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January 23, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails have been a powerful tool in vetting allegations of deputies abusing inmates, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. For years, critics of the Sheriff's Department's jails pushed the department to install cameras in the lockups since independent witnesses are rarely present when deputies use force. In 2011, following an onslaught of inmate abuse allegations, the department began installing hundreds of cameras. The report released by the agency's civilian monitor Thursday found that the footage has helped to exonerate deputies who were falsely accused and build cases against those who break the rules.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
See Justin Bieber walk to the left. See Justin Bieber walk to the right. See Justin Bieber doing all this walking while wearing a pair of hideous orange shoes we can only hope are jailhouse issue. "Scared Straight" it ain't - new video footage out Wednesday is more like a sneaky treat for people who really love or really hate the Biebs.  Miami Beach authorities released about 10 hours of surveillance video showing Bieber at a Miami-Dade County jail after being arrested Jan. 23 on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest without force and driving without a valid license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the alleged Seal Beach mass killer and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion which argued that tapes of alleged gunman Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
No blood, fingerprints, weapon or other physical evidence was ever found to link Thomas L. Goldstein to the 1979 shotgun murder of John McGinest, a Long Beach neighbor he had never met. Goldstein, then a 28-year-old draftsman, former Marine and part-time engineering student, had moved into a garage apartment near the murder scene just two days earlier and had only a couple of minor run-ins with the law — for drunkenness and disturbing the peace...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Authorities had to evacuate 40 inmates from Merced County's main jail over the weekend after discovering two flaming trash cans in a cellblock that houses felony inmates. Sheriff Mark Pazin said all of the inmates were back in jail but that they will be placed on lockdown for the next month until authorities find out who started the fire late Saturday night. While the inmates are on lockdown, they cannot receive visitors or go to the commissary.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A man suspected of breaking into a Maine restaurant may have to get used to jailhouse food after workers at the eatery discovered lobsters and wine missing -- and the suspect asleep on a bench. Police say Paul Bruneau broke into the Portland Lobster Co. through a rear window and stuffed his pockets with cash before chowing down on the better part of 11 prepared lobsters worth about $300. Bruneau chose a white wine to wash it all down, police say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for a man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon three years ago have accused Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an unconstitutional jailhouse informant operation that ensnared their client and other inmates. Scott Dekraai's public defenders say that the district attorney's office oversaw an "unchecked and lawless custodial informant program" which resulted in systemic constitutional violations and kept defense attorneys in the dark about the so-called jailhouse snitches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
NEWS
October 20, 1985
A new state legal unit has been created to deal with the increasing number of jailhouse lawyers. The Correctional Law Section will represent the Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms and the California Youth Authority and their employees in lawsuits filed by prisoners who claim their rights have been violated or that they have been illegally imprisoned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Dying to see Justin Bieber's junk? Well, a judge on Tuesday squashed those weird hopes, ruling that while additional surveillance video footage would indeed be made public, shots of the singer urinating must have his private parts blurred or blacked out. Call that a score for human decency, we say. Though the world will still be able to witness the 20-year-old peeing in a cup and a jailhouse toilet, so maybe we spoke too soon. Miami-Dade County Judge Bill Altfield told lawyers in court Tuesday that despite Florida's liberal privacy laws regarding evidence going public, Bieber "has not lost his expectation of dignity, and that's what's most important here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County judge said Friday that he'll hear testimony on accusations that county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies ran an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including the man accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon in 2011. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said the allegations made by defense attorneys for Scott Dekraai deserve to be fully examined. The judge indicated it may take weeks of testimony and evidence to ferret out the claims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for a man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon three years ago have accused Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an unconstitutional jailhouse informant operation that ensnared their client and other inmates. Scott Dekraai's public defenders say that the district attorney's office oversaw an "unchecked and lawless custodial informant program" which resulted in systemic constitutional violations and kept defense attorneys in the dark about the so-called jailhouse snitches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon three years ago have accused Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an unconstitutional jailhouse informant operation that ensnared their client and other inmates. Scott Dekraai's public defenders say that the district attorney's office oversaw an “unchecked and lawless custodial informant program” which resulted in systemic constitutional violations and kept defense attorneys in the dark about the so-called jailhouse snitches.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
See Justin Bieber walk to the left. See Justin Bieber walk to the right. See Justin Bieber doing all this walking while wearing a pair of hideous orange shoes we can only hope are jailhouse issue. "Scared Straight" it ain't - new video footage out Wednesday is more like a sneaky treat for people who really love or really hate the Biebs.  Miami Beach authorities released about 10 hours of surveillance video showing Bieber at a Miami-Dade County jail after being arrested Jan. 23 on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest without force and driving without a valid license.
OPINION
July 13, 2003
Re "2 Children Left in Hot Vehicle Die," July 9: How many more child deaths will be reported before carmakers figure out how to open electric windows easily from inside the car, like in the old days? Today, an ignition key becomes a jailhouse key, and the driver the jailer. The carmakers did it for car trunks, just in case a person got locked inside. Is this beyond modern technology? John Clark Hollywood
NEWS
October 26, 1987
A reporter who refuses to divulge details of a jailhouse murder confession to a judge will be the first California journalist in two years to go to jail--unless she gets a reprieve, or decides to talk. Contra Costa Times reporter Erin Hallissy, 29, says she has had sleepless nights and troubled days since being found in contempt of court Wednesday for refusing to answer questions about her exclusive jailhouse interview with John Sapp, charged with three murders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Richard Winton and Anh Do
Two Santa Ana women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder charges in the beating death of a 23-year-old aspiring journalist outside a popular nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito are accused of killing Kim Pham during a furious altercation that left the young woman comotose, and dead just days later. During testimony Tuesday, it was revealed that a suspect in the beating told an undercover detective that she was only trying to protect herself during the altercation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails have been a powerful tool in vetting allegations of deputies abusing inmates, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. For years, critics of the Sheriff's Department's jails pushed the department to install cameras in the lockups since independent witnesses are rarely present when deputies use force. In 2011, following an onslaught of inmate abuse allegations, the department began installing hundreds of cameras. The report released by the agency's civilian monitor Thursday found that the footage has helped to exonerate deputies who were falsely accused and build cases against those who break the rules.
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