One of the main themes of last Friday's hearing was the pattern of attempted intimidation and...
Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Civilian Oversight continues to probe the toxic world of deputy gangs despite Sheriff Villanueva’s “tsunami of obstruction”
It’s been a scandal-filled week for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the...
Is Sheriff’s search of homes of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl & oversight commissioner Patti Giggans part of a pattern? Report says yes.
At approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at...
New LASD Whistleblower tells of the sheriff’s budget manipulations, rigged promotions, & an alarming array of other forms of corruption
A new whistleblower lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in general, and Sheriff...
LA Grand jury continues its probe into the troubling incident of the neck-kneeling sheriff’s deputy & its cover-up
On August 4, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department got a...
Sheriff Villanueva was coming to Monday’s hearing on deputy gangs. Now (predictably) he’s not
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s subpoena saga continues. Here’s the newest chapter...
She Fought the Law and She Won: WeHo versus the LASD
Over the past month, there have been two competing headlines about West Hollywood’s fight with...
LA Dem’s endorse Luna over Villanueva, while Supes vote 4 to 1 to ask county voters to give the board authority to remove the sheriff
This past Tuesday, July 12, was not the greatest of days for Sheriff Alex Villanueva. First, the...
4th LASD whistleblower talks, & what she & her documents have to say contradicts Sheriff Villanueva’s account of his actions re: the head-kneeling deputy cover-up
As of Wednesday, May 11, a fourth whistleblower from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...
A new lawsuit brought by an eyewitness whistleblower shoots giant holes in Villanueva’s story about the incident of the head-kneeling deputy—plus lots more in the way of alleged corruption by LA County’s sheriff
This morning, attorney Vincent Miller released the second complaint in a series of civil rights...
LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva & the matter of threatening journalists
As most readers likely know by now, yesterday, Tuesday April 26, the ever more beleaguered (and...
Inspector General issues new subpoena for LA Sheriff & also says Villanueva may break multiple laws with threat to launch criminal investigation into leaking of “bad optics” head-kneeling video
On Thursday evening, April 7, Inspector General Max Huntsman and his office issued a brand new...
LA Sheriff threatens to bring criminal charges against whistleblower as multiple sources say Villanueva lied big time re: cover-up of case of deputy kneeling on inmate’s neck….and more.
The news about Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva keeps on coming. So, before we get to...
Has the LA County Sheriff’s Department gone back to rigged promotions, along with other forms of favoritism & corruption? A new lawsuit says YES.
More than a decade ago, during the corruption-riddled past of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...
LA Sheriff trashes RAND report on deputy gangs, refuses subpoena to talk to LASD Oversight Commission, & claims that County Counsel’s legal opinion on deputy gangs is laughable.
On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference in order to respond to the...
Are Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s “criminal investigations” of so-called adversaries chilling oversight of the LASD? A report says yes.
An alarming new report was introduced during the last few minutes of the virtual meeting of the...
Do Threats, Extortion, & Ongoing Failure-to-Cooperate Make Civilian Oversight of the LA Sheriff’s Department Completely Impossible?
"The list of lawful orders that the sheriff has disobeyed gets longer every day," said a very...
Has LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva Acted Unlawfully? A New Report Says, Yes. He Has. A Bunch of Times, Actually
Among the many examples the report cites are three recent rulings by three different judges who...
LA County Supervisors Vote to Explore how they can remove Sheriff Villanueva — should they think it necessary
On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion that asks how...
On Nov. 10, LA County Supervisors Will Consider Finding How to Remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva From Office
It's finally come to this. Two LA County Supervisors have authored a motion that aims to find out...
The fate of dueling motions from LA Supervisors about where to house LA’s “high security” DJJ kids, plus $50k exit bonuses, & the riotous emptying out of Central Juvenile Hall
On Tuesday, March 15, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on two competing motions...
As COVID Spikes in CA’s Adult Prisons, COVID cases now triple in youth prisons.
This week we reported on the ongoing COVID spike inside California’s prison facilities, where...
Low staff vax rate, a superspreader event, plus lax enforcement of basic COVID precautions results in a new & dangerous virus outbreak in CA’s youth prisons
The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), California’s youth prison system, is in the midst of...
As CA’s youth prisons move toward shutdown, conditions for hundreds of kids still in residence have gotten disturbingly worse
In a new report just released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, researchers describe...
Closing CA’s youth prisons the right way means adequately funding oversight of youth justice “realignment” to the counties
Last fall, when Governor Newsom signed SB 823 into law in order to gradually close...
Op-Ed: California Can’t Waver on the Governor’s Promise for Youth Justice Realignment
I know about the trauma, abuse and neglect that happen every day across the state’s network of...
On June 30, 2023, CA’s Youth Prisons Will Close Their Doors, But Right Now There Are Essential Steps to Be Taken for Youth Safety
Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2021-22 state budget nails down plans for the closure of the...
Realigning CA’s Juvenile Justice System Must Come With Significant Change at the County-Level, Says Report
The impending closure of California’s long-troubled juvenile prison system, the Division of...
New Report Says CA Endangers Kids in State’s Youth Prisons As COVID Round 2 Continues to Rise
A new report and accompanying fact sheet from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)...
Governor Signs Bill to Close State’s Troubled & Systemically Racist Youth Prisons With an Ambitious Plan to Reimagine CA’s Youth Justice System
At approximately 4:42 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, Governor Gavin...
THE WRITER, The Sequel: A Confused Teenager, a Shooting, a Long Prison Sentence & an Unusual Opportunity
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Thanksgiving morning, 2017, I received an unexpected email from someone whose name sounded vaguely familiar but that I couldn’t place. The email read as follows: You likely do not know me. About seven...
The Trial of Lee Baca
Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Granted Bail Pending Appeal
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Leroy Baca’s motion for bail pending his appeal in an...
Judge Denies Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Bail While Awaiting Appeal (But It’s Still Unlikely Baca Will Go to Prison on July 25)
On Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson issued an order denying former LA...
AFTER THE FALL: Why Judge Anderson’s 3-Year Sentence for Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca Was Not a Surprise
Warning Signs Los Angeles Missed That Allowed the LA County Sheriff’s Department to Spin Out of Control
Former Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison
Lee Baca’s Lawyers Ask for More Alzheimer’s Testing As a Sentencing Day is Set
WitnessLA Discusses the Long Road to Baca’s Conviction on KCRW & KPFK
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA: How LA County’s Popular Sheriff Got Convicted
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA: The Jury Finds Baca Guilty on All 3 Counts
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA: Jury Still Deliberating…& Sending Notes
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA: The Eyes of Sheriff Baca vs. the Chess King
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA : The Defense Calls Only One Witness
During 1st Week of Testimony 4 Former LASD Members Point to Baca as the Man Who Gave the Orders
THE RETRIAL OF LEE BACA: During Opening Statements the Prosecution & the Defense Drag a Ghost Into Court
THE TRIAL OF LEE BACA -Judge Rules No Star Pin, No “Good Works” Defense, & No Alzheimer’s Expert
Lee Baca’s Defense Team Claims Double Jeopardy as Prosecutors Move to Nix the Mini Sheriff’s Badge
Prosecutors Announce They Will Retry Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca
THE TRIAL OF LEE BACA: To Retry or Not to Retry
Hung Jury in Baca Trial – “Unable to reach a Verdict,” Deadlocked at 11 /1 for Acquittal
THE TRIAL OF LEE BACA – The Jury Deliberates
Lee Baca Trial: The Prosecution Rests With Fed Judge’s Account of Furious Sheriff, and the Defense Calls a Speedy List of Character Witnesses
The Trial of Lee Baca – Day 3: A Colleague’s Warning & a Convicted Deputy Shows the High Cost of Following Orders
Updates on the Lee Baca Trial Coming This Weekend – UPDATED
Judge Rules That Lee Baca Will Now Have Two Trials. (No. We Are Not Kidding.)
As Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca’s Trial Approaches….
Judge Puts Off Decision About Whether Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca Can use an Expert to Introduce Baca’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
As Lee Baca’s Trial Approaches, the Fight Heats Up About the Former LA Sheriff’s “Cognitive Impairment”
Fed Judge Denies Baca’s Motions to Recuse Lead Prosecutor and Change the Trial Location
Former Sheriff Lee Baca Goes to Court to Get Trial Moved Out of LA & to Get Lead Prosecutor Off Case
Baca Wants Lead Prosecutor, Federal Judge AND City of LA Disqualified
Prosecutors Request Mental Competency Evaluation for Former Sheriff Lee Baca
Lee Baca: A December Trial Date, A New Lawyer, and a Pitch for Legal $$$ – UPDATED
Now That a Grand Jury Has Indicted Former Sheriff Lee Baca, Can His Trial Move Us Closer to Lasting Reform?
No New Plea Deal Reached, Baca Almost Certain to Be Indicted and Go to Trial
What to Expect When Lee Baca To Be Sentenced Monday Morning
Day of Reckoning: The Strange and Memorable Afternoon When Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Pleaded Guilty to a Felony
Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Pleads to Felony Charge That Would Likely Involve Time in Lock-Up
The Urgent Matter of Child Sex Trafficking & the Lasting Cost of Child Sexual Abuse
San Francisco Public Schools Include Human Trafficking in Health Curriculum
Supes to Increase Services for Parents of Sex Trafficking Victims
California Tries — With Difficulty — to Implement Two Important Laws to Help Sex-Trafficked Kids, But Progress is Maddeningly Slow
LA City and County to Crack Down on Enforcing Human Trafficking Hotline Law
“No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute” Bill Becomes State Law
Dozens of Bills (Some Overlapping) Tackle Child Sex Trafficking in California
How LA Kids are Being Recruited for Sex Trafficking & What LA Law Enforcement is Doing About It – by Kristy Plaza and Alana Victor
Are LA’s Locked Up & Traumatized Girls Getting the Help They Need?
Letter Asks DOJ to Deal With OC Prosecutorial Misconduct Scandal…Responses to Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s Prop 47 Videos…LA Launch of Coalition to End Child Exploitation…and More
Why It’s Important That LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the LASD Are Making Child Sex-trafficking a Priority
LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Says There’s No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute
Are Abused and Traumatized Girls Disproportionately Pushed Into the Justice System? A Startling New Study Says: YES
Oakland Mentorship Program Offers Safety & Healing to Sexually Exploited Young Women – by Sarah Zahedi
Girls and the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison-Pipeline
The Downfall of Paul Tanaka
U.S. Supreme Court Says No to Paul Tanaka, the LASD’s Former 2nd in Command, Now in Fed Prison
Former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka Appeals to SCOTUS Hoping to Reverse Criminal Conviction
9th Circuit Denies Paul Tanaka’s Appeal
At Appeal Hearing 9th Circuit Judges Ask About Paul Tanaka’s Viking Tattoo
Former LA Undersheriff Paul Tanaka Gets 5-Year Sentence & Scorching Lecture
Attorneys for Paul Tanaka Fight for Probation Only, Saying Former LA Sheriff Baca Was the Real “Ringleader”
Prosecutors Call for 5 Years in Prison for Former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka
The Trial of Paul Tanaka Part 6: The Verdict & the Jury
The Trial of Paul Tanaka – Part 5: The Former Undersheriff and the Vikings
The Trial of Paul Tanaka – Part 4: Tanaka Takes the Stand, and the Prosecution Uses the “V” Word
” F— the FBI!” – Trial of Former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Part 3
The Trial of Paul Tanaka, Part 2: The “Context” and “the Crime”
Former LA Sheriff’s Dept. Captain Tom Carey Takes Plea Deal—Which Means Cooperation, Testimony….(And Maybe a Baca Indictment?) in the Future
OPERATION PANDORA’S BOX FINALLY GOES UP THE LADDER: The Day That Paul Tanaka and Tom Carey of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Were Federally Indicted
An Anatomy of the LA Jails Commission: Will It Matter?
ANATOMY OF A JAILS COMMISSION: Part 5 – Revisiting the Testimony of Undersheriff Paul Tanaka
Tanaka’s testimony may not have provided the commission members with the answers they hoped to...
ANATOMY OF A JAILS COMMISSION: Part 4 – The Sheriff & his Undersheriff Finally Talk
For much of the LA Press, who were present in greater numbers at this particularly commission...