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

Alfred Villalobos

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

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

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

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Bank of America

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

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Keyboard

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

By Dustin Volz
July 31, 2014

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

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National Journal

By Billy House and Matt Berman

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

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SacBee: Sen. Yee faces racketeering charge in new indictment

Leland Yee

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

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s death penalty dying of old age

Dan Walters

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

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

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

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

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VVDailyPress: West Valley facing wrongful death suit

Sheriff

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

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

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CCTimes (AP): Former CalPERS CEO pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

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

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

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 2, 2014

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

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LATimes: 6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI’s jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 1, 2014

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

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County litigation filings update

Court Filings

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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RollCall: Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

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

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

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

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

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

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LATimes: Trial of L.A. County sheriff’s officials focuses on FBI encounters

LA County Sheriff

Cindy Chang
June 18, 2014

A videotape of an encounter between two sheriff’s sergeants and an FBI agent outside the agent’s home, played in federal court Wednesday, showed a surprisingly polite exchange, even as the agent was advised she would soon be arrested.

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LATimes: $7.8 million awarded to man shot by Riverside County deputy

Riverside County Sheriff

Maya Srikrishnan
June 11, 2014

A jury voted unanimously Wednesday to award about $7.8 million to a man shot in 2011 by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

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DailyBulletin: West Valley Detention Center inmate alleges five years of abuse

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David Smith, 26, of Covina, is the latest inmate to come forward alleging he was abused by deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/10/14, 8:21 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

A former inmate and chow server at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga said he was subjected to five years of Taser gun abuse by at least a dozen deputies who stunned him more than 80 times.

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Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/14, 7:30 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Attorneys for defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging deputies at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga tortured inmates in a Taser gun hazing ritual are poised to challenge the merits of the case, questioning whether inmates sought resolution at the administrative level before suing.

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LATimes: Ex-deputy details culture of abuse in L.A. County jail

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim
June 3, 2014

The deputy described beating inmates unprovoked, slapping them, shooting them with a Taser gun and aggressively searching them to pick a fight — something he learned “on the job.” He would huddle with other jail guards to get their stories straight and write up reports with bogus scenarios justifying the brutality. If the inmate had no visible injuries, he wouldn’t report the use of force, period.

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InlandPolitics: New inmate abuse lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County

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Friday, May 30, 2014 – 01:55 p.m.

The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers published a story covering the filing of a second federal complaint against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Friday morning.

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Sheriff

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/29/14, 10:08 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four more inmates have filed a lawsuit against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and at least seven other members of the department, alleging abuse while incarcerated at the West Valley Detention Center jail.

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InlandPolitics: Another federal lawsuit targets San Bernardino County Jails

Sheriff

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Another federal lawsuit filed against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has surfaced this week.

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VVDailyPress: SEC amends fraud complaint

Victorville

Attorneys must answer or ask to dismiss by June 5
May 27, 2014 5:46 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission recently amended its complaint alleging fraud in a 2008 municipal bond offering against the city, Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler and others. The SEC had to do so to comply with a federal judge’s order to show proof of earlier dismissed claims that the city and Metzler were also benefactors of ill-gotten gains.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 – 11:02 am

CalPERS has defeated a bid by Wall Street’s leading credit ratings agencies to toss out the pension fund’s lawsuit over a $1 billion investment loss.

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Sheriff

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 23, 2014

(May 22)– While the $180 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of six of the county’s detention facility inmates by a legal team headed by highly respected former Superior Court judge has put the issue of violence against San Bernardino County’s incarcerated population into the limelight as perhaps never before, the abuse of inmates within the county’s jail system is not a new issue.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 10:00 p.m.

The issuance of concealed weapons permits has made its way into the election for San Bernardino County Sheriff.

Appointed Sheriff John McMahon, in a recent newspaper interview, professed his lenient policy in the issuance of concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits to county residents. McMahon says his policy is essentially to issue permits to residents unless there’s legal cause for denial.

It appears the statement, at this point, doesn’t quite ring true.

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IEBusinessDaily: Sheriff Department Scandal Raises Serious Questions

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IE Business Daily

IE Business Daily
May 17, 2014

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon has only one notable comment: “It’s an isolated incident” according to news reports.

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LATimes: L.A. County jails probe ignited by inmate’s letter, FBI agent says

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim
May 15, 2014

The wide-reaching federal investigation into abuse and corruption in L.A. County jails that has thus far ensnared 20 deputies in the largest mass arrests of sheriff’s officials in decades arose out of a letter from a jail inmate detailing instances of violence by deputies, the lead case agent testified Wednesday.

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West Valley Detention Center

The West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on May 8. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/12/14, 4:43 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Inmates at the West Valley Detention in Rancho Cucamonga alleging they were tortured and terrorized by deputies also say they were denied grievance forms and threatened with retaliation if they pressed the issue.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By City News Service
Posted: 05/12/14, 6:37 AM PDT |

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The first of 20 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to be indicted on various corruption and civil rights charges is scheduled to formally plead guilty today to a weapons violation.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: A tangled web of spin

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The growing allegations of deputy-on-inmate assaults, within the San Bernardino County Jail System, has taken on a life of its own.

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VVDailyPress: UPDATED: County jails under scrutiny

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In wake of FBI probe, lawsuit alleges West Valley inmate abuse
May 08, 2014 2:21 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

Lawsuit: Click here to read the full complaint.

A $135-million federal lawsuit alleges six inmates at West Valley Detention Center were subjected to beatings and torture, including “electric shock to their genitalia, sleep deprivation … and sodomy” by jail officials under the color of authority over the course of a 14-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

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Blow Horn

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/08/14, 2:00 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Thursday declined to comment on a federal lawsuit filed by six West Valley Detention Center inmates alleging abuse by sheriff’s employees, but said the department is taking the allegations seriously.

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VVDailyPress: County jails under scrutiny

In wake of FBI probe, lawsuit alleges West Valley inmate abuse
May 08, 2014 2:21 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

Lawsuit: Click here to read the full complaint.

A $135-million federal lawsuit alleges six inmates at West Valley Detention Center were subjected to beatings and torture, including “electric shock to their genitalia, sleep deprivation … and sodomy” by jail officials under the color of authority over the course of a 14-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

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U.S.-District-Court

Thursday, May 7, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The Sun newspaper publiched a story Thursday morning regarding inmate abuse at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s, West Valley Detention Center, in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/07/14, 9:06 PM PDT |

A federal lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Riverside and alleges San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies brutalized inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, shocking them with stun guns without provocation, placing shotguns to their heads and subjecting them to other acts of torture including sodomy.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling could tie Clippers sale up in court

BASKET NBA RACISM CLIPPERS

While Clippers owner Donald Sterling appears to face long odds in challenging his lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine, legal experts and lawyers see a more viable case when it comes to opposing a forced sale. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images /
April 21, 2014)

David Wharton, Stuart Pfeifer
April 30, 2014, 7:25 p.m.

If NBA owners ultimately vote to oust Donald Sterling and the embattled Clippers boss decides to fight back, the resulting litigation could drag on for years and set a precedent for American professional sports, legal experts said Wednesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Fired deputy city attorney loses suit against city

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A federal jury ruled in favor of Riverside last week in a lawsuit filed by fired deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling that alleged wrongful termination.

April 15, 2014; 04:17 PM

Former Riverside deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling, who alleged wrongdoing by city officials and was fired in 2011, failed to prove accusations in a 2012 lawsuit that the city violated her civil rights in dismissing her.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

SBSO Sheriff

Monday, April 14, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.
Last Modifeid: Monday, April 14, 2014 – 12:50 p.m.

A new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside makes scathing allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, and others.

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VVDailyPress: Prime hospitals defend Medicare practices

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Amended whistle-blower lawsuit adds dozen more examples of alleged fraud
April 10, 2014 5:16 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

LOS ANGELES • In response to an amended whistle-blower lawsuit filed last week, Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. this week continued to defend its hospitals’ Medicare practices, reiterating its earlier claim that accusations the chain systematically reports inflated billings and defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars were without merit.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/14, 2:57 PM PDT |

After more than two and a half years, a federal judge has closed the books on an FBI probe into San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case with no charges filed.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

State prosecutors are moving forward with case over $102 million San Bernardino deal
By Katie Lucia
Monday, April 7, 2014

Defense lawyers in one of the state’s biggets public corruption cases are celebrating a federal judge’s recent decision that effectively closes the book on all federal activity related to the matter.

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SFChronicle: Millions laundered by FBI targets in Calif. Sen. Yee case

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Henry K. Lee
Published 4:15 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reputed San Francisco Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and his associates were making money in illegal ways and needed to hide it from federal authorities, so they funneled it into fake business accounts, according to the FBI – the classic definition of money laundering.

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WSJ: OpEd: Mark Cuban and Thomas Melsheimer: How the Feds Rig Their Prosecutions

Mark Cuban

In the Mark Cuban case, the SEC refused to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense for three years.

Opinion

By Mark Cuban and Thomas Melsheimer
April 3, 2014 6:36 p.m. ET

On March 21, 2014, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White was once again quoted praising her agency as “a strong and focused cop on the beat” that promotes fairness and accountability in the markets. The SEC often opens its trials by telling juries that every investor has to play by the same set of rules. But the agency won’t play by a rule that’s fundamental to due process. It’s called the Brady rule, and it keeps the government honest when it takes people or companies to court.

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Bob Egelko
Updated 6:31 am, Saturday, April 5, 2014

A federal grand jury indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 other defendants adds a conspiracy charge to the seven felony counts the now-suspended lawmaker faces for allegedly promising political favors and gun trafficking to undercover agents in exchange for $62,600 in campaign contributions.

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SFChronicle: Calif. state Sen. Yee’s lawyer raises questions about case

Bob Egelko
Monday, March 31, 2014

Leland Yee’s lawyer, in his first public response Monday to the charges against the now-suspended state senator, questioned the time and money the government spent on a three-year investigation but gave no indication of his planned defense against corruption and gun-running allegations.

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LATimes: Prosecutors must prove Yee knew money was pay for official acts

Leland Yee

State Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday in San Francisco. He withdrew Thursday from the secretary of state race. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / March 27, 2014)

By Maura Dolan
March 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Legal analysts said Thursday that the public corruption charges against Sen. Leland Yee — the most serious counts the state lawmaker faces — are more complicated to prove when the alleged bribe involves campaign contributions.

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VVDailyPress: Massive records sweep in SEC case

Victorville

Investigators seek thousands more documents as defense counsel feels overencumbered
March 16, 2014 5:21 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Attorneys for the city and its airport authority say they have negotiated the volume of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s most recent records request down from 6 million to 366,250, but even with 10 full-time contract workers reviewing approximately 4,000 documents per day it’s unrealistic to think they could meet a proposed April deadline.

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The Sun: Widow of Lewis Homes’ David Lewis alleges wrongful death in lawsuit

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/14, 7:33 PM PST |

The widow of a deceased Upland real estate executive has sued San Bernardino County’s district attorney, the California Highway Patrol and several others, alleging they caused his suicide by forcing him to cooperate as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption and failing to take into account his unstable mental condition.

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InlandPolitics: David Lewis: Legal filings on wrongful death case

Court Filings

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 7:25 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has uploaded documents, from the respective state and federal court databases, related to the breaking story on deceased real estate executive David Lewis, published by The San Bernardino County Sentinel website on Sunday evening.

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Mike Ramos

A lawsuit filed by the widow and son of former real estate executive David Lewis alleges San Bernardin County District Attorney Michael Ramos coerced the prominent businessman to, among other things, wear a wire in an investigation into his family before killing himself.

 

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Sunday, February 23, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

(February 23) David Lewis, a third generation member of the Lewis Homes homebuilding and shopping center development dynasty, was driven to suicide in 2010 by pressure put on him by district attorney Mike Ramos to act as a cooperating witness against members of his family, according to a lawsuit filed by his widow and surviving son.

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Elections 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 23, 20134 – 08:45 a.m.

The filing period for the June Primary Election closes on March 7.

Two of the sure to be hotly-contested Inland races, will be that of Riverside County and San Bernardino County District Attorney.

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SacBee: Ron Calderon indicted on 24 counts including bribery

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 21, 2014

Calderon Bribe Case – Indictment

Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have been indicted by federal authorities on multiple criminal charges, including money laundering.

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By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
and Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 02/21/14, 9:21 AM PST | Updated: 17 mins ago

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to file federal charges today in a political corruption matter and a case involving a massive health care fraud scheme.

A law enforcement source told this newspaper the charges are related to the FBI investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon.

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OCRegister:Should deputies be paid for putting on their pants?

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Posted by MIKE REICHER
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Updated: Feb. 16, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Most agree that taxpayers should pay police well for risking their lives in the line of duty.

But should they be paid for the time they spend strapping on their gun belt and bulletproof vest? Or tying their boot laces? What if the department insists they dress in the stationhouse, instead of at home?

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InlandPolitics: Lawyers from former Upland law firm haven’t went away

Legal

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Attorneys from a now-dissolved Upland-based law firm haven’t went away by any stretch of the imagination…..

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown wins two-year delay in prison crowding caps

California Prisons

By Paige St. John [This post has been updated. See the note below for details.]
February 10, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Talk of a sentencing commission and promises of “comprehensive and sustainable” changes in prisons have won Gov. Jerry Brown a two-year delay in orders to reduce prison crowding.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am

Gov. Jerry Brown has contended for months that the state could reduce severe overcrowding in the state’s prisons through creative management, without releasing felons that might endanger the public.

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LATimes: Indictment details alleged assault and coverup by L.A. County deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have been indicted in connection with the beating of a jail inmate in February 2009.

By Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi
February 7, 2014, 1:23 p.m.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies conspired to assault a handcuffed jail inmate and struck him with a flashlight before writing reports that falsely claimed he attacked them, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday.

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The Sun: Redlands’ 1st Centennial Bank: Five years later

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/25/14, 9:46 PM PST |

REDLANDS >> Five years ago this week, 1st Centennial Bank in Redlands became the third of more than 120 banks to fail in 2009 as part of a nationwide financial meltdown.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 24, 2014 (www.sbsentinel.com)

(January 21) — In their zeal to make a federal criminal case against the defendants, who were already charged with bribery-related crimes in the state’s Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, FBI agents and members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office violated the constitutional rights of the central figure in the case, his lawyer has alleged in recent filings in U.S. District Court.

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UTSanDiego: Political corruption case grows

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By Craig Gustafson
Jan. 22, 2014

The corruption case involving a Mexican businessman trying to illegally influence San Diego elections widened Wednesday as a City Hall lobbyist was added to the conspiracy charges and politicians rushed to return campaign contributions from those tainted by the scandal.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Federal investigators admit time has run out for filing charges in San Bernardino scandal
By Katie Lucia

RIVERSIDE – A high profile Inland Empire developer and others face state charges in what authorities have dubbed one of the biggest public corruption scandals in thestate. But it appears they won’t answer to the alleged crimes in federal court.

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Scales of Justice

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Defense lawyers made a new publicly-available online filing related to the now-closed federal probe into the 2006 settlement, between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners, on Friday.

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 18, 2014

(January 13) Federal prosecutors will not pursue a criminal case against any of the defendants involved in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution that is proceeding in state court, according to a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in U.S. District Court on January 13.

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VVDailyPress: Prime Healthcare accused of Medicare fraud

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Whistle-blower says hospital company milked Medicare of $50 million; Prime Healthcare denies ‘frivolous’ allegations

January 15, 2014 6:21 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • An employee whistle-blower alleges Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., which boasts its flagship Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, systematically misdiagnosed and extended stays of patients to collect on lucrative Medicare billings.

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LATimes: Federal judges say prison talks failed

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By Paige St. John
January 13, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Federal judges Monday confirmed that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawyers for inmates failed to agree on a plan to handle crowding in the state’s prisons and announced they will order a solution instead.

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Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, in an October 2013 court appearance.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 13, 2014; 07:22 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket.

To read story by Marcelo Co in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Bill would boost disclosures in corporate settlements with U.S.

Money

Federal officials often tout the dollar amounts in settlements, but credits and tax deductions reduce the actual amount paid.

By Jim Puzzanghera
January 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Concerned that targets of federal investigations are getting off lightly, two senators proposed legislation requiring the government to disclose all the details about settlements that allow companies to duck trials on allegations of wrongdoing.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tax dispute prompts Agua Caliente lawsuit

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The Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians, which runs casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, is suing Riverside County over what tribal officials describe as an illegal tax imposed on their reservation.

January 06, 2014; 05:26 PM

An Inland Indian tribe is taking Riverside County to court over what tribal officials say is an illegal tax that doesn’t benefit their reservation.

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

WashPost: NSA collection of phone data is lawful, federal judge rules

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By Sari Horwitz
Saturday, December 28, 2013

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the massive collection of domestic telephone data brought to light by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is lawful, rejecting a challenge to the program by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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NYTImes: White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts

NSA

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: December 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.

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VVDailyPress: SEC case focus shifts to ill-gotten gains

Victorville

City, SCLAA attorney says it’s a ‘waste of time’
December 18, 2013 9:50 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • An attorney for the city of Victorville and Southern California Logistics Airport Authority called it a “waste of time” Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to argue ill-gotten gains right now in the case revolving around an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering.

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The Sun: U.S. District judge certifies CalPERS appeal of San Bernardino bankruptcy

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/13/13, 12:04 PM PST |

LOS ANGELES >> U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee agreed Friday to let San Bernardino’s largest creditor appeal directly to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, opening another front in the battle between the city and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

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VVDailyPress: VV officials answer, deny SEC complaint

SCLA

SCLA alleged to have made improper money in 2008 bond offering
December 10, 2013 10:13 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • In two separate documents filed Monday, the city of Victorville, its airport authority and Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler denied any wrongdoing in connection with an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering.

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LATimes: 18 Los Angeles sheriff’s officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

Andre Birotte

Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, announces that 18 current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county’s jails. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2013)

By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
December 9, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Ex-Councilman pleads not guilty to taking $2.3 million bribe

December 4, 2013

Ex-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Dec. 4, to accepting a $2.3 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for delivering council votes on land and development deals.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Healthcare.gov

Jon Elswick/AP – The plaintiffs in the case argue that Congress intended the law’s subsidies for low- and middle-income people to go only to people in states that set up their own health-insurance exchanges.

By Sandhya Somashekhar
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Opponents of the health-care law took their latest legal challenge to a federal courtroom in the District on Tuesday in a case that many critics of the law view as their last and best chance to gut it before key provisions kick in Jan. 1.

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NYTimes: A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: December 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — More than a year after the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul, a fresh wave of legal challenges to the law is playing out in courtrooms as conservative critics — joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill — make the case that Mr. Obama has overstepped his authority in applying it.

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InlandPolitics: FDIC reaches settlement in Redlands Centennial seizure

FDIC

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 09:45 a.m.

A settlement has been reached between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the former board and management of the now-defunct Redlands Centennial Bank.

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VVDailyPress: Deadline extended for officials in SEC case

U.S. SEC

Judge appointed to direct mediation efforts
November 26, 2013 5:10 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • City officials accused of defrauding investors in a 2008 municipal bond offering were recently given an extension to file their answers to the complaint.

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VVDailyPress: Judge refuses to dismiss claims against VV in SEC case

Victorville

November 19, 2013 11:03 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

Arguments made to dismiss SEC case in U.S. District Court

LOS ANGELES • The Securities and Exchange Commission’s case will move forward against Victorville city officials accused of defrauding investors in a 2008 municipal bond offering, although a judge said there isn’t any proof right now that they made improper money from it.

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