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Los Angeles Times: Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

Lee Baca

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
February 10, 2016

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency.

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo “engaged in a regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting” of Federal Housing Administration loans, prosecutors alleged. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

James Rufus Koren
February 3, 2016

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $1.2 billion to settle claims that it duped the federal government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages in the years leading up to the housing crash, the San Francisco banking giant said Wednesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Joel Rubin
February 2, 2016

A federal jury found two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies guilty Tuesday of falsifying records about the beating of a jail inmate but deadlocked on whether the deputies used excessive force.

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Daily Press: In SEC case, firm claims it can’t fund defense

Victorville

KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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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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West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/13/16 – 7:53 PM PST |

Attorneys on both sides of federal lawsuits alleging years of inmate abuse by deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga are battling over whether the litigation should remain suspended while a criminal investigation is underway.

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U.S. District Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 1:14 PM PST |

Two more lawsuits totaling 21 plaintiffs alleging systematic abuse at the hands of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga have been filed in federal court in Riverside.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/22/15 – 7:39 PM PST |

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department.

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LASO Badge

Joel Rubin
November 30, 2015

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to federal prison Monday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed jail visitor and a scheme to cover up the assault.

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InlandPolitics: Settlement talks requested in sheriff civil rights lawsuit

Court Filings

Friday, November 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A civil rights lawsuit filed by four African-American women, arising from an alleged altercation at an Adelanto, California Del Taco Restaurant appears headed to settlement discussions.

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The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

Angela Valles

Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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lawsuit

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15 – 12:34 PM PST |

The parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man, beaten to death by his cell mate at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County and the captain of the jail.

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Daily Press: Former Baca staff member picking up the pieces

scales-of-justice

Samuel Clauder sues county after being cleared of child porn charge.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A former Congressional staffer exonerated of possessing child pornography will speak to reporters Friday outside sheriff’s headquarters here as he recovers property seized by authorities from his home during the criminal investigation.

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Maura Dolan
October 24, 201

Jurisprudence is no laughing matter.

Ramon Ochoa, 40, learned that lesson while appearing in Fresno before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Man claims rude remark led to assault by deputy

San Diego County Sheriff Beating

He files a $20 million lawsuit, saying he suffers lasting damage from a head injury inflicted during his arrest at a San Diego County casino hotel.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:52 p.m.

A Riverside man is seeking more than $20 million in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses San Diego County sheriff’s deputies of knocking him unconscious with a flashlight at Harrah’s resort near Valley Center in July.

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

Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Monday, October 19, 2015 – Updated 10:00 p.m.

Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday in a potentially precedent-setting case.

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LASO Badge

By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court in Riverside, which makes allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, and others, now has a trial date.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pays millions in shooting case

SBCO

Monday, October 5, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has approved a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. (File photo)

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/28/15 – 5:01 PM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will not be immune from prosecution if he is called to testify in the corruption case against his former second-in-command and reveals any criminal activity that occurred in the jails under his watch.

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Daily Press: Victorville: SEC probe uncovers $3.5M fee

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

  • Records show dispute between city, bond underwriter over charge

VICTORVILLE — The Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering also uncovered that the city’s bond underwriter may have taken an unauthorized fee of about $3.5 million for managing four hangars at Southern California Logistics Airport, federal court records show.

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Los Angeles Times: Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed

Barack Obama

President Obama speaks at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday. A federal judge has ruled that congressional Republicans have legal standing to sue his administration over spending related to the Affordable Care Act. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

By David G. Savage
September 9, 2015

House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

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InlandPolitics: Settlements reached in Redlands investment theft

U.S.-District-Court

Saturday, September 5, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Settlements have been reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the mismanagement and plundering of accounts held at a now-defunct Redlands-based investment advisory firm.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/19/15 – 8:36 PM PDT |

Accused of corruption, Paul Tanaka, once second in command of the Sheriff’s Department, said charges against him should be dropped, according to federal court documents obtained Wednesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By City News Service
Posted: 08/13/15 – 7:59 PM PDT |

A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department captain charged with obstructing a federal probe into corruption in the county jails has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and cooperate in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, according to court papers filed Thursday.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/10/15 – 8:15 PM PDT |

The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe has filed a federal lawsuit alleging San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are racially profiling tribal members and targeting them for traffic citations on their reservation, without the jurisdictional power to do so.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County inmate abuse cases are delayed

Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/02/15 – 7:34 PM PDT |

Court proceedings in five federal civil rights lawsuits alleging inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga were brutalized by deputies have been suspended for a second time while criminal and grand jury investigations remain ongoing, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County taxpayers to fork out another settlement

SBCO

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give their approval of a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al on Tuesday.

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The San Diego Union Tribune: Edison sued over secret Poland talks

Michael Peevey

The Hotel Bristol Warsaw, where state regulators met with a utility executive.
Shareholder says company erred in not disclosing

By Morgan Lee | 6:13 p.m. July 9, 2015

A federal lawsuit filed this week accuses two top Edison International executives of harming shareholders by failing to disclose secret meetings with California regulators regarding a $4.7 billion settlement of costs for the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant.

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Court Filings

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been hit with yet another in a series of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, including assault under color of authority.

The latest complaint stems from a law enforcement contact in the Morongo Basin area.

It’s like we have been saying for quite some time now. It’s a leadership problem!

To read the complaint, filed June 15, in U.S. District Court, click the following link: Arrona v. County of San Bernardino et. al

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Joel Rubin
June 25, 2015

Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were convicted Wednesday of beating a handcuffed man bloody and then lying to cover up the abuse.

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My News LA.com: Ex-L.A. Sheriff’s number two to blame Baca in federal case

Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

Posted by Alexander Nguyen
June 24, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department‘s former second-in-command plans to tell a jury that his boss ordered him to develop a way to thwart a federal probe into deputy misconduct at county jails, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

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Daily Press: Filing outlines general elements of Dante Parker lawsuits

U.S.-District-Court

Mother is third to sue over in-custody death

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

RIVERSIDE — A joint report leading up to a Monday scheduling conference details the principal issues and more than two dozen key evidentiary elements in two federal cases that allege the wrongful death of Dante Parker.

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The Sun: Ex-Inland Empire FBI agent pleads not guilty to corruption

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

A former FBI agent indicted on several corruption charges alleging he stole over $100,000 in money from drug seizures has pleaded not guilty.

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Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

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Politico: Dennis Hastert charges cast light on 2013 lawsuit

Politico

Was this was tipped off the feds?

By Josh Gerstein
5/29/15 – 9:22 PM EDT

How did federal authorities get onto Dennis Hastert?

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Roll Call: Hastert Indictment Details Hush-Money Scheme (Updated)

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is in the Illinois delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) ©Reprints

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By Hannah Hess
Posted at 6:07 p.m.
May 28, 2015

Updated: 9:28 p.m. | The Justice Department’s indictment of former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert details a sordid tale of the Illinois Republican paying $3.5 million of hush money in small increments to cover up “his past misconduct” and seeking to conceal the acts, including lying to federal agents.

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The Sacramento Bee: Calderon corruption trial pushed back more than six months

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. | Manny Crisostomo The Sacramento Bee file

Capitol Alert
May 19, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

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U.S. Attorney - Los Angeles

Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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A lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court accuses Wells Fargo of pressuring workers to open so many accounts and provide so many other services that the employees deceived and defrauded customers across the country.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 13, 2015

A former Wells Fargo & Co. customer accused the San Francisco banking firm in a lawsuit of fostering a high-pressure sales culture that ended up deceiving and defrauding him and customers nationwide.

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The Sun: Judge slaps down San Bernardino firefighter appeals

U.S.-District-Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/08/15 – 1:36 AM PDT |

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday slapped down what he called “a trilogy of merit-less appeals” that the San Bernardino firefighters union had made seeking reversals of bankruptcy court decisions against them.

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Francis Pusok

Booking photo for Francis Jared Pusok (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15, 8:16 PM PDT |

The attorney for an Apple Valley man whose beating by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was captured on video by a news crew said Thursday he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court early next week.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: April 9, 2015 – Updated: 4:46 p.m.

The family of a Moreno Valley man who died following a videotaped altercation with police outside a fast-food restaurant is set to receive $5.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit against Riverside County, according to court records.

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

Los Angeles Times: Several state officials subpoenaed in Calderon corruption trial

Ron Calderon

Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) sits at his desk during a Senate session last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on about 10 staff members in the California Legislature who may be called as witnesses in the August corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, Capitol sources confirmed Thursday.

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U-T San Diego: Judge will hear San Onofre suit

San Onofre Steam Generators

Replacement steam generators for San Onofre arrive in Oceanside in 2009. They turned out to be flawed.

San Diego group contested ratepayer costs for shutdown
By Jeff McDonald
April 8, 2015 – 1:24 p.m.

A federal judge wants to hear in person why the decision to charge customers billions of dollars for the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant is a fair deal for ratepayers.

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InlandPolitics: Another sordid case of misconduct

California Lawyer

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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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

U.S.-District-Court

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

SBCO

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

Upland seal

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

marijuana-leaf

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

SBCO District Attorney

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

lawsuit

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

Victorville
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

lawsuit

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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