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Los Angeles County

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2012-13: County Assessor John Noguez was arrested in October 2012, along with former aide Mark McNeil, and charged with accepting bribes from tax consultant Ramin Saleri to lower property-tax assessments for some of Saleri’s wealthy clients. They pleaded not guilty.

Forty-one additional felony charges, including grand theft and robbery, were filed against the three in April 2013. Noguez was on paid leave from his $197,000-per-year assessor’s job since June. After his arrest in October 2012, he spent about five months in jail before raising $1 million bail.

Jack Dolan, “New Corruption Charges Filed Against Noguez,” Los Angeles Times, April 23,2012

2009–11: Superior Judge Harvey Silberman, accused of offering to pay an opponent to drop out of a 2008 election. Acquitted by a jury in August 2011.

Victoria Kim, “Los Angeles County Judge Acquitted of Elections Code Violation,” Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2011

1934: Buron Fitts, district attorney indicted for bribery and perjury. Acquitted.

Michael Parrish, “For the People—Inside the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 1850-2000,” 2001,  ISBN 1-883318-15-7

George Garrigues, “He Usually Lived With a Female: The Life of a California Newspaperman,” Los Angeles, Calif., 2006, page 106. ISBN 0-9634830-1-3

1934 and before: Frank Bryson, county public administrator, accused of taking public money from the estates of deceased people under his control. Acquitted by a judge who determined that the money did not actually belong to the state and that the indictment was therefore faulty.

“Frank Bryson Acquitted,” Los Angeles Times, February 28, 1934, page A-1

1933: Sidney T. Graves, county supervisor convicted in a state court of accepting a bribe and in a federal court of evading taxes.

George Garrigues, “He Usually Lived With a Female: The Life of a California Newspaperman,” Los Angeles, Calif., 2006, page 106. ISBN 0-9634830-1-3]

1928: Asa Keyes, district attorney convicted of accepting a bribe from the Julian Petroleum Company. He served a jail term and was pardoned in 1933.

“Keyes’s Plea Rejected,” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 1934, page A-4

“Asa Keyes Succumbs to Stroke,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1934, page 1

1901: Coroner L.T. Holland, charged with billing the county for train fare while on official business when he actually used free passes, acquitted after the presiding judge ruled out of order his admission to a grand jury that he had done so. No other evidence was available.

 “Coroner Acquitted of Any Crooked Work,” Los Angeles Times, July 3, 1901, page 10]

1888–90: County Auditor A.A. Montaño, acquitted of a charge of drawing an illegal warrant.

 “A Complete Collapse,” Los Angeles Times, March 22, 1890, page 3

1886: Charles E. Miles, county recorder, indicted for embezzling more than $11,000 in county funds, acquitted by a jury when he repaid the money.

“Charley Miles: He Makes Good His Deficit and Is Acquitted,” Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1886, page 1

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