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San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore sets record straight on extradition

Warrants on no-extradite list are there due to computer error, spokesman says

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 pm | Updated: 5:56 am, Sat Mar 15, 2014.

San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore flatly denied reports that his department had compiled an extensive list of wanted criminals it would not return to the county if arrested in another state.

Earlier this week, a report by USA Today revealed that nearly 200,000 fugitives across the U.S., including criminals wanted for murder, rape and other violent crimes, avoid justice by crossing state lines.

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  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 1:17 pm on Mon, Mar 24, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Retired Special Agent Jeffrey Rinek's comments are right on the money. The current sheriff handled the Shermantine case beyond horribly. When the current sheriff was telling seasoned law enforcement veterans that he was worried that Shermantine might try to do a "suicide by cop" or escape if he was allowed to assist in the location of victim bodies, many knew it was a time for a change. There is a clear pattern of behavior emerging: When things get screwed up at a local level, the current sheriff blames the DOJ. Meanwhile San Joaquin County has the highest recidivism rate in California, and one in four San Joaquin County fugitives never face justice.

  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 10:27 am on Sun, Mar 16, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    I am a retired FBI Agent. The sheriff's statements concerning his knowledge of NCIC entry information, and placing the burden of fault on the California Department of Justice, is absolutely without merit, and flies in the face of not only fact, but also the welfare of the County that trusts him to keep them safe. The NCIC entries originate at the Sheriff's Department where there is at least one, probably more terminals that link the sheriff's department to the California Law Enforcement Teletype System (CLETS). The submissions by the sheriff department are entered into the database as they are entered by the sheriff employee. If there is a no extradition clause it comes from the sheriff entering the warrant information. I would suggest that the reporter of this story query both the US Marshal's Service, and the FBI to determine how many times the sheriff's department has requested Unlawful Flight To Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) fugitive requests have been made. A search of the Federal District Court should also contain Federal criminal warrants for the UFAP process which could further determine how many times the sheriff has requested federal assistance in bringing back fugitives that have fled the state. The sheriff is not setting the record straight he is simply deferring blame. In the Shermantine case when the sheriff caused the co-mingling of victims remains, he also blamed that on the California Department of Justice. This sheriff sees blame as his manner of taking responsibility. He promised those victims families a follow up explanation for the co-mingling of remains, yet his promise can only be observed to be silence. If he is not bringing back violent felons that fled the state, is he even investigating those cases. If a violent felon flees the state, and there is no planned extradition, beside the benefit to the felon, has he considered the heartache, and emotional toll to the victims' families. It would seem that under this sheriff, the best place to hide from the law, and dispose of victims is San Joaquin County.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 10:16 pm on Sat, Mar 15, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    As someone who has personally physically extradited many criminals across state lines in the past, and as a former primary designated NCIC operator for one of the most prestigious federal law enforcement agencies in the nation, I find this situation highly disturbing. To the best of my knowledge, no other agency stung by USA TODAY’s investigative report has taken the “computer glitch defense”. In all fairness to our current Sheriff, maybe he is absolutely correct, and he is at no fault whatsoever. Even though I am personally adamantly opposed to Sheriff Moore’s management style, I certainly recognize he deserves the “innocent until proven guilty” doctrine just like everyone else.
    One thing is for sure: An independent outside audit of the Sheriff’s Office’s NCIC, CLETS and general warrant extradition policies and procedures needs to be implemented at once. If Sheriff Moore’s assertion is correct, this “glitch” cannot be fixed until it is fully identified and contained. The voting public has a right to know exactly what steps are being taken to make sure this never happens again. Let’s hope Sheriff Moore will agree.



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