Albert Lin ran for office in a special election and lost to the man who would become his boss. Things went downhill from there and enough witnesses confirmed his mistreatment to force the county to pay him a $140,000 settlement.

One case involved a man who'd worked on Lin's campaign. In another case the defendant was a local judge.

In each of the cases Lin's involvement might make it appear he got involved to advocate for lesser sentences for people he worked with. Before touching the files Lin objected but was told to do it anyway. Lin refused and ended up suing the county over the incidents.