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Judge expected to throw out Sgt. Derwin Longmire’s discrimination suit against Oakland

HAYWARD — A Superior Court judge has tentatively thrown out a discrimination suit against Oakland and two police commanders brought by a former homicide detective who claimed internal investigations of how he probed the 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey were motivated by religious and racial prejudice.

Imprisoned Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV uses Web to vow return to Oakland

Despite being locked up for three life sentences without parole, the convicted killer of journalist Chauncey Bailey vows in an Internet posting to return to Oakland “bigger and better” with “a surprise in store (for) friends and enemies.”

Former attorney for Yusuf Bey IV faces new disciplinary charges

The State Bar of California has filed new disciplinary charges against Berkeley lawyer Lorna Brown that could lead to her disbarment for smuggling documents, including an alleged hit list, out of an Alameda County jail in 2010 for her then client, former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV.

California Supreme Court rejects proposed punishment for former attorney of Yusuf Bey IV

In an unusual move, the California Supreme Court has rejected a proposed two-year suspension for the former lawyer of convicted triple killer Yusuf Bey IV, indicating she may face a more severe punishment for her role in an alleged plot to kill witnesses two years ago.

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member not guilty in gun case

Gary Popoff, who was once accused but never charged with being a hit man for former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, has been freed from jail after being acquitted of gun charges in an unrelated case.

New details emerge in case against Yusuf Bey IV’s former attorney

An attorney already facing suspension of her law license for smuggling an alleged hit list out of jail for the former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery committed other breaches of legal ethics never made public, according to interviews and documents.

Oakland police officer sues Sgt. Derwin Longmire for sexual harassment

A high-profile Oakland police sergeant, whose investigation of the Chauncey Bailey homicide was widely criticized, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by a female officer who alleges that when she rejected his advances she was “denied backup and cover” by other officers in street situations.

San Francisco attorney LeRue Grim facing disbarment over ethical breaches

A judge has recommended the disbarment of a lawyer with a long history of ethical problems who represented the confessed killer of journalist Chauncey Bailey and negotiated his plea bargain, court documents show.

Imprisoned Your Black Muslim bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV punished for bribing guard to get him a cell phone

Convicted triple killer and former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, who was once accused of ordering a follower to kill witnesses against him, has been placed in solitary confinement at San Quentin state prison after trying to bribe a guard to give him a cell phone, a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said.

Book soon to be released on Bailey murder

A book recounting the dawn, growth and murderous crescendo of Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery is about to hit the stands, penned by one of the Chauncey Bailey Project’s lead reporters and adding new details to the sensational case.

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