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March 1, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 57-year-old man nearly beaten to death in one of Orange County's most notorious hate crimes is asking a Superior Court jury to award him more than $2 million from the two men convicted of attacking him, and a third who was never arrested in the case. Loc Minh Truong, who suffered permanent brain damage from the Jan.
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February 13, 1996 | PAUL ELIAS
The Ventura County district attorney is recruiting volunteers to help crime victims as they wend their way through the criminal justice system. The volunteers are trained by workers in the Victim Services Division of the D.A.'s office and help assess the emotional, physical and financial needs of crime victims. Volunteers accompany victims to court hearings and help the victims understand the legal process. Training begins Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1995 | BARBARA MURPHY
The Ventura County district attorney's office is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for crime victims. The volunteers, who will be part of the district attorney's victim services division, will be trained in assessing victims' emotional, physical and financial needs immediately following a crime. The volunteers will also explain how the criminal justice system works and try to make the courts more responsive to the needs of victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER
Ventura County residents interested in helping raise money for crime victims can participate in a walk-a-thon Thursday at the County Government Center, one of the highlights of National Victims' Rights Week. At noon Thursday at the Government Center's central fountain plaza, just before the 12:15 p.m. walk, a minister will give a benediction to homicide victims in Ventura County. The county's homicide rate has doubled in the past year, said Kathleen McGoldrick, county victim services director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1994
While I am always touched by Scott Harris' sympathy for professional burglars like Brian Simpson, I am curious to know whether The Times and Harris ever devote equal space, sympathy, and compassion to the people whose homes Brian Simpson has burglarized? Or does Harris' sympathy lie only with crooks, inmates and thugs he watches from his ivory tower? MICHAEL ALLEN North Hollywood
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April 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Crime victims are still being ignored by the criminal justice system six years after passage of the "victims' bill of rights," said a state panel that recommended 13 new laws Wednesday to ensure that victims get their say in court and receive restitution. The California Council on Criminal Justice task force said "great strides have been made" in protecting victims' rights since California voters passed Proposition 8 in 1982.
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October 23, 1985 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
The California Victims of Crime Program, burdened by an unforeseen overload of cases from two years ago, is beginning to break up a backlog that forced victims to wait as long as 18 months to receive financial help, the program's chief administrator told a legislative panel Tuesday.
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April 23, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Black Americans were more likely than whites to be victims of major violent crimes and burglaries in recent years, the Justice Department reported Sunday. In a separate extrapolation of homicide statistics, the agency said that blacks were nearly six times as likely as whites to be murdered in 1986.
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January 28, 1990 | MALCOLM RITTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At first, the woman couldn't remember if the suspicious-looking man she saw near the murder scene wore any jewelry. But a few minutes later, as she concentrated on her recollection of him turning his head to the side, she remembered a gold earring. That memory helped solve the case, said psychologist Ronald Fisher, who interviewed her at the request of police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1990 | DIANNE KLEIN
Tuesday was National Night Out Against Crime. Maybe you knew this, and maybe you participated--by turning on your outdoor lights, or attending a block party, or marching in a parade--but odds are good that you did not. National Night Out is an annual event, begun in 1984. This year its organizers say some 21 million people joined in nationwide, although apparently not too many of them were in Southern Californian.
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