FROM Brian Moriguchi
Paul Tanaka's Trial and Tribulations Former LA County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, is scheduled to go on trial for his alleged role in obstructing a federal investigation. How did the second in command at the Sheriff's Department end up on the wrong side of the law?
Ex-Undersheriff Tanaka indicted As Undersheriff of LA County, Paul Tanaka was Number Two to Lee Baca, who stepped down during a corruption scandal two years ago, rather than completing his third term as Sheriff. Today, Tanaka — who's also Mayor of Gardena — was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. So was former Captain "Tom" Carey, who oversaw criminal investigations during Tanaka's tenure.
Federal Judge Sentences Six in Sheriff’s Department Corruption Probe Six LA Sheriff’s officials have been sentenced to federal prison for involvement in what Judge Percy Anderson called “blind obedience to a corrupt culture.” Two lieutenants, two sergeants and two deputies were convicted of obstructing an FBI investigation by hiding a jail informant. Their sentences range from 21 months to more than three years.
LA Sheriff’s Oversight Committee Hits Snag LA Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina want a permanent civilian commission to oversee the troubled Sheriff’s Department. They want it established now, while the pressure is still on—after reports of systemic abuse of jailed inmates, misuse of weapons and the recent conviction of 6 deputies for obstructing the FBI.
LA Sheriff's Officers Union Pushes Back against FBI Investigation On Monday, 18 LA sheriff's officers were arrested and charged with federal crimes. The highest ranking were Lieutenants Gregory Thompson and Stephen Leavins. They both were part of an alleged conspiracy to obstruct an FBI investigation of county jails. Brian Moriguchi is President of the LA County Professional Peace Officers Association, the deputies' union. He says their arrests were "some sort of message."
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