- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Santa Clara County has asked the county to investigate new allegations of misconduct involving the sheriff.

KNTV reports (https://bit.ly/1PDdyaJ ) Tuesday that the allegation is that Sheriff Laurie Smith attempted to influence a retired judge heading up the commission on improving jail operations. That same commission has now recommended the sheriff no longer oversee those jails, the station reported.

Smith denies the accusations and says she is focused on implementing “meaningful reforms throughout our jail.”

Retired judge LaDoris Cordell heads up the commission looking into jail operations. The commission was formed after three guards allegedly beat inmate Michael Tyree to death last year. The sheriff’s association accuses Smith of sharing documents associated with a county personnel investigation and warning that if the commission called for change in leadership it would hurt her re-election battle.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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