CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 |
Jurors decided Monday that a gang member should be executed for the slaying of four people, including a 10-year-old boy gunned down from close range as he rode his bicycle along a quiet South Los Angeles street. Charles Ray Smith, 44, stared straight ahead and showed no emotion as the verdict was read in a downtown courtroom. Smith was convicted during a previous trial of taking part in two deadly shootings in 2006, including one that became known as the "49th Street Massacre" in which two men wielding AK-47s opened fire on children and adults enjoying a Friday summer afternoon.
June 10, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - When pastors, parishioners and the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin gathered in church recently to remember him, the mood differed from one that had prevailed at such vigils 15 months ago, when anger and sadness drove speakers to rail against a justice system that had let a killer walk free. This time, a choir belted out an upbeat, fast-tempo version of "We Shall Overcome. " Hundreds of people in the pews stood and pounded their hands together in hearty applause, as if greeting two rock stars, when Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, walked up the long aisle to the altar.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For years, embattled Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has repeatedly vowed not to resign under pressure. But on Thursday he talked of "fatigue" and admitted he thought of a day when he would meet with the president at the White House to discuss moving on. Holder, testifying before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, sharply defended his work as the Obama administration's top federal law enforcement official. But he also said: "There are certain goals that I set for myself and for this department when I started back in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 |
A gang member convicted of fatally shooting four people - including a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle outside his home - deserves to die for his crimes, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Ashvanian said Charles Ray Smith was responsible for two separate deadly shootings in 2006, including one that became known as the "49th Street Massacre" in which two men wielding AK47s opened fire on children and adults enjoying a Friday afternoon in summer on a quiet South Los Angeles street.
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his top Justice Department deputies met with journalists and their lawyers Friday and pledged they would not seek to prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for reporting and writing stories that may disclose classified information. Holder and his aides also said they were looking closely at the department's guidelines that govern how prosecutors can seek information from journalists and news organizations. The officials focused particularly on provisions in the current rules that in some cases allow the government to obtain records regarding a reporter's telephone calls or emails.
May 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Twenty years ago, James B. Comey was a young federal prosecutor in New York trying to put two Gambino brothers away for life. They were charged with murder, selling drugs, money laundering, racketeering - "the whole kitchen sink," recalled Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Comey's partner on the case. Fitzgerald was a young prosecutor back then too, and, like Comey, he also would make a name for himself in the years ahead as a crusading attorney in the Justice Department. But in 1993 they were just a pair of rather green prosecutors taking on two top "capos" in one of the nation's most notorious Mafia families.