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LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Los Angeles County): Federal civil case vs. former D.A. Steve Cooley, jury verdict, Cooley did not violate two union leaders' civil rights; L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., audit findings, improper use of department aircraft...., 

***A couple items relating to Los Angeles County politics and/or public policy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Audit finds L.A. County sheriff's officials improperly used aircraft" - "A helicopter was used for a retirement party and a department plane for a trip to Connecticut. But no evidence is found to support other accusations against the department's air unit."

* Los Angeles Times:  "Jury finds Cooley didn't violate 2 union leaders' civil rights" - "The judge rejects claims that retired L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley retaliated against the two former union leaders by transferring them to other positions."