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News that a Ventura County Sheriff's Department detective made mistakes in two cases could lead to more cases being challenged or reopened, local defense attorneys said Wednesday. In a letter to local criminal defense lawyers last week, Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury said prosecutors found errors in cases prepared by Det. Kent Adlof, one of three sheriff's detectives handling sex crimes in the east county.
June 1, 2003 | Dana Parsons
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has gone through two spokeswomen in the last year -- one quit and the other was fired last week. Both complained about how the boss dealt with the news media. The office is under orders not to talk to a long list of reporters, including anyone at The Times or O.C. Weekly. But this won't be a dissertation about Rackauckas' problems with the press.
November 3, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Most hospitals have their share of weird cases, but Rhode Island Hospital may win some kind of prize for having an abundance of instances of treating people who have intentionally swallowed foreign objects. If you're at all squeamish, you should probably stop reading. A study released this week in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology analyzed 305 cases of 33 people intentionally ingesting foreign objects that occurred over about eight years in that hospital.
January 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon is confined to his New Jersey home because of a painful case of shingles that his doctor calls one of the worst he has ever seen, an aide said today. John Taylor said Nixon's upper back and shoulders were affected by the disease, which is caused by the chicken pox virus and often results in blisters and sores. "Last week, Dr. (Harvey) Klein told the boss (Nixon) it was one of the worst cases he's ever seen," Taylor said.
May 13, 1986 | MARTHA M. HAMILTON, The Washington Post
The Federal Trade Commission pursued 11 advertising-program cases in fiscal 1985, including one in which it reached an agreement with Commodore Business Machines Inc., the big manufacturer of home computers, that the company would no longer advertise that its computers can run certain popular software programs unless they can do so at the time the claim is made.
June 26, 1989 | Gregory Crouch, Times Staff Writer
As of April 30, 1,049 people in Orange County were known to have contracted AIDS. Of that number, 614 had died. For some, the despair associated with terminal illness is aggravated by the loss of their jobs, or the fear that they might lose them. Federal and state laws prohibit such discrimination against those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome--and also against those infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS--but the process of seeking redress can take so long that the patient can die before the case is heard.
March 27, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A white police officer has been targeting Latino drivers for traffic stops because of their ethnicity, a Los Angeles Police Department investigation concluded — marking the first time the department has found that one of its officers had engaged in racial or ethnic profiling. For decades, the question of profiling — "biased policing," in LAPD vernacular — has bedeviled the department. Accusations that the practice was commonplace throughout the 1970s and '80s alienated the LAPD from the city's minority neighborhoods.
September 12, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
As his trial in the death of Michael Jackson approached, Dr. Conrad Murray found himself with an unlikely new cardiology patient — his own attorney. A battery of tests determined that the chest pains Ed Chernoff was experiencing were symptoms of anxiety, a diagnosis that the patient, a medium-time Texas lawyer about to try the biggest-time of cases, could not dispute. "I chew through one of these an hour," Chernoff said one afternoon last spring, holding up an unlit cigar he had gnawed to a ragged nub. Piled before him were stacks of legal motions, witness statements and forensic reports, a small portion of the case file that monopolizes his days and haunts his dreams.
November 26, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
After a top Arizona official said last week more than 6,000 recent child abuse reports in the state had been ignored, a plan to investigate the cases has raised questions about whether the overburdened child welfare system has the ability to get the job done.    Arizona's Child Protective Services came under fire last week when Clarence Carter, director of the state's Department of Economic Security, which oversees child welfare, revealed that 6,110 reports of child abuse between 2009 and 2013 had not been investigated.
December 17, 2009 | By Stuart Pfeifer and E. Scott Reckard
The stunning dismissals of criminal cases against three former Broadcom Corp. executives in the last week focused on what the judge called "shameful" misconduct by prosecutors. But at the core, he had something more telling to say: Prosecutors couldn't prove the defendants did anything wrong. The Broadcom cases, among others, illustrate the struggles the U.S. attorney's office has encountered in prosecuting corporate executives for backdating stock options, a practice that makes it appear that their companies had fewer expenses and greater income than they really had. Among the most elusive elements in such cases, lawyers said, is proof that executives intended to commit a crime by backdating the options and conceal their actions.
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