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Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Ballot Measures

John Myers
May 20, 2016 – 10:56 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown, still awaiting word on the legality of his plan to revamp the state’s parole laws, nonetheless submitted petition signatures on Friday to earn the measure a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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The Sun: Colonies defense attorney alleges prosecutors destroyed evidence

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/16 – 5:07 PM PDT |

To read filing, click the following link:
Motion to Dismiss – Destruction of Evidence by Attorney General

A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has filed a motion in Superior Court seeking dismissal of the case on grounds that prosecutors destroyed evidence.

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Death Chamber

By Bob Egelko
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016 5:38pm

Death-penalty supporters submitted signatures on a ballot measure Thursday aimed at speeding up executions in California, setting the stage for voters to decide in November whether to retain and overhaul the state’s death penalty or abolish it.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s promotional process stirs discord, again

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

I routinely get myriad emails over issues in San Bernardino County, the local government’s operations in general

The latest one, arriving Friday evening, caught my attention and is deserving of short commentary.

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Kamala Harris

At this past week’s Senate debate, Kamala Harris said of the utilities commission, “We are concerned about what’s going on there, that’s why there’s an active criminal investigation. And the bottom line is this: We are going to go where the facts lead us.” — (Hayne Palmour IV)

By Jeff McDonald |
May 14, 2016 – 8 a.m.

  • Reports of missed deadlines are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ Harris says

Eighteen months ago, when the Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant on the California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco, agents carted away computers, files and other materials by the armful.

It was more than a raid. It was a dramatic message to utility regulators: Attorney General Kamala Harris was serious about investigating government corruption.

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InlandPolitics: Yet another alleged Sheriff’s incident

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The incident-free quiet period within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department didn’t last long.

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Pay Raise

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
May 11, 2016 – 11:58 AM

  • Three-year deal includes salary increases
  • Employees to begin contributing to retiree medical benefit
  • Pay for medical checkups now pensionable

California’s correctional officers will see a raise on their July paychecks under terms of a new contract they overwhelmingly ratified, the union announced this week.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 10, 2016 7:39 a.m.

Convicted double murderer Henry Rodriguez was released on bail Monday after 18 years in prison, another felony case upended because of questions related to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s use of jailhouse informants.

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Joel Rubin
May 10, 2016

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced Monday to more than a year each in federal prison for lying on reports they wrote about violently subduing a handcuffed jail inmate.

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Rancho Cucamonga Public Safety Dashboard

Screenshot of the Rancho Cucamonga public safety dashboard.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/16 – 5:04 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Well before President Barack Obama’s Police Task Force recommended making police activity data readily available to the public, this city was already providing that level of transparency for its residents.

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KPCC: OC sheriff investigating its own use of jailhouse informants

Orange County Men's Central Jail

Three inmates escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on January 22, 2016. The facility was built in 1968. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Erika Aguilar
May 05, 2016 – 09:36 PM

Orange County sheriff’s officials have assigned an investigative sergeant to monitor how and if jailhouse informants will be used with the Sheriff’s consultation after deputies failed to disclose records to the court on the department’s inmate informant program.

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By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

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KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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Tom Angel is seen at Burbank police headquarters in 2015. (Raul Roa / Burbank Leader)

Cindy Chang and Alene Tchekmedyian
April 28, 2016

Outrage over emails sent by a top aide mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others is presenting Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell with a serious test as he attempts to reform his troubled agency.

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Alene Tchekmedyian and Cindy Chang
April 27, 2016

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, according to city records.

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Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald, who is stepping down after three years of overseeing L.A. County’s jails.

Cindy Chang
April 26, 2016

The enormousness of the task facing Terri McDonald was clear.

A veteran of the state prisons, she had been brought in to turn around a Los Angeles County jail system reeling from allegations of mismanagement and abuse.

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Scales of Justice

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/26/16 – 12:25 AM PDT |

A Phelan man was arrested Monday nine months after authorities say he drove off with a U.S. Forest Service investigator hanging from the car window at a wildfire base camp in Victorville.

The investigator fired shots at the man but missed.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM

With an FBI and federal grand jury probe still active, attorneys for law enforcement officials ensnared in allegations of widespread inmate abuse at West Valley Detention Center want to keep seven federal lawsuits on pause, court records show.

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Daily Bulletin: Feds ramp up presence in San Bernardino County in jail abuse probe

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/16 – 11:16 PM PDT |

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents investigating allegations of inmate abuse at a San Bernardino County jail have conducted follow-up interviews with about a half-dozen current and former prisoners in the last month, their attorneys said.

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Microsoft

FILE – This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, April 14, 2016, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its customers’ email or online files without the customers’ knowledge. The lawsuit comes as the tech industry is increasingly butting heads with U.S. officials over customers’ privacy rights. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

By Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer
Associated Press
April 14, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

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InlandPolitics: CHP probing DUI free-pass allegations

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

With rumors swirling over the past six weeks, the California Highway Patrol has launched an internal affairs inquiry focused on one question.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/12/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

In the last year, a dozen people have died after being admitted into San Bernardino County jails, with more than half those deaths occurring in the last four months.

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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016, file photos shows an iPhone in Washington. The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults. While most people aren’t in danger of being hacked by the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, there are hackers out there looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE – This Feb. 17, 2016, file photos shows an iPhone in Washington. The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults. While most people aren’t in danger of being hacked by the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, there are hackers out there looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

 

By Ellen Nakashima
April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
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The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The Sun: FBI’s Los Angeles head, David Bowdich, heads off to DC post

David Bowdich

FBI Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich, center, speaks during a press conference held at the San Bernardino Police Department in San Bernardino Jan. 5. Bowdich is leaving his position heading up the Los Angeles office of the FBI to take over the third-ranking position in the bureau back in Washington. (File photo)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/16 – 6:52 PM PDT |

David Bowdich, the FBI’s highest-ranking agent in Los Angeles and a key figure in the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation, is leaving California to become the third-highest ranking officer in the bureau.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/07/16 – 1:34 PM PDT |

PASADENA >> A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case and an assistant U.S. attorney battled it out in federal court Thursday over whether the government should destroy documents seized during a search of defendant Jeff Burum’s home and office in 2011.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka leaves the downtown federal courthouse after a jury convicted him on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
April 6, 2016

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka of deliberately impeding an FBI investigation, capping a jail abuse and obstruction scandal that reached to the top echelons of the Sheriff’s Department.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, center heads to the federal courthouse on Friday in downtown Los Angeles. Sarah Reingewirtz — Pasadena Star-News

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/04/16 – 9:56 PM PDT |

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka admitted on the witness stand Monday that he has a tattoo associated with a deputy gang known as the Vikings that a federal judge has called a “neo-nazi, white supremacist” group.

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Riverside-County-Seal

County faces a potential $100 million shortfall and is seeking ways to cut costs. “The KPMG report clearly outlines that CEO’s Office has been operating in a vacuum and providing inaccurate and misleading information about County departments to the Board,” the statement said.

Published: March 24, 2016 – Updated: 5:58 p.m.

Changes in how the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responds to calls and deploys its deputies and corrections officers can save taxpayers money and improve service, according to a much-awaited outside review of the county’s public safety spending.

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

Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, mayor of Gardena, is seen in 2014. The former Los Angeles County undersheriff is facing trial in federal court on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
March 24, 2016

The criminal trial of Paul Tanaka, a once powerful figure in Los Angeles policing, is set to open with the former undersheriff facing charges he deliberately thwarted an FBI investigation into jail abuses.

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Reuters: Israeli firm helping FBI to open encrypted iPhone: report

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Technology | Wed Mar 23, 2016 – 6:53am EDT
By Tova Cohen
Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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IE Business Daily

March 19, 2016

The Colonies Corruption Case, which has been dragging along now for over six years, may finally be coming to an inglorious end.

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Daily Press: ‘Faulty’ convictions costly

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Study: County paid $5M in settlements between 1989-2012

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 19, 2016 at   – 12:01 AM
Updated Mar 19, 2016 at –  6:57 PM

More than $5 million in settlements were paid out in San Bernardino County between 1989 and 2012 for “faulty” felony convictions, according to a UC Berkley School of Law study.

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CHP Officer - Traffic Tickets

CHP Officer Sean Deise sits in his cruiser as he writes out a ticket for a window tint violation during a traffic stop at the Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland, CA Thursday March 7th, 2013. Oakland officials have approved funding to pay for California Highway Patrol officers to help Oakland Police in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. (Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle)

By Bob Egelko
Posted:    March 18, 2016
Updated: March 18, 2016 – 7:09pm

When U.S. Justice Department officials warned state courts this week that soaring financial penalties for low-level wrongdoing might be damaging people’s lives, they could have had Mariah Robinson in mind.

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The Associated Press: California prison guard pact: 9 percent raise over 3 years

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By Don Thompson
Mar. 16, 2016 4:41 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The union representing most California state prison guards says it has agreed to a new labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford was injured in a fight with an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Christopher Goffard
March 15, 2016

Attorneys for a man accused in a Lake Forest assault have asked that the Orange County district attorney’s office be thrown off the case, citing “a pattern of intimidation” against defense witnesses — most recently when one of the district attorney’s investigators bloodied an attorney in a courthouse hallway.

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Daily Press: Settlement terms reached in Dan’te Parker suits

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A settlement could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county by different family members of Dante Parker, the former Daily Press employee who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    Mar. 14, 2016 at 8:58 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM

  • County Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to sign off

SAN BERNARDINO — The terms of a settlement agreed upon sometime after Feb. 9 could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county and law enforcement officials by family members of Dan’te Parker, the former Daily Press pressman who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

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Courts

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated:   March 13, 2016 – 7:48 p.m.

Between 1989 and 2012, Riverside and San Bernardino counties paid a combined $10,653,000 in settlements and legal fees in 193 cases where defendants claimed they were wrongfully arrested or prosecuted.

To read article by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Harry Potter

Jim Erwin
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

An attention-gathering theory propelled by an Amicus Curiae or Friend of the Court Brief, filed in support of U.S. Government attempts to force Apple Inc. to unlock the encryption of an iPhone 5c, is still being called out for what it is.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 12, 2016 – 8:00 AM

  • Under court pressure, prison population has dropped sharply
  • State has dropped from 166,000 to 129,000
  • However, prison spending has continued to climb

Americans of a certain age may remember the term “peace dividend.”

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Paige St. John
March 11, 2016

A study of more than 600 overturned felony convictions in California calculates the cost of those botched cases to taxpayers at more than $220 million over two decades.

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Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator.

Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

By Sean Emery, Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff Writers
March 11, 2016 – Updated 8:04 a.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County defense attorney on Thursday launched an online petition calling for the arrest of a district attorney’s investigator involved in a courthouse altercation with Orange lawyer James Crawford.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford shown after an alleged fight Wednesday involving an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Richard Winton
March 9, 2016

The 10th floor of a Santa Ana courthouse was the site of a bloody brawl Wednesday between a defense attorney and an investigator from the Orange County district attorney’s office, authorities said.

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GIZMODO: This Argument for Why Apple Needs to Help the FBI Is Straight-Up Insane

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Kate Knibbs
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:56pm – Filed to: Made-Up Things

This Argument for Why Apple Needs to Help the FBI Is Straight-Up Insane

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ACLU

By Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff writers
March 4, 2016 – Updated 6:08 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California jumped into the Orange County fight over jailhouse informants on Friday, filing a public records request seeking access to internal law enforcement files dating back to 1985.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit filed over San Bernardino County jails

SBCO

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit has been filed by The Prison Law Office against San Bernardino County alleging improper treatment of inmates in local jails.

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Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/29/16 – 11:04 AM PST |

In a continuing series of lawsuits alleging inmate abuse and other civil rights violations in San Bernardino County jails, a prisoners rights organization filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the county on behalf of two inmates.

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Apple and the FBI are at odds over creating software to unlock an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. (Erik S. Lesser / EPA)

Joel Rubin
February 29, 2016

Apple won the latest round in its battle with the U.S. government over accessing iPhones in criminal investigations on Monday when a federal judge said he would not force the technology company to assist in a drug probe.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown ‘hopeful’ in California Supreme Court ruling

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Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Thursday January 21, 2016. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
February 27, 2016 7:43 PM

  • California governor defends administration’s handling of crime initiative
  • Brown supporters expected to start circulating petition immediately
  • Brown says “the process worked”

Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County facing class action lawsuit for jail conditions

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/16 – 2:46 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday announced that a Berkeley-based prisoner rights organization will be filing a class action lawsuit alleging the conditions at county jails violate inmate civil rights.

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California Supreme Court

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2016 – 8:23 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday asked California’s Supreme Court to stay a judge’s ruling that could stall his proposal to reduce the state’s prison population for two years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 25, 2016 – 3:43 PM

  • Governor’s sentencing measure hits legal roadblock
  • He caused it by delaying submission of initiative
  • Were he to prevail, system would be distorted even more

Jerry Brown may be fuming that a Superior Court judge has blocked, at least temporarily, his ballot measure to overhaul criminal sentencing laws.

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Apple Inc.

Apple is battling the U.S. government’s order to circumvent security features on an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino attackers. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

Joel Rubin, Maura Dolan and James Queally
February 25, 2016

  • Apple says the FBI’s court order violates its free speech rights

Apple dug in Thursday for its blockbuster legal battle against the U.S. government, arguing in new court papers that a federal judge overstepped her authority and violated the company’s constitutional rights when she granted an order compelling it to help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.

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Gavel-Legal

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 24, 2016 – 9:36 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state judge on Wednesday blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s prison population, despite warnings that her decision could effectively stall its consideration by voters until 2018.

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The Sun: Some San Bernardino families back FBI stand on terrorist’s encrypted iPhone

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By Tami Abdollah and Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
Posted: 02/23/16 – 10:34 AM PST |

WASHINGTON — Some family members of victims and survivors of the San Bernardino terror attack will file court papers in support of a judge’s order that Apple Inc. help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone as part of the terrorism investigation, a lawyer and others said Monday.

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Daily Press: Deputies to stand trial for Francis Pusok beating

Scales of Justice

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Posted Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:09 AM

  • Prosecutor calls trio’s actions a ‘breach of public trust’

SAN BERNARDINO — Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies seen on video beating Francis Pusok last April in a rural county area near Apple Valley were ordered to stand trial Monday.

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Fox Business Channel

Monday, February 22, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Former United States District Judge Stephen G. Larson has been appointed to represent the victims of the December 2, 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino.

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Reuters

By Dan Levine
Technology | Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 11:24am EST

Some victims of the San Bernardino attack will file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s attempt to force Apple Inc to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, a lawyer representing the victims said on Sunday.

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SBCO

Tami Abdollah and Bree Fowler | AP
February 21, 2016 – 03:17 PM

The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 21, 2016 9:35 AM

  • Jerry Brown cites ‘unintended consequences’ of 1977 law
  • Nearly all major political decisions have such effects
  • We should be skeptical of promised benefits of legislation

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a criminal sentencing reform measure last month, he cited the “unintended consequences” of a law he had signed nearly 40 years earlier.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: More signs of systemic failed leadership

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Saturday, February 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

When will it end?

Meaning when will taxpayers stop flipping the bill for failed leadership, bad management and poor oversight in San Bernardino County operations?

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Tim Cook

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is resisting a federal judge’s order that Apple build software to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorist attackers. Above, Cook speaks in 2014. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Paresh Dave
February 19, 2016

Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino terror attack.

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Ted Olson

Apple has hired high-profile attorneys Ted Olson, above, and Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. to fight the FBI’s demand for help hacking into an iPhone. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Maura Dolan and Victoria Kim
February 18, 2016

A court order requiring Apple to create a way to help law enforcement get access to a terrorist’s smartphone amounts to an “unprecedented” stretch of an antiquated law — one that is likely to spark an epic fight pitting privacy against national security, legal scholars said Thursday.

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Apple Inc.

Prominent lawyer Ted Olson has joined Apple’s effort to fight a judge’s order calling on the firm to help the FBI gain access to data on a cellphone used by the San Bernardino terrorists.

Taylor GoldensteinT
February 18, 2016

Legal titan Ted Olson has signed on to help Apple Inc. fight a court order requiring the tech giant to assist the FBI in unlocking a phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, court records show.

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KTTV-FOX News: Sources: Grand Jury Witnesses Threatened With Prosecution

Sources go on the record alleging that witnesses called to testify have been threatened.

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By: Gina Silva
Posted:    Feb 17 2016 – 09:29 PM PST
Updated: Feb 17 2016 – 10:33 PM PST

Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job.

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Apple Inc.

Apple resists demand to help FBI hack into terrorist’s iPhone

Tracey Lien, Brian Bennett, Paresh Dave and James Queally
February 17, 2016

Setting up a pitched battle between Silicon Valley and the counter-terrorism community, Apple’s chief executive said Wednesday that his company would fight a court order demanding the tech giant’s help in the San Bernardino attack investigation, turning what had been a philosophical dispute into a legal skirmish that could have major ramifications for the tech industry.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca outside court in Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin and Cindy Chang
February 12, 2016

The sheriff’s lie came 25 minutes into the interview.

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Anne Marie Schubert

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in January 2015. She is a plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging a ballot measure proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 12, 2016 11:38 AM

  • Lawsuit by DA’s association said Jan. 25 amendments not germane to Dec. 22 filing
  • Suit asks a judge to order that the Brown-backed proposal start over
  • Attorney general’s office scheduled to issue title and summary for amended measure this month

California prosecutors have asked a judge to block a newly amended ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would make it easier for nonviolent prisoners to get parole.

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Savings

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
February 12, 2016 – 3:20 PM

  • Report says governor’s budget does not account for cost of contracting prisoners to other states

The Legislature’s non-partisan fiscal analyst believes Gov. Jerry Brown is underestimating the amount of savings from Proposition 47, the controversial ballot initiative that reduced some nonviolent drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: DAs fight governor’s measure

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 11, 2016 – 4:31 PM

  • Brown wants to overhaul criminal sentencing
  • Prosecutors say it will undermine crime-fighting
  • Other law enforcement groups still uncommitted

Wily politician that he is, Jerry Brown tried to dampen potential opposition to an overhaul of criminal sentencing laws he’ll place on the November ballot.

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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)

Shelby Grad and Richard Winton
February 10, 2016

At the center of the FBI’s investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora’s Box.

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Riverside County Sheriff

Supervisor says firm hired to review public safety spending has complained about sheriff’s office.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 – 3:48 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione this week called out Sheriff Stan Sniff, saying the sheriff’s office has been less than forthcoming with information for an ongoing review of public safety spending.

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

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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Daily Press: 7 deputies return to work

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By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted: Feb. 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2016 at 4:44 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Seven deputies placed on paid administrative leave but not charged for their role in the April 9 arrest and beating of Francis Pusok returned to work late last week, a Sheriff’s Department official said Tuesday.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Lawmakers seek to loosen encryption on smartphones

Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

By Melody Gutierrez
February 8, 2016
Updated: February 9, 2016 – 7:27am

SACRAMENTO — A fight over encryption-protected smartphone data is heating up in California and New York where lawmakers and law enforcement groups are pushing bills to enable investigators to unscramble data to obtain critical evidence in human trafficking, terrorism and child pornography cases.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Riverside ‘prosecutor of year’ had San Diego DUI

Riverside County District Attorney

By Morgan Cook | Feb. 5, 2016 – 6:18 p.m.

The newly minted 2015 Prosecutor of the Year in Riverside County was honored even though he had a recent drunk driving conviction in San Diego County and an altercation with San Diego police that made the news in 2006.

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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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CCPOA

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 5:38 PM

At 11,459 pages, the political action committee finance statement filed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Monday night is a hefty tome and quite possible a record-setter for the largest disclosure ever filed by a PAC.

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San Bernardino Police

Police Officer Edward Lee, a member of the San Bernardino Police Department, at a wall that a robber reportedly climbed. (Credit Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times)

By Michael Wines
Feb. 2, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Detective Ryan Wicks trained the headlights of his Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor on a young man spotted fleeing local gang members and climbed out of his car, a battered black-and-white cruiser of mid-2000s vintage. The odometer stood north of 95,000 miles. A rear fender was scarred by the belt buckles of hundreds of suspects who had been spread-eagled against it.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at Stanford University on Tuesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 27, 2016

Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release.

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InlandPolitics: More San Bernardino County investigations under the surface

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s more under the microscope in San Bernardino County than meets the eye.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait
January 19, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

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The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Cities still pursuing own police force

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Twelve Riverside County cities seeking to save money on law enforcement costs.

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Twelve Riverside County cities looking to save money on law enforcement costs could decide next month whether to pursue a feasibility study on forming their own police force.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: Field Poll: Californians split on death penalty

Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
January 14, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Even divide over whether to speed up executions or repeal capital punishment
  • Growing proportion of voters favor replacing death penalty with life in prison
  • Issue divides along sharply partisan lines

In an ongoing shift in public opinion about the death penalty in California, the number of state voters who favor doing away with capital punishment has grown to virtually the same size as those seeking to speed up the execution process, according to a new poll.

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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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