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August 7, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles police sergeants and a former officer who were tried for allegedly conspiring to frame gang members are each suing the department for $10 million, contending they were used as "scapegoats" in the Rampart scandal. Sgts. Brian Liddy and Edward Ortiz and former Officer Michael Buchanan were convicted of the charge, but the convictions were overturned by the trial judge.
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May 26, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A man who was falsely imprisoned after being shot and framed by corrupt Rampart gang officers nearly a decade ago was awarded $6.5 million in damages Wednesday by a jury that found his county public defender was negligent for failing to uncover the police misconduct.
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May 10, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The central figure in the Rampart corruption scandal told jurors Monday how he and his police partner shot a suspected gang member, leaving him paralyzed, then planted an assault rifle to cover up their crime.
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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.
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October 16, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley will decide whether to retry three police officers convicted of framing gang members, a spokeswoman said this week. Those convictions were overturned by a state appellate court. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review the appellate decision. District attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison called that disappointing. "We always thought we had a strong case, and we disagreed with the ruling of the lower court," she said. Sgts.
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August 10, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Settling a burgeoning conflict-of-interest flap, former USC law professor Erwin Chemerinsky said Monday that he has agreed to leave a blue-ribbon panel investigating the Los Angeles Police Department's handling of the Rampart corruption scandal.
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July 13, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court on Monday upheld a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge's decision to throw out the convictions of three Los Angeles police officers accused of framing gang members, charges that were part of the LAPD's Rampart Division corruption scandal.
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May 19, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City Council members voted Tuesday to spend more than $7 million to settle several police misconduct lawsuits related to the Rampart scandal. In the largest settlement, council members voted to pay $3.9 million to settle the case brought by Carlos Menjivar, who claimed officers knocked him out of his wheelchair, beat him and verbally abused him.
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February 12, 2004 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council authorized a special panel Wednesday to examine how the Police Department had reacted to the Rampart corruption scandal. Despite nearly half a dozen investigations into the 1999 scandal, in which ex-Officer Rafael Perez told authorities that he and other officers had routinely planted evidence, framed suspects and covered up unjustified shootings, police officials said one more was necessary. Created at the suggestion of Chief William J.
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February 10, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Six months after it was created, a special commission to look into how the Los Angeles Police Department reacted to the Rampart corruption scandal was approved Monday by a City Council committee. The commission was created by the Los Angeles Police Commission, at the request of Police Chief William J. Bratton, and will consider whether the LAPD adequately investigated itself after allegations by former Officer Rafael Perez about widespread illegality and criminal conduct by police officers.
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