Attorneys in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section prosecute impactful cases aimed at preserving the government’s integrity, reforming corrupt behavior, and protecting citizens’ constitutional rights. The Section works in close partnership with the FBI and other investigative agencies to achieve its goals.
The Section’s public corruption work involves the investigation and prosecution of bribery, extortion, fraud, and embezzlement committed by elected and appointed officials, government employees, and those doing business with city, state, and federal government. The Section handles a variety of civil rights cases, including allegations that law enforcement officers used excessive force against citizens and allegations of hate crimes.
Mr. Jenkins was appointed Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section in May 2017, where he previously served as Deputy Chief. Mr. Jenkins received his B.A. from UCLA in 2000, where he had a brief and inglorious stint as a walk-on for the UCLA football team; he graduated from Yale Law School in 2003. Following law school, Mr. Jenkins worked for over four years at the downtown Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn, where his practice focused on complex business and entertainment litigation and where he was awarded Public Counsel’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for his pro bono litigation work. Mr. Jenkins joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008. During his tenure in General Crimes, Mr. Jenkins prosecuted one of the Secret Service’s largest “ink and jet” counterfeiting schemes, which is now memorialized in an episode on MSNBC’s American Greed. He then joined the OCDETF Section where, among other cases, he prosecuted the District’s first RICO case against a Bloods/Crips gang. This 45-defendant indictment of the Pueblo Bishop Bloods (“PBB”) resulted in three separate multi defendant, multi-week RICO trials. Across the three PBB trials, all defendants were convicted of RICO and related charges, and the two defendants who were previously acquitted on state charges were both separately convicted of federal murder. The PBB case and trials earned Mr. Jenkins the California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award in 2014 and a nomination for the Attorney General’s Award. Mr. Jenkins followed up the PBB prosecution with a 72-defendant indictment of the Broadway Gangster Crips, which is currently the largest pending case in the District. Mr. Jenkins then moved to the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section where he helped author the Office’s first wiretap of a sitting state senator in decades. That wiretap resulted in the prosecution and convictions of former CA Senator Ron Calderon and his brother, former CA Assemblyman Tom Calderon. The Calderon prosecution resulted in Mr. Jenkins receiving a second California Lawyer’s Attorney of Year Award in 2017. Mr. Jenkins is also currently the lead prosecutor on a hate crime case stemming from a gang’s coordinated midnight firebombing of units in the Ramona Gardens Housing Development that were occupied by African-American families, including children, in order to drive these families out of their homes. During his career in the Office, Mr. Jenkins has tried approximately 12 cases, 6 of which have been multi-week RICO trials. Mr. Jenkins has also secured federal murder convictions for over 10 defendants. In total, Mr. Jenkins has authored over 30 appellate briefs and argued before the Ninth Circuit nine times. Mr. Jenkins teaches Trial Advocacy at the NAC, is the Office’s Hate Crime Coordinator, and was one of the founding AUSAs for the District’s Substance Abuse Treatment And Reentry (STAR) Program. He has previously served as a Hiring Committee member, the District Elections Officer, as a Human Trafficking Coordinator, and has chaired a subcommittee on the Diversity Committee.
SECTION CONTACT INFORMATION
The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Attn: Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012