CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2010 |
"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.
March 10, 2010 |
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.
March 26, 2008 |
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.
November 8, 2005 |
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.
August 9, 2005 |
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 |
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.