"If not for the federal judges shirking their responsibility to justice by disregarding the outrageous conduct of the FBI, nine Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD) officials, the "LASD9" (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Capt. Tom Carey, Lt. Stephen Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy Mickey Manzo, Deputy James Sexton and Deputy Girard Smith), would not be convicted felons and serving time in prison," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. "During a covert FBI sting into alleged LASD deputy abuses of inmates, federal agents allegedly committed a crime under both California and federal law and allegedly violated FBI policy when they orchestrated the smuggling of a cell phone into a violent inmate informant, Anthony Brown housed at an LASD jail, endangering not only the lives of LASD deputies and inmate population, but also the public," adds Banks.