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February 13, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case five years ago was convicted Thursday at his retrial. Manuel Ortiz was first put on trial in 2012 along with two former Los Angeles police officers accused of writing false reports and perjury. Prosecutors said that a grainy black-and-white surveillance video - that ended up leading to the drug case's dismissal - contradicted what they said on the stand. Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted and sentenced to community labor and probation, but the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of guilt when it came to Ortiz.
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February 10, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire on a rival gang member in the first shooting on the USC campus in decades was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors argued that Brandon Spencer, 21, was seeking retaliation for his own gunshot wound -- suffered a year earlier -- when he shot at Geno Hall in October 2012. The shooting escalated from feuding on Twitter with Hall, the City Section high school football player of the year in 2009 . On Halloween night, among a crowd waiting to enter a party, Spencer shot six times in Hall's direction with a black revolver.
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February 5, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 23-year-old gang member who was convicted this week of the murder and robbery of a father of two was linked to the crime through phone records and evidence at the scene, prosecutors said. Jesus Mendez, 23, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery. A jury spent fewer than three hours deliberating before delivering the verdict in the 2012 killing of Jaime Sharif Abuawad , 27. Though there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, Mendez was identified as being close to the crime scene in the 800 block of West 81st Street in Vermont Knolls approximately 10 minutes before the killing, said Deputy Dist.
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February 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected, as indicated in the note below.
A Mexican national was found guilty of second-degree murder and other federal charges Wednesday in the 2012 death of a veteran Coast Guardsman who was fatally injured when his boat was struck by a panga off the Santa Barbara coast, prosecutors said. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III's death made him the first Coast Guardsman murdered in the line of duty since 1927, officials said. Horne, who spent 14 years with the Coast Guard, was posthumously promoted to the rank of senior chief petty officer.
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January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Two days after he was convicted of eight felonies for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felonies to be converted to misdemeanors. However, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the bill will not be allowed out of the Senate Rules Committee for a vote. "Regardless of any merits of the bill, wrong author, wrong time," said Rhys Williams, a spokesman for Steinberg.
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January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Two days after a jury found him guilty on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felony convictions to be converted to misdemeanors. The Democrat, who represents an Inglewood-area district, was convicted Tuesday of lying about where he lived when he ran for his Senate seat and voted in several elections. On Thursday, he introduced the bill. On Friday, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
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January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he will not seek expulsion of state Sen. Roderick Wright until an appeal is decided that finalizes the felony convictions. Steinberg said in the interim he will honor Wright's request to remove him as chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. The announcement came two days after a Los Angeles jury found Wright guilty of eight felony counts including voter fraud and perjury. Prosecutors said he lied when he said he lived in his Senate district when he was elected.
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January 29, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Jean Merl
SACRAMENTO - Although state Sen. Roderick D. Wright won't be sentenced on his felony convictions until March, judgment day from the Democrat's peers in the Legislature may be imminent. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Wednesday that he would consult with his caucus and "make a full set of recommendations within the next couple of days. " Wright, who was accused of lying about where he lived when he ran for his seat and voted in several elections, was convicted by a Los Angeles County jury Tuesday on eight counts of perjury and voter fraud.
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January 29, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
A former San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was convicted Wednesday of molesting a teenage girl participating in the department's youth Explorer program, prosecutors said. A jury found Nathan James Gastineau, 33, guilty of 16 felony counts related to having sexual intercourse, as well as performing lewd acts with a minor, in addition to a single count of possessing child pornography, according to prosecutors and court records. The jury reached its verdict after about three hours of deliberation.
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