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Sheriff Laurie Smith retires as jury deliberates at her corruption trial

Original post made on Nov 1, 2022

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith announced Monday she would retire, as a jury deliberates a verdict in a civil corruption trial involving jail mismanagement and a "pay-to-play" scheme involving gun permits issued by her office.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 1, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

The retired Sheriff could have saved all us taxpayers some dollars (less than a million, more than a hundred thousand?) by taking the prosecutor's offer to resign mid-year and save all the court and lawyers expenses. Not the way of Sheriff Smith, it's not her money right?

Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm

Seth Neumann is a registered user.

Sadly the Sheriff's office is rotten from the head down. One of the candidates has a long association with the department. Can we realistically expect him to clean house? And what does years of this public scandal say about those members of the department who stayed? How can you swear to uphold the law and go to work everyday in a department which everyone knows is corrupt? It's not like it was the only gig in law enforcement: SJPD continually bemoans the lack of qualified candidates, so the Sheriff's deputies should have been able to find other work in their chosen profession, if they were so inclined (Maybe the stench was so bad no other department would hire them?). Anyway next time you're on jury duty and one these people testifies, consider the source!

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