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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entering the debate over Proposition 36, a state appeals court has agreed to hear arguments on whether drug defendants convicted before the measure took effect July 1 can be sentenced to drug treatment rather than time behind bars. Responding to a writ from the Los Angeles County public defender's office, a second appellate district panel on Thursday ordered the release of an inmate who had been sentenced to jail rather than treatment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is believed to be the first legal challenge over how Proposition 36 is enforced in court, prosecutors in Anaheim have filed seven appeals accusing judges of authorizing drug treatment for defendants whose crimes they say are not covered by the initiative. The Anaheim city attorney's office contends several Orange County judges have unlawfully used Proposition 36 in misdemeanor cases in which defendants have been arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia, including pipes and syringes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Downey Jr. became the first high-profile beneficiary of Proposition 36 on Monday, avoiding prison by pleading no contest to drug charges stemming from his November arrest at a Palm Springs resort. Had he entered his plea just a month ago, Downey almost certainly would have landed behind bars, prosecutors said. Instead, he will be sent back to rehabilitation under a ballot measure approved by voters last fall that mandates treatment, not prison, for many drug offenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Misti Kerns, Christina Nixon and Nicholas Hernandez sat shoulder to shoulder last week in Division 42 of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, joined together by handcuffs and their small roles in a major new chapter of California law. With little more in common than their addictions to cocaine, the three appeared before Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus and were sentenced to drug treatment--rather than state prison--under a landmark voter initiative that took effect two weeks ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Proposition 36 takes effect across the state, officials are viewing with concern an Orange County pilot program in which 40% of defendants who received drug treatment failed to complete the program. More than 700 defendants have taken part over the last few months in what was designed as a transition to the treatment programs that thousands of drug offenders statewide are now eligible for under the voter-approved initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Louis Diblosi Jr. bought a $4-million estate on a gated private drive in Malibu, he didn't expect a cluster of drug abusers would move in across the street. But that's what could happen in September, when the Passages residential drug rehabilitation center hopes to open for business on Meadow Court. Owner Chris Prentiss, who is seeking state licensing, plans to charge clients $37,500 a month for treatment and the ocean view.
SPORTS
July 10, 2001 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking advantage of a law that went into effect only nine days ago, Avenger quarterback Todd Marinovich won a victory in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday by requesting to be convicted of felony heroin possession. Marinovich's sentencing agreement allowed him to enter a new phase in his drug treatment and sidestep sanctions--and possible jail time--for violating the conditions of his court-ordered rehab program.
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite months of preparation, the state's largest local criminal justice system could be overwhelmed by a new law transforming California's approach to drug users. Just weeks before the July 1 launch of Proposition 36, Los Angeles County judges, attorneys and other officials say the county could find itself without enough courtrooms, treatment centers or counselors to handle an estimated 20,000 or more defendants a year who will be eligible for drug treatment rather than prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County prosecutors said Monday they will not file misdemeanor narcotics charges against actor Robert Downey Jr. stemming from his arrest last month in Culver City. Instead, the district attorney's office will let state corrections officials deal with Downey for violating conditions of his parole, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. Downey, 36, is on parole from a 1996 drug conviction and has served about a year in prison after violating conditions of probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film and TV actor Robert Downey Jr. may spend six months in a residential drug treatment program for violating his parole in the wake of his arrest this week on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, authorities said Wednesday. Parole officials are considering a range of options, from stepping up Downey's parole supervision to residential treatment, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
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