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January 18, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather Saturday at the Fullerton Police Department to protest the recent acquittal of two officers charged with the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic  homeless man. The trial of Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli played out for nearly three weeks in a Santa Ana courtroom, but the jury deliberated just two days, handing down their verdict Monday. The shocking decision led to a rallying cry by an organization that calls itself A California Campaign to STOP Police Brutality.
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January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
In the hours after the acquittal of George Zimmerman late Saturday, the tweets began pouring out. "This might be in bad taste," wrote  Questlove Jenkins of the Roots, "but in light of this verdict? i really INSIST you people see Fruitvale Station not now but RIGHT NOW. " The musician was referring to "Fruitvale Station," Weinstein Co.'s drama about Oscar Grant III, an unarmed African American who was shot by a white BART police officer in 2009. The movie was released in seven theaters this weekend just as Zimmerman's trial in the death of Trayvon Martin wrapped up in Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning, she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people in Guy Fawkes masks holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Large protests broke out Saturday night in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. The L.A. and San Francisco protests drew hundreds but were peaceful. Some problems occurred at the Oakland protest. People marching through Oakland broke windows, spray-painted cars and buildings and attempted to start fires, according to the Oakland Tribune. Footage from television helicopters caught demonstrators vandalizing a police squad car, the newspaper reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987
Your headline on the Goetz verdict really made my day! Thank God for the jury system and common sense. BERNARD JOHNSON Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1999
Re "A Tragic Lesson," editorial, Feb. 7 Although your paper covered the trial of Ed Drake for the killing of Leonard Coppola, I feel that the opinion stated in this editorial really didn't capture the injustice that was truly done. Everyone who has heard about this case from inception right up to the acquittal knew at the very least that this was involuntary manslaughter--even Ed Drake. On the day of his acquittal, he himself said he feared he would be convicted and serve time under the lesser charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Ruben Vives and Matt Hamilton
Protesters took to Los Angeles streets for the fourth night in a row Tuesday, waving signs and chanting slogans to denounce the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. Marches downtown and in Leimert Park appeared peaceful as of late Tuesday evening, a break from the violence that pocked Monday protests and spurred dozens of arrests in Los Angeles and Oakland. In downtown Los Angeles, about 200 people joined in a march from City Hall to the nearby Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, where officers in riot helmets stood with batons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday cut short a weeklong trip to the East Coast in what a spokesman called "an abundance of caution" over civic unrest in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. After less than two weeks in office, Garcetti left Los Angeles for Pittsburgh on Saturday for a family visit with friends over the weekend, to be followed by meetings later this week in Washington with members of Congress and Obama administration officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather Saturday at the Fullerton Police Department to protest the recent acquittal of two officers charged with the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic  homeless man. The trial of Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli played out for nearly three weeks in a Santa Ana courtroom, but the jury deliberated just two days, handing down their verdict Monday. The shocking decision led to a rallying cry by an organization that calls itself A California Campaign to STOP Police Brutality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Not even Orange County's top prosecutor himself could say with any certainty Tuesday whether the acquittal of two former police officers in a widely watched case will damage his political career or tarnish his legacy. Tony Rackauckas, who tried former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli himself, stuck to his position that the Kelly Thomas case deserved to be brought before a jury. Still, the man who has been Orange County's district attorney for more than 15 years allowed that there could be political damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About a dozen people held signs near Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening during a protest over the acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The Answer L.A. civil rights group called for the emergency protest a day after former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty of multiple charges filed in Orange County.  "When one of us kills, we spend the rest of our lives in prison," protester Doug Kauffman said.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman's wife is raising questions about his innocence in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, as the couple's marriage continues to publicly go sour. “I think anyone would doubt that innocence, because I don't know the person that I've been married to," Shellie Zimmerman told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday as her lawyer sat beside her. “I have doubts," she said, yet added, "I also believe the evidence" that led to his acquittal. The Zimmerman saga took another turn this month when the couple got into a marital spat at George Zimmerman's house in Lake Mary, Fla., a few days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.
TRAVEL
July 21, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I have a perplexing travel problem that is unique and interesting. In 1970, I was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana, which was then a felony. I was acquitted and have no criminal record. In the last 25 years, I have made perhaps 15 trips abroad, reentered the U.S. and gone through immigration with no problems. On my most recent trip abroad, immigration in Miami took me into a holding area and held me for about 60 minutes before talking to me. It turns out my felony arrest from 43 years earlier showed up on the computer screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Fallout from a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin may soon make its way to Sacramento. Joe Piasecki reports that Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena plans to introduce a resolution calling for California officials to boycott travel and business dealings with Florida until it repeals the controversial "stand your ground" law. The resolution will be introduced when state lawmakers return...
NATIONAL
July 17, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
ORLANDO, Fla. - Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday - Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - called the acquittal in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's slaying a setback for race relations - and the audience agreed. In separate speeches to the gathering of several thousand, and in interviews, the trio called for an end to racial profiling and to Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law. Some in attendance murmured, "That's right" or "Amen.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday called the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer a setback for the movement, and the audience agreed. As Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton addressed the crowd of a couple of thousand, the audience murmured, “That's right,” “Amen” and “I remember.” Sharpton noted that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin, was arrested and charged only after activists marched and petitioned for a Justice Department civil rights investigation and then the Florida governor appointed a special prosecutor.
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