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Michael Peevey

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally. (Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press 2014)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 21, 2015
Updated: May 21, 2015 – 8:11pm

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally.

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U.S. Attorney - Los Angeles

Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton problems worsen

Smoke and Mirrors

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is rapidly becoming the GOP dream opponent.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

DOJ

By Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
April 19, 2015

Before he found himself being beaten earlier this month by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in view of a hovering news helicopter, Francis Pusok and law enforcement had clashed more than once.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15 – 2:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

SBCO Sheriff Badge

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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InlandPolitics: FBI to investigate High Desert use of force incident

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Friday, April 10, 2015 – 03:45 P.M.

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice has entered into Thursday’s tape recorded use of force incident caught on tape by Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV 4, involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, who appear to use excessive force in the apprehension of a suspect after a long pursuit involving an automobile and horseback.

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Contra Costa Times: House members tell DOJ to back off on marijuana

Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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InlandPolitics: Another sordid case of misconduct

California Lawyer

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

A reader forwarded a link to an exhaustive article, published in California Lawyer magazine, discussing alleged misconduct by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General, in a civil case stemming from the costly 2007 Moonlight Fire in Plumas County.

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Politico: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time

U.S. Senate

Senate Democrats will mount their fourth filibuster on the bill Monday afternoon.

Politico

By John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
2/22/15 – 6:17 PM EST

Late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force the fourth vote in three weeks on a bill to fund the massive agency that protects Americans from terrorists, floods and incursions across the borders. Senate Democrats will almost certainly block it again.

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LATimes: Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon preparing for corruption trial

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer

CPUC

Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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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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SFChronicle: PG&E e-mails may prove pivotal in probe of regulator

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle / SFC)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, February 16, 2015 – Updated 9:07 am

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive exploited former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s intense interest in a Kern County alternative-energy project in making a backroom deal to win favorable treatment for the company, newly released e-mails show.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

SBCO

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

Lawman

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

Marijuana
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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LATimes: Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana

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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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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Politico: Why Holder Quit

Eric Holder

Politics
The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
By GLENN THRUSH
September 25, 2014

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts— would nail his dismount.

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LATimes: New charges filed against ex-CalPERS official in corruption case

Alfred Villalobos

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

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

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

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Bank of America

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Posted: 08/06/14, 7:20 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Bank of America has tentatively agreed to pay up to $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities leading up to the nation’s financial crisis, an insider said Wednesday.

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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

Sheriff

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

Sheriff

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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Sheriff

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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DOJ

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?

Sheriff

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

Money

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

DOJ

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

Ravi Singh

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

Marcelo Co
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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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