November 25, 2020

Scams led California to send COVID jobless benefits to Scott Peterson, death row inmates

SACRAMENTO —  San Quentin inmate Scott Peterson, convicted of killing his wife and unborn son, was sent California unemployment benefits in recent months, according to a group of state and federal prosecutors who have been investigating fraud in the pandemic relief system administered by the state Employment Development Department. So was convicted serial killer Cary Stayner, who in 1999 murdered two women …

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November 25, 2020

California inmates part of $1B unemployment fraud schemes, prosecutors say

Sophisticated crime rings involving inmates in California’s jails and prisons may have stolen upwards of $1 billion in pandemic unemployment aid, four district attorneys and a federal prosecutor announced Tuesday. The news: A multi-agency investigation found that 35,000 unemployment claims were filed in the name of California state prison inmates between March and August, including that of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, …

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November 25, 2020

Death Row inmates part of California’s ‘massive’ unemployment fraud; totals could top $1B

SAN MATEO, Calif. – A team of prosecutors from nine counties on Tuesday announced a “massive fraud” investigation involving inmates at California prisons and jails who have successfully filed tens of thousands of jobless claims including high-profile names such as Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner and others on Death Row. Authorities said between March and August, 35,000 inmates filed unemployment claims while they …

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July 2, 2020

In California, the death penalty is all but meaningless. A life sentence for the Golden State Killer was the right move

SACRAMENTO —  The Golden State Killer is the perfect example of why the death penalty is justified — and why life in prison is preferable. Especially in California, where a death penalty sentence is practically meaningless. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. — also dubbed the Visalia Ransacker, East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker, depending on the community he terrorized — was among …

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June 18, 2019

Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist probe wins international DNA investigation award

The Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist investigation has been selected as the top DNA case in the world, honoring Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office and a number of local police agencies that helped lead to the arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo. The “DNA Hit of the Year” award, announced Tuesday in Kobe, Japan, selected the California case from among …

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June 8, 2018

District Attorney Schubert’s lead grows to nearly 40,000 in latest count

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sacramento County released new vote numbers at 4:00 PM today and District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert now leads her challenger Noah Phillips by nearly 40,000 votes. “Anne Marie Schubert’s commanding lead continues to grow as more votes are counted,” said Schubert’s campaign consultant Dave Gilliard. “The voters of Sacramento County have spoken loud and clear that they want Anne Marie …

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June 1, 2018

Retired judges back Schubert in Sacramento DA’s race

Add another endorsement to Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s ledger: A list of 18 retired Sacramento, federal and appellate judges have cast their support for the incumbent Schubert, who is seeking reelection June 5 in a contentious battle with deputy District Attorney and principal criminal attorney Noah Phillips. The group is largely comprised of jurists who once occupied …

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May 22, 2018

DA candidate Phillips called sexist, racist email ‘work appropriate…appropriate anywhere’

John Phillips wasn’t sure if the email detailing what men can expect sexually by the third date with women of various ethnic groups was appropriate fodder to send to his nephew’s workplace email. Noah Phillips, according to his emailed response, assured him it was “work appropriate and for that matter appropriate anywhere.” The emails, dated Feb. 17, 2016, were provided …

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