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Judge Thomas Goethals talks with Orange County Sheriff's attorney Elizabeth Pejean in his court in Santa Ana during a hearing in the Scott Dekraai case on Friday, October 28, 2016. (Photo by Ken Steinhardt, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, shown in October, is hearing the challenge in the Cole Wilkins case. Goethals is also the judge in the Scott Dekraai mass murder case. (Ken Steinhardt/File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 3, 2016
Updated:   Dec. 4, 2016 – 8:49 p.m.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, harshly criticized in a recent appellate court ruling for a systemic failure to protect defendants’ rights and under investigation by the state attorney general and the county grand jury, is facing a new legal challenge that could remove it from a second high-profile murder case in less than two years.

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Bill Holland

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Nov 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM
Updated:  Nov 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM

HESPERIA — As a school district police officer here, Mayor Bill Holland fell under his boss’ scrutiny for purportedly destroying evidence while leading the investigation into claims that an Oak Hills High School freshman football player had been subjected to sexual hazing, the Daily Press has learned.

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SBCO

By Stephanie K. Baer, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/16 – 9:35 AM PDT |

WEST COVINA >> Councilman Mike Spence pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of a drug Thursday morning.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Superior Court executive officer resigns

San Bernardino County Superior Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/16 – 2:36 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County Superior Court Executive Officer Christina Volkers has resigned, effective Dec. 31, the court announced Tuesday.

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Daily Press: County wins ticket quota suit

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By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:    Oct 11, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury sided with the county Tuesday in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three current or former deputies alleging retaliation for disclosing purported ticket quota and impound schemes within two High Desert sheriff’s stations, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff ticket quota whistle-blower lawsuit goes to jury

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Friday, October 7, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

A nearly month-long trial involving alleged workplace retaliation against three current and former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has been finally handed to a jury.

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California Charter Academy

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/16, 3:11 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> September 2007 was a long time ago.

That month, Rihanna, Fergie and Jay-Z won big at the 24th MTV Video Music Awards. “The Sopranos,” “30 Rock,” James Spader and Sally Field won at the 59th Emmy Awards. Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic at the 127th Men’s US Open.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/30/16 – 3:20 PM PDT |

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies public corruption case were ordered Friday by a Superior Court judge to return some documents and personal items seized by the FBI during a 2011 raid at one of the defendants’ home and business.

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The Sun: McStay family murder trial conflicts with Colonies corruption trial

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Charles “Chase’ Merritt (File photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/16 – 4:08 PM PDT |

The attorney for McStay family murder suspect Charles “Chase” Merritt told a San Bernardino Superior Court judge Friday he cannot begin trial until he finishes defending another client in a public corruption case, scheduled to begin Oct. 17 and last seven months.

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KNBC-TV: The Grinch Ran a Red Light

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

Yes. It was bound to happen.

Los Angeles-Based KNBC-TV has picked up coverage of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department ticket quota whistle-blower lawsuit.

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The Sun: Deputy in Grinch costume caught by red-light camera comes up in testimony

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By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/20/16 – 6:55 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is not commenting on a photo shown in court as part of an ongoing civil trial that a plaintiff says shows a deputy dressed in a Grinch costume intentionally and illegally driving a patrol car through a stoplight in Victorville to prompt a red-light camera to snap a souvenir picture.

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Scales of Justice

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/19/16 – 6:35 PM PDT | U

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino County sheriff’s lieutenant testified during a civil whistleblower-retaliation trial Monday he tried to quash a “petty citations war” between two High Desert sheriff’s stations.

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The Sun: Harmony project east of Highland faces new legal challenge

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By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/16/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> Three public interest groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the city of Highland over its approval of the controversial Harmony housing project.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 09/14/16 – 10:15 PM PDT |

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy testified Wednesday that he was removed from a prestigious motorcycle traffic-enforcement assignment after he criticized what he characterized as a supervisor’s illegal traffic-ticket quota and continued to cite Victorville elected officials, city officials and off-duty deputies over that same supervisor’s objections.

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InlandPolitics: Trial in San Bernardino County Sheriff ticket quota case commences

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-awaited trial involving a traffic ticket quota system employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is now underway.

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Daily Bulletin: Colonies corruption case headed to trial, here’s what you need to know

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/16 – 12:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors and defense attorneys in San Bernardino County’s biggest public corruption case announced Friday that after years of legal wrangling, they are ready to begin trial.

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Warrant

By Brian Rokos / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 24, 2016
Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 6:24 a.m.

  • He failed to appear in court when subpoenaed by an attorney challenging a wiretap he approved. He says he believed the court date would be changed.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach after he did not show up in court Tuesday, Aug. 23, to testify about the approval of a wiretap that prompted authorities to charge a man with possessing illegal drugs.

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

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

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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 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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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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

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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.

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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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KPCC: OC sheriff investigating its own use of jailhouse informants

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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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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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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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Apple Valley

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

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
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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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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

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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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Daily Press: County loses discrimination lawsuit

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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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Daily Press: Court records overhaul burden to public access

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By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 23, 2016 – Updated at 11:18 PM

  • Attorneys document issues, inaccuracies

SAN BERNARDINO — Public access to online criminal court records in San Bernardino County has significantly decreased as of late.

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Daily Press: ‘Faulty’ convictions costly

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Study: County paid $5M in settlements between 1989-2012

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 19, 2016 at   – 12:01 AM
Updated Mar 19, 2016 at –  6:57 PM

More than $5 million in settlements were paid out in San Bernardino County between 1989 and 2012 for “faulty” felony convictions, according to a UC Berkley School of Law study.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford was injured in a fight with an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Christopher Goffard
March 15, 2016

Attorneys for a man accused in a Lake Forest assault have asked that the Orange County district attorney’s office be thrown off the case, citing “a pattern of intimidation” against defense witnesses — most recently when one of the district attorney’s investigators bloodied an attorney in a courthouse hallway.

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Courts

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated:   March 13, 2016 – 7:48 p.m.

Between 1989 and 2012, Riverside and San Bernardino counties paid a combined $10,653,000 in settlements and legal fees in 193 cases where defendants claimed they were wrongfully arrested or prosecuted.

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

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Paige St. John
March 11, 2016

A study of more than 600 overturned felony convictions in California calculates the cost of those botched cases to taxpayers at more than $220 million over two decades.

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Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator.

Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

By Sean Emery, Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff Writers
March 11, 2016 – Updated 8:04 a.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County defense attorney on Thursday launched an online petition calling for the arrest of a district attorney’s investigator involved in a courthouse altercation with Orange lawyer James Crawford.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford shown after an alleged fight Wednesday involving an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Richard Winton
March 9, 2016

The 10th floor of a Santa Ana courthouse was the site of a bloody brawl Wednesday between a defense attorney and an investigator from the Orange County district attorney’s office, authorities said.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
March 8, 2016 – 3:08 PM

  • Judge rules that bullet train doesn’t violate bond act
  • However, other legal hurdles still must be cleared
  • Project still faces financial challenges as well

California’s highly controversial bullet train project dodged a bullet Tuesday when a judge declared that opponents had not proved that it would violate provisions of a 2008 bond measure.

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InlandPolitics: Contested San Bernardino County Judgeship’s

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Surprisingly there’s only two in a slew of San Bernardino County Superior Court Judgeship’s being contested in June.

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Daily Press: Lawsuit challenges Tapestry

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Environmental groups cite lack of water, say endangered species will suffer.

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Feb. 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — A coalition of public interest groups on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges the city of Hesperia’s approval of the controversial Tapestry Project.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Brown’s end run on sentencing initiative stumbles

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 25, 2016 – 3:43 PM

  • Governor’s sentencing measure hits legal roadblock
  • He caused it by delaying submission of initiative
  • Were he to prevail, system would be distorted even more

Jerry Brown may be fuming that a Superior Court judge has blocked, at least temporarily, his ballot measure to overhaul criminal sentencing laws.

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Gavel-Legal

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 24, 2016 – 9:36 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state judge on Wednesday blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s prison population, despite warnings that her decision could effectively stall its consideration by voters until 2018.

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Appellate Courts

Joy Resmovits and Howard Blume
February 24, 2016

One of the highest-stakes battles in education is about to resume Thursday in a Los Angeles courtroom as teacher unions and their allies try to win back job protections that were tossed out in a landmark 2014 ruling.

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Daily Press: Deputies to stand trial for Francis Pusok beating

Scales of Justice

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Posted Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:09 AM

  • Prosecutor calls trio’s actions a ‘breach of public trust’

SAN BERNARDINO — Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies seen on video beating Francis Pusok last April in a rural county area near Apple Valley were ordered to stand trial Monday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Prosecutors’ lawsuit challenges Jerry Brown’s crime initiative

Anne Marie Schubert

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in January 2015. She is a plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging a ballot measure proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 12, 2016 11:38 AM

  • Lawsuit by DA’s association said Jan. 25 amendments not germane to Dec. 22 filing
  • Suit asks a judge to order that the Brown-backed proposal start over
  • Attorney general’s office scheduled to issue title and summary for amended measure this month

California prosecutors have asked a judge to block a newly amended ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would make it easier for nonviolent prisoners to get parole.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Judge calls for review of CPUC emails

Jeff McDonald

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

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

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

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Hand Out

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

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

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Justice scales key

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

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

To read the articles, click the following links:

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

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

Los Angeles County - Men's Central Jail

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

Abby Sewell
January 15, 2016

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

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

Los Angeles Daily Journal

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

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

Daily Journal is California’s largest legal news provider.

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

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

InlandPolitics: New coverage on high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

January 9, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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Cassie MacDuff

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

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

Not just a little more – a lot more.

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

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Dec. 31, 2015 – Updated 8:59 a.m.

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

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

Prologue

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

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InlandPolitics: Latest coverage of local high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Troubles continue for courts

Dan Walters

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

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

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

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Settlement

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

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

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Orange County Sheriff

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

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

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Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

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

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

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

Scales of Justice

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

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

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

Chad Terhune
October 9, 2015

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

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

Scales of Justice

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

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

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