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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2000
The LAPD Rampart scandal: A good argument against the use of the death penalty. PRISCILLA NAUMAN Irvine
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November 20, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Few words in the lexicon of contemporary Los Angeles come invested with as much back story and bad mojo as "Rampart. " The 1990s police corruption scandal that saw some 70 officers implicated in criminal activity remains one of the most widespread instances of documented misconduct in American history. But the new film "Rampart," which opens in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a one-week run before a broader release in January, does not attempt to fully address the scandal. Rather, director and co-writer Oren Moverman uses it as a backdrop for his portrait of corrupt cop Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999
I must take issue with Erwin Chemerinsky when he says that "nothing is more abhorrent . . . than innocent people being imprisoned because of police officers lying and planting evidence" (Commentary, Dec. 16). Much more abhorrent is the thought of innocent people being executed as a result of police and prosecutorial misconduct. And a close second on the abhorrence scale is the utter and absolute silence from our elected officials on this latest scandal in the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2004 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
The district attorney's office announced Thursday that it would not retry three Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been convicted of conspiring to frame gang members during the Rampart scandal but later had their convictions overturned by the trial judge. The development, which disposes of the last remaining criminal case that had stemmed from the scandal, was applauded by attorneys for Sgts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000
City officials continued meeting Wednesday with U.S. Justice Department officials on the Rampart police scandal, receiving strong warnings that the city must take steps to address problems that resulted in suspects being framed, beaten and shot. "Their message to me was that they are very serious about these allegations," Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said after a meeting with Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000
A federal magistrate judge on Friday indicated that he would overturn the 1992 drug conviction of a man who alleges that he was framed by ex-Officer Rafael Perez, the central figure in the LAPD's corruption scandal. Esaw Booker served five years in prison based on the testimony of Perez and two other officers. At a hearing in federal court, Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Rosenthal did not oppose Booker's petition to throw out the conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2000 | MADISON SHOCKLEY, Madison Shockley is a member of the board of directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/L.A
It's like a bad dream from which we just can't seem to wake up. I picked up The Times recently and read the front-page headline, "Rampart Settlements Could Hit $125 Million" from 120 cases. I ran into the street to see the angry crowd of protesters making their way to Parker Center. The streets were empty. Well, it was only 6:15 a.m. I had breakfast, got dressed, dropped the kids off at school and headed downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1999
Re "Rampart Probe May Now Affect Over 3,000 Cases," Dec. 15: Does anyone in Los Angeles County believe and is anyone comforted by the thought that police perjury and corruption are limited to a few officers at the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart station? GENE HAYS West Covina The more insidious scandal behind the widening LAPD scandal is that Gil Garcetti's office is only paying attention to this particular scandal. Garcetti would have us believe that these are the only tainted cases to ever occur on his watch.
OPINION
December 30, 2001
Not again. Another scandal brewing in the Los Angeles Police Department has fingered a pair of cops who allegedly ripped off drug dealers at gunpoint. One of the officers may even have been involved in murder, Times staff writers Scott Glover and Matt Lait revealed last week. This latest allegation comes as the Rampart case winds down and as Police Chief Bernard C. Parks made it known that he wants to keep his job. Mayor James K. Hahn should judge his request for a second five-year term by how well Parks' LAPD responds to the charges of corruption that continue to plague it, how effectively it implements the federal consent decree it once fought and how quickly morale in the department improves.
OPINION
December 30, 2001
Not again. Another scandal brewing in the Los Angeles Police Department has fingered a pair of cops who allegedly ripped off drug dealers at gunpoint. One of the officers may even have been involved in murder, Times staff writers Scott Glover and Matt Lait revealed last week. This latest allegation comes as the Rampart case winds down and as Police Chief Bernard C. Parks made it known that he wants to keep his job. Mayor James K. Hahn should judge his request for a second five-year term by how well Parks' LAPD responds to the charges of corruption that continue to plague it, how effectively it implements the federal consent decree it once fought and how quickly morale in the department improves.
NEWS
July 24, 2001 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rafael A. Perez, the former Los Angeles police officer whose allegations of police misconduct plunged the LAPD into a wrenching period of investigation and reform, was ordered released from prison Monday by a judge who ruled that he lived "up to his end of the bargain" by cooperating with authorities. Citing concerns about Perez's safety, state prison officials declined to say precisely when or where the former Rampart Division officer would be set free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wearing a Dodgers baseball cap and sitting in his wheelchair, brain-injured Javier Ovando, the most high-profile victim of the Rampart police scandal, found himself back in a courtroom Thursday in a case that had nothing to do with the LAPD. In 1996, Ovando was shot and paralyzed by Los Angeles police officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden after he allegedly attacked them. Ovando was convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Squaring off before a broad segment of Los Angeles' legal community, the four candidates for city attorney sparred vigorously at the UCLA School of Law on Thursday evening. The multimillion-dollar Rampart Division police corruption case loomed large in the two-hour debate, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Deputy Dist. Attys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2000 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Mexican authorities continued to dig for the bodies of three people allegedly slain by rogue Los Angeles police officers, there was uncertainty Saturday over whether the informant in the case will continue to cooperate with investigators. Mexican and U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mexican authorities equipped with a backhoe and shovels began excavating a hillside in this border city Friday, searching for the remains of three people who an informant says were killed and buried at the site by two Los Angeles police officers. Investigators unearthed clothing, blankets and numerous other items, but did not appear to have unearthed human remains by the time they stopped digging at 6:30 p.m. Mexican federal officials at the scene declined to comment on the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2000
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday overturned four more cases tainted by alleged police misconduct, including those of two juveniles arrested by officers from the Police Department's Southeast Division. The judge's action brings to at least 79 the number of cases that have been thrown out in the LAPD's unfolding corruption scandal, according to a district attorney's spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000
The May 15 commentary by Judge Victor E. Chavez, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, exculpating the judiciary for the frame-ups and mass perjury in the Rampart cases, is a glaring example of the problem with the court system in California. According to Judge Chavez, it is not the fault of the judiciary that injustice occurs in the courtroom. After all, judges have to maintain their popularity. If judges aren't popular with the lawyers who appear before them, they might not get any cases.
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