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SacBee: Sen. Yee faces racketeering charge in new indictment

Leland Yee

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 – 2:16 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors for campaign cash.

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LATimes: With Citigroup paying up, will feds’ attention now turn to BofA?

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By E. Scott Reckard and Jim Puzzanghera
July 14, 2014

With Citigroup Inc. agreeing to pay $7 billion for issuing toxic mortgage securities, the Justice Department now turns to settling its case against what analysts call the biggest mortgage miscreant of all: Bank of America Corp.

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LATimes: L.A. County jail verdicts don’t let sheriff leaders off the hook

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 2, 2014

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was testifying in the case of a deputy charged with obstruction of justice earlier this year when the prosecutor asked if he was familiar with a common investigative tactic: Start with low-level criminals, then go after their bosses.

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LATimes: 6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI’s jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 1, 2014

A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Fred Shuster, City News Service
Posted: 06/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

A prosecutor urged a jury Friday to convict six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of witness tampering, but their attorneys countered that the defendants were simply following orders from superiors when they helped keep an inmate informant hidden within the jail system during a federal probe of prisoner abuse.

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LATimes: Trial of L.A. County sheriff’s officials focuses on FBI encounters

LA County Sheriff

Cindy Chang
June 18, 2014

A videotape of an encounter between two sheriff’s sergeants and an FBI agent outside the agent’s home, played in federal court Wednesday, showed a surprisingly polite exchange, even as the agent was advised she would soon be arrested.

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DailyBulletin: West Valley Detention Center inmate alleges five years of abuse

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David Smith, 26, of Covina, is the latest inmate to come forward alleging he was abused by deputies at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/10/14, 8:21 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

A former inmate and chow server at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga said he was subjected to five years of Taser gun abuse by at least a dozen deputies who stunned him more than 80 times.

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LATimes: Ex-deputy details culture of abuse in L.A. County jail

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim
June 3, 2014

The deputy described beating inmates unprovoked, slapping them, shooting them with a Taser gun and aggressively searching them to pick a fight — something he learned “on the job.” He would huddle with other jail guards to get their stories straight and write up reports with bogus scenarios justifying the brutality. If the inmate had no visible injuries, he wouldn’t report the use of force, period.

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The Sun: More inmates file suit, alleging abuse at San Bernardino County jail

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/29/14, 10:08 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four more inmates have filed a lawsuit against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and at least seven other members of the department, alleging abuse while incarcerated at the West Valley Detention Center jail.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/14, 8:31 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Tuesday gave a tour of the West Valley Detention Center, praising the facility as first rate while countering allegations of inmate abuse in the wake of an FBI investigation, the firings of three deputies and the filing of a federal lawsuit by half a dozen inmates alleging civil rights violations.

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VVDailyPress: Sheriff: No pattern of misconduct

McMahon also insists inmates get ‘excellent’ medical care
May 20, 2014 6:15 PM
ANNELI FOGT, STAFF WRITER

RANCHO CUCAMONGA • Amid allegations of deputy misconduct toward inmates at the West Valley Detention Center, Sheriff John McMahon on Tuesday said “there’s no evidence” leading him to believe that recent reports of violence were anything more than an “isolated group of deputies.”

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka says he will not bow out of the race for L.A. County sheriff in the wake of a federal probe into the sheriff’s department’s efforts to allegedly hide an inmate who was working with FBI agents to uncover deputy abuses inside L.A. jails. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/20/14, 11:08 AM PDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago

Sheriff’s candidate Paul Tanaka’s testimony in federal court this week set off a firestorm of criticism, as rivals called on him to bow out and some supporters remained steadfast.

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LATimes: Ex-L.A. County undersheriff, current captain are subjects of inquiry

Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, the former second-in-command to Sheriff Lee Baca, took the stand Monday in the trial of a deputy charged in a jail probe.

Cindy Chang, Victoria Kim
May 19, 2014

The former undersheriff and a current captain of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are subjects in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

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DailyBulletin: West Valley Detention Center focal point of inmate abuse probe

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West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:24 PM PDT |

Federal and local law enforcement officials on Monday said they were unaware of any other allegations of inmate abuse by deputies in San Bernardino County jails, and that pending criminal and administration investigations are exclusive to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Three deputies dismissed; no charges filed yet
April 14, 2014 3:27 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

RANCHO CUCAMONGA • Three San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to West Valley Detention Center have been relieved of their duties amid two concurrent investigations into possible inmate abuse there, but FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller on Monday called it “premature” to say any federal charges would be filed.

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/12/14, 5:50 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> In addition to four sheriff’s deputies who already have lost their jobs at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, the FBI and sheriff officials are investigating several other deputies in the San Bernardino County jail system for alleged inmate abuse, according to a document obtained Saturday by this newspaper.

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Spin Cycle

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The Federal Buruea of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a criminal civil rights investigation at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Is anyone really surprised?

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InlandPolitics: FBI coming to town?

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Friday, April 11, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice took-on Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, it sent a message that everyone, no matter how bulletproof they think they are, is fair game.

You knew it would only be a matter of time before San Bernardino County would fall under the microscope.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

State prosecutors are moving forward with case over $102 million San Bernardino deal
By Katie Lucia
Monday, April 7, 2014

Defense lawyers in one of the state’s biggets public corruption cases are celebrating a federal judge’s recent decision that effectively closes the book on all federal activity related to the matter.

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SFChronicle: Millions laundered by FBI targets in Calif. Sen. Yee case

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Henry K. Lee
Published 4:15 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reputed San Francisco Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and his associates were making money in illegal ways and needed to hide it from federal authorities, so they funneled it into fake business accounts, according to the FBI – the classic definition of money laundering.

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WSJ: OpEd: Mark Cuban and Thomas Melsheimer: How the Feds Rig Their Prosecutions

Mark Cuban

In the Mark Cuban case, the SEC refused to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense for three years.

Opinion

By Mark Cuban and Thomas Melsheimer
April 3, 2014 6:36 p.m. ET

On March 21, 2014, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White was once again quoted praising her agency as “a strong and focused cop on the beat” that promotes fairness and accountability in the markets. The SEC often opens its trials by telling juries that every investor has to play by the same set of rules. But the agency won’t play by a rule that’s fundamental to due process. It’s called the Brady rule, and it keeps the government honest when it takes people or companies to court.

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Bob Egelko
Updated 6:31 am, Saturday, April 5, 2014

A federal grand jury indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 other defendants adds a conspiracy charge to the seven felony counts the now-suspended lawmaker faces for allegedly promising political favors and gun trafficking to undercover agents in exchange for $62,600 in campaign contributions.

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SFChronicle: Calif. state Sen. Yee’s lawyer raises questions about case

Bob Egelko
Monday, March 31, 2014

Leland Yee’s lawyer, in his first public response Monday to the charges against the now-suspended state senator, questioned the time and money the government spent on a three-year investigation but gave no indication of his planned defense against corruption and gun-running allegations.

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SFChronicle: Whom do you trust: ‘Shrimp Boy,’ the FBI or neither?

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:59 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film “American Hustle,” about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

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LATimes: Prosecutors must prove Yee knew money was pay for official acts

Leland Yee

State Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday in San Francisco. He withdrew Thursday from the secretary of state race. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / March 27, 2014)

By Maura Dolan
March 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Legal analysts said Thursday that the public corruption charges against Sen. Leland Yee — the most serious counts the state lawmaker faces — are more complicated to prove when the alleged bribe involves campaign contributions.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 10:29 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 11:22 pm

The business of crime has become a staple of cable television drama in recent years.

“The Sopranos,” depicting the lives of a Mafia family in New Jersey, set the tone – organized crime is a business.

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UTSanDiego: Fed SDPD audit includes criminal probe

San Diego Police

Audit, requested by city, to cover department’s practices, policies
By Debbi Baker and Kristina Davis
March 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI will conduct a criminal investigation into misconduct at the San Diego Police Department, a probe that will run parallel to an independent federal audit also requested by city officials, authorities said Monday.

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The Sun: U.S. attorney expected to file political corruption charges today

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Posted: 02/21/14, 9:21 AM PST | Updated: 13 secs ago

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to file federal charges Friday in a political corruption matter and a case involving a massive health care fraud scheme.

A press conference is being held at noon at the federal building in Los Angeles.

LATimes: Indictment details alleged assault and coverup by L.A. County deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have been indicted in connection with the beating of a jail inmate in February 2009.

By Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi
February 7, 2014, 1:23 p.m.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies conspired to assault a handcuffed jail inmate and struck him with a flashlight before writing reports that falsely claimed he attacked them, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 24, 2014 (www.sbsentinel.com)

(January 21) — In their zeal to make a federal criminal case against the defendants, who were already charged with bribery-related crimes in the state’s Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, FBI agents and members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office violated the constitutional rights of the central figure in the case, his lawyer has alleged in recent filings in U.S. District Court.

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Politico: Holder: Feds to set rules for banks and pot money

Medical Marijuana

By JOSH GERSTEIN |
1/23/14 5:33 PM EST

The Obama administration will soon announce regulations to make it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

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UTSanDiego: Political corruption case grows

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Ravi Singh

By Craig Gustafson
Jan. 22, 2014

The corruption case involving a Mexican businessman trying to illegally influence San Diego elections widened Wednesday as a City Hall lobbyist was added to the conspiracy charges and politicians rushed to return campaign contributions from those tainted by the scandal.

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LATimes: Two charged in illegal San Diego campaign contribution scheme

By Tony Perry
January 21, 2014, 9:46 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — A retired San Diego police officer and the owner of a Washington, D.C.-based election services business have been charged with conspiring to funnel more than $500,000 of illegal contributions from a Mexican businessman into San Diego campaigns, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Federal investigators admit time has run out for filing charges in San Bernardino scandal
By Katie Lucia

RIVERSIDE – A high profile Inland Empire developer and others face state charges in what authorities have dubbed one of the biggest public corruption scandals in thestate. But it appears they won’t answer to the alleged crimes in federal court.

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Scales of Justice

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Defense lawyers made a new publicly-available online filing related to the now-closed federal probe into the 2006 settlement, between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners, on Friday.

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 18, 2014

(January 13) Federal prosecutors will not pursue a criminal case against any of the defendants involved in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution that is proceeding in state court, according to a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in U.S. District Court on January 13.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Feds’ corruption probe into Colonies closed

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January 16, 2014; 06:18 PM

More than two years after FBI and IRS agents raided nine locations connected to a San Bernardino County corruption probe, federal prosecutors are indicating that their investigation is closed.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Ex-councilman Co pleads guilty to taking $2.36 million bribe

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Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, in an October 2013 court appearance.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 13, 2014; 07:22 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket.

To read story by Marcelo Co in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Bill would boost disclosures in corporate settlements with U.S.

Money

Federal officials often tout the dollar amounts in settlements, but credits and tax deductions reduce the actual amount paid.

By Jim Puzzanghera
January 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Concerned that targets of federal investigations are getting off lightly, two senators proposed legislation requiring the government to disclose all the details about settlements that allow companies to duck trials on allegations of wrongdoing.

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The Sun: Baca’s political future cloudier after deputy arrests

Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca takes questions from the media after the FBI released results of a federal probe, Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at a news conference in Los Angeles. Nick Ut — The associated press

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:00 PM PST |

Hours after the FBI rounded up 18 of his officers for various alleged crimes, ranging from beating inmates to obstruction of justice, Sheriff Lee Baca tried to project the image of someone who had the situation under control.

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DailyBulletin: LA Sheriff’s corruption probe: Union leader fires back at charges

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, left, with Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, right, comment on the five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriffís deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nationís largest jail system, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
and Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/10/13, 8:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

The union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a “vendetta” against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.

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LATimes: 18 Los Angeles sheriff’s officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

Andre Birotte

Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, announces that 18 current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county’s jails. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2013)

By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
December 9, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 – 12:00 am

Before his 2009 inauguration, newly elected President Barack Obama made a public pledge not to accept money for the celebration from representatives of foreign interests.

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LATimes: Former Moreno Valley councilman to plead guilty in bribery case

Marcelo Co

Booking photo of former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, 64, who has agreed to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / August 13, 2013)

By Rick Rojas
November 5, 2013, 12:47 p.m.

A former Moreno Valley city councilman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after taking a $2.3-million cash payment from an undercover operative in what prosecutors said was the first criminal case to emerge in a months-long corruption investigation in the city.

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InlandPolitics: More evidence problems in Colonies case

Scales of Justice

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 07:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.

Discovery (the turnover of evidence or case-related materials) compliance by prosecutors, a year’s-long chronic issue, continues to plague the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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LATimes: Federal prosecutor probing Calderon is used to high-profile cases

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By Patrick McGreevy
November 1, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A federal prosecutor who led the investigation into doping allegations involving Lance Armstrong and others in professional cycling is also one of the attorneys in charge of the current corruption probe involving state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello).

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SacBee: How did media get the FBI’s court-sealed Calderon papers?

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 31, 2013

Among the many unanswered questions in the developing Ron Calderon corruption investigation: Just how did the media get hold of a FBI affidavit that lays out the details of the case?

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City officials testify before grand jury as probe continues

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City Manager Michelle Dawson, at right, Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, at left, and City Clerk Jane Halstead make their way to Federal Court in Riverside on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Moreno Valley City Manager Michelle Dawson and Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis testifying before a federal grand jury as witnesses in the political corruption probe. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

October 30, 2013; 06:03 PM

Three top Moreno Valley officials testified before a grand jury on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in a continuing federal probe into possible political corruption in the city.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Feds seem to like California for Wall Street fraud cases

James Dimon

James Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, arrives at the Justice Department in Washington last month. A civil fraud case against JPMorgan Chase has been filed in Sacramento. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press / September 26, 2013)

By Andrew Tangel
October 25, 2013, 8:27 a.m.

NEW YORK — Should federal prosecutors favor California as backdrop for cases against Wall Street firms?

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LATimes: Bank of America is found liable for Countrywide mortgage fraud

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A civil jury finds Bank of America liable for mortgage fraud at Countrywide Financial, which the bank bought in 2008. The verdict could embolden other investigations.

By Andrew Tangel
October 23, 2013, 5:56 p.m.

NEW YORK — Bank of America has been found liable for fraud in the sale of faulty loans by its Countrywide mortgage unit, a major victory for the federal government as it continues to pursue cases stemming from the financial crisis.

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VoiceofOC: The Calderon FBI Investigation’s Connections to OC

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 10:12 pm | Updated: 8:00 am, Tue Oct 22, 2013.
By ADAM ELMAHREK and TRACY WOOD

Federal agents investigating members of the Calderon family, one of the most powerful families in California politics, have issued subpoenas and search warrants seeking records involving companies in Anaheim and Newport Beach, according to reporting by Voice of OC and other news organizations.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: SAN BERNARDINO: Woes multiply for stricken city

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Cassie MacDuff

October 18, 2013; 08:55 PM

San Bernardino Councilman Chas Kelley knew he was being investigated for campaign finance violations when he began cooperating with the FBI last June and secretly taping conversations as part of its investigation.

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

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/18/13, 10:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A letter that surfaced this week in connection with San Bernardino Councilman Chas Kelley’s perjury conviction confirmed that an intensive FBI investigation into possible criminal conduct at City Hall had been underway as recent as June.

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InlandPolitics: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center probe sails quietly into the sunset

ARMC

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s been some time since federal authorities executed the November 2012 search warrant at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

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LATimes: Obama administration to allow recreational marijuana laws to stand

Medical Marijuana

By David G. Savage
August 29, 2013, 10:32 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Thursday a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana, saying it will not interfere with new state laws that permit recreational use of marijuana.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: DA political letter and photos under investigation

Mike Hestrin

Mike Hestrin

August 27, 2013; 05:56 PM

Federal authorities are investigating a political letter using the Riverside police union’s letterhead and claiming to include racy photos of a district attorney candidate’s wife.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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Bloomberg News
August 27, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Bank of America Corp. must face a trial next month in a lawsuit alleging that its Countrywide unit defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them billions of dollars in bad mortgages, a federal judge ruled.

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By Michael Isikoff
NBC News National Investigative Correspondent

The owner of an encrypted email service used by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he has been threatened with criminal charges for refusing to comply with a secret surveillance order to turn over information about his customers.

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Bank of America finds itself defending loans that then-CEO Ken Lewis called ‘toxic waste.’

Mark Calvey
Senior Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
Aug 7, 2013, 2:13pm PDT Updated: Aug 7, 2013, 2:35pm PDT

The Justice Department’s civil suit against Bank of America alleging fraud in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in 2008 will find the bank defending mortgages that even former CEO Ken Lewis once told analysts were “toxic waste.”

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By E. Scott Reckard
August 7, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. disclosed that it may become the latest giant bank to face a Justice Department lawsuit over bonds backed by housing-boom loans, and said a parallel criminal investigation is continuing.

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LATimes: U.S. sues BofA over mortgage-backed securities

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The Justice Department and SEC accuse Bank of America of lying to investors about $850 million in mortgage bonds.

By E. Scott Reckard
August 6, 2013, 7:47 p.m.

In twin securities-fraud lawsuits against Bank of America Corp., the federal government is accusing the nation’s second-largest lender of lying to investors about supposedly prime loans that more closely resembled subprime “liar loans.”

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Reuters: U.S. to review DEA unit that hides use of intel in crime cases

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By John Shiffman and David Ingram
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 7:16pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

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Voice of OC: FBI Spearheads Task Force to Probe OC Political Corruption

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The FBI says it’s formed a task force to investigate political corruption in Orange County.

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 2:31 pm, Thu Jul 25, 2013.
By TRACY WOOD and NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

The FBI, Internal Revenue Service, district attorney and U.S. attorney’s office have formed a task force to investigate reports of political corruption in Orange County, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

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TheAtlantieWire: Whatever Happened to Those Obama Scandals?

The Atlantic

Philip Bump
Jul 17, 2013

Those of you who are old enough may remember a time when Barack Obama was plagued with scandal. “Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill,” Politico yelped. The suffix “-gate” was added to various words.

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LATimes: George Zimmerman unlikely to face federal charges

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Justice Department officials say they are unlikely to prosecute George Zimmerman because it would be hard to prove he acted out of racial bias.

By David G. Savage and Richard A. Serrano
July 16, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON — George Zimmerman is unlikely to face federal charges for killing black teenager Trayvon Martin because it would be difficult to prove he acted out of racial bias, Justice Department officials said Tuesday.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 1:05 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Federal prosecutors are trying to bolster their case against the two men charged in the CalPERS bribery scandal by attempting to halt to a series of lawsuits that could interfere with the criminal case.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilwoman worked for warehouse developer

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June 07, 2013; 07:18 PM

In 2008, Victoria Baca, then a school board member, expressed dismay that Moreno Valley was considering zoning changes to allow warehouse development in the city’s mostly rural eastside.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Atty. Gen. Holder tries to reassure journalists on leak probes

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The attorney general pledges not to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information in news articles.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 31, 2013, 10:34 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his top Justice Department deputies met with journalists and their lawyers Friday and pledged they would not seek to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for reporting and writing stories that may disclose classified information.

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Reuters: Attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena

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By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON | Tue May 28, 2013 11:32pm EDT

(Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on Tuesday.

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Fox News

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

By AMY CHOZICK
Published: May 26, 2013

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

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The NewYorker: How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen’s Warrant Secret

The New Yorker

May 24, 2013First
Posted by Ryan Lizza

The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen’s private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.

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The Atlantic

Connor Simpson
May 25, 2013

The New York Times reports the Department of Justice investigated national security leaks given to Times reporter David Sanger over his story last year about the Stuxnet virus by pulling all the email and phone records of government officials who communicated with the reporter.

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Reuters: Justice Department defends journalist email search

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee in Washington

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on ”Oversight of the United States Department of Justice” on Capitol Hill in Washington May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON | Fri May 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Justice Department said on Friday that senior officials including Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search an email account belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea prompted a leak investigation.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Friday, May 24, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

Here’s some news moving across the transom Friday morning.

IRS manager placed on leave

Lois Lerner, the manager at the center of a massive scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, was placed on paid leave Thursday afternoon. The move comes after Lerner invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination before a congressional oversight committee earlier this week.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor reveals getting a ‘target’ letter in probe

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Posted on | May 22, 2013

Mayor Tom Owings, following a rambunctious study session on Tuesday, May 21, confirmed that he received a target letter in the federal grand jury probe of corruption in the Moreno Valley.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki  in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: FBI spied on Fox News reporter, accused him of crime

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The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails in a leak investigation.

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
May 20, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read a Fox News reporter’s personal emails from two days in 2010 after arguing there was probable cause he had violated espionage laws by soliciting classified information from a government official, court papers show.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate that the reporter had committed a crime when he asked a State Department security contractor, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, to share secret material about North Korea in June 2009.

The affidavit did not name the reporter, but Fox News identified him as its chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen. He was not charged, but Kim was indicted on espionage charges in August 2010 and is awaiting trial. He has denied leaking classified information.

The case marks the first time the government has gone to court to portray news gathering as espionage, and Fox News officials and 1st Amendment advocates reacted angrily Monday after the secret warrant was reported by the Washington Post.

“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,” said Michael Clemente, Fox News executive vice president of news. “In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”

The development emerged days after the Justice Department notified the Associated Press that the agency used a subpoena last year to obtain phone company records for 20 telephone lines used by more than 100 reporters and editors in three cities. The subpoena was pursuant to a grand jury investigation of an alleged leak of classified information about an Al Qaeda plot to bomb a U.S. aircraft.

Neither Fox News nor the Associated Press was told in advance about the government actions or had a chance to challenge them in court, the usual practice. The government ordered Google not to disclose that it had given the FBI access to Rosen’s Gmail account, and Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia confirmed in a September 2010 ruling that the government did not have to notify Rosen.

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DOJ

The former U.S. attorney in Arizona leaked an internal report about an ATF agent who had criticized the failed gun operation.

By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona retaliated against the lead whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal by leaking an internal report that suggested the whistle-blower once favored allowing illegal gun sales as a way to track weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office said Monday.

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LATimes: Scale of government’s AP records seizure surprises many

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The Obama administration has zealously prosecuted leaks involving national security, but the secret collection of records for 20 Associated Press phone lines reaches a new level.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 19, 2013, 8:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the Obama administration brought criminal charges under the Espionage Act against Thomas Drake, an Air Force veteran and intelligence expert at the National Security Agency in Maryland.

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WashPost: Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta

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President Obama addressed the IRS controversy Wednesday evening, announcing that the acting commissioner of the IRS has resigned. Obama reiterated that he “would not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

By Karen Tumulty
Published: May 15 E-mail the writer

The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon.

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By Sean Sullivan
Published: May 14, 2013

More than four dozen media organizations joined forces Tuesday to sharply rebuke the Justice Department for secretly gathering the phone records of Associated Press journalists, calling on the department to promptly return the records and disclose all other pending subpoenas related to the news media.

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Shane Goldmacher
May 14 2013, 4:39 PM ET

As three separate scandals – the IRS targeting the tea party, the Justice Department’s phone-records grab from the AP, and Benghazi – erupt simultaneously, congressional Republicans are hoping to fold them into a single narrative of an unaccountable and overreaching White House that cannot be trusted.

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put it colorfully during a Fox News appearance, “This sounds like a president somewhat drunk on power.”

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By Scott Wilson
May 13, 2013

There was a guiding principle early in President Obama’s first term that in Washington it is always better to be pitching than catching.

The stimulus bill, the bank and auto industry bailouts, Wall Street regulation, health-care legislation, Muslim outreach abroad — the first two years featured Obama as pitcher.

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DOJ

Prosecutors targeted the Associated Press in an attempt to learn who leaked information about the CIA and an apparent terrorist plot in Yemen.

Government secretly probed AP phone records
By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
May 13, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors secretly obtained telephone records from more than 20 lines belonging to the Associated Press and its journalists in an attempt to learn who leaked information on how the CIA thwarted an apparent terrorist plot hatched in Yemen.

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SacBee: Former CalPERS executive pleads innocent to conspiracy charges

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 – 1:40 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 – 3:56 pm

Former CalPERS Chief Executive Fred Buenrostro pleaded innocent today to conspiracy charges in connection with the pension fund’s bribery scandal.

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LATimes: Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it’s up, study says

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More than half of Americans think gun crime has jumped, the Bureau of Justice Statistics report noted. Researchers aren’t sure why there’s the misperception.

By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2013, 8:59 p.m.

The number of violent crimes involving guns has plummeted in the last two decades, but more than half of Americans think the opposite is true, according to reports released Tuesday.

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