Archive for March 25th, 2012

InlandPolitics: An interesting Los Angeles Times op-ed

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is shown arriving at federal court in Washington on April 7, 2009. (Gerald Herbert / AP Photo / March 19, 2012)


Ted Stevens and the department of injustice

An inquiry tells the story of government lawyers who failed to live up to their professional responsibilities and thus failed to give the former Alaska senator a fair trial.

By Michael Carey
March 19, 2012

As his trial on corruption charges approached in the fall of 2008, Ted Stevens railed to me in an email: “What did I do, Michael? What did I do?” The wounded rage smoldering in that rhetorical question to a reporter reflected his belief that he had done nothing wrong. He continued to insist on his innocence after a Washington, D.C., jury found him guilty of lying on financial disclosure forms.

Stevens’ conviction was dismissed in 2009 after the Justice Department’s admission that government lawyers failed to turn over evidence the Stevens defense should have received. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens’ trial, soon authorized an investigation of the prosecutors’ conduct, a move as rare as the trial of a U.S. senator.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 11:50 a.m.

Over a year ago San Bernardino County sued the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association over the union using Deputy District Attorneys to represent Deputy Public Defenders in low level grievance and disciplinary matters.

A practice former Public Defender Doreen Boxer didn’t care for.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican primary contest Saturday with 49% of the vote.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

First it was a campaign flyer about the Mexican Mafia and other criminal activity on the San Manuel Reservation that caused a stir.

Now it’s Indian gaming interest’s buying an election.

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By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/24/2012 03:02:29 PM PDT

San Bernardino County sued former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin in May 2009 in hopes of recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in a corruption case alleging malfeasance in the Assessor’s Office.

In the end, it was Erwin who wound up getting paid.

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LATimes: California Republicans get behind Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a town hall forum. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images / March 24, 2012)



By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2012

Republican voters in California have swung behind Mitt Romney, with the national presidential front-runner crushing his rivals by double digits and substantially expanding his support in the state, a new poll has found.

Romney won 42% of registered Republican voters, with his closest rival, Rick Santorum, trailing by 19 points, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were a distant third and fourth.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As the housing bubble burst and recession hammered the state three years ago, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic leaders created a blue- ribbon commission to examine “the volatility inherent in California’s current tax system.”

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