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Saying he wanted to do the right thing, the man convicted of killing Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, has written a letter to the California attorney general's office confessing to the crime and asking that his 1998 appeal be dropped. "It is based on falsehood and deceit. I am guilty and I want to do the right thing," Mikail Markhasev, 22, wrote in the letter. "More than anything, I want to apologize to the victim's family.
April 23, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown is looking at another tortuous cross-country trip back to Los Angeles, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service, followed by months more in jail, courtesy of the guilty verdict in his bodyguard's Washington, D.C., assault case.  Brown, who's also charged with assault related to an October 2013 incident in which a man alleges he was hit by both men while trying to get into a picture with two women outside the singer's tour bus, had his...
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Defense attorneys for James E. Holmes, charged in the shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, will appeal a court order requiring him to undergo a second evaluation of his sanity. His lawyers gave notice that they would appeal in a Tuesday court filing in the case before Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. The filing was released Wednesday . Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last year, but Samour ruled that it was inadequate and ordered a second round of testing.
August 15, 2010 | By Erwin Chemerinsky
Ironically, it is a legal doctrine fashioned by conservatives that may provide a decisive victory to the supporters of marriage equality for gays and lesbians and end the litigation over California's Proposition 8. For decades, conservative justices on the Supreme Court have ruled to limit who has standing to bring a claim in federal court. In cases involving civil rights, environmental protection and the separation of church and state, the court has ordered that cases be dismissed because the party pursuing the case had no legal standing to do so. Now, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court — could well rule that opponents of same-sex marriage have no standing to appeal U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker's decision striking down Proposition 8. Article III of the U.S. Constitution restricts federal courts to deciding "cases" and "controversies.
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Camarillo and Newbury Park have filed appeals with the CIF Southern Section challenging their placement in a new league for the coming sports season. Each is citing competitive equity concerns. Both schools would be placed in a new football league with Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.  
March 23, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
When the Motion Picture Assn. of America voted to uphold the R rating for the documentary "Bully" several weeks ago, the film's distributor, Harvey Weinstein, kicked up a dust storm of protest and publicity. But it's not just Weinstein keeping the appeals board busy these days — the organization is facing a significant increase in the number of filmmakers seeking to overturn the initial ratings for their movies. The MPAA, which administers the ratings system via its Classification and Rating Administration, has already heard eight appeals for films scheduled for release this year.
November 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the parties over seats on the influential court. The 56 to 41 vote for Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, was shy of the 60 needed to end a Republican filibuster. One senator voted present. Pillard was one of three nominees Obama announced in June to fill out the court, considered second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in its importance in the judicial branch.
May 1, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Stiff penalties levied against the teams of reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano were upheld Wednesday by an appeals panel. NASCAR issued the penalties against the Penske Racing teams after their Fords were found to have unapproved suspension systems before the April 13 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Penske appealed to the three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel, but the panel unanimously upheld the penalties following a hearing attended by NASCAR officials and Penske executives.
December 15, 2011 | Reuters
The Securities and Exchange Commission is appealing a judge's rejection of the regulator's $285-million civil securities fraud settlement with Citigroup Inc., according to court papers filed Thursday. The pact was rejected by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff last month as "pocket change" for Citigroup. In that ruling, the judge criticized the SEC's policy of settling lawsuits without having defendants admit or deny wrongdoing. The SEC said in a statement that it believes Rakoff erred "by announcing a new and unprecedented standard that inadvertently harms investors by depriving them of substantial, certain and immediate benefits.
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Faced with the threat of a ballot initiative on teacher firings that could have placed it in the awkward position of publicly defending child molesters, the California Teachers Assn. agreed to a compromise: legislation to streamline the appeals process for teachers who are accused of such egregious misconduct. The procedures outlined in the bill strike the right balance of providing teachers with due process to ensure that they have not been fired unfairly, while speeding up the process and making it far simpler and less expensive.
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With two weeks to go before the Southern Section Council meets to finalize new leagues on April 30, the Executive Committee met on Wednesday and upheld appeals submitted by Salesian, Camarillo, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, forcing the schools in their areas to meet again and produce another recommendation or reaffirm the existing recommendation. Salesian, part of the Catholic Athletic Association, was moved into a league for football only with Bishop Amat, Loyola and Gardena Serra.
April 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous. " "Laughable. " Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to be approved by California voters, Congress and the president would have to sign off, too. "Do you really think Democrats would ever allow anything to disrupt the 55-electoral-vote advantage they get every four years?" from California, reader Kurt wrote.
April 15, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda. In a 2-to-1 decision, the court ruled that the mercury rule “was substantively and procedurally valid,” turning aside challenges brought both by Republican-led states that had argued the rule was onerous and environmental groups that had contended it did not go far enough.
April 11, 2014 | By Alice Short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Two of the top destinations on a recent trip to Charleston - Ft. Sumter and the Confederacy's H. L. Hunley submarine - transcend the label of "Civil War attraction. " These sites appeal to students of U.S. history, to devotees of military archives and to those who value peace over war. After a 30-minute ferry trip from the city to the man-made island that is the site of Ft. Sumter, my tour group encountered park ranger Dennis Birr, who proved to be a combination of historian, carnival barker and motivational speaker.
April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For those who aren't aware that the NFL is America's secular religion, the awe-struck tone of the professional football-themed "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner can't help but clue you in. Made with the league's complete cooperation, not to mention its spiritual blessing, this is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way. Unless you're a committed pro...
June 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Washington - The Supreme Court made clear Monday it is not willing to closely review the claims of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees, as the justices turned down appeals from seven inmates without comment. The court has left it to the Obama administration and federal judges in Washington to decide whether the detainees can be held indefinitely as military prisoners. Advocates for the detainees said they were disappointed. “The court has effectively abandoned its commitment to ensuring that individuals held in long-term detention at Guantanamo obtain meaningful review of their imprisonment,” said Jonathan Hafetz, a law professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
May 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
An appeals board sided with Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday and substantially reduced penalties levied against the team for having an illegal part in Matt Kenseth's engine when Kenseth won at Kansas Speedway last month. Kenseth initially was stripped of 50 Sprint Cup Series championship points, but the three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel reduced the penalty to 12 points. That lifted Kenseth back up to fourth from 11th in the Sprint Cup title standings. In addition, Kenseth crew chief Jason Ratcliff saw his suspension pared to one race from six, although a $200,000 fine against Ratcliff was left intact.
April 10, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - After the courtroom arguments ended, the hundreds of pages of previously filed legal briefs had been read, and the nervous tears of the three couples at the heart of a Utah same-sex marriage case had dried, it came down to one question: Who gets to define matrimony? On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver pondered that question in a closely watched case that weighs a state's right to enforce its own laws against the rights of individuals to marry regardless of gender.
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