Santa Clara County sheriff makes first court appearance for corruption accusations

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made her first court appearance Friday to answer to corruption allegations leveled against her by a civil grand jury that, if they were to be affirmed at trial, would lead to her being expelled from office. Smith did not enter a plea and San Mateo County Judge Nancy Fineman … Read more

Santa Clara County: Amnesty granted to people sentenced to work program halted by COVID-19

SAN JOSE — More than 1,600 people who were sentenced to a Santa Clara County sheriff’s weekend work program in the first year of the pandemic, but were unable to fulfill it because it was suspended for safety reasons, have been cleared of their obligations in an act of amnesty by the court. Superior Court … Read more

Retired SJPD top commander enters Santa Clara County sheriff race

Dave Knopf, a former assistant chief then acting chief of the San Jose Police Department, is coming out of retirement to run for Santa Clara County sheriff, adding to a list of potential challengers to six-term incumbent Laurie Smit. Knopf, 53, a lifelong Morgan Hill resident, joins retired sheriff’s captain Kevin Jensen and current sheriff’s … Read more