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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is the top prosecutor in the most populous state in the nation, but her counterparts in six other states, including Tennessee and Alabama were paid more last year, a state salary survey has found. The California attorney general's salary was also less than the pay received by the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. The survey was conducted by the staff of the California Citizens Compensation Commission in preparation for a meeting Thursday at which it will consider whether to provide pay raises to the governor, legislators, attorney general and other statewide constitutional officers.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our homeowner association board is impetuous and wastes association money. The board members think homeowners have bottomless wallets. In two years, they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars just on attorney fees and undertaking preposterous projects. The recent spate of bad legal advice includes redoing our covenants, conditions and restrictions. It's been a two-year project that has so far netted the attorney well over $90,000. The attorney advised our association that Davis-Stirling Act statutes should be embedded in our documents.
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NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Bettina Boxall
An audio recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald Sterling making racist statements is authentic, and a woman named V. Stiviano did not release it to any news outlets, her attorney said in an e-mail Sunday to the Los Angeles Times. The 15-minute recording is part of a one-hour conversation between Sterling and his client, V. Stiviano, attorney Mac Nehoray said in the e-mail. Nehoray, of the Calabasas-based Nehoray Legal Group, is representing Stiviano in a civil lawsuit brought against her by Sterling's wife, Rochelle.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Florida teen Trayvon Martin was apparently chatting on a cellphone with his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was confronted -- and then killed -- by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. That call, says the attorney for the slain 17-year-old's family, is proof that the man did not fire in self-defense but was actually the aggressor. Martin's Feb. 26 shooting death has been propelled onto the national stage, fueled in part by social media outrage over the unfolding facts in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a Norwalk man's first-degree murder convictions for killing his estranged wife and an off-duty Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, ruling that detectives failed to properly advise him of his legal rights before he confessed. Reuben Kenneth Lujan was sentenced to life without parole for killing his estranged wife, Monica, 26, and her friend, Deputy Gilbert Madrigal, 45, by smashing their heads with a concrete block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Courtney Love, known for her brash behavior and four-letter words, won a landmark Twitter libel case Friday in which a Los Angeles jury determined the musician did not defame her former attorney in a tweet. Wearing a black dress, a cream cardigan and a string of pearls, Love was ecstatic outside the courthouse and kissed and hugged her attorneys. "It was a really great learning experience," she said, adding that she had avoided Twitter during the trial out of respect for the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It was billed as a "shocking tell-all" and a "world exclusive," but the National Enquirer's March 26 cover story landed with a thud. TMZ, Page Six and other major players in celebrity gossip ignored the article in which a masseur claimed John Travolta offered money for sex. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article used the term "masseuse"; it should have said "masseur. " Five weeks after the issue left the checkout aisle, a DUI attorney from Pasadena put the anonymous masseur's tawdry tale in a lawsuit and it became an overnight pop culture sensation, topping Google News, trending on Twitter and meriting a segment on "Good Morning America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1997
It seems that the Clinton administration's idea of assuring an independent attorney general is to keep her in the dark. FORREST BONNER Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Opposing attorneys in civil suits usually get along fine, no matter how angry their clients are with each other. Not so in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case. On Monday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos called the attorneys into her chambers after allegations that Brian Panish, the attorney for Michael Jackson's mother and three children, had made an obscene gesture at Marvin Putnam, the attorney for AEG Live. The Jacksons say in their suit that AEG is responsible for the singer's death because it hired and controlled Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys. Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, is Brown's choice for chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Her appointment fills a void created six months ago when Chairwoman Ann Ravel moved to the Federal Elections Commission. Good-government activists including Robert Stern, a former general counsel for the California agency and a coauthor of the state Political Reform Act, said they knew nothing about Remke.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Three Hollywood executives accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the late 1990s say the allegations against them are false.  Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed Monday by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Egan accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting him. ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
OPINION
April 22, 2014 | By Charlie Beck and George Gascón
Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even Colombian drug cartels now traffic in them. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, some 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year, nearly double the number in 2012. Los Angeles has experienced a more than a 30% increase in smartphone theft since 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted. The report, which has not been released publicly, raises issues about the handling of the bidding process, according to L.A. Unified School District officials who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss it. Apple's iPad was selected in June as the device to be provided to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The attorney for the man accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse has filed additional, similar cases against three Hollywood executives. Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Singer was accused in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting Egan in the 1990s. Ancier is a prominent television executive who has held senior positions at Fox and NBC. Neuman is a former senior Walt Disney television executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Fox 40
A musician and a retired attorney were found fatally stabbed Monday inside their home in Davis. Oliver “Chip” Northrup, 88, and 76-year-old Claudia Maupin were found dead Monday morning inside a home on Cowell Boulevard. Officers initially went to the house to do a welfare check, as the two had not been seen or heard from all day. Northrup played guitar in a group called the Putah Creek Crawdads. They performed Saturday at the Davis Farmers Market. Northrup was also a retired attorney, dealing with court of appeals-level cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year. Recently, however, he has been forced to confront an epidemic of deaths from heroin and prescription drug abuse, one that his opponents have cited as a reason for not loosening drug sentences. In prepared remarks for a speech Wednesday, Holder cited the "stunning rise in heroin and prescription opiate overdose deaths" and vowed the Justice Department was committed to "rigorous enforcement" of the drug laws and "robust treatment" of drug addicts.
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