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Sheriff's second-in-command indicted in gun-permit scandal

Original post made on Nov 21, 2020

A Santa Clara County grand jury indictment has brought accusations that staff in Sheriff Laurie Smith's inner sanctum have awarded gun permits in exchange for political contributions, the sheriff's office confirmed Friday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:55 AM

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 21, 2020 at 11:48 pm

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Why would the Sheriff's Number 2 sell gun permits for money payable to the Sheriff's re-election campaign? To re-elect the Sheriff. How could the Sheriff not know? Important announcement Monday - indeed.

Posted by Ted
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 23, 2020 at 8:15 am

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The big newspaper (editorial board) in San Jose in September called upon Sheriff Laurie Smith to resign after she had taken "the 5th" in refusing to answer questions about the scheme before a grand jury. The "important announcement" this Monday morning at 10 am must be that Smith has been indicted, formally accused by a grand jury of official misconduct justifying her removal from office and/or is resigning.

Posted by Ted
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm

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Elsewhere reported, the DA's 10 a.m. news conference unveiled another indictment of a private-sector accomplice - not Sheriff Laurie Smith just yet.

Posted by Alex M
a resident of Willowgate
on Nov 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm

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I have wondered for a long time why getting a CCW permit in Santa Clara county has a reputation for being nearly impossible (and based on this article, apparently expensive) compared to getting a CCW permit in, say, Stockton.

I have also wondered, at each election cycle, how Laurie Smith keeps managing to get re-elected, because for many years I have been reading stories of corruption, low morale, etc. during her long tenure.

I haven't yet received a good answer to either question.

Posted by Ted
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 23, 2020 at 6:51 pm

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In 2016, the second-in-command for the Fresno Police Department was convicted in federal court of felonies committed on the job. He helped run heroin sales using his position. He was sentenced to federal prison and was released earlier this year. Only in his 50s, he had a big pension waiting for him. A 2017 Fresno Bee article reported that the cop turned convict was entitled to his $93,000 annual pension because the City of Fresno had failed to follow a new state law that called for public employees to lose pensions if convicted of a felony committed through the public employment. The newspapers here should start investigating pensions - generally and for felons.

Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 23, 2020 at 9:17 pm

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What is funny is that I ran into a similar experience with a police officer that had to resign because he falsified legal documents and the traffic court was found to have been wrong in enforcing it. All because of a LEGAL light decoration on my car, let alone being arrested. That police officer resigned from the Sunnyvale police and got a nice "Security" job with Pixar.

Does this happen to sound a lot like the Apple employee?

I can only imagine how many police officers have gone through this, getting themselves in so much trouble in their POLICE work they leave and become PRIVATE security?

When will any of these people be held accountable? IDK. But it means that the so called immunity from civil actions must be removed and that these officer must be reeducated that breaking the laws will not only possibly put you in jail, but hit you in your wallets too.

Posted by Ted
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

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The wallets of these cops are filled with IOU's for early exorbitant pensions. Undersheriff Rick Sung, 48, received in pay and benefits in 2019 over $391,000 from the County of Santa Clara. TRANSPARENT CALIFORNIA.COM. With the 2013 pension reform law in California, these cops may be disqualified from not only their lucrative jobs but also their sky-high lifetime pensions. That should give the DA leverage to make deals with defendants to testify about the involvement of Sheriff Laurie Smith.

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