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The Hill: Obama: ‘Consequences’ for immigration officials who flout my orders

The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/25/15 – 09:42 PM EST

Participating in a town hall-style immigration forum in Miami, the president said a recent ruling against his new immigration policies by a federal judge in Texas was wrongly decided and promised to use all his legal options to ensure the new programs are ultimately adopted.

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LATimes: Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon preparing for corruption trial

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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The Hill: Obama to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs

The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/20/15 – 01:45 PM EST

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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hour-glass

By Joseph Tanfani
February 20, 2015

In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock.

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Bloomberg: Koch Group Gets to Keep Donors Secret in California Lawsuit

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By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
2/17/15 – 8:55 PM EST

A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.

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AP: Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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Associated Press
By Juan A. Lozano
February 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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DailyBulletin: 35 more San Bernardino County inmates allege abuse

West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.(Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

An attorney alleging in two federal lawsuits that deputies at a San Bernardino County jail routinely abused inmates with Taser guns said Friday he will soon be filing a third lawsuit with 35 new plaintiffs.

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DailyBulletin: Probe of West Valley Detention Center winding down

Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

A nearly year-long investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga is winding down, with a federal grand jury weighing evidence and five lawsuits pending before a U.S. District Court judge.

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InlandPolitics: Upland shooting returns to federal trial docket

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Following a failed prosecution against a defendant shot several times by Upland Police, a federal civil rights claim has been returned to the U.S. District Court trial docket.

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LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

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By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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LATimes: Sheriff’s Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

Lawman

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011; a grand jury is now hearing testimony about the actions of Baca and Paul Tanaka, his top aide at the time, as they reacted to discovery of a cellphone provided to a county jail inmate by the FBI. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang
January 11, 2015

It seems that federal prosecutors are after the “big fish” in L.A. County Jail obstruction-of-justice inquiry

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VVDailyPress: Depositions nearing in Victorville’s SEC case

Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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InlandPolitics: Jaded liability strategy blows up again

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Related Post: InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

Friday, January 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

Another criminal case, brought in an attempt to shield an agency from civil liability, this time San Bernardino County, blew up in Superior Court late Wednesday afternoon.

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Politico: Obama nominees in doubt

Politico

Democrats pushed through dozens in December, but Republicans have all the leverage now.
By Burgess Everett
12/29/14 9:02 PM EST

Democrats are still dancing in the end zone after running up the score on dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees during the lame duck.

They should enjoy the moment, because Republicans are about to step up their goal-line defense.

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DailyBulletin: Chino Valley Unified blurs line between religion, public policy

Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Marijuana
Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

SFChronicle: New law could affect criminal sentences in marijuana cases

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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LATimes: Koch-backed group sues Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris over donor list

Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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ACLU

ACLU remains “confident” discriminatory behavior exists

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 10, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday a class action lawsuit by the ACLU that alleges discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at the West Valley Detention Center “lack(ed) merit.”

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

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By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

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Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

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Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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West Valley Detention Center

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

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/22/14, 10:36 AM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

LOS ANGELES >> The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t allow gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at West Valley Detention Center the same access to rehabilitation opportunities, religious services, time outside their cells and other services that other inmates receive, alleges a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California.

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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang
October 2, 2014

Federal officials have rejected a last-ditch effort by Los Angeles County to maintain control over its jails and will move forward with a consent decree to address longstanding problems with mental health care in the troubled facilities.

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LATimes: Inland Empire seeks to regain control of Ontario airport from L.A.

Ontario International

Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport is virtually empty amid a severe decline in passengers since 2007. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
September 28, 2014

Accusing Los Angeles of breaking agreements to foster a network of regional air centers and build up L.A./Ontario International, Inland Empire officials went to court last week to regain control of the struggling airport.

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LATimes: Six L.A. County sheriff workers get prison for obstructing jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Victoria Kim
September 23, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a “corrupt culture” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails.

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LATimes: Jail deputy convicted in conspiracy to hide federal informant

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice Tuesday after a previous trial this year had ended with jurors deadlocked 6 to 6.

By Victoria Kim
September 16, 2014

A federal court jury convicted a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a scheme aimed at hiding an inmate who had been working as a federal informant.

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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

U.S. SEC

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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Reid+Obama+McConnell

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

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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

John Boehner

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

Sheriff

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.

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Monday, April 14, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.
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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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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

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

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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

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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

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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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