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Calif. drops conflict claim against prison monitor

12:02 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has withdrawn a conflict of interest claim against a court-appointed monitor overseeing mental health treatment within California's prison system.

The administration amended a court filing Tuesday night to drop its complaint that the special master might be increasing the mental health requirements for the state as a way to keep the "revenue stream" flowing to his law firm.

A judge last week gave the administration five days to withdraw what he called an unsubstantiated "smear." The administration backed away from the claim, but it expanded its objections that the special master is costing California too much money.

The Associated Press found that the court-appointed monitors have been paid more than $48 million while the law firms pushing the mental health case have been paid $19 million.

The Associated Press

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