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Adrienna Wong, a staff attorney with the ACLU, has filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff´s Department on Thursday, seeking more information regarding the alleged mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Doug Saunders and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/15, 1:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The ACLU sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, seeking a judge’s order to produce records on its Taser gun policies and practices, in light of controversy over how deputies are using the devices.

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Daily Press: ACLU sues over Taser records

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: Watchdog group demands more documents to evaluate if concerns spurred change.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department held back requested documents related to its policies and practices on Taser use, impairing the ACLU’s ability to properly evaluate whether the department has taken a 2012 Grand Jury’s concerns seriously.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC set to spend $5.2M on defense lawyers

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The agency is facing three criminal probes.

By Jeff McDonald
March 26, 2015 – 6:26 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has arranged to spend as much as $5.2 million on criminal-defense lawyers to respond to ongoing state and federal investigations.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion yesterday. Moore spent a decade in the military. Hear what he has to say about the matter.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino Police Department, joins Lou to discuss the disappearance of Sahray Barber. Hundreds of hours went into locating her. Were police intentionally mislead about her condition and whereabouts?

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Voice of OC: State AG Will Investigate Alleged DA Misconduct in Dekraai Case

California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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Tony Rackauckas

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ office has been removed from the Seal Beach murder case. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 20, 2015

For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife’s killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy: Judge rules city can reject police contract

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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Tony Rackaukas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said it’s clear that deputies’ testimony was “inconsistent” with statements they made in previous hearings. (SAM GANGWER, FILE PHOTO)

March 14, 2015
Updated March 15, 2015 – 8:22 a.m.
BY KELLY PUENTE / STAFF WRITER

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas conceded Saturday his office made mistakes prosecuting the county’s deadliest killer, but disagrees with a judge’s decision to remove the agency from the case.

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Los Angeles Times: O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

Thomas Goethals

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been the focus of 57 disqualification requests from prosecutors since February 2014. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 13, 2015

For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County’s most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom.

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LATimes: Orange County D.A. is removed from Scott Dekraai murder trial

Orange County District Attorney

By Christopher Goffard
March 12, 2015

In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney’s office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai’s rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino joins Lou to discuss the ongoing search for a missing woman who disappeared near CSUSB after two violent attacks against women there.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show, Greg Doyle, former law enforcement officer here in the Inland Empire, joins Lou to talk about the recent attacks on two women at CSUSB and the disappearance of a third. How can you protect yourself in situations like these?

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Press-Enterprise: INDIO JAIL: Price tag now $331 million

Riverside County Indio Jail

Cost for Riverside County facility increases almost 40 percent from 2012 estimate of $237M.

Published: March 10, 2015 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

Ground has yet to be broken on the long-awaited expansion of the Riverside County jail in Indio. But the estimated cost continues to grow.

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

Los Angeles County Police Shootings

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/07/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The last time Los Angeles County prosecutors charged a police officer for shooting someone was in 2001.

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NY Observer: California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession

California AG Kamala Harris Holds News Conference On Gun Violence

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)

The New York Observer

National Politics

Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again

PDF: People v. Velasco-Palacios

By Sidney Powell | 03/04/15 – 1:04pm

When will they ever learn? Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski declared months ago in a much-quoted opinion that there is “an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.” And yet, prosecutors continue to deny there’s a problem. Indeed, the Department of Justice gets outright indignant at the suggestion, and so do many state court prosecutors. They bristle at the very mention of the possibility.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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VVDailyBulletin: Federal grand jury investigating jail

Sheriff

Five lawsuits allege civil rights abuses at West Valley Detention Center

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 16, 2015 @ 3:02 pm
Updated Feb 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A federal grand jury is investigating claims of deputy misconduct at West Valley Detention Center nearly a year after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and FBI launched separate probes into possible inmate civil rights violations at the jail.

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The Sentinel: Suggestions surface relating to Board Chairman’s drug use, coverup

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget

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Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

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

KNBC

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a property damage dispute with the owner of the mountain cabin that burned to the ground during the apprehension of fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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SacBee: CHP officers’ pay up 11 percent; number of officers declines

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/09/2015 7:50 PM

Payroll costs for California Highway Patrol officers grew an average 11 percent per employee last year, new state data show, fueled by a mandated raise, more overtime and the end of furloughs in 2013.

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SFChronicle: Eric Holder’s sorry sense of justice

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Updated 3:43 pm

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

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DailyBulletin: 35 more San Bernardino County inmates allege abuse

West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.(Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

An attorney alleging in two federal lawsuits that deputies at a San Bernardino County jail routinely abused inmates with Taser guns said Friday he will soon be filing a third lawsuit with 35 new plaintiffs.

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DailyBulletin: Probe of West Valley Detention Center winding down

Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

A nearly year-long investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga is winding down, with a federal grand jury weighing evidence and five lawsuits pending before a U.S. District Court judge.

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/15, 6:14 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

A field representative for 3rd District county Supervisor and board chair James Ramos was arrested on suspicion of giving drugs to an inmate and was subsequently fired from his position with the county.

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VVDailyPress: Phelan man accused of lewd acts with child

SBSO Sheriff

A volunteer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Rangers program is behind bars on suspicion of committing lewd acts against a child under the age of 14.

By Staff Reports
Posted Feb. 5, 2015 @ 8:33 pm
Updated at 8:39 PM

PHELAN — Authorities said a 75-year-old Phelan man who used to volunteer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Rangers program is behind bars on suspicion of committing lewd acts against a child under the age of 14.

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InlandPolitics: Upland shooting returns to federal trial docket

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Following a failed prosecution against a defendant shot several times by Upland Police, a federal civil rights claim has been returned to the U.S. District Court trial docket.

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DOJ

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/04/15, 6:05 PM PST

A federal grand jury has been convened and is hearing testimony related to an FBI investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, an attorney said Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Judges find hard hitting avenue to combat state misconduct

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Most can agree that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has had its issues at times. But the Federal Appeals Court that oversees California appears to have had it with prosecutor misconduct in the state.

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The Open File

By Alec
February 1, 2015

In the wake of an extraordinary oral argument in front of a 9th Circuit panel during which Judge Alex Kozinski suggested a prosecutor be tried for perjury and threatened to name state officials in an opinion that would “not be pretty,” the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a motion dropping the state’s opposition to a habeas petition in a 1995 double-murder case.

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LATimes: U.S. judges see ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct in state

Kamala Harris

Federal judges called upon state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to respond to reports of a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct going undisciplined in state courts. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
Januray 31, 2015

The hearing seemed largely routine until a state prosecutor approached the lectern.

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The Sun: Judge allows McStays slaying suspect to defend himself

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/15, 10:02 AM PST | Updated: 51 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fearing he may die in custody before trial, Charles “Chase” Merritt, suspected of killing the McStay family in their Fallbrook home in 2010, was given permission Friday by a judge to represent himself.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, when he was at the helm of the California Public Utilities Commission Michael Peevey, when he was at the helm of the California Public Utilities Commission (AP)
Warrant indicates notes involving San Onofre may have been among items seized

Document: Peevey search warrant 

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 30, 2015 – 12:05 p.m.

State agents seized bank statements, computers. miscellaneous files and a host of other materials from the Los Angeles area home of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey this week, indicating a public-corruption case is growing more serious.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s union sues to stop body-camera use

Riverside County Sheriff

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:49 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has asked a judge to prevent the county from requiring deputies to use body-mounted video cameras, asserting that officials failed to negotiate the use of the new equipment.

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

Mike Ramos

During a news conference in November, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said about 60 warrants had been served. But that number has since changed to 35, and prosecutors are not saying why.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/15, 8:44 PM PST |

Authorities have no legal basis to block public access to dozens of search warrants filed in San Bernardino Superior Court in the McStay family murder case, according to a motion filed Wednesday by an attorney representing 18 news organizations.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy fraud case continued

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The long-running fraud case involving the now-defunct California Charter Academy has been continued once again.

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InlandPolitics: Constitutional office vacancies filled by Governor

Question Mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

To answer a question from several readers.

In the event California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) takes the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), Governor Jerry Brown (D), not voters, will pick her successor.

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LATimes: Sheriff’s Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011; a grand jury is now hearing testimony about the actions of Baca and Paul Tanaka, his top aide at the time, as they reacted to discovery of a cellphone provided to a county jail inmate by the FBI. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang
January 11, 2015

It seems that federal prosecutors are after the “big fish” in L.A. County Jail obstruction-of-justice inquiry

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: ‘Moment of grace’ as Hestrin sworn in as DA

Mike Hestrin
Mike Hestrin

Published: Jan. 5, 2015 – Updated: 8:50 p.m.

Expressing humility following a bitter campaign and outlining plans to prevent youth crime and crack down on gangs, Mike Hestrin was sworn in Monday as the 15th district attorney in Riverside County’s 121-year history.

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

John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon speaks during a sit-down interview at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Headquarters in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. According to recently released data, McMahon was the highest paid elected official in California during 2013. File Photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:27 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon topped the list of highest paid elected officials in California in 2013, according to recently released data by the state Controller’s Office,

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Challenging times for incoming district attorney

Mike Hestrin

Mike Hestrin in front of the victim’s memorial at the patio area of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office headquarters in Riverside on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Mike Hestrin, who will be sworn in as Riverside County’s District attorney in January after he beat one-term DA Paul Zellerbach in the June primary. (Kurt Miller, Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 2, 2015 Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 10:37 a.m.

As Mike Hestrin knocked on doors across Riverside County during his campaign for district attorney this year, he says he learned some important lessons.

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

InlandPolitics: Jaded liability strategy blows up again

SBCO District Attorney

Related Post: InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

Friday, January 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

Another criminal case, brought in an attempt to shield an agency from civil liability, this time San Bernardino County, blew up in Superior Court late Wednesday afternoon.

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Politico: Jeb Bush donates $10,000 for slain NYPD officers

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By Maggie Haberman
12/31/14 7:34 PM EST

Likely 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush gave $10,000 to a charity that’s raising money to help the families of the two NYPD officers murdered in their patrol car earlier this month.

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Orange Juice Blog

Monday, December 29, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Our friends at The Orange Juice Blog have penned their final compelling summation of the events surrounding two go-nowhere District Attorney investigations into a coordinated effort to engineer the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to developers.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

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Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

SFChronicle: New law could affect criminal sentences in marijuana cases

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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InlandPolitics: Officer safety warnings spread nationwide

Let's Be careful Out There

Monday, December 22, 2014 – 10:45 a.m.

The recent killings of peace officers, two in New York City and one in Florida, have spurred the issuance of officer safety bulletins across the nation.

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By Bob Egelko
Monday, December 22, 2014

The furor over the non-indictments of white police officers for killing unarmed black men in Missouri and New York has led to widespread calls for states to take such cases away from local district attorneys, who work with police every day and often depend on their support for re-election.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court

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Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged

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Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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LATimes: Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

Jim Righeimer+Steve Mensinger

Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger are shown. (Los Angeles Times / Daily Pilot)

By Jeremiah Dobruck
Decmeber 16, 2014

Costa Mesa police union suggested ways to catch councilmen in compromising positions, according to emails

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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The Sun: San Bernardino teacher accused of sex with students has charges dropped

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.

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UTSanDiego: How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

Private Eye

Union law firm’s ‘candidate researchers’ face felony charges for Costa Mesa incident

By Steven Greenhut
Dec. 12, 2014

The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence.

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Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA

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By Joshua Brustein
December 11, 2014

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

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LATimes: U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

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Some tribes see marijuana sales as a potential source of revenue, similar to cigarette sales and casino gambling, which have brought a financial boon to reservations across the country.

By Timothy M. Phelps
December 11, 2014

The Justice Department will generally not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations.

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ACLU

ACLU remains “confident” discriminatory behavior exists

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 10, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday a class action lawsuit by the ACLU that alleges discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at the West Valley Detention Center “lack(ed) merit.”

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AOL.com: Police Officers Escort Woman To See Ill Son

Utah Highway Patrol

For those that believe cops are a bunch of sheeting-wearing racist jerks.

Four state troopers drove elderly woman
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 | By: AOL Staff

A woman in Utah was able to be by her gravely ill son’s bed side Friday because of the kindness of a string of Utah Highway patrolmen who drover her half way across the state.

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DailyBulletin: Upland City Council votes down interim police chief contract

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/09/14, 12:26 AM PST |

UPLAND >> Unable to gain a majority approval; the City Council Monday night voted down a six-month contract for an interim police chief.

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Union critiques of superiors at Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office will be anonymous and public. Not everyone is thrilled.

BY SALVADOR HERNANDEZ / STAFF WRITER
Published: Dec. 8, 2014 Updated: 9:49 p.m.

Hundreds of Orange County deputies and investigators will grade their bosses at the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Offices, then publicly share those opinions in the union’s monthly newsletter.

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O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

BY TONY SAAVEDRA / STAFF WRITER
Published: Dec. 5, 2014 Updated: 8:44 p.m.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens this week joined the county’s top prosecutor in defending the use of jailhouse informants placed in cells wired to capture recorded confessions.

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low

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by SCOTT SORIANO
Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/14, 3:35 PM PST | Updated: 57 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A move to ask the Sheriff’s Department to submit a bid to police the city was dropped Monday at the request of Mayor Carey Davis.

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Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino to explore outsourcing public safety services again!

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Saturday, November 15, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is once again making overtures in regards to the outsourcing of police services to the Sheriff’s Department.

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Sheriff

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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NationalJournal: Activists React Cautiously to Obama Immigration Plans

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Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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LATimes: FBI ranks Irvine as safest big city in U.S. for 10th year in a row

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For the 10th straight year, Irvine was ranked by the FBI as the safest U.S. city with a population of more than 100,000.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
November 11, 2014

The lowest violent-crime rate in city history last year netted Irvine its 10th straight title as the safest big city in the nation, officials announced this week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino will look to outsource, raises taxes

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 8:36 PM PST |

San Bernardino voters’ decision not to change the way police and firefighters are paid is a “game-changer” that could mean outsourcing services and going back to voters next year — this time to raise taxes, the city’s bankruptcy attorney said Thursday.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff pay scandal case goes quietly into the night

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Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Remember the March 2011 press conference, by the San Bernardino County District Attorney, over the indictment of seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees, who were alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records?

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

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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?

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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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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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