December 24, 2013
Re "Why Snowden deserves a pardon," Opinion, Dec. 22 In making the case for a presidential pardon of Edward Snowden, professor Jonathan Turley reveals why a pardon will not be granted. Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush's pardon of the Iran-Contra conspirators and the current administration's failure to prosecute National Intelligence Director James Clapper for congressional perjury or its predecessors for war crimes, reflects that our nation has devolved into a two-tiered system of criminal justice entailing harsh penalties for ordinary citizens and near-impunity for our political and financial elites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown cracked down on sex offenders who disarm their electronic trackers while on parole, signing legislation Saturday requiring that they stay in jail once they are caught. Some counties with severely crowded jails have freed such offenders almost immediately after detaining them for tampering with the GPS devices, a Times investigation found this year. The bill Brown approved requires that the offenders be sentenced to 180 days and serve their entire parole revocation in jail.
October 1, 2013 |
Two years ago, California overhauled its criminal justice system by shifting responsibility for many felons from the state government to the counties. There is no denying that the change was abrupt. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, also known as AB 109, on April 4, 2011, and followed up with a companion bill that fleshed out many of the funding details in June of that year. Counties then had just three months to prepare their jails, their law enforcement agencies and their probation departments to be ready for the Oct. 1 implementation date, after which defendants convicted of lower-level felonies were sent to jails instead of state prisons, and felons released from prison after serving sentences for lower-level crimes came under the supervision of county probation officers instead of state parole agents.
August 15, 2013 |
In his speech to the American Bar Assn. on Monday, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. sounded more like a fierce critic of the federal criminal justice system than its formal leader. He described some federal mandatory minimum prison terms as "excessive" and "draconian" and said "they oftentimes generate unfairly long sentences. " He asserted that "people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers," and he more broadly lamented that "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 |
A motive remains unclear in the slaying of 36-year-old Army veteran and soon-to-be college graduate Maribel Ramos, whose body was found in a remote Orange County canyon. Authorities on Friday announced that they had arrested her roommate in connection with the slaying. Police said Kwang Chol "KC" Joy, 54, voluntarily submitted to an interview with detectives after he was contacted Friday morning, and was later arrested on suspicion of killing Ramos. Police declined to release additional information, saying that the case was being submitted to the Orange County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body found in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, authorities said late Thursday. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Tim Rainwater confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Orange Police Department officers went out to perform an investigation near the intersection of Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Rainwater said police called again later requesting assistance with traffic control and the Sheriff's Department sent out help about 6:30 p.m. Rainwater said he believed police units were still on scene, but stressed that the Sheriff's Department was not clear on the nature of the investigation.