Archive for the ‘ Legal ’ Category

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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Samuel Alito

Twice in the last three years, Justice Samuel Alito has written opinions dealing defeats to public unions. Above, Alito at the Reagan library in Simi Valley. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)

By David G. Savage
January 31, 2015

Seeing an opening to weaken public-sector unions, a conservative group is asking the Supreme Court to strike down laws in California, Illinois and about 20 other states that require teachers and other government employees to pay union fees, even if they are personally opposed.

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Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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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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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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/29/2015 3:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Even as it was reported that state investigators seized computers and other items from Michael Peevey’s home, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered only praise for the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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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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By Kelly Puente
Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated 4:25 p.m.

A group of California public school teachers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to hear a case that would decide whether public employees should be required to pay union dues.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle

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Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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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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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials are pursuing a possible lawsuit against Cal Fire to force that state agency to bid on providing fire and EMS services for the city.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Court security increases following gun breach

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A security breach at one of the San Bernardino County courthouses has now subjected lawyers to extra scrutiny.

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Gavel

Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Ontario airport worth much less than L.A. is asking for, audit says

Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles must give Ontario 399 documents in airport lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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WashPost: Supreme Court agrees to hear gay marriage issue

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. under the Constitution, setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling.

By Robert Barnes
January 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman.

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DailyBulletin: Emails on Ontario Airport show L.A. stymied by indecision

Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City replaces interim attorney

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Council ends contract with Best Best & Krieger after six months, will replace firm with in-house lawyer Kristi Smith.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Six months after hiring a part-time interim city attorney for $19,500 a month, Riverside officials announced they will end their contract with Best Best & Krieger and put a city staff attorney in the temporary post.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

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By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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SacBee: Opinion: Audit slams bureaucracy in California’s judiciary

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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California-Bar-Association

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press
Jan. 11, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former executive director of the California organization charged with rooting out lawyers who cheat clients or botch cases says he was fired after reporting that disciplinary files were deliberately being removed to make its case backlog appear smaller.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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UTSanDiego: Regulator was ‘dear friend’ of Edison

Michael Peevey

Emails show CPUC Chief Michael Peevey had meetings at bars, restaurants, across the globe

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 10, 2015

Newly obtained emails suggest that improper contacts between the former California Public Utilities Commission president and utility executives were more extensive than previously known.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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Ex-School Accountant Caught Stuffing Lunch Money In Bra Sentenced To 5 Years

By Veronica Rocha
January 9, 2015

A former Rialto school accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in lunch money and stuffing the cash into her bra was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County District Attorney pleads to misdemeanor

Paul Zellerbach

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:45 p.m.

Former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has pleaded “No Contest” to a single count of Vandalism (Tampering with Campaign Signs), a misdemeanor.

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InlandPolitics: Another continuance in SBIA Fraud case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The fraud case against the former Project Manager at San Bernardino International Airport has been continued once again.

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Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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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.

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.

DMV Illegal License Format

By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
01/02/2015 10:17 PM

Bundled up in a hat and jacket, Rogelio Yerena stood outside the Sacramento-area Department of Motor Vehicles office on Broadway on Friday morning, anxiously smoking a cigarette.

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Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia told an interviewer that harsh interrogation techniques were constitutional and might be justified in some cases.

By Bob Egelko
January 2, 2015 – 5:39 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia prides himself on interpreting the Constitution as it was intended by those who drafted it. When it comes to torture of suspected terrorists, one of those drafters might be Jack Bauer.

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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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SacBee: New year brings new California laws

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
12/31/2014 11:23 PM

Making resolutions, unwrapping new calendars and preparing to obey a stack of new laws: all regular January traditions in California, where the ever-busy Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown 1,074 measures in 2014.

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Reuters: California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions

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By Tim Reid
Monday, Dec 29, 2014 – 8:38pm EST

(Reuters) – A group of judges is suing California’s public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

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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: RIVERSIDE: Hiring policy on lawyers is questioned

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Council members will discuss when outside lawyers are hired and how records of attorney contracts are kept.

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 Updated: Dec. 28, 2014 6:08 p.m.

For years, the Riverside City Attorney’s Office has been hiring outside legal help with only sporadic approval from the City Council and, in some cases, few written contracts or other records, according to city officials and residents.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Brown looks to history as he builds a new high court

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown, with his wife, Anne Gust Brown by his side is sworn in by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court, right, during his inauguration at Memorial Auditorium in 2011.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
12/28/2014 8:38 AM

Amid pomp and self-important speechifying, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other statewide elected officials will take their oaths of office a week from Monday.

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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.

SBCO District Attorney

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 12/24/14, 4:49 PM PST |

VICTORVILLE >> An Adelanto middle-school teacher no longer faces child pornography charges, but he pleaded no contest to charges of having adult pornographic images on a school-owned computer.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown of California at his office in Oakland, where he discussed his thinking behind the three unconventional, but applauded, nominations he has made to the State Supreme Court. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
DEC. 25, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Jerry Brown first served as governor of California, he set out to reshape the powerful California Supreme Court by appointing its first female chief justice. But his pick, Rose Bird, had never served as a judge before and came to be perceived as a liberal ideologue.

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SacBee: Gov. Jerry Brown pardons 104 for Christmas

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown continued his tradition of issuing pardons on Christmas Eve. (Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
12/24/2014 7:21 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 104 people on Wednesday, continuing his tradition of granting judicial mercy for Christmas.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Gutierrez ends legal fight

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Moreno Valley will pay almost $300,000 in legal fees for both sides in fight over appointment

Published: Dec. 22, 2014 – Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay about $128,000 in attorney fees in a settlement that will end a lawsuit over last year’s appointment of Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez.

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

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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Vivek Ranadive

Believing he wasn’t rewarded for ongoing efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, businessman Darius Anderson has filed a civil complaint against two of the team’s owners, Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.(Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 22, 2014, 4:00pm PST
Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 4:38pm PST

Businessman and lobbyist Darius Anderson has filed a complaint against two of the owners of the Sacramento Kings, alleging he was deceived and left out of the ownership when the team traded hands in spring 2013.

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SFChronicle: Kamala Harris sees safeguards in D.A.s prosecuting police killings

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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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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

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A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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

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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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Orange County Seal

The county has hired an outside law firm to suggest what discipline, if any, should be handed out to officials who approved the contracts.

BY MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / STAFF WRITER
Published: Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: 11:00 p.m.

A longtime county administrator set to become Orange County’s temporary chief executive faces a legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts issued by the county over the past five years.

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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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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport talks back on officials’ radar

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L.A. mayor, Inland city’s leaders resuming efforts to return facility to local ownership.

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet in January with Ontario officials over stalled talks on the return of Ontario International Airport to the Inland city.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: New judge appointed to bench

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Published: Dec. 12, 2014 12:47 p.m.

A lawyer for San Bernardino County has been appointed to a judgeship by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

VVDailyPress: County’s lack of judges top in state

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Report: 57 more judges needed locally to deal with workload

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:37 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The San Bernardino County court system currently maintains 86 judges, but the county’s caseloads justify it having 143, according to the 2014 Judicial Workload Assessment presented this week in San Francisco to the state Judicial Council.

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LATimes: Koch-backed group sues Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris over donor list

Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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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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Orange County District Attorney

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:11 pm | Updated: 7:59 pm, Thu Dec 11, 2014.
By ADAM ELMAHREK

The Orange County District Attorney’s office Thursday charged two private investigators with multiple felonies related to their alleged efforts to trap two Costa Mesa City Council members in embarrassing or illegal acts, according to a DA news release.

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CCTimes: House members urge AG to nix hospital sale

Prime Healthcare

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren led 16 other California House members Thursday in urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to a for-profit company they say has a history of unfair business practices.

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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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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Appellate Court refuses to stop nurses strike

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

A California appellate court has refused to intervene in a ongoing two-day strike by San Bernardino County Nurses.

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SacBee: Opinion: Big changes are needed in California’s State Bar

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/08/2014 7:13 PM

The state licenses and regulates dozens of professions and occupations – doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, just to name some.

Lawyers are conspicuously absent from that list.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Superior Court Judge refuses to stop strike

SBCO

Monday, December 8, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has refused to block a planned strike by county-employed nurses set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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LATimes: Accusations fly as State Bar of California leader Joe Dunn fights ouster

Joe Dunn

The board of the State Bar of California last month fired its executive director, Joe Dunn, shown here at a 2004 hearing. (Robert Lachman)

By Maura Dolan
December 6, 2014

The agency that regulates California’s lawyers is once again beset with conflict, riddled by accusations involving expense accounts and ethics.

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VoiceofOC: DA Fair Board Investigation Finds No Criminal Conduct

Orange County District Attorney

Related Documents: DA 2011 Report on Fairgrounds

By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Thu Dec 4, 2014.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has once again cleared the Orange County Fair Board’s former Republican majority of any criminal wrongdoing relating to their efforts in 2009 to privatize the 163-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, shown at his sentencing in October, surrendered Friday to begin serving his 51-day term under house arrest. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
December 5, 2014

It took state investigators more than five years to build a criminal case against Richard Alarcon.

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Janet Nguyen disputes grand jury report

The state ethics agency is investigating whether some supporters of Sen. Janet Nguyen’s 2012 campaign for Orange County Supervisor were improperly reimbursed by others for their contributions. (Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 5, 2014

A Superior Court judge on Friday ruled that the state’s ethics agency could subpoena financial records as part of an investigation into possible political money laundering involving 11 supporters of newly elected state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

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Sandra Hutchens

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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LATimes: Mandatory DNA collection during arrest is unconstitutional, court says

By Maura Dolan
December 3, 2014

A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies — though not necessarily convicted or even charged — violates the state constitution.

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LATimes: LAX increases market share as that of Ontario airport, others shrink

Ontario International Airport

A file photograph of the interior of Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
December 1, 2014

Most airports in the area are growing again, but figures released Monday underscore just how much Los Angeles International Airport dominates the market and continues to frustrate the goals of a lawsuit settlement to spread airline traffic across the region.

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SacBee: Former lawmaker Anthony Adams charts different course

Anthony Adams

Mendocino County deputy public defender Anthony Adams is a former member of the state Assembly. (Jim Miller jmiller@sacbee.com)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/29/2014 9:30 PM

Four years ago this month, then-Assemblyman Anthony Adams had cleared out his Capitol office following two terms in the Legislature defined by a middle-of-the-night tax vote.

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The Sun: Fired San Bernardino County union head responds to embezzlement allegations

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/27/14, 11:13 AM PST |

The former general manager of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association, responding to a lawsuit filed against him by the union, denies allegations he misappropriated or embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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LATimes: Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a ‘mind blower’

Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting “No-Contest” drug charge (Update -1-)

Cocaine

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

It appears a player in Inland Empire political races “quietly” hit a bump in the road last year.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

lawsuit

By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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