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August 8 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 8, 2016

The Coliseum case is the latest embarrassment for D.A.'s corruption unit

The alleged bribes and kickbacks that prosecutors said flowed like honey between government officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and people who did business at the venerable stadium exceeded $2 million — cash that belonged to the taxpayers. Some of the money was funneled in regular installments through a Miami bank account, a detail redolent of a film noir script. By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II — Los Angeles Times

New courthouse: ground zero in Santa Clara County court strike

Days before the grand opening of Santa Clara County's new courthouse, the $208 million building has become a battleground in the bitter labor dispute between court managers and employees locked in a strike for the first time in 14 years. As the walkout ended its third dayFriday, the striking employees contended that the Family Justice Center with ornamental stone cladding imported from Italy is just another Taj Mahal by an administration that could afford to pay them more. By Tracey Kaplan — San Jose Mercury News

California bill would make testifying in court easier for young victims of human trafficking

“Dear Judge, I am writing to tell you my story,” said a teenage girl on the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom in March, her soft voice barely audible as she read a letter she typed. She described how Dora Alicia Valle smuggled her into California from El Salvador, forcing her to work in a Pacoima restaurant for meager pay. By Jazmine Ulloa — Los Angeles Times

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