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Offline Mr. Bill

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San Jose Mercury News, 8/7/20: 4 indicted in Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office concealed gun permit scandal

...Santa Clara County [California] District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced charges including conspiracy and bribery against Capt. James Jensen, sheriff campaign committee leader and prominent South Bay litigator Christopher Schumb, attorney Harpaul Nahal and businessman Michael Nichols, capping a scandal involving longtime Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 reelection campaign.

Smith has not been accused of a crime, but Rosen said the investigation is ongoing. ...

Prosecutors allege Jensen worked with the defendants, including Seattle-based executive security contractor AS Solution, to secure concealed-gun permits in exchange for $90,000 in donations to an independent committee supporting Smith’s reelection. ...

Jensen has also been accused of falsifying firearms proficiency forms for seven permit recipients ... including sitting county supervisor Mike Wasserman, whose office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The indictment document did not detail the circumstances of the proficiency form allegations, but the District Attorney’s office later clarified that the recipients got their permits issued or renewed without completing the proficiency requirements. ...

Records of permit applications between 2013 and 2019 reviewed by this news organization strongly suggest that stature and public profile offer applicants a significant leg up when attempting to obtain a concealed-carry permit in Santa Clara County. Under California law, police chiefs and sheriffs are given broad discretion to bestow such permits.

According to sheriff’s office records, four people working in “Apple executive protection” were issued CCW permits in January 2019, though no known political donations were recorded in their names. But two Apple security executives made personal $1,000 campaign donations to support Smith’s 2018 re-election. ...

Santa Clara County issues relatively few permits compared to the state’s other 57 counties, especially outside the Bay Area. About 150 such permits were issued or renewed in Santa Clara County each year between 2014 and 2019, records show. By comparison, Sacramento County, which has 20% fewer people than Santa Clara County but is similar in its urban and suburban mix, has about 5,000 active permits. ...

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 Corrupt and unethical behavior from politicians?!?! I'm shook! lol