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Why is it harder to fire an L.A. County employee than charge him with a crime?

Why is it harder to fire an L.A. County employee than charge him with a crime?

The actions and ineptitude of four Los Angeles County social workers in connection with the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez were apparently bad enough for the employees to be charged with crimes, as they were on Thursday — yet still not bad enough for one of them to lose his county job. There can hardly be a clearer example of dysfunction in L.A. County government, especially in the Civil Service Commission, which last year reinstated one of the workers who has now been charged with a crime.

That dysfunction can have deadly results.

Gabriel died in May 2013, allegedly because of astoundingly cruel abuse at the hands of his mother...

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