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March 26, 1992
A federal judge reinstated three corruption charges against a sheriff's deputy and a police officer, but dismissed another charge against the deputy, prosecutors announced Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi filed an amended order reversing his oral decision to throw out conspiracy and false arrest charges against Deputy Robert Tolmaire, and false arrest and false testimony charges against Los Angeles Police Officer Stephen Polak.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992
A federal judge reinstated three corruption charges against a sheriff's deputy and a police officer, but dismissed another charge against the deputy, prosecutors announced Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi filed an amended order reversing his oral decision to throw out conspiracy and false arrest charges against Deputy Robert Tolmaire, and false arrest and false testimony charges against Los Angeles Police Officer Stephen Polak.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1991
The trial of a half-dozen Los Angeles County narcotics officers accused of money-skimming and civil rights violations has been set for June 25, according to defense attorneys. Five sheriff's deputies and one Los Angeles Police Department detective face 34 counts alleging they beat drug suspects, skimmed confiscated money and planted drugs on some suspects. Deputies John L. Edner, Roger R. Garcia, Edward D. Jamison, J.C. Miller, Robert S. Tolmaire and Detective Stephen W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991
A Los Angeles police sergeant who is charged in the beating of Rodney G. King is expected to testify as a government witness against five sheriff's deputies and an LAPD officer accused of beating, framing and stealing from narcotics suspects, a federal prosecutor said Friday. Sgt. Stacey C. Koon is on the list of more than 100 government witnesses scheduled to take the stand against former members of a narcotics investigation team known as the Southwest Crew, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
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September 9, 1993
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge's dismissal of charges in drug money-skimming cases against five Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics officers and a Los Angeles Police Department detective. The panel of appeals judges, Harlington Wood Jr., Stephen Reinhardt and Pamela Ann Rymer, remanded the case to U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi.
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January 15, 1991
A half-dozen Los Angeles County narcotics officers pleaded not guilty Monday to 34 counts of money-skimming and civil rights violations that allegedly took place during drug raids from 1985 through 1988. The five sheriff's deputies and one Los Angeles Police Department detective entered their pleas in federal court in Los Angeles. U.S. Magistrate George King tentatively scheduled their trial to begin March 5. Deputies John L. Edner, Roger R. Garcia, Edward D. Jamison, J.C. Miller and Robert S.
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May 21, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Because prosecutors failed to bring the case to trial within the 180-day limit, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges Friday against five sheriff's narcotics officers accused of skimming drug cash, beating suspects and planting phony evidence. However, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi agreed to give federal prosecutors six months to seek re-indictments of Robert S. Tolmaire, John L. Edner, Stephen W. Polak, J.C. Miller and Roger R.
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October 20, 1990 | From United Press International
The key prosecution witness in the money-skimming trial of seven Los Angeles County deputies admitted Friday that he is a "convincing liar" cooperating with the government in hopes of avoiding prison. Former Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Sobel, a 20-year veteran of the department who has already pleaded guilty to two counts in the case, also acknowledged covering up acts of brutality by deputies and said planting false evidence on suspects is justified to obtain a conviction.
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January 30, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six Los Angeles County narcotics officers, who once worked together on an elite anti-drug team, were "crooked cops" who hid behind their badges as they beat suspects, stole cash and valuables and planted drugs on suspects, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. "These men would go out and steal anything from dirty underwear . . . to mink coats and thousands of dollars," said Assistant U.S. Atty. Thomas H. Bienert. "They did not steal with a gun or a knife. . . . What they did was worse.
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October 20, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a wave of police "lawlessness," Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics deputies savagely beat suspects, stole money and planted cocaine from their own evidence supply on suspects, a former sheriff's sergeant testified Friday. But Robert R. Sobel, the prosecution's chief witness in the money-skimming trial of seven narcotics deputies, told jurors that he did nothing to stop the practice even as victims were wrongfully terrorized or jailed.
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February 23, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He reads, he watches television, he tinkers with the family car. He talks on the telephone. At night, he tries to sleep, but the question is always on his mind: Will he be indicted? "You're awake all night," he said, describing the pattern of his life for nearly five months. "There are times I watch TV all night. Just all-night movies." Like seven of his colleagues, the veteran sheriff's deputy is still in limbo, living under a cloud.
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