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SFChronicle: State high court to take up issue of police personnel files

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At the request of San Francisco’s district attorney and police, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether prosecutors must examine officers’ confidential personnel files for evidence of misconduct that could help the defense in a criminal trial.

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NYTimes: Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

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By RON NIXON
OCT. 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.

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SacBee: Opinion: Has crime faded away as big issue?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/24/2014 5:00 PM

Crime – or the fear of crime – dominated California’s politics for a quarter-century. Proposition 47, which would reduce punishment for some crimes, tests whether that era has passed.

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The Sun: San Bernardino: Charter to cause $1.3 million in raises this year

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The cost of police salary increases required by the city Charter Section 186 will surpass $1.3 million for the 2014-15 year, according to City Manager Allen Parker.

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Sheriff

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/14, 8:46 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four sheriff’s deputies who work at West Valley Detention Center have been placed on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into potential mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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West Valley Detention Center

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

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

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

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: Police union claim untrue

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/15/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police union claims that the city’s management “misinterpreted” a tentative agreement are untrue, Mayor Carey Davis said Wednesday — it’s the union that’s trying to change the contract.

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The Sun: San Bernardino police union: Truce over

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 11:39 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

The police officer association’s nearly yearlong truce with the city is over, the union’s attorney said Wednesday in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

San Bernardino - No on Q

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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LATimes: Criminal sentencing initiative draws well-heeled supporters

LA County Twin Towers Jail

Proposition 47 would reduce penalties for drug possession and thefts below $950 — reducing offenders’ time in jail. Shown is the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By Paige St. John
October 7, 2014

The push by progressive foundations and a conservative evangelist to recast some of California’s most common crimes as misdemeanors is drawing major financial support from the state’s well-heeled activists.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court upholds distress damages for fatal police shootings

Posted on Monday, October 6 at 6:20pm | By Bob Egelko

When police fatally shoot someone without justification, California law allows the victims’ estates to recover damages for economic losses, but not for the pain the victim suffered before death. That limitation will no longer apply in federal courts in the state, as the result of an order Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Measure Q a pointless endeavour

Murder Body Outline

Monday, October 6, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The revamped San Bernardino leadership had an opportunity to present to voters meaningful charter reform.

But it didn’t!

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Handcuffs

By ERIK ECKHOLM
OCT. 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft.

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LATimes: L.A. County unable to avert federal oversight of jails

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang
October 2, 2014

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

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The Sun: Agreement between San Bernardino and police union breaks down

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/01/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A tentative agreement between the city and the police union that both sides trumpeted months ago has broken down, union president Steve Turner said Wednesday.

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Veto

Posted on Monday, September 29 at 4:54pm | By Bob Egelko

One of the hardest-fought crime bills of the legislative session, stiffening the laws against prosecutors who withhold evidence that might help the defense, has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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LATimes: Governor vetoes bill that would have limited police use of drones

Drone

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
September 28, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

What’s in a word? A lot.

Criminologist Michael Maltz defines “recidivism” as “the reversion of an individual to criminal behavior after he or she has been convicted of a prior offense, sentenced and (presumably) corrected.”

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LATimes: Perris city councilman charged with multiple drug-related felonies

Perris

By Ryan Parker
September 27, 2014

A Perris, Calif., city councilman was charged with multiple felonies Friday relating to a June drug incident at a Red Lion Inn.

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VVDailyPress: Parker’s wife halts legal action

SBSO Sheriff

Family will wait to see who ‘a case should be filed against’
ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
Updated Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The wife of a Victorville man who died after being stunned with a Taser multiple times last month told the Daily Press on Thursday that she is no longer pursuing legal action in the death of her husband, and is waiting to see exactly how she should approach a case.

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Kamala Harris

Harris

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:35 am
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 12:23 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she plans to remain in her current job following speculation she was on the short list to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned Thursday after six years in the post.

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Reuters: California police settle with woman punched by officer for $1.5 milli

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Curtis Skinner
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:33am EDT

(Reuters) – A woman who was repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer has settled her lawsuit for $1.5 million, police said on Wednesday, and the money will be used for her long-term care.

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Victoria Kim
September 23, 2014

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

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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SacBee: License plate scanner networks capture movements

License Plate Scanner

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ELLIOT SPAGAT
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 8:28 am

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

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

By Victoria Kim
September 16, 2014

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

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SacBee: Field Poll: Death penalty support slips in California

Death Chamber

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years, although more than half of the state’s registered voters still favor it, a new Field Poll has found.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager Quincey enters plea deal

Robb Quincey

Quincey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 04:30 p.m.

Former Upland, California City manager Robb Quincey pleaded no contest to one count of conflict of interest in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

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VVDailyPress: McMahon pulls out of roast

John McMahon

Sheriff aims to avoid appearance of conflict of interest

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 5, 2014 @ 6:37 pm
Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Organizers announced Friday that a fundraising “roast” of San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon planned for later this month at Sunset Hills has been canceled.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

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DailyBulletin: Upland mulls on-officer video cameras

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/24/14, 5:50 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

UPLAND >> A City Council subcommittee has approved a proposal to provide the police department with on-officer video cameras.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Just when you think things might start getting better. They don’t.

It seems the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy good luck these days.

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VVDailyPress: Study: JPA a complicated undertaking

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Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury focused on Taser use

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Report called for enhanced training, greater communication

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 14, 2014 @ 7:28 pm
Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

A little more than a year before Dante Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody after having been stunned with a Taser multiple times, a county grand jury committee urged the Sheriff’s Department to implement enhanced Taser training while calling for greater communication among on-scene deputies.

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VVDailyPress: UPDATED: Sheriff’s probe in-custody death

Sheriff

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 13, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

VICTORVILLE — Contrasting pictures emerged Wednesday of a Daily Press employee who died Tuesday night in the custody of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies after being stunned with a taser multiple times.

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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/12/14, 6:31 PM PDT |

The city reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Police Protective League over a portion of its new proposed contract that deals with the 1,000 officers hired over the past three years who were paid less than their counterparts.

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LATimes: LAPD watchdog to launch broad inquiry into misclassified crime stats

LAPD

By Joel Rubin, Ben Poston and David Zahniser
August 11, 2014

The Los Angeles Police Department’s civilian watchdog said Monday he would launch a broad inquiry into the accuracy of the agency’s crime statistics after a Times investigation revealed that the LAPD understated violent crime in the city.

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LATimes: First came data-driven policing. Now comes data-driven prosecutions.

Op-Ed
By Heather Mac Donald
August 9, 2014

Prosecutors’ offices are finally joining the intelligence revolution that has transformed policing since the 1990s. That revolution dates to 1994, when William J. Bratton took over the New York Police Department and declared that his goal was to prevent crime, not just respond to it. Bratton’s new proactive mission for the NYPD required the department to closely analyze crime data on a daily basis and to refine its tactics and deployment according to what the data showed. Bratton’s paradigm shift, known as Compstat, quickly spread through police departments across the country.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council votes to put two charter changes to the voters

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/07/14, 8:56 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Voters in November will get to determine how police and firefighter salaries are determined after the City Council on Thursday night approved a ballot measure proposing to repeal a longstanding formula used for determining those wages.

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Alfred Villalobos

Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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Retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, with wife Valerie Tanaka, speaks to reporters while awaiting results of the California primary race for Los Angeles County sheriff. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)

By Cindy Chang
August 7, 2014

In a stinging final rebuke, the longtime civilian watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accused top leaders of letting their worst employees run rampant, causing a series of scandals that tarnished the agency.

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LA County Seal

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/05/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors narrowly rejected a plan Tuesday to create a civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, voting 3-2 against the proposal.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies judge will rule on dismissal motions Wednesday

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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Legal

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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Keyboard

A district court judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with law-enforcement demands even for user data stored on servers in Ireland.

By Dustin Volz
July 31, 2014

— A federal judge ruled Thursday that U.S. law-enforcement authorities can force Microsoft to hand over emails that are stored on servers in Ireland.

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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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Stephen Larson

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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.