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Emil Matasareanu, the bank robber shot by police in a wild gun battle in North Hollywood and given no medical care, was hit 29 times and bled to death from two bullet wounds to his thigh, the Los Angeles County coroner's office revealed Thursday. His partner, Larry Eugene Phillips Jr.
April 25, 2014 | By Sandy Banks
My column Tuesday on the courtroom tears of a gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison for a campus shooting resonated with readers - but not in the way I imagined it would. I considered the courtroom scene a cautionary message to other young men who glorify gangs and are enamored of guns: You could spend the rest of your life in prison over a stupid vendetta and a single violent act. But readers focused not just on the threat posed by hotheads with guns, but on the perceived injustice of such a long sentence for a young man who didn't kill anyone.
Of all the acts of executive clemency that President Clinton granted as he was leaving the White House, few strike as close to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as her husband's decision to reduce the prison terms of four New York Hasidic Jews convicted of bilking tens of millions of dollars from the government. Sen. Clinton, New York's Democratic junior senator, has said that in general she was a bystander while President Clinton made his decisions on clemency.
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kurt Streeter
A teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii and survived has been turned over to child protective services and is unlikely to face criminal charges, the FBI said. The 16-year-old had run away from home when he climbed a fence at San Jose's Mineta international airport on Sunday morning and crawled into the left rear wheel well of  Hawaiian Airlines  flight 45. “He was not planning on going to Hawaii,” said FBI Honolulu spokesman Tom Simon. “He just got on a plane.” Authorities called it a “miracle” that the teen survived the 5 1/2-hour flight.
April 9, 1993
With banks saying, "Give them the money," and the police saying, "Give them the car," does that mean the criminals have won? PETER W. VASILION Palos Verdes Estates
May 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at taking handguns and assault rifles away from 20,000 Californians who acquired them legally but have since been disqualified from ownership because of a criminal conviction or serious mental illness. The measure, the first of several gun-related bills to reach the governor,  allocates $24 million in surplus funds to hire dozens of additional special agents to tackle a backlog of 40,000 weapons in the hands of people not allowed to possess firearms.
September 11, 1988
Regarding the recent spate of police brutality in San Bernardino and Westminster: I am truly amazed at the outrage and surprise expressed by many community leaders and citizens pertaining to these events. The typically brutal behavior of police is no surprise to me. A respected study originating in Minnesota determined that the behavioral patterns of police and the criminals they are supposed to catch are nearly identical. Intrusion by Orwellicopter, by semi-legal search warrant or by burglary tool are all the same in the end. They expose the same primal bent for domination and brutality by cop and crook alike.
March 11, 2011
California reached a milestone late last month when federal immigration officials quietly announced that all 58 counties in the state are now participating in Secure Communities, a controversial program created to track and deport dangerous criminals. Unveiled in late 2008, Secure Communities is billed as a showpiece of immigration enforcement. Under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, state and local police must check the immigration status of people who have been arrested and booked into local jails by matching fingerprints against federal databases for criminal convictions and deportation orders.
August 21, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The future of crime fighting begins with a story about strawberry Pop-Tarts, bad weather and Wal-Mart. With a hurricane bearing down on the Florida coast several years ago, the retail giant sent supply trucks into the storm to stock shelves with the frosted pink pastries. The decision to do so had not been made on a whim or a hunch, but by a powerful computer that crunched reams of sales data and found an unusual but undeniable fact: When Mother Nature gets angry, people want to eat a lot more strawberry Pop-Tarts.
November 9, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases brought by inmates in Alabama and Arkansas who were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killings they committed as 14-year-olds. On the face of it, that sounds right; in the popular imagination, it's those Bible-belt states in the South that subject children to unthinkable lifelong punishment before they are deemed, by society's cooler heads, to have had the mental and emotional capacity to vote, smoke a cigarette or even see a movie made for older teens.
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Faced with the threat of a ballot initiative on teacher firings that could have placed it in the awkward position of publicly defending child molesters, the California Teachers Assn. agreed to a compromise: legislation to streamline the appeals process for teachers who are accused of such egregious misconduct. The procedures outlined in the bill strike the right balance of providing teachers with due process to ensure that they have not been fired unfairly, while speeding up the process and making it far simpler and less expensive.
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
April 18, 2014 | By Hannah Fry
Orange County prosecutors will consider filing criminal charges against 11 former Corona del Mar High School students and a tutor accused in an alleged cheating scheme in which grades were altered and class exams accessed. Newport Beach police investigated the alleged scheme, which used log-in names and passwords stolen from teachers' computers, and will forward their evidence to the Orange County district attorney's office. All 11 students eventually signed expulsion agreements that banished them from the high school but allowed them to transfer to other campuses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School district.
April 11, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
No criminal charges will be filed against Kern County sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers after a 33-year-old man died last year within an hour of being beaten by authorities . Kern County Dist. Atty. Lisa Green said Friday that David Sal Silva's death was not a homicide, and law enforcement used reasonable force in subduing him. Silva's death received national attention because of the number of witnesses who stepped forward claiming police brutality and because officers detained two witnesses until they turned over their cellphones with video recordings.
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal authorities have detained the interior minister of Michoacan state after determining that he has "possible contacts with criminal organizations," according to a statement released by prosecutors Saturday night. The aggressive action against Interior Minister Jesus Reyna, is a sign that the federal government, which has struggled for months to control the drug-plagued state, is considering the possibility that the influence of narcotics trafficking has spread nearly to the pinnacle of state government.
April 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
FBI agents scored a victory over wannabe pop stars in Wednesday night's ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The CBS procedural drama "Criminal Minds" averaged 10.4-million viewers and a rating of 2.5 among the key 18-to-49-year-old audience, marking the first time the show has beaten Fox's "American Idol" in the key demographic in their common hour.  The demo rating for Wednesday's new episode of "Criminal Minds" was up 14%...
April 2, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - For much of his career, Jude Law has been the archetypal leading man, relying on looks and charm to land featured parts, then deploying them smoothly on screen. But over the past few years, edge and grit have crept into the actor's roles. The transformation reaches its apex when "Dom Hemingway" hits theaters Wednesday. The 41-year-old plays a violent down-on-his-luck crook, sometimes unrecognizable and often despicable, in the film, a character piece in genre clothing from writer-director Richard Shepard ("The Matador")
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