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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

Gavel-Legal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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The Sun: Judge to decide fate of Colonies corruption case

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/26/14, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Last week was rough for prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case as a judge dealt a major blow to their case by dismissing the key conspiracy charge against all four defendants.

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The Sentinel: Rulings on dismissal motions dismantling Colonies corruption case

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 26, 2014

(July 25) — More than three years after indictments were handed down against Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County officials he is accused of bribing, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith eviscerated the case against the defendants, throwing out conspiracy and a dozen other charges that were considered central to the case.

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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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Defense attorney Stephen Larson (far right) speaks with the defense team Thursday morning in San Bernardino Superior Court during a motion hearing in the Colonies corruption case. (Will Lester — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:47 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed to amend the indictment.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino on pace to break all-time murder record

Murder Body Outline

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Bankrupt San Bernardino, California had forty-six murders in 2013. It’s not a nice statistic for the troubled city of just over 200,00 residents.

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Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 18, 2014

(July 15)– The preliminary hearing for former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey will be held on September 10, Judge Bridgid McCann ruled this week.

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LATimes: GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost

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By Evan Halper
July 16, 2014

When it comes to liberalizing marijuana policy, Congress has once again shown that it is not always the liberals taking the lead.

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OCRegister: Full $1 million Dorner reward won’t be paid

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Not all donors have made good on their pledges; recipients say city of L.A. isn’t making good on pledge to make up the difference.

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER
Published: July 15, 2014 Updated: 10:23 p.m.

The entire $1 million reward offered for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner will not be paid out because some donors canceled their pledges when the terms – arrest and conviction – were not met, the Los Angeles mayor’s office said.

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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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LATimes: Los Angeles police officers vote to reject proposed contract extension

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The Los Angeles police officers union has rejected a proposed one-year contract extension agreement reached with city negotiators and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

Signaling frustration over issues surrounding pay and discipline, Los Angeles police officers rejected a proposed one-year contract extension reached with Mayor Eric Garcetti and city negotiators.

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LATimes: UCLA to pay $500,000 settlement in judge’s police brutality claim

Settlement

Larry Gordon
July 11, 2014

UCLA has agreed to pay $500,000, including $350,000 in scholarships, to settle a claim by a prominent African American judge over alleged mistreatment and racial profiling by campus police during a traffic stop last year, officials announced Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Trial set in San Bernardino County Sheriff pay case

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

An effort to reach a settlement in a case tied to the falsification of training records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, has failed.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Jury report exposes interesting issue

Magnifying Glass

Saturday, July 5, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury released its annual report last Tuesday, July 1.

Most people focued on the clean bill of health the civil panel gave the county jails. Jails currently being targeted, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for allegations of inmate abuse by sworn officers.

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Tavaglione

July 2, 2014

Three years ago, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione sponsored a resolution in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan, which shifted responsibility for low-level offenders from the state to counties.

It’s a move Tavaglione regrets. Using blunt language at times, he made his misgivings known during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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

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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 Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Grand Jury foreman Rosie Hinojos chalked it up to a more efficient and better managed county than in previous years.

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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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OCRegister: Police fail to report many deadly shootings

Murder Body Outline

A Register investigation shows that one in five fatal incidents across region isn’t disclosed.

BY KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 28, 2014 Updated: June 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.

California’s system for tracking deadly police shootings is plagued by confusion and inadequate oversight, further clouding public knowledge of an officer’s greatest power.

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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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Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search a suspect’s smartphone without a warrant during an arrest, marking a major victory for privacy rights.

David G. Savage
June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court brought the constitutional right of personal privacy into the digital era Wednesday, ruling unanimously that police may not search a smartphone or similar device without a warrant from a judge.

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InlandPolitics: Jails, use-of-force deaths catalyst for ACLU arrival

ACLU

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

A series of officer use-of-force deaths and fresh allegations of misconduct in San Bernardino County Jails, is being confirmed as the driver behind the creation of a San Bernardino Office of the Amercian Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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VVDailyPress: Two inmates found dead at federal prison in Victorville

Murder Body Outline

Authorities say foul play suspected
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Posted Jun. 22, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated Jun 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

VICTORVILLE — A prison facility within the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Victorville was placed on lockdown after two inmates were found dead Saturday night.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison reforms haven’t lived up to his billing

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Paige St. John
June 21, 2014

Nearly 15 months after launching what he called the “boldest move in criminal justice in decades,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared victory over a prison crisis that had appalled federal judges and stumped governors for two decades.

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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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The Sun: Bankruptcy court: San Bernardino close to deal with police

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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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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The PE: DA’S OFFICE: Hestrin outlines ‘rebuilding’ plan

Mike Hestrin

District Attorney-elect Mike Hestrin says the he wants to change the culture

Published: June 4, 2014 – Updated: 10:34 p.m.

Mike Hestrin asked his fellow prosecutors to support him in his run for Riverside County district attorney, and told them if he won, he was going to ask them to do even more.

“Harder work, more hours, rededication to our core mission and rebuilding this office,” Hestrin said Wednesday as he outlined a few of his priorities for the office he will take over in January.

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

InlandPolitics: Riverside County gives Zellerbach the boot

Paul Zellerbach

Outgoing Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Riverside County voters kicked District Attorney Paul Zellerbach out of office Tuesday night.

The election wasn’t even close!

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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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The PE: 2014 PRIMARY: No shortage of drama for Inland races

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Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin left. District Attorney Paul Zellerbach right.

ELECTION 2014: Compelling DA drama tops the list of races for Tuesday’s primary election
Published: May 31, 2014
Updated: June 1, 2014 4:45 p.m.

Forget “Law and Order” and “The Good Wife.” The race to be Riverside County’s top prosecutor might be the best legal drama running.

There are angry cops, a deadbeat dad attack ad and a grainy video that supposedly captures illicit deeds. And criminal charges are possible against the incumbent, who admits to using a public resource for political purposes.

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

VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

Buck Johns

‘Buck’ Johns pitching private facility to ease woes in LA County

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • City Manager Jim Hart said this week Adelanto would allow a new private correctional facility on its turf in a potential deal being marketed right now to Los Angeles County by a familiar and controversial figure.

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InsideSoCal: Beloved children’s character seeks your vote

Grover Sign

By David Allen (InsideSoCal.com)
Posted on May 27, 2014

I can’t be the only who sees these campaign signs for Grover Merritt (above) and immediately thinks of the “Sesame Street” character (below).

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InlandPolitics: Sniff confirms McMahon didn’t have endorsement

Update

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

Well it didn’t take long for the dust-up over the unauthorized use of Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s name on San Bernmardino County Sheriff John McMahon’s campaign literature to gain traction.

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 06:30 p.m.

The value of political endorsements is somewhat limited to say the least.

But another fake endorsement fiasco is building for appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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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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Norma Torres

Norma Torres has proposed legislation to address a loophole in bribery cases. (Courtesy Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/14, 7:05 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> The state Senate on Thursday passed legislation that’s designed to close a “loophole” defendants in the $102 million Colonies corruption case are using to try to dismiss the charges in the case.

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California Supreme Court

By Greg Yee, Press-Telegram
Posted: 05/29/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

California’s police departments do not have a blanket right to conceal the names of officers involved in shootings, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision expected to have statewide implications.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The Lou Desmond Show, on San Bernardino-based KTIE-AM 590, covered the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office last night in it’s 5:00-5:30 p.m. segment.

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Harris+McMahon+Schrader

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, middle, faces challengers Clifton Harris, left, and Paul Schrader, right, during the June election.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/28/14, 3:56 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Three veteran lawmen are vying for San Bernardino County Sheriff, each bringing with their experience their own ideas of how best to serve the public.

On June 3, voters will decide which two will face off in the November 4 general election.

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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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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Police chiefs dropping endorsements of Zellerbach

Campaigns

Also, Bonnie Garcia accuses a rival of comparing her to a prostitute and a Democrat gets a very late start in an Assembly race

Published: May 25, 2014 6:58 p.m.

Law enforcement leaders across Riverside County, including Sheriff Stan Sniff, have withdrawn their endorsements for District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the wake of Indio police recommending six criminal charges be filed against Zellerbach in a campaign-sign tampering case.

To column by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Merritt+Ramos

Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt left. District Attorney Michael Ramos right.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/14, 7:31 PM PDT |

The race for San Bernardino County district attorney pits incumbent Michael A. Ramos against one of his own prosecutors and longtime adversaries, Grover Merritt.

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The P-E: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: A graphic account of the distirict attorney race

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Zellerbach v Hestrin

May 25, 2014

Riverside artist Donald Herman Collins Gallegos saw a fight coming for the Riverside County District Attorney’s race earlier this spring when he got inspired to make a poster for the race.

To read post by Richard K. De Atley in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

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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SBCO Sheriff Badge

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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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top cops support drops for Zellerbach (UPDATE)

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Incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach debates DA candiate Mike Hestrin at Riverside County Bar Association Friday in Riverside, CA. May 2, 2014. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)
Updates with all endorsements by active law enforcement chiefs now withdrawn

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach lost the last of his endorsements from active law enforcement leaders around the county Thursday in the wake of Indio police recommending six criminal charges be filed against him in a campaign-sign tampering case.

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

Dorner Caputure Scene

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

All of the exploitation of the Christopher Dorner manhunt, with the exception of the victims, has benefited many involved.

But there’s another victim in the saga that never should have been.

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SBSO Sheriff

Published: May 21, 2014 – Updated: 11:04 p.m.

Three men with long backgrounds in law enforcement are running for San Bernardino County Sheriff, each with different opinions on how to run the department, which covers both growing urban areas and huge stretches of rural land.

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

InlandPolitics: Charging referral puts fork in Zellerbach

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May 21, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The fat lady is singing on the end of the political career of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

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Sheriff

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Let’s end the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the San Bernardino County Jail System today.

Really!

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Paul Zellerbach

Paul Zellerbach

May 20, 2014

Indio police have sent a report to the state attorney general’s office, requesting that six charges — two of them possible felonies — be filed against Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach stemming from an April 23 complaint about campaign sign vandalism.

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

SBCO Sheriff Badge

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/14, 8:31 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Tuesday gave a tour of the West Valley Detention Center, praising the facility as first rate while countering allegations of inmate abuse in the wake of an FBI investigation, the firings of three deputies and the filing of a federal lawsuit by half a dozen inmates alleging civil rights violations.

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VVDailyPress: Sheriff: No pattern of misconduct

McMahon also insists inmates get ‘excellent’ medical care
May 20, 2014 6:15 PM
ANNELI FOGT, STAFF WRITER

RANCHO CUCAMONGA • Amid allegations of deputy misconduct toward inmates at the West Valley Detention Center, Sheriff John McMahon on Tuesday said “there’s no evidence” leading him to believe that recent reports of violence were anything more than an “isolated group of deputies.”

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka says he will not bow out of the race for L.A. County sheriff in the wake of a federal probe into the sheriff’s department’s efforts to allegedly hide an inmate who was working with FBI agents to uncover deputy abuses inside L.A. jails. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/20/14, 11:08 AM PDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago

Sheriff’s candidate Paul Tanaka’s testimony in federal court this week set off a firestorm of criticism, as rivals called on him to bow out and some supporters remained steadfast.

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The Sun: Colonies case returning to San Bernardino Justice Center

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 2:13 PM PDT |

The shuffling of judges and staff to the newly opened San Bernardino Justice Center and other scheduling conflicts will delay hearings on dismissal motions in the Colonies corruption case by up to two months, a court clerk said Monday.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, the former second-in-command to Sheriff Lee Baca, took the stand Monday in the trial of a deputy charged in a jail probe.

Cindy Chang, Victoria Kim
May 19, 2014

The former undersheriff and a current captain of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are subjects in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

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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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SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/14, 10:01 PM PDT |

Immigration rights advocates are praising the recent decisions by the San Bernardino and Riverside county sheriff’s departments to no longer detain undocumented immigrants for the federal government without sufficient probable cause.

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InlandPolitics: State Bar closes investigation into former Upland firm

Legal

Friday, May 16, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The State Bar of California has closed an investigation into several lawyers of former Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir.

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KNBC

Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 09: 00 a.m.

It seems Los Angeles-based KNBC TV-4 has embarked on a mission.

That mission being the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Riverside County Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin, left, and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach during a May 2 debate.

May 14, 2014

A mailer attacking Riverside County District Attorney candidate Mike Hestrin for a 16-year-old child support case drew criticism Wednesday, with former District Attorney Grove Trask saying current DA Paul Zellerbach should “denounce” the flier.

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

Hestrin+Zellerbach

Mike Hestrin left. Paul Zellerbach right.

Published: May 14, 2014 Updated: May 15, 2014 7:46 a.m.

School truancy can lead to students dropping out, and high school dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, district attorney candidate Mike Hestrin said this week at a community discussion about issues affecting youth.

To read story in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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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KNBC

Wednesday, May 14, 214 – 09:00 a.m.

As previously discussed here. Los Angeles news outlets have started coverage of the unfolding investigation into deputy-on-prisoner abuse allegations at San Bernardino County jail facilities.

To view the news feed from Los Angeles-based KNBC TV-4, click the following link:

Federal Lawsuit: San Bernardino County Deputies “Tortured” Inmates

Merritt+Ramos
Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt left. District Attorney Michael Ramos right.

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY / STAFF WRITER
Published: May 13, 2014 Updated: May 14, 2014 7:56 a.m.

The showdown in the June 3 election between San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and opponent Grover Merritt, a prosecutor in his office, has been 10 years in the making.

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

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 13, 2014

California’s formula to distribute money to help pay for public safety realignment lacks incentives and transparency, according to a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst.

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InlandPolitics: Some humor from the Redlands Tea Party Patriots

McMahon+Ramos Mockup

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

The above revision to a joint political mailer from the campaigns of Sheriff John McMahon, and District Attorney Michael Ramos, is making the rounds on social media this afternoon.

It’s very creative to say the least!

McMahon-Ramos Mailer

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Looks we have a new Batman on the scene.

He’s the third to ascend to the keys to the Batmobile.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Jail commander transferred

SBCO Sheriff Badge

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff has announced a list of transfers Tuesday morning.

Contained in the list is the transfer of the commander of the High Desert Detention Center, located in Adelanto, to the Barstow Sheriff’s Station.

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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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County inmate abuse scandal continues to grow

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Monday, May 12, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The Los Angeles County-esque scandal now hitting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department continues to build momentum.

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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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IEBusinessDaily: Sheriff Department Scandal Raises Serious Questions

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IE Business Daily

Political Whispers
May 10, 2014

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

“Isolated.”

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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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Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The hits just keep coming for San Bernardino County.

Information is now surfacing that a female Sheriff’s Custody Specialist, working in the high security area of the West Valley Detention Center, was walked off the facility in the past three weeks.

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