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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1988 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors have decided to drop their efforts to convict four Los Angeles-area businessmen accused of kidnaping a former employee who reportedly admitted stealing more than $100,000 from a check-cashing firm, officials said Tuesday. The decision by the U.S. attorney's office to move for a dismissal follows a mistrial that was declared last month in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana when a jury deadlocked. "We're all elated and feel that the U.S.
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NATIONAL
March 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Death threats and a $10,000 bounty offered for a citizen's arrest of George Zimmerman have raised concerns about the threat of "vigilante justice" in the racially charged case. A group identifying itself as the New Black Panther Party is offering $10,000 to anyone who makes a citizen's arrest of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin slaying. The reward, and an earlier spate of death threats, also raise questions about whether law enforcement is taking steps to protect Zimmerman and his family.
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NEWS
April 10, 1985
More than 170 protesters were arrested in carefully choreographed demonstrations as they tried to interfere with CIA recruiters on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Protest organizers said they wanted to make a citizens arrest of the CIA recruiters but the Boulder County district attorney told them that there was insufficient evidence to support such arrests.
NATIONAL
July 28, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
During 44 days of captivity in Libya, journalist Clare Gillis endured lengthy interrogations, appeared before judges without a lawyer and had to sign documents written in Arabic, a language she couldn't read. The document demand came after a six-hour interrogation. "That's when I'd say I cracked. I started crying," said Gillis, one of three journalists held by Moammar Kadafi's regime this year. "It could say that I'm a spy … I could be signing my own death certificate. He just kept waving the pen, and I realized I didn't have a choice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A garage sale on a residential street in Santa Ana turned into a terrifying scene Saturday when a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver careened into the yard, injuring 13 people. Witnesses said a maroon Nissan Sentra jumped the curb and spun onto the driveway and lawn of Richard and Ruth Haley at 930 S. Karen Ave. The car broke through a chain-link fence and dragged it like a whip, knocking people off their feet, before coming to a halt against the brick-and-wood front of the Haley house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1998
The district attorney's office on Tuesday rejected a misdemeanor battery case the city filed against the wife of Councilman Mark Schoenfeld for allegedly throwing watermelon at him. "This case does not rise to the level of a criminal action," Deputy Dist. Atty. Patricia Titus told the court at a pretrial hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1989
Re merchants of Costa Mesa making citizen's arrests of laborers: I immediately took note of the location and pledged never to shop there again as I certainly don't want to "trespass" on "private property." I won't even browse since one must be "doing business" in order to have "any right to be there." Thanks for the clarification since I had no idea that standing or congregating violated someone else's rights. What's next? How about arresting all the teen-agers who congregate in shopping malls?
WORLD
June 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Moroccan police arrested a French citizen wanted in connection with last month's Casablanca suicide bombings. Robert Antoine-Pierre, 28, was taken into custody in Tangiers, where he was living with his Moroccan wife, security officials said. Police began searching for Antoine-Pierre after several other suspects said he gave orders in the attacks, officials said on condition of anonymity. Five nearly simultaneous attacks May 16 left 43 dead, including 12 Moroccan bombers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
In the latest battle over dayworkers in the county, some Costa Mesa merchants have begun making citizen's arrests of laborers who congregate on their property, alleging that they are violating trespassing laws. At least eight men have been arrested by shopkeepers in the last month at the Vista Shopping Center at 19th Street and Placentia Avenue, where scores of laborers congregate seeking daywork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
Trespassing charges were dismissed Friday against eight day laborers because prosecutors determined that the men were not trying to hinder business when they were placed under citizen's arrest by merchants at a Costa Mesa shopping mall. The men, who had all been standing in the mall parking area seeking daywork, were placed under arrest on separate days in February and March by the owner and the manager of the Vista Shopping Center at 19th Street and Placentia Avenue. The shopkeepers had alleged that the men were loitering, harassing customers and obstructing business at the mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
"Cuts hair by day and crime by night. " The motto on the business card pretty much sums up Boston Dawna, who for many years has been a one-woman, bicycle-riding, crime-fighting machine in Venice. By her own estimate, she has initiated thousands of private citizen's arrests of "thieves, burglars and robbers," pouncing on them from bushes and restraining them with handcuffs she buys in bulk from the Pleasure Chest sex shop. Police scanner in hand, she has blown the whistle on bootleg apartment units and rousted backpack-toting vagrants.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2010 | By Kim Geiger
In a reverse twist on the old protesters' tactic of getting arrested to make a point, union leaders and other backers of President Obama's healthcare plan issued "citizen's arrest" warrants for health insurance executives Tuesday -- accusing them of exploiting consumers. The "warrants," delivered to police during a demonstration outside an insurance industry meeting at a Washington hotel, were an attempt to build public support for the Democrats' healthcare legislation. The demonstration drew several thousand protesters, and it will be followed in coming weeks by more events and an advertising campaign.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court heard arguments in two war-on-terrorism cases Tuesday -- one that tests whether American civilians can seek the help of American courts if they are held in Iraq, and the other to determine whether the man who plotted to bomb Los Angeles International Airport will serve his full 22-year prison term. In both cases, the justices sounded as though they would rule on the side of the Bush administration. The first case, Munaf vs.
NATIONAL
November 8, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of foreign nationals held in U.S. prisons could win a new right to challenge their convictions if the Supreme Court rules in their favor in a pair of cases that won a review Monday. The two cases, to be heard in March, are the latest to test whether international treaties can carry weight in U.S. criminal courts.
WORLD
August 9, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella and Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writers
Four top suspects in the attempted attacks on the London transit system July 21, including a previously unidentified man linked to a knapsack bomb found in a park, pleaded not guilty Monday in an appearance at a high-security court. Also in court was an alleged Al Qaeda operative extradited a day earlier from Zambia, where he had been questioned by British counter-terrorism agents about the July 7 bombings. Those attacks killed 52 people and the four bombers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Music producer Phil Spector, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge, came to blows with his chauffeur Friday at Spector's Alhambra mansion and both men were arrested, police said. Officers responding to a 911 call from the driver arrived at the home around 10:15 a.m. and found the two attempting to place each other under citizen's arrest, Lt. Elliot Kase, an Alhambra police spokesman, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1991 | MACK REED
Ventura city officials said Wednesday that they are considering taking legal action against a man who brandished handcuffs at a City Council meeting this week and put Councilman John McWherter under citizen's arrest. City Atty. Peter D. Bulens said he is researching whether the city could obtain a restraining order to forbid Carroll Dean Williams from approaching or touching city officials. Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury refused to prosecute the charge against McWherter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1990 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura Mayor Richard Francis was arrested after the City Council's most persistent gadfly complained to police that the mayor refused to let him address the council at a public meeting. Ventura police arrested Francis in council chambers Monday and then immediately released him after Carroll Dean Williams placed the mayor under citizen's arrest after an argument during the council meeting.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2004 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court said Friday that it would decide whether an American citizen arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely, without access to lawyers or courts, as an "enemy combatant." The justices decided to take up the case of Jose Padilla, who has been in custody 21 months but not formally charged with a crime.
WORLD
June 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Moroccan police arrested a French citizen wanted in connection with last month's Casablanca suicide bombings. Robert Antoine-Pierre, 28, was taken into custody in Tangiers, where he was living with his Moroccan wife, security officials said. Police began searching for Antoine-Pierre after several other suspects said he gave orders in the attacks, officials said on condition of anonymity. Five nearly simultaneous attacks May 16 left 43 dead, including 12 Moroccan bombers.
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