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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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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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September 3, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
A letter distributed by former Police Chief Bernard C. Parks explaining his refusal to participate in a new investigation of police abuses in the Rampart Division was criticized Tuesday by the Police Commission president and a city councilman. A day after Parks delivered the letter to council members charging that the latest Rampart review was a waste of money and time, Councilman Dennis Zine said the former chief was being needlessly obstructive.
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August 23, 2003 | Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
As members of a special blue-ribbon panel begin to assess the Los Angeles Police Department's handling of the Rampart corruption scandal, they'll be forced to do so without the cooperation of one particularly important figure: former Police Chief Bernard C. Parks. Parks, now a Los Angeles city councilman, has refused to meet with members of the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel, which is headed by civil rights attorney Connie Rice and includes other lawyers and academics. Bernard Parks Jr.
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July 29, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
In another case from the Rampart corruption scandal, a former Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to three years of probation Monday for filing a false report describing a 1998 police assault on a gang member. Shawn Gomez, 30, who pleaded no contest more than two years ago as part of a plea agreement, was also ordered to serve 400 community service hours. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley denied a defense request for a lighter sentence.
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May 28, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Dissatisfied with the job that Los Angeles police did investigating their own corrupt officers, the Los Angeles Police Commission will name prominent civil rights attorney Connie Rice to head a fully independent commission to review the 1999 Rampart scandal. Rice will lead a seven-member Rampart panel charged with judging whether the department has corrected mistakes that allowed the scandal to occur, Commission President Rick Caruso said. The other members will be announced next month.
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December 20, 2002 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
With the Rampart police scandal costing taxpayers millions of dollars, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley earlier this month implemented a long-awaited policy aimed at ensuring that jurors know the background of officers scheduled to testify in court.
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