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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

SBCO

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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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

Riverside County Sheriff

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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West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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

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

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/12/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

After hearing comment from dozens of activists in opposition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that retired law enforcement officials may be eligible to sit on a commission that will oversee the Sheriff’s Department.

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Surrounded by staff, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, center, listens as The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: boardsnitchreport.0113 - 1/12/16 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report during their regular meeting at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Picture made at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana, California, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Surrounded by staff, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, center, listens as The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets with Robert Gerard and other authors of the Orange County District Attorney Informant Policies & Practices Evaluation Committee Report at The Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Joshua Sudock ?Staff Photographer)

By Meghann M. Cuniff / Staff Writer
Updated Jan. 13, 2016 8:34 a.m.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday told the district attorney and sheriff to estimate how much it will cost to implement an outside legal committee’s reform recommendations in the wake of the county’s jailhouse informant controversy.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

The Los Angeles Daily Journal has penned another article on an ongoing long-running high-profile San Bernardino County criminal prosecution.

Daily Journal is California’s largest legal news provider.

To read the story, published Monday, click the following link:

Daily Journal: Judge considers motion to dismiss in long-running public corruption case

InlandPolitics: New coverage on high-profile legal case

Scales of Justice

January 9, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

A extensive hearing on the high-profile Colonies case was held in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Friday.

To read local news coverage on the proceedings, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Judge in Colonies case to weigh trial or dismissing case
The Press-Enterprise: CORRUPTION CASE: Prosecution denies withholding evidence
IE Business Daily: Allegations of Prosecution Misconduct Made in Colonies Criminal Case

TSA

Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers with licenses issued by states that have yet to comply with the new ID standards won’t be allowed to board a domestic flight in the U.S. unless they have an alternative form of identification. Above, TSA personnel at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images)

Hugo Martin
January 8, 2016

More than a decade after Congress called for tougher standards for state identification cards and driver’s licenses, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced deadlines for states to comply with the new regulations.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin (Kurt Miller/Staff)

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Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff
Published: Jan. 5, 2016
Updated: Jan. 6, 2016 – 8:48 a.m.

A very disturbing statistic emerged late last year: The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and one judge approved more wiretaps in 2012, 2013 and 2014 than any other county in California.

Not just a little more – a lot more.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/16 – 5:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unlike every other retiree in this and other bankrupt California cities, 23 retired San Bernardino police officers would lose part of their pension in the city’s bankruptcy plan — and they’re going public with their opposition to those cuts.

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Tony Rackauckas

Orange County Dist. Atty Tony Rackauckas created a special committee in July amid mounting criticism about the use of jailhouse informants by his office. (Los Angeles Times)

Matt Hamilton and James Queally
December 4, 2015

A “failure of leadership” at the Orange County district attorney’s office led to repeated problems with the handling of jailhouse informants and helped erode confidence in criminal cases that rely on their testimony, according to a report made public Monday.

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New Laws - 2016

By John Wildermuth
Thursday, December 31, 2015 – Updated at 7:40 pm

More renewable power, equal pay for women, and restrictions on police searches of cell phones, computers and electronic data highlight a list of new California laws for the new year.

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Dec. 31, 2015 – Updated 8:59 a.m.

About this story: This report was written by Edward Humes, the author of 13 nonfiction books and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Orange County Register coverage of the military. The story is based on extensive reporting by the Register’s staff, including Tony Saavedra, David Ferrell, Kelly Puente, Tom Berg and Ian Wheeler, previously published stories and legal documents obtained by the newspaper since the arrest of Scott Dekraai after the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. Illustrations were drawn by Jeff Goertzen.

Read more at the Register’s ‘Inside the Snitch Tank’ site

Prologue

On his last day of freedom, Scott Dekraai spoke on the phone with his ex-wife. Let’s meet for coffee, he suggested.

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During his opening statements in the People v. Ramos and Cicinelli trial, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas wields a police baton, demonstrating how he believes Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos threatened Kelly Thomas. ////ADDITIONAL INFO: kelly.thomas.120213 - Day: Monday - Date: 12/2/13 - Time: 10:17:38 AM - Original file name DSC_0409.NEF PHOTO BY, BRUCE CHAMBERS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - SANTA ANA - A history-making trial starts Monday for two ex-Fullerton police officers accused in the beating death of a mentally ill, homeless man. At stake will be the freedom of former officers Manuel Ramos, 39, and Jay Cicinelli, 42, who are charged with fatally beating Kelly Thomas, 37, a schizophrenic transient, during an encounter captured by a surveillance camera at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011. Thomas died five later when he was removed from life support, Ramos, 39, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter – the first time in Orange County history that a uniformed police officer has been charged with murder for an on-duty incident. Cicinelli, 41, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault and battery under color of authority. The trial before Superior Court Judge William Froeberg could take about six weeks.The prosecution is led by Tony Rackauckas, Orange County's district attorney since 1999, the first time in more than a dozen years that he's personally handled a trial in the courtroom. John Barnett, perhaps the county's best-known defense attorney, is representing Ramos. Michael Schwartz, who specializes in defending police officers, is representing Cicinelli.

During his opening statements in the People v. Ramos and Cicinelli, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas wielded a police baton to demonstrate how he believed Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos threatened Kelly Thomas in 2011. (Bruce Chambers / File)

By David Ferrell and Tony Saavedra
December 27, 2015 – Updated 12:33 p.m.

Tough, street-smart Tony Rackauckas, who left gang-marred East Los Angeles to jump from the sky as a U.S. Army paratrooper, has spent the better part of his legal career in one battle or another.

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Joel Rubin
December 26, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department already was engulfed in a jail brutality scandal when a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office examined the beating of Gabriel Carrillo.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino spars with creditors over police spending

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

By Robin Respaut
December 23, 2015

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino won praise from bondholders on Wednesday for its handling earlier this month of the massacre that killed 14 people, but at the first significant court hearing since the attack, creditors questioned a plan to increase spending to bolster the police force.

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U.S. District Court

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

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

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Daily Bulletin: SEBA declares impasse in San Bernardino County labor negotiations

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15, 7:36 PM PST |

The Safety Employees Benefit Association, San Bernardino County’s labor union representing sheriff’s deputies, detectives and district attorney investigators, has declared an impasse with the county in its labor negotiations.

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Visa

By Matt Apuzzo, Michale S. Schmidt and Julia Preston
December 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. None uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.

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Richard A. Serrano and Teresa Watanabe
December 12, 2015

As FBI divers continue to paddle the murky waters of a lake in San Bernardino, the federal investigation into the massacre at a county health department gathering is reaching a critical juncture: With whom were the two shooters in contact?

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino police chief kept his cool after the massacre

Jarrod Berguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
December 9, 2015

As police officers kicked open doors in the Inland Regional Center in the search for the armed assailants who had just massacred 14 county employees, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan was outside scanning the terrain for a safe place to coordinate the sweeping emergency response.

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Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan takes a question at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (Chris Carlson/AP)

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: Dec. 8, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 9, 2015 – 6:59 a.m.

In the midst of the media maelstrom after the San Bernardino terror attack has stood one figure, solid as a rock: Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino public safety response gets high marks

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jerrod Burguan addresses the media.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Inland Empire law enforcement agencies involved in the response to the act of terrorism at the Inland Regional Center are receiving stellar marks across the board.

As they should.

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San Bernardino Shooting

A law enforcement officer stands guard at the police line near a home being investigated by police. Fourteen people were killed when suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Richard A. Serrano, Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
December 2, 2015

Dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino as it was in full swing. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.

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Joel Rubin
November 30, 2015

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

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InlandPolitics: Settlement talks requested in sheriff civil rights lawsuit

Court Filings

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

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

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Settlement

By Lou Ponsi / Staff Writer
Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated 12:11 p.m.

A $4.9 million settlement has been reached in the Kelly Thomas wrongful-death civil suit against Fullerton and current and former police officers, attorneys announced Monday just hours before the civil case was to begin.

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Orange County Sheriff

By Kelly Puente and Tony Saavedra / Staff Writers
Nov. 19, 2015
Updated Nov. 20, 2015 – 12:36 p.m.

After four sheriff’s deputies refused to testify in court on grounds of self-incrimination, an Orange County judge on Wednesday granted a new trial for a gang member convicted of murder.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Nov. 19, 2015
Updated Nov. 22, 2015 – 3:56 a.m.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday blasted a letter by more than three dozen former prosecutors and legal heavy-hitters calling for a federal investigation into the use of jailhouse informants as ill-timed and ill informed.

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Voice of OC: Legal Heavyweights Call for Federal Probe of Orange County DA

Orange County District Attorney

By Rex Dalton
November 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A coalition of national legal authorities is calling for a federal investigation of the Orange County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department for alleged systemic violations of defendants’ rights involving jail informants.

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Scales of Justice

Monday, November 16, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Three highly-publicized long-running San Bernardino County criminal prosecutions will see 2016, and likely beyond for that matter.

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Los Angeles Times: A frenzied start for state’s traffic ticket amnesty program

Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Fredrick Jefferson at the home in Corona where he is staying. Jefferson 46, is among millions of Californians who lost their driver’s licenses because of unpaid traffic fines. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Lee Romney
November 14, 2015

Heavy equipment mechanic Fredrick Jefferson said it was when a supervisor fired him that he learned his driver’s license had been revoked because of unpaid traffic fines.

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Daily Bulletin: Parents sue San Bernardino County in jail beating death of their son

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

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

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Daily Press: Former Baca staff member picking up the pieces

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

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

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

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

By Brian Melley
Associated Press
November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s death penalty survived a legal challenge Thursday when a federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that had found it was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.

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InlandPolitics: Local coverage on high-profile San Bernardino County legal case

Scales of Justice

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case of public concern.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told federal judges that California needs to change how it sets prison sentences. (Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times)

Paige St. John
November 4, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown used a forum for federal judges Wednesday to make the case in strong terms that California’s crime laws have gone too far and inmate behavior should play a greater role in determining the length of a prison stay.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits go through a drill on their first day of training in Monterey Park. Union officials say low pay is hindering efforts to recruit qualified sheriff’s applicants. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
November 3, 2015

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and members of several other employee groups will get a 10% pay increase over three years under contracts approved Tuesday by county supervisors.

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

San Diego County Sheriff Beating

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

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

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

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

Three Strikes

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative gained clearance Tuesday to seek signatures for a measure that would further roll back California’s three strikes law.

Paige St. John
October 20, 2015

The secretary of state’s office Tuesday gave the green light for supporters to collect signatures for a proposed ballot initiative that would further soften California’s three strikes law.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongful prosecution civil rights case gets trial date

SBCO

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Remember the name Samuel Clauder? It’s the name of a poor gentleman who was arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of child pornography.

The only problem? He didn’t do it.

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Justice scales key

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

There’s been more local news coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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Marijuana

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Like we said: Sheriff can’t buy good luck

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Monday, October 19, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is in legal cross-hairs yet again.

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

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

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today Lou is joined by Ken White, a former military police officer and security consultant. They discuss three different law enforcement stories from this week. Among them, an officer who was refused service at an Olive Garden for carrying his service weapon.

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Michael Rothans

Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans, third from left, is retiring after an investigation was launched into his purchase of a stolen vehicle. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang
October 13, 2015

A top-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has abruptly announced his retirement amid an internal investigation into his purchase of a stolen Audi sedan from a tow-yard owner with a department contract.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

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

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Contra Costa Times: Brown OKs state rules for medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/09/2015 – 03:19:56 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Nearly two decades after Californians voted to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills into law that will regulate the industry for the first time.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown signs electronic search warrant law

Cell Phone

Smartphones, and the electronic information found on them, are protected from warrantless searches under Senate Bill 178, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
October 8, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has rebooted his thinking on protecting personal digital information from police searches.

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas answers questions for the media Friday after the state Attorney General’s Office said Friday it would appeal a judge’s decision removing his office from the case of Scott Dekraai in Santa Ana. ////ADDITIONAL INFO: - 10.informant.0321.ks - Day: Friday - Date: 3/20/15 - Time: 10:01:19 AM - Original file name: _KSB2615.NEF - KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -- Scott Dekraai, DA District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Paul Wilson, Bethany Webb, Chelsea Huff, California Attorney General, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. (Ken Steinhardt, Staff Photographer)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Oct. 7, 2015 – Updated 12:43 p.m.

Prosecutors who intentionally withhold evidence from defense attorneys or the court could face tougher punishment and greater scrutiny under a new state law prompted by the misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County prosecutors.

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InlandPolitics: You have to admit……… This is rich!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 09:00 p.m.

What do you think of the San Bernardino County DA’s response to the New York Times Editorial Board for their “attack on prosecutors across America”?

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pays millions in shooting case

SBCO

Monday, October 5, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

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

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Riverside County Sheriff

Thirteen Riverside County cities, including Temecula, are exploring the possibility of creating a regional police force. Their study is sparked by the rising cost of contracting with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. (Frank Bellino / File)

Published: Oct. 2, 2015
Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 – 8:11 a.m.

  • Frustrated by rising costs, they are studying the idea of ending their Sheriff’s Department contracts and forming a new agency.

A group of 13 Riverside County cities are looking into whether they can save money on law enforcement costs by pooling their resources to form their own police force.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Audit to cost $761,600

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Officials expected to OK hiring firm to review public safety spending.

Published: Oct. 2, 2015 – 5:18 p.m.

Riverside County is poised to spend $761,600 on a top-to-bottom review of public safety spending to ensure that the biggest part of the county’s budget is being spent wisely.

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

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the White House-organized U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles last month. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

Patrick McGreevy
October 3, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a trio of bills that would have prohibited civilians from flying aerial drones over wildfires, schools, prisons and jails, despite alarm over close calls with firefighting aircraft.

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Orange County District Attorney

Sept. 30, 2015 – Updated 11:18 p.m.

ORANGE – A top official for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had a one-word response Wednesday to widespread accusations that local prosecutors illegally use jailhouse informants and withhold evidence beneficial to the defense: “baloney.”

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ken White to discuss the week in law enforcement. In the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, they talk about a soccer referee who brandished a gun on the field.

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Lee Baca

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

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

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

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The Press-Enterprise: UC RIVERSIDE: DA to address county’s rising crime

Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin

Published: Sept. 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:28 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin will address the county’s 2015 increase in crime in a discussion at UC Riverside.

To read article by Ali Tadayon in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino County Sheriff

County policy discourages it, and many urban police departments ban it, but the San Bernardino County sheriff defends the action when others’ lives are in danger.

Published: Sept. 21, 2015 – Updated: 9:27 p.m.

Shooting at a suspect from a helicopter, as a San Bernardino County sheriff’s sharpshooter did Friday during a wrong-way chase on I-215 north of San Bernardino, presents such great risks to the public that it should be attempted only as a “last resort” when people’s lives are threatened, an expert said Monday.

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

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“It’s very rare,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “It’ll be looked at very closely.”

Frank Stoltze
September 21, 07:49 PM

A Friday incident involving a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy shooting from a helicopter above the 215 Freeway is raising eyebrows in law enforcement.

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medal.p0318 --- 03/16/05 --- Photo by: H. Lorren Au Jr. / The Orange County Register. Helicopter pilot Deputy David Tilstra in the Boeing MD600N helicopter he was piloting when he was shot. He is winning a purple heart medal and medal of valor Friday at a Sheriff's Department banquet. Tilstra was the Orange County Sheriff Department pilot who continued tracking a gunman in Baker Canyon in June for an hour after being shot in the leg. (*confirm above with story. Not written as of now. txs, Lorren)

Deputy David Tilstra sits in the helicopter he was piloting when he was shot in 2004 over Baker Canyon. (File: H. Lorren Au, Jr. / Staff Photographer)

By Scott Schwebke / Staff Writer
Updated: Sept. 22, 2015 7:36 a.m.

Police shootings from helicopters, like what happened Friday when San Bernardino deputies opened fire during a freeway chase, are unusual but not unheard of in Orange County.

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The Sun: Years-old $5.5M charter school case not been tried yet

California Charter Academy

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/15 – 9:12 PM PDT |

On Sept. 4, 2007, Charles Steven Cox, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, and Tad Honeycutt, the former mayor of Hesperia, were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled. Eight years later, neither have been tried in court.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. First up, they talk about the deputies who beat Francis Pusok. They pleaded not guilty yesterday. Would DA Mike Ramos be charging these men if the incident wasn’t caught on tape and if he wasn’t running for Attorney General?

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Daily Press: Deputies plead not guilty

Michael Phelps+Nicholas Downey+Charles Foster

Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, stands with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Phelps, Nicholas Downey and Charles Foster during an arraignment on Tuesday in San Bernardino.Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, stands with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Phelps, Nicholas Downey and Charles Foster during an arraignment on Tuesday in San Bernardino. Three sheriff’s deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)

CRIMINAL COURTS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM
Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM

  • Attorneys say their clients used reasonable force, were aware of audio recordings

SAN BERNARDINO — Three San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony assault by a public officer in connection with the April 9 arrest and beating of Francis Pusok.

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InlandPolitics: Will Justice Department be satisfied in handling of beating case?

DOJ

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

This week the San Bernardino County District Attorney announced the filing of charges against three out of ten suspended sheriff’s deputies involved in the apprehension and assault on Francis Pusok.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, September 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. Up first, they discuss Riverside County’s search for alternatives to jailing those who commit crimes.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Pusok beating case news coverage

Newspaper

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The decision by the San Bernardino County District Attorney to charge three of ten sheriff’s deputies with once count each of Penal Code section 149, assault under color of authority, whether right or wrong, has garnered significant news coverage and some criticism.

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: Sept. 1, 2015 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

I’m going to say out loud what a lot of people are thinking:

If it hadn’t been for a news helicopter capturing the beating on video, three San Bernardino County deputies would never have been charged with assault under color of authority, as they were Tuesday.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney has charged three of ten suspended sheriff’s deputies for their involvement in the televised beating of a High Desert man.

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Daily Press: Decision in Pusok case coming Tuesday

SBCO District Attorney

DA will announce whether criminal charges to be filed after beating

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 31, 2015 at 3:11 PM
Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 5:17 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino District Attorney’s office will announce Tuesday whether 10 deputies were justified in their use of force against Francis Pusok during his arrest April 9, a DA official said Monday.

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Death Chamber

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in Pasadena on the constitutionality of California’s death penalty. Above, the San Quentin execution chamber.

By Maura Dolan
August 31, 2015

California’s death penalty system, plagued by delays and inadequate funding, may survive an appeals court’s scrutiny because of legal rules that limit federal oversight, a U.S. court panel indicated Monday.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

By Erik Eckholm
August 29, 2015

Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena.

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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.