Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin covers federal courts and agencies. A native of Maine, he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to join the Los Angeles Times. Prior to his current assignment, Rubin spent several years writing about the Los Angeles Police Department. He also covered the region’s public schools and spent a memorable few months in 2003 following wildfires as they burned Southern California.
This L.A. sheriff's deputy was a pariah in federal court. But his secrets were safe with the state

A Times investigation of state and federal drug cases brought by L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Peterson shows how California's police privacy laws prevent defendants in state court from learning about past misconduct by law enforcement witnesses.

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You’ve been arrested by a dishonest cop. Can you win in a system set up to protect officers?

Two years ago, an officer was caught lying on an arrest report. He was suspended but kept his job. His misconduct remained secret due to California’s strict laws that protect officer personnel records.