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The Sun: Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court

License Plate Scanner

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/21/15 – 10:11 PM PDT |

Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.

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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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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Union rips into sheriff

Stan Sniff

Riverside Sheriffs’ Association says it no longer backs Stan Sniff, citing his “autocratic” leadership.

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 – Updated: 8:52 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has pulled its support from Sheriff Stan Sniff and accused him of a dictatorial approach that shunned union input on the deployment of body-mounted cameras and other matters.

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

InlandPolitics: Plot thickens in Hillary Clinton fiasco

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The mail server used by Hillary Clinton is reported to have been professionally wiped clean before being handed over to federal agents.

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

If anyone expects Hillary Clinton to be the democrat nominee for president, don’t hold your breath.

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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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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang and Joel Rubin
August 5, 2015

Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to federal oversight of its jail system in an effort to end abuse of inmates by sheriff’s deputies and to improve chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates.

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InlandPolitics: Legal story update in The Sun

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, August 5, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

There’s an update legal story of public interest in the Wednesday edition of The Sun.

Here’s the link.

San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/15 – 8:52 PM PDT |

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy potentially facing criminal charges in the videotaped beating of an Apple Valley man in April is at the center of another criminal case in Victorville in which the deputy’s use of force in other incidents is also in question.

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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: Sheriff: Really? A cover-up on a traffic collision

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Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Really? The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department covering up possible negligence on a traffic collision?

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police negotiators agree on contract

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis called the contract agreement between the city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association “very favorable” to the city.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/15 – 5:42 PM PDT |

After more than two years of police leaving San Bernardino, saying the lack of a contract robbed them of a sense of stability in a city where many residents say crime is their top concern, the police union and city negotiators both say they’ve agreed on a new contract.

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LA County Sheriff

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:52 PM PDT |

While calling Los Angeles County “late to the party” when it comes to police oversight, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed the role of a new oversight commission for the Sheriff’s Department but took no action.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Repeat border crossers spin through system

Illegal Immigration Roundup

Catch-process-release practice under scrutiny as some unauthorized immigrants return over and over

By Greg Moran
July 24, 2015 – 3:53 p.m. | Updated July 26, 2015 – 10:25 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — They found Ramon Gutierrez Perez just after 7 p.m., hiding in some brush in an area of Imperial Beach that Border Patrol agents call “Chicken Mans.”

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County taxpayers to fork out another settlement

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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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Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees to look into allegations raised by House Democrats | Damian Dovarganes AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the nonprofit organization behind controversial Planned Parenthood videos violated state law, her office said in a letter Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Once again! It’s Leadership vs. Management

Victorville Fairgrounds Incident

(Incident scene photo by Victor Valley News)

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s almost becoming a weekly event. A very bad ethical decision blows up on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Judge Thomas Goethals speaks to an attorney in his courtroom in superior court in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   JudgeGoethal – 06/19/15 – MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.

Related stories

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Leadership vs Management?

Leader

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A new development has once again caused us to ask this question of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Is it Leadership or Management?

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"Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)"

Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/19/15 – 12:52 PM PDT |

CAJON PASS >> Angry owners flooded social media with complaints over the weekend that they had been charged $1,000 or more in towing fees after being forced to abandon their cars caught Friday in the 15 Freeway firestorm.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Another tab for taxpayers to pick up?

SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight, Lou is joined by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin to discuss the county’s shrinking budget and rising crime rates. How has Prop 47 affected safety in Riverside?

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Riverside County Sheriff

Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou and Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar, joins Lou to discuss the Colonies Corruption Case. Can the county argue in one case that the settlement was legal while arguing the exact opposite in another court case?

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The sheriff has been wary of the study, which would be done by an outside party.

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 11:58 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors and Sheriff Stan Sniff continue to differ over the value of a planned review of the county’s public safety expenses, with supervisors calling it a fresh look to find savings and the sheriff blaming board-approved pay hikes for boosting his costs.

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

InlandPolitics: A story of interest in The Sun newspaper

Take a Look

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 10:40 a.m.

There’s a story of interest by Staff Writer Joe Nelson in the Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the entire story, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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

Jim McDonnell

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on Saturday said that he had relieved from duty 10 jail workers. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By David Zahniser
July 11, 2015

Ten Los Angeles County Jail employees were relieved of duty pending further investigation following an incident involving an inmate who was allegedly “restrained” for 32 hours, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Saturday.

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SBCO District Attorney

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/15 – 9:14 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a criminal case presented by sheriff’s investigators regarding the on-camera beating of Francis Pusok in the High Desert.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/09/15 – 8:29 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Millions of dollars in upgrades and more staff are needed in county jails to address issues related to state prison realignment, Sheriff John McMahon and county CEO Greg Devereaux said Thursday.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

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Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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

California Supreme Court

California
July 7, 2015
By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO —

The California Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors aren’t required to help defendants fight their criminal cases by reviewing the personnel files of police officers serving as witnesses.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation is on the show. First off, he and Lou talk about a whistle blower in Fontana who was laid off for reporting sexual misconduct. Then, the fight for local control of Ontario Airport is heating up.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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California Department of Justice

Agents seek documents at headquarters for Edison, utilities commission
Read: Search warrants for Edison and CPUC
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By Jeff McDonald | July 6, 2015 – 06:00 a.m.

The criminal investigation of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to be intensifying, with state agents serving a fresh round of search warrants at the regulators’ headquarters in San Francisco and at Southern California Edison offices outside Los Angeles.

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John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon holds a press conference April 10 to discuss the pursuit and arrest of suspect Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley. In the pursuit, Pusok allegedly stole a horse before he was taken down and reportedly beaten by deputies. Pusok later agreed to a $650,000 settlement with county offiicials. (Image from sheriff’s department video on YouTube)

By The Editorial Board, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/01/15, 12:41 PM PDT |

The bad news is that San Bernardino County’s jails produce far more inmate complaints alleging excessive use of force by deputies than any other county the Prison Law Office has dealt with, according to that nonprofit that defends the constitutional rights of the incarcerated.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/15 – 11:14 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department employees purchased vehicles at lien sales and flipped, or resold them after the vehicles had been seized during investigations, the Grand Jury found.

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Grand Jury

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman confirms investigation in 2011

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino County Grand Jury acknowledged “issues” Wednesday related to the Sheriff’s Department and its seizure of vehicles later sold at lien sales, seemingly giving some credence to whistle-blower allegations that deputies routinely flipped impounded vehicles for personal gain.

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The Sun: Prison group alleges abuses in San Bernardino County jails

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The Prison Law Office’s findings are in sharp contrast to Sheriff John McMahon’s characterization of conditions at West Valley after the FBI announced last year that it was investigating allegations of misconduct at West Valley.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/15 – 9:18 PM PDT |

Responding to allegations of inhumane conditions in county jails, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is ramping up staffing to increase oversight of prisoners and health services.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

*** Administrator Note: This is the first local newspaper story to run following our post on Friday at noon. More coverage is expected this week and beyond.***
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

By Steve Hunt, Editor
Posted Jun. 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM

With a lawsuit set to be tried next year, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is believed to have called at least three current or former sheriff’s deputies to testify about alleged corruption in the department’s High Desert stations, sources said Friday.

The Grand Jury’s annual report is expected next week.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit allegations cast darker clouds over Sheriff’s Department

SBSO Sheriff

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

An employee lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has ripped open Pandora’s Box after it came to light this week.

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InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 25, 2015

  • Budget trailer bill gives drivers a break
  • Amnesty, however, doesn’t go far enough
  • Overhaul of traffic fines should be next

Capitol politicians are patting themselves on the back for opening an escape hatch for millions of motorists whose licenses have been suspended for failure to pay past-due tickets.

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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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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 09:55 a.m.

We almost missed it!

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy indictment was in court two weeks ago, on June 12 to be exact, and guess what?

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Judge rejects plea deal in child abuse case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has rejected an inexplicably lenient plea bargain San Bernardino County prosecutors were set to give a Redlands nanny accused of child abuse.

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The Sacramento Bee: Court case hinges on claim of illegal CHP ticket quotas

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Transportation
By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Evidence in a Sacramento court case suggests officers are encouraged to increase traffic stops
  • Judge says CHP ‘should be ashamed’ of evidence presented
  • California Highway Patrol flatly denies quotas exist

For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Supervisors are being asked to approve a budget for the project, including a huge construction contract.

Published: June 12, 2015
Updated: June 14, 2015 – 10:23 p.m.

After years of planning, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, May 16, are poised to sign off on a $330.35 million plan to add more than 1,200 beds to the county’s chronically crowded jail system.

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

Los Angeles daily News: California changes rules on traffic ticket fines

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By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/08/15 – 7:06 PM PDT |

California drivers can now appear in court to challenge their traffic tickets without paying a fine first, under a new rule adopted unanimously by the state’s Judicial Council on Monday.

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Daily Bulletin: Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes released from jail early

Scales of Justice

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

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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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InlandPolitics: Managers vs. Leaders

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Managers vs. Leaders?

Merriam Webster defines “Management” as: 1: the act or art of managing : the conducting or supervising of something (as a business), 2: judicious use of means to accomplish an end 3: the collective body of those who manage or direct an enterprise.

“Leadership” is defined as: 1: the office or position of a leader, 2: capacity to lead, 3: the act or an instance of leading

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Case Closed

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

There’s a tidbit of good news for the battered and bruised San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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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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The Sun: San Bernardino County deputies need community support

Peace Officer's Memorial

By Laren Leichliter
Posted: 06/03/15 – 1:57 PM PDT |

May was a somber month for those in law enforcement. It served as a reminder of how fleeting life can be and opened emotional wounds of grief regarding the fallen lives of friends, colleagues, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.

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Cell phones

The California Senate has approved a measure requiring a warrant or wiretap order to search a person’s smartphone or tablet.

By Patrick McGreevy
June 3, 2015

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require law enforcement in California to obtain a search warrant or wiretap order before searching a person’s smartphone, laptop or other electronic device or accessing information stored on remote servers.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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Moreno Valley seal

In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

To read story by Brian Rokos and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Orange County: When politics corrupts the justice system

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Monday, June 1, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

In America, politics can and does infiltrate the justice system. It happens more than people realize.

Right now Orange County, California is front and center.

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InlandPolitics: Story of interest in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s an interesting article in The San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper, published over the weekend.

To read the story by Mark Gutglueck in The Sentinel, click here.

Tony Rackauckas

DA Tony Rackuackas flanked by staffers Susan Kang Schroeder and Scott Simmons

By R. Scott Moxley
Mon. Jun. 1 2015 at 3:00 AM

All prayers inside the Orange County district attorney’s office (OCDA) that their 16-month jailhouse informant scandal would quietly disappear as just another empty, partisan controversy likely ended on May 31 thanks to veteran journalist Kevin D. Williamson, a frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and NPR.

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National Review: When District Attorneys Attack

National Review

by Kevin D. Williamson
May 31, 2015 4:00 AM
@kevinNR

The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct.

As the old Vulcan proverb has it, “Only Nixon can go to China.” And only Nixon’s political heirs can fix the persistent — and terrifying — problems that continue to plague this country’s law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices.

Exhibit A: Orange County, California.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Shaun King
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM PDT

Between San Diego and Los Angeles is Orange County, California. With more than 3 million residents, it’s larger than 21 states. If Orange County were a separate country, its economy would be the 45th largest in the world. Now known for Disneyland, the county may soon be known for having one of the most corrupt justice systems in the world. The width and depth and duration of the corruption truly boggles the mind. A case that should’ve been open and shut has blown the lid off some deep secrets.

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Barstow Police

Two police officers in Barstow were the subject Thursday of an internal police investigation after video surfaced of a skirmish and arrest of a woman who was eight months’ pregnant.

By Veronica Rocha
May 29, 2015

Moments after she refused to identify herself to a Barstow police officer, Charlena Cooks, then eight months pregnant, found herself on the ground in handcuffs.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general. Her department is investigating an employee who was convicted of unlawfully using one of the department’s badges to pose as a deputy attorney general. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Joseph Serna
May 29. 2015

About a year before an aide to the state’s top prosecutor was put on leave after being accused of impersonating a police officer, another employee in Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office was arrested for posing as a member of law enforcement.

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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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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 29, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation. They talk about Francis Pusok, who was charged with 11 felonies yesterday.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

In this frame from video provided by KNBC-TV, deputies appear to beat and kick Francis Pusok. (KNBC-TV / Associated Press)

By Veronica Rocha
May 29, 2015

A 30-year-old man, who received a $650,000 payout after he was beaten by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies after a pursuit, was charged Thursday with multiple counts related to events before the assault.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Joe Nelson, writer at the San Bernardino Sun, joins Lou to talk about a recent development in the Colonies Corruption case. It’s a very interesting story with interesting consequences.

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Unpaid Fines

By Maura Dolan and Lee Romney
May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

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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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Lee Baca

Sheriff Lee Baca speaks to the editorial board of the Los Angeles News Group Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in West Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/14/15, 8:46 PM PDT |

When Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down more than a year ago, his role and possible indictment in the ongoing federal investigation at the county jails was still in question.

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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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Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

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After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC fines San Bernardino County D.A. Mike Ramos for third time

Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Video from a KNBC-TV news helicopter appears shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating Francis Jared Pusok, who led them on a pursuit April 9 in the High Desert. )KNBC-TV Courtesy photo)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 8:26 AM PDT |

The names of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and command staff who were allegedly involved in the beating of Francis Pusok last month in the High Desert were made public Monday by sheriff’s officials.

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By Melanie Mason
May 7, 2015

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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