly evaluate whether the department has taken a 2012 Grand Jury’s concerns seriously.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario asks judge to deny L.A. claim in Ontario airport case

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario on Wednesday filed a motion asking a Riverside Superior Court judge to reject Los Angeles’ latest legal move aimed at getting the Ontario airport suit dismissed.

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Voice of OC: State AG Will Investigate Alleged DA Misconduct in Dekraai Case

California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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Tony Rackauckas

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ office has been removed from the Seal Beach murder case. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 20, 2015

For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife’s killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities.

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Tony Rackauckas

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas interviews a witness during the preliminary hearing into Kelly Thomas’ death in 2012. (FILE: Joshua Sudock, Staff Photographer)

March 16, 2015
Updated March 17, 2015 8:23 a.m.
By Tony Saavedra, Kelly Puente and Tom Berg / Staff Writers

One thing about District Attorney Tony Rackauckas: He’s a street fighter who can take a punch.

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Tony Rackaukas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said it’s clear that deputies’ testimony was “inconsistent” with statements they made in previous hearings. (SAM GANGWER, FILE PHOTO)

March 14, 2015
Updated March 15, 2015 – 8:22 a.m.
BY KELLY PUENTE / STAFF WRITER

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas conceded Saturday his office made mistakes prosecuting the county’s deadliest killer, but disagrees with a judge’s decision to remove the agency from the case.

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Los Angeles Times: O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

Thomas Goethals

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been the focus of 57 disqualification requests from prosecutors since February 2014. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 13, 2015

For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County’s most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom.

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LATimes: Orange County D.A. is removed from Scott Dekraai murder trial

Orange County District Attorney

By Christopher Goffard
March 12, 2015

In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney’s office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai’s rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence.

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Fontana USD

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A San Bernardino Civil Jury, on Monday, awarded a multimillion dollar judgement to a former Fontana Unified School District employee, who alleged she was raped by a School Police Officer.

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DailyBulletin: Judge sides with LA on Ontario airport case

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Los Angeles on two key claims in the legal battle for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport

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SFChronicle: California to pay $24 million settlement over state properties

California Seal

By Joe Garofoli
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Updated 8:20 pm

The state of California will pay $24 million to investors to end a legal battle over a proposed deal to sell $2.3 billion in state properties during the height of California’s fiscal crisis.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario airport lawsuit against Los Angeles to go to trial in August

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-aide to San Bernardino County supervisor charged in drug smuggling

Drugs

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Chapman University

Chapman University in Orange has been sued by two of its donors.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
February 13, 2015

A 98-year-old Newport Beach philanthropist and his wife are suing Chapman University, alleging that the college coerced him into donating $12 million and then failed to keep its promises.

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InlandPolitics: Fired Ramos aide charged with two felonies

SBCO

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been charged with two felonies for smuggling drugs to an inmate housed at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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InlandPolitics: Murder-for-hire case green lighted for trial

Scales of Justice

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The long-awaited punitive damages trial for Plaintiff Leonard Epps has been set for April 13, 2015.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/03/15, 3:10 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

The decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport was never valid, Ontario’s attorneys claim in a response filed Tuesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-FAA official: ONT considered vital to nation’s air system

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/02/15, 1:14 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A former high-ranking Federal Aviation Authority official said Monday that L.A./Ontario International Airport is a national asset that plays an key role in the national airspace system and deserves its chance to be economically successful.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel “Murder for Hire” case to move ahead

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Monday, February 2, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of a long-running civil trial stemming from a “Murder-for-Hire” plot, involving members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is once again moving closer to a jury trial date.

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ontario airport

Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/15, 10:02 AM PST | Updated: 51 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fearing he may die in custody before trial, Charles “Chase” Merritt, suspected of killing the McStay family in their Fallbrook home in 2010, was given permission Friday by a judge to represent himself.

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lawsuit

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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