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October 28, 2006 | From Newsday
The Transportation Security Administration has rolled back the deadlines for criminal-background checks for tens of thousands of airline workers who handle cargo loaded onto passenger airplanes, saying the industry cannot meet the timetables. "TSA has concluded that the regulated community will be unable to meet some deadlines in the air cargo final rule because of the large number of employees and agents subject to the requirements," the agency said in a notice published this week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
California prosecutors are no longer releasing routine information about defendants, including their criminal histories and parole or probation status. The change comes in the aftermath of a Sept. 20 legal opinion from Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer that furnishing such information from law enforcement computer databases violates defendants' privacy rights. "It is quite a major change from what we have provided in the past. The Los Angeles D.A.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2006
The Army spent nearly $500 million on no-bid contracts for private security guards and also used contractors that hired people with criminal records, according to congressional investigators. "The Army's procedure for screening prospective contract guards is inadequate and puts the Army at risk of having ineligible guards protecting installation gates," the Government Accountabilty Office said.
OPINION
January 22, 2006
Re "Another swing at three strikes," editorial, Jan. 18 You state the rather tired fact that some third-strike offenses are relatively minor, such as petty theft. No one wants to send someone to prison for 25 years to life for that, right? But you failed to mention the other two strikes. You also did not mention the previous criminal records of the convicts. As a private investigator who has worked on criminal defense cases for more than 20 years, I can tell you that virtually all of these convicts had numerous violent criminal violations, many for which they suffered small consequences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2005 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't a huge crowd to begin with, about a dozen men and women -- and one baby -- seated on metal chairs under a canopy. Most of them drifted away as the speaker went down the list of reasons "expungement" -- or the clearing of their criminal records -- might not work for them.
WORLD
March 5, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
In a twist on the photography that inflamed the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a separate group of U.S. soldiers in Iraq shot a video of themselves beating prisoners and using the hand of a dead Iraqi to "wave hello," according to documents released Friday. The DVD, which soldiers derisively titled "Ramadi Madness" in reference to a turbulent city in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, prompted an internal Army investigation of the Florida National Guard troops from West Palm Beach who were involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2005 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino County public defender remained on paid leave Tuesday for hiring a lawyer with a criminal background. The Board of Supervisors is weighing whether to fire John E. Roth for hiring an attorney convicted last year of paying inmates to solicit business for him inside county jails.
SPORTS
December 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Vancouver Canuck forward Todd Bertuzzi received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault Wednesday, more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game. The sentence, which leaves Bertuzzi without a criminal record, was the one recommended by the prosecutor after Bertuzzi agreed to a plea bargain. "I have concluded that the imposition of a discharge is not contrary to the public interest," Judge Herb Weitzel said Wednesday night.
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December 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
Florida changed the rules Thursday to make it easier for convicted felons who have done their time to regain the right to vote and other civil rights. Florida is one of only a few states that do not automatically restore most rights when felons have served their time. Instead, those who have committed certain crimes must go before the state clemency board for a hearing, and the process can take years.
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October 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The man named by the new CIA chief to be the agency's executive director said he would not take the position following reports that he was accused of shoplifting more than two decades ago. However, Michael Kostiw will work at the agency as a senior advisor to Porter J. Goss. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Kostiw was accused of shoplifting when he previously worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981. Kostiw has not confirmed or denied the theft charge.
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