CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge has rejected a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man arrested on suspicion of violating the city's anti-nudity ordinance for wearing a "gladiator-type black leather loinclo th " at an LGBT Pride activity. William X. Walters argued that he was targeted because he is gay while police allow women to wear even more revealing thongs at local beaches and at the annual Over-the-Line tournament at Fiesta Island. Though evidence showed that Walters may be the only person ever arrested for violating the ordinance without being entirely naked, that does not prove that he was targeted because he is gay, the judge ruled.
March 12, 2014 |
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals. " He's already hit some audacious personal goals, this son of Haitian immigrants. He's made his way from the L.A. public defender's office to inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department to private practice, and, since 2010, to chief of the most populous U.S. attorney's district in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 |
Do yourself a favor: If you care about American politics and race relations and you haven't already seen “12 Years a Slave,” go see it. You will not be sorry. The brutal tale of a 19th century American black man's descent from freedom into slavery deservedly won the best picture Oscar on Sunday. But it hasn't done nearly as well at the American box office as it should have. It has grossed about $49 million in the United States, a relatively modest amount compared with multi-Oscar winner “Gravity,” which has taken in close to $270 million domestically.
February 25, 2014 |
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation how the University of Michigan handled rape allegations against a former football player. The department notified former Michigan professor Douglas Smith of the investigation in an email late Monday . Smith filed a complaint with the department about the matter in August 2013. “OCR has determined it is appropriate to proceed to investigation on the following issue,” the office said in an email to Smith obtained by The Times, “that the University failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice and, as a result, students were subjected to a sexually hostile environment.” The email noted investigation of Smith's complaint will be consolidated with another unidentified complaint filed about the situation and will also include examination of the university's Title IX grievance procedure.
February 6, 2014 |
On a straight party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile's nomination to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Adegbile, a longtime voting-rights specialist for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had drawn opposition, in particular from Philadelphia officials, because of his representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer there. The Fraternal Order of Police called the nomination “a thumb in the eye of our nation's law enforcement officers.” Other law enforcement groups, the police officer's widow and, most recently, Philadelphia Dist.
February 6, 2014 |
Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, is an experienced litigator and specialist in civil rights law. In a rational world, he would receive unanimous confirmation. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on his nomination, Adegbile faces opposition from conservatives who don't like his legal philosophy and a law enforcement group that won't forgive him for participating in the appeal of a man convicted of killing a police officer.