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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.
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.
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.
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.
August 6, 2004 | Arlene Martinez, Times Staff Writer
Rosemary Hom arrived at Amay's Bakery and Noodle Co. just after 9 on a Saturday morning 10 years ago. She had planned for a long day at the family-owned business that makes and sells fortune cookies, almond cookies and noodles. Just before pulling her Mazda van into the underground parking garage, Hom waved to a co-worker. But she never entered the shop. A short while later, witnesses told authorities, someone drove the van away. Hom's family immediately called police and hospitals in the area.
April 16, 2004 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign had no evidence a woman accusing him of sexual assault had a criminal record before it sent out an e-mail suggesting that reporters look into her background, according to court documents obtained Thursday. Records filed in Rhonda Miller's libel suit against the governor and others also revealed that the campaign had sent out an earlier e-mail that also suggested the 53-year-old stuntwoman had a criminal record.
March 27, 2004 | Christine Hanley and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
The Newport Beach businessman who funneled thousands of dollars worth of investors' cash into the 2002 reelection campaign of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona is a convicted felon who spent 12 years in and out of California prisons on drug, robbery and other charges. Charles H.
March 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police chief has been found "factually innocent" of charges he conspired to obstruct justice in the investigation of his son and two other off-duty officers accused of assaulting two men on the street in 2002. Superior Court Judge Kay Tsenin ordered that all records of Alex Fagan Sr.'s indictment, including his police mug shot, be destroyed.
February 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly three of every four adult homicide victims in Washington last year had an arrest history, according to an analysis of court records that casts new light on why the city has one of the highest homicide rates in the country. Although the total of 248 killings last year was a sharp drop from the homicide tolls of the late 1980s and early 1990s, there is a resilient "criminal subculture" in the city that is well-armed and entrenched, said Police Chief Charles Ramsey. "It's a huge problem."
December 9, 2003 | Carla Hall and Gary Cohn, Times Staff Writers
A Hollywood stuntwoman has filed a libel suit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his campaign organization, claiming that after she publicly accused him of having groped her, he attempted to ruin her reputation by suggesting she had an extensive criminal record.
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