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Does the First Amendment protect sheriff's deputy cliques and tattoos from scrutiny?

Susanica Tam/For KPCC
| On Tuesday the L.A. Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission takes up the issue of secretive and sometimes violent deputy cliques inside the department – and the tattoos that identify the cliques' members. One of the commissioners -- a Loyola Law school professor - is challenging the county's long-held legal position that deputy cliques and tattoos are protected under the First Amendment.

Key U.S. Attorney, Swept Into Russia Investigation, May Prosecute WikiLeaks Case

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Zachary Terwilliger started at the Justice Department as an intern in high school. Now, he is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in the intelligence community's backyard.

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Catholic Foster Care Agency Can Not Discriminate Against LGBTQ Couples, Court Says

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The agency argued its religious freedoms were violated when Philadelphia ended a foster care contract. A federal appeals court disagreed.

Alleged Leader Of Border Militia Facing Federal Firearms Charges In New Mexico

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Larry Hopkins has a felony record dating back 23 years. Federal officials are not saying why he's charged now with offenses committed in 2017.

Supreme Court Will Hear Cases On LGBTQ Discrimination Protections For Employees

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The court is poised to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to sexual orientation and gender identity, along with factors such as race, religion, sex and national origin.

Villanueva wins a round in court fight with supervisors over deputy rehiring

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This story aired March 7, 2019.

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The standoff between the sheriff and the supervisors

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A further discussion with Frank Stoltze about L.A. County's determination that Sheriff Alex Villanueva's controversial rehiring of Deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is illegal.

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LA Supes to consider $4.6M payment for killing of homeless man

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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors considers on Tuesday whether to pay $4.6 million to the family of a homeless man who was unarmed when he was killed by sheriff's deputies.

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More money proposed for LAPD overtime is to keep up with current spending

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Mayor Garcetti's proposed budget includes a 40% increase in funding for LAPD overtime. But KPCC's Frank Stoltze explains the added money is just to keep up with actual spending. The LAPD is projected to spend about 40% over what the current year budget allotted for overtime.

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