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May 16, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The investigative panel reviewing allegations of brutality in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has examined 220,000 documents and interviewed 200 witnesses, according to a progress report released Friday. Retired Judge James G. Kolts, who is heading the four-month-old investigation, said he has not reached any conclusions in the inquiry. The Board of Supervisors appointed Kolts to head the investigation this year after several controversial incidents involving sheriff's deputies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James G. Kolts, the former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who went from workaday anonymity to local fame as head of the Kolts Commission, which in 1992 found "deeply disturbing" use of excessive force and mistreatment of minorities by the Sheriff's Department, has died. He was 77. Kolts died Friday of a heart attack in Altadena while playing golf with his grandson, Daniel McAllister, said his daughter, Kathryn Showers.
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July 21, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before they reviewed the first policy or examined the first officer-involved shooting, the more than two dozen lawyers who investigated the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department completed some required reading: the Christopher Commission's scathing 228-page probe of the Los Angeles Police Department, which rocked the city a year ago this month. "I handed out the Christopher Commission report as homework," said attorney Merrick J. Bobb, who directed retired Judge James G.
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January 6, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to the investigation last summer that found excessive use of force and lax discipline in the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to institute outside review of the department under a compromise reached by Sheriff Sherman Block and James G. Kolts, the retired judge who led the inquiry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block on Wednesday reported a significant narrowing of differences with the special counsel who investigated his department, and said he and James G. Kolts have agreed to submit a joint letter on how to monitor departmental compliance with reform recommendations. The letter, to be delivered to the County Board of Supervisors next week, comes after Kolts complained publicly that the department was slow in implementing some reforms suggested by his investigative panel.
NEWS
July 21, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An official probe of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has found a "deeply disturbing" pattern of excessive force and brutality by deputies, leading the investigators Monday to recommend widespread reforms in the nation's third-largest urban police force. The 359-page report issued by Special Counsel James G.
NEWS
July 21, 1992 | KENNETH REICH and FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Most of the reforms recommended for the Sheriff's Department by retired Judge James G. Kolts cannot easily be implemented unless Sheriff Sherman Block goes along with them--and Block's initial reaction Monday was a mystery. The 67-year-old sheriff, who is considering whether to run for a fourth term in 1994, was in Sacramento at an attorney general's conference, and aides said he would not return to Los Angeles until tonight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a compromise proposed Monday, Sheriff Sherman Block and James G. Kolts asked the county Board of Supervisors to authorize a panel of retired judges to review the Sheriff's Department's handling of citizen complaints alleging use of excessive force by deputies. The compromise between Block and Kolts, the retired judge who investigated the Sheriff's Department, also included a recommendation that the committee Kolts headed remain in existence to monitor reforms suggested by the panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signaled Tuesday that it will support civilian oversight of the Sheriff's Department by an individual monitor--not the standing commission proposed by special counsel James G. Kolts and his investigators. Board Chairman Ed Edelman said he will introduce a motion calling for a monitor to audit the Sheriff Department's compliance with scores of reform recommendations made in Kolts' report.
NEWS
July 23, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a conciliatory initial reaction to this week's highly critical review of his department, Sheriff Sherman Block said Wednesday he embraces the spirit of the report and may be willing to set in motion the series of reforms it proposes. Choosing not to quarrel with the toughly worded report by Special Counsel James G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a compromise proposed Monday, Sheriff Sherman Block and James G. Kolts asked the county Board of Supervisors to authorize a panel of retired judges to review the Sheriff's Department's handling of citizen complaints alleging use of excessive force by deputies. The compromise between Block and Kolts, the retired judge who investigated the Sheriff's Department, also included a recommendation that the committee Kolts headed remain in existence to monitor reforms suggested by the panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block on Wednesday reported a significant narrowing of differences with the special counsel who investigated his department, and said he and James G. Kolts have agreed to submit a joint letter on how to monitor departmental compliance with reform recommendations. The letter, to be delivered to the County Board of Supervisors next week, comes after Kolts complained publicly that the department was slow in implementing some reforms suggested by his investigative panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signaled Tuesday that it will support civilian oversight of the Sheriff's Department by an individual monitor--not the standing commission proposed by special counsel James G. Kolts and his investigators. Board Chairman Ed Edelman said he will introduce a motion calling for a monitor to audit the Sheriff Department's compliance with scores of reform recommendations made in Kolts' report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1992 | KENNETH REICH and FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The authors of a report that found a "deeply disturbing" pattern of brutality by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on Friday prodded the Board of Supervisors to immediately form a civilian commission to monitor the department. In a 19-page status report delivered to Sheriff Sherman Block and the five supervisors, special counsel James G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block on Wednesday sent to county supervisors an ostensibly conciliatory but often quite critical 289-page formal response to the July Kolts report that found a "deeply disturbing" pattern of excessive force and brutality by deputies. Block told a news conference that even before the report was released he had implemented 111 of the 180 recommendations made by the group headed by special counsel James G. Kolts.
NEWS
July 30, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block, in his first public criticism of the Kolts report, took exception Wednesday to the study's identification of 62 "problem officers" within his department and declared that some of its recommendations showed a lack of "knowledge and awareness" of law enforcement. But at the same time Block announced that he is taking steps to quickly comply with a few of the 209 recommendations of the report prepared by Special Counsel James G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner, firing back at a report that criticized his office for failing to prosecute improper shootings by sheriff's deputies, charged Tuesday that the report was inaccurate and otherwise seriously flawed. The report, a review of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department by Special Counsel James G.
NEWS
January 6, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reacting to the investigation last summer that found excessive use of force and lax discipline in the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to institute outside review of the department under a compromise reached by Sheriff Sherman Block and James G. Kolts, the retired judge who led the inquiry.
NEWS
July 28, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One week after retired Judge James G. Kolts issued his blistering report on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, critics at both ends of the political spectrum are launching a counterattack, charging that the report is biased and flawed by errors of fact. High-level officials in the district attorney's office brand the study "woefully inadequate."
NEWS
July 27, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is little about James Greely Kolts to suggest that he is the raging liberal reformer some people would make him out to be. The 67-year-old grandfather and retired judge plays golf and is a registered Republican. He wears corduroy jackets, button-down shirts and is a fervent supporter of the death penalty. In 1969, Ronald Reagan appointed him to his first judgeship.
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