Category Archives: Public Corruption

Orange County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office Under Fire for Illegal Informant Program

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office has come under fire recently due to allegations of an illegal jailhouse informant program. Assistant Public Defender Scott L. Sanders, in his defense of Scott Dekraai, has repeatedly alleged that the sheriff’s department has conducted a decades-long program to elicit confessions from defendants. Superior Court Judge…
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L.A. District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Division Charges Palmdale Mayor, Two Consultants

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced last week that Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford has been charged with illegally receiving more than $60,000 a year from local consultants Kimberly Anne Shaw and Susan Burgess Miller and failing to disclose the income on economic statements.[1] Ledford was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of…
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A Duty to Disclose?The intersection between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s “problem deputies” list and the prosecutorial obligation to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on an ongoing battle between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the deputies’ union. The Sheriff’s Department is seeking to turn over a list of about 300 “problem deputies”with a history of past misconduct to prosecutors. The prosecution can then add these names to an internal database that tracks…
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