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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1993
The drug raid in which Donald Scott was shot to death at his Ventura ranch last October has disturbed me for months ("Ventura D.A. Calls Fatal Raid Unjustified," March 30). If a citizen (such as myself) were to commit a crime as serious as this phony drug raid--a search warrant based on false information, out of jurisdiction, primary purpose to steal a $5 million property and killing someone in the course of it--self-defense would not be an excuse. A death that occurs during a crime in California is murder.
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November 28, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe Gary Spencer just doesn't know when to call it quits. Publicly rebuked for a drug raid that left a Ventura County rancher dead, thwarted in his court battle to clear his name and now bankrupted by legal fees, the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is still seeking vindication. The problem is, nobody seems to be listening. "I speak to anybody that's willing to listen, but unfortunately people are ready to go on to other things," Spencer said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Survivors of Donald P. Scott, the reclusive Malibu millionaire shot dead in a drug raid last fall, are considering the sale of Scott's isolated 200-acre ranch in Ventura County to pay inheritance taxes. "When I looked at all the assets we've collected to date, there's not enough cash to pay the taxes," said estate executor Nicholas C. Gutsue on Tuesday. "The ranch is one (big) asset." Gutsue said he is talking with real estate brokers about listing the Mulholland Highway property for $7 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 14 years, Carol Nelson rose steadily through the ranks at the Ventura County district attorney's office. Then last February, 4 1/2 months into her investigation of the shooting death of a Malibu millionaire, Nelson's climb ended. Nelson, 49, a front-line homicide prosecutor, was pulled from the case, moved to a smaller office and assigned to the types of low-profile cases she first worked in 1981.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block on Thursday challenged the conclusion of Ventura County's top prosecutor that sheriff's deputies led a drug raid that left a reclusive millionaire dead so the government could seize the man's $5-million Malibu ranch. Block, responding to a highly critical report by Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury, said he believes his department and other law enforcement agencies acted "in good faith" when descending on the ranch of Donald P. Scott on Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding an internal inquiry into a drug raid that left a Malibu millionaire dead last fall, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block has cleared his deputies of wrongdoing and recommended public censure of Ventura County's top prosecutor for "willful distortions of fact" in his review of the case. Block, in a report scheduled for release today, rejects as unfounded Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D.
MAGAZINE
September 5, 1993
What I find so disturbing about the Donald Scott killing ("Trail's End," by Michael Fessier Jr., Aug. 1) is the way the government euphemistically refers to these outrageous violations of our constitutional rights as "patterns of abuse." These narcotics officers, who are supposed to represent the law in a nation of laws, killed this man for his property in the name of the people of the United States. They violated every precept of law and decency from the Ten Commandments to the Bill of Rights--and then government characterizes them as having been a bit overzealous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1992 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury plans to widen the investigation into last month's fatal shooting of rancher Donald P. Scott because of concerns over the way a drug task force conducted the raid on Scott's Malibu-area ranch. Based on preliminary findings, an investigation by the Ventura County district attorney has concluded that the fatal shooting was justifiable because Scott threatened deputies with a loaded handgun, Bradbury said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe Gary Spencer just doesn't know when to call it quits. Publicly rebuked for a drug raid that left a Ventura County rancher dead, thwarted in his court battle to clear his name and now bankrupted by legal fees, the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is still seeking vindication. The problem is, nobody seems to be listening. "I speak to anybody that's willing to listen, but unfortunately people are ready to go on to other things," Spencer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding an internal inquiry into a drug raid that left a Malibu millionaire dead last fall, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block has cleared his deputies of wrongdoing and recommended public censure of Ventura County's top prosecutor for "willful distortions of fact" in his review of the case. Block, in a report scheduled for release today, rejects as unfounded Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D.
MAGAZINE
September 5, 1993
What I find so disturbing about the Donald Scott killing ("Trail's End," by Michael Fessier Jr., Aug. 1) is the way the government euphemistically refers to these outrageous violations of our constitutional rights as "patterns of abuse." These narcotics officers, who are supposed to represent the law in a nation of laws, killed this man for his property in the name of the people of the United States. They violated every precept of law and decency from the Ten Commandments to the Bill of Rights--and then government characterizes them as having been a bit overzealous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Survivors of Donald P. Scott, the reclusive Malibu millionaire shot dead in a drug raid last fall, are considering the sale of Scott's isolated 200-acre ranch in Ventura County to pay inheritance taxes. "When I looked at all the assets we've collected to date, there's not enough cash to pay the taxes," said estate executor Nicholas C. Gutsue on Tuesday. "The ranch is one (big) asset." Gutsue said he is talking with real estate brokers about listing the Mulholland Highway property for $7 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1993
I watched the "20/20" (April 2) piece about the killing of Donald Scott during a raid by some 30 officers of a large variety of agencies carrying an apparently fraudulently obtained search warrant to look for drugs (see your editorial of April 3). This incident is but one skirmish in the so-called "War on Drugs." This war has cost us an incalculable amount of money (upward of $100 billion by some estimates) in the hiring of enforcement officers, judges and jailers, and the building of courts and prisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block on Thursday challenged the conclusion of Ventura County's top prosecutor that sheriff's deputies led a drug raid that left a reclusive millionaire dead so the government could seize the man's $5-million Malibu ranch. Block, responding to a highly critical report by Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury, said he believes his department and other law enforcement agencies acted "in good faith" when descending on the ranch of Donald P. Scott on Oct.
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