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November 14, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County court officials announced sweeping cuts in the judicial system Wednesday, including the closure of all courtrooms in 10 regional courthouses. The cuts are expected to delay some trials, cause longer lines and result in more layoffs, but officials said it was the only option for closing a shortfall of $50 million to $80 million in the court budget. Courtrooms will be shuttered in such landmark courthouses as Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Malibu, Avalon, Huntington Park, Whittier, Pomona and San Pedro.
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March 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Luciano Sandoval, a 41-year-old farmworker living in the United States without legal status, went to the Kern County Courthouse in Bakersfield last month to pay a traffic ticket. A few days later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained him as he was going to work and began deportation proceedings. Sandoval, who has six American-born daughters, said the agents told him he was targeted after paying a fine for driving without a license - a red flag for possible undocumented status.
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OPINION
March 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Luciano Sandoval, a 41-year-old farmworker living in the United States without legal status, went to the Kern County Courthouse in Bakersfield last month to pay a traffic ticket. A few days later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained him as he was going to work and began deportation proceedings. Sandoval, who has six American-born daughters, said the agents told him he was targeted after paying a fine for driving without a license - a red flag for possible undocumented status.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - In a rare assault on the heart of the Pakistani capital, militants stormed a district court complex in Islamabad on Monday, unleashing gunfire and explosives that killed at least 11 people, including a judge, and wounded 25 others. The attack marked a brazen rejection of a cease-fire declared over the weekend by the central leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan's main Islamist organization. A little-known faction claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it opposed the Pakistani Taliban's participation in peace talks with the Islamabad government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders unanimously approved a $16.5-million agreement on Tuesday to hire a firm to provide security at 44 courthouses and two other county facilities when sheriff's deputies are unavailable. The agreement approved by the county Board of Supervisors with RMI International is for one year, with options of extending it for an additional four and a half years. “The [Sheriff's] Department does not currently have sufficient numbers of officers and assistants to fill all the security positions, nor to maintain a pool of substitute security assistants,” according to a staff report signed by Sheriff Lee Baca.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1992
Los Angeles County staff has completed its environmental review of the proposed Chatsworth courthouse and has determined that all the negative impact can be mitigated. But Harry Godley, chairman of the Chatsworth Homeowners Committee, said Monday that the group will continue to battle the project. "We are terribly disappointed and we think it's wrong," Godley said. "They haven't thoroughly considered the alternate sites at all and they are in total disregard of the community and its feelings."
NEWS
March 18, 1989 | From Reuters
Police Friday found a bomb in a bathroom of Rome's main courthouse following an anonymous call to a newspaper. Police evacuated the building, where most of the capital's civil and criminal cases are heard and many investigating magistrates have offices.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An early morning fire gutted a small courthouse in the far western part of the state, a county official said. No one was inside the Carlisle County Courthouse in Bardwell when the blaze started. The building was all but destroyed, with only the outer brick walls still standing, said John Roberts, the county's judge-executive. The structure was built in the early 1980s after the previous courthouse was burned by an arsonist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
The pile of unread magazines and novels on her bedside table is Judge Betty Fletcher's only regret in letting retirement elude her. Fletcher, who turns 88 this month and relies on a walker to navigate airports and courthouse corridors, retired a dozen years ago yet still works full time, on what is known as senior status, for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She travels throughout the court's nine-state region for hearings and spends seven days a week poring over foot-high stacks of written filings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1998
The Van Nuys courthouses remained closed Tuesday as health officials worked to confirm that no anthrax biotoxins had been released in either of the buildings. Authorities said earlier that a threat received Monday was a hoax. The scare put dozens of court cases on hold for a week and scattered court staff and lawyers across the county. Court officials said the courthouses will remain closed today but are expected to reopen Thursday. It was the fourth local anthrax scare in a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, flanked by legislative leaders and judges, warned Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would probably trigger more courthouse closures and layoffs in the state's beleaguered judicial branch. "We are rationing justice, and it has become more than a fiscal problem," Cantil-Sakauye said, standing in front of more than 30 judges, court administrators, union officials, business representatives and key state lawmakers at a news conference in Sacramento.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Christian Slater has taken the express route to marriage the second time around, getting hitched to fiancee Brittany Lopez spontaneously in Florida on Monday. The two had simply gone to the Coral Gables courthouse to get a marriage license, People reported, but then decided to tie the knot on the spot. Engaged since late 2012, Slater told the mag in May that they planned to have a backyard wedding in July - but apparently that didn't pan out. They met in 2009. "We had a big engagement party on the 31st of December and it was nice, it was like a New Year's and we had all the family come, 200 people, so it kind of already feels like we did the wedding," the "Heathers" actor told People in May. The newlyweds had a wedding photo snapped at the courthouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders unanimously approved a $16.5-million agreement on Tuesday to hire a firm to provide security at 44 courthouses and two other county facilities when sheriff's deputies are unavailable. The agreement approved by the county Board of Supervisors with RMI International is for one year, with options of extending it for an additional four and a half years. “The [Sheriff's] Department does not currently have sufficient numbers of officers and assistants to fill all the security positions, nor to maintain a pool of substitute security assistants,” according to a staff report signed by Sheriff Lee Baca.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
A gunman armed with an assault-type rifle fired multiple rounds at a federal courthouse in Wheeling, W.Va., on Wednesday, shattering the glass facade of the building before being shot and killed by law enforcement officers, authorities said. The gunman, whose name was not released, is a former Wheeling police officer, said Mike Claxton of the U.S. Marshals Service for the northern district of West Virginia. Authorities are investigating the gunman's motive. State police confirmed the gunman died of his wounds, the Associated Press reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Ruben Vives
The $340-million Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse opened its doors to the public Monday, its glass facade glimmering in the sunlight just down the street from the decrepit 55-year-old Long Beach courthouse it is replacing. The new 531,000-square-foot building, part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court System, has 24 operating courtrooms with room to expand to 30, according to court officials. The new building is more than 65% bigger than the old courthouse. The building has wireless Internet access throughout and space for five retail occupants, including the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | Hailey Branson-Potts and Ruben Vives
Derek Sielicki stood outside the new courthouse in Long Beach on Monday, watching his young son splash in a fountain. His family was there to fight an eviction, but they couldn't help stopping to admire the new building, with its wooden ceilings and its glass facade sparkling in the sun. "My son thought it was the museum," Sielicki said. "He was asking where the dinosaurs were. " The $340-million Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse, part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, opened to the public Monday, just down the street from the decrepit 55-year-old facility it is replacing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
A woman described as severely mentally ill and with a history of suicide attempts jumped to her death Thursday from the 19th floor of the main criminal courthouse downtown, authorities said. The death, at the corner where three courthouses and City Hall meet, caused a two-hour closure of Spring and Temple streets in the early afternoon as police investigated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS
The new Palmdale Courthouse opened for business Monday, enabling many Antelope Valley residents to have their civil cases heard much closer to home. Civil jury trials originating in the Antelope Valley currently are held in Los Angeles because of the overcrowded conditions at Antelope Superior Court in Lancaster, said Judge Frank Y. Jackson, supervising judge of the North District, which includes the Palmdale and Lancaster courthouses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police have closed off the area around the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A. because of a suspicous package. About 6:30 a.m. police received a call reporting a suspicious bag at a bus stop near 1st and Hill streets next to the courthouse, said Officer Norma Eisenman. Police have blocked off streets leading to the area and the LAPD bomb squad was en route to investigate, she said. Police were redirecting traffic around the scene.  [Updated at 8:28 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22: Authorities cleared the scene at 8:15 a.m. and declared the area safe.]
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. -- As protests expanded nationally over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, activists in the town where the trial was held complained that police had foiled their plans for a large gathering.  Organizers with the Coalition for Justice for Trayvon had planned a protest at 3 p.m. at the courthouse in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday night in the death of the 17-year-old. But when they arrived, they said, they were stopped by deputies and redirected to a downtown park several miles away.
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