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December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
April 11, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and his attorney welcomed the completion of a confidential city investigation into sexual harassment claims against him, saying through a spokesman Friday that the findings supported their assertion that the allegations are "baseless. " The investigative firm Batza & Associates produced a report saying it did not find evidence to support former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's claim that the councilman engaged in discrimination, retaliation, harassment or the creation of a hostile work environment, according to a section of the report obtained by The Times.
Prosecutors on Tuesday displayed a series of graphic autopsy photos for jurors in the murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez that appeared to reduce the brothers to tears. The color pictures show that their father, Jose Menendez, was hit six times and their mother, Kitty Menendez, 10 times with shotgun blasts. Jose Menendez suffered a fatal shot to the back of his head, a coroner's deputy testified as prosecutors posted a picture of the wound.
April 6, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our manager refuses owner requests for documents, causing our association to be sued several times a year. Each time she comes to court as a defendant, she brings her so-called evidence and answers, "Your honor, see Exhibit X. " She overloads on exhibits, most of which are contrived for the purpose of that hearing. Her main strategy includes putting on big exhibit head notes supposedly explaining what each exhibit consists of, but when the exhibits are scrutinized and read, they have little or nothing to do with what is head-noted.
A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.
November 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost two weeks, jurors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers have been focusing on the bloody details of parricide, replayed shot by shot and larger than life. It has been grim work. They have heard the chilling, metallic clicks of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun similar to the alleged murder weapons; they have seen the blood-encrusted polo shirt Jose Menendez wore when he died. And countless autopsy photos have been projected on a courtroom screen.
Prosecutors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers on Monday previewed a high-tech reconstruction of the Beverly Hills mansion crime scene that shows Jose and Kitty Menendez were executed by their sons, who then shot them in the knees to make the killings look like a mob hit. Deputy Dist. Atty. David P.
Nadia Puente thought she was going to help a teacher unload some books when she entered a gray car while walking home from school the afternoon of March 20, 1989. Early the next morning, the body of the 9-year-old Santa Ana girl was found stuffed in a silver trash can at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Authorities allege that Nadia was kidnaped, sexually assaulted and killed by Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 34, a former assistant manager of a Taco Bell restaurant in Westminster.
An evening of drinking and drugs descended into a grisly, lethal confrontation that ended in the shooting deaths of three young women in Pasadena, court documents filed in the case reveal. Filed in Pasadena Municipal Court in support of murder charges brought against two suspects, the documents are reports of investigations conducted by detectives at the murder scene and their interviews of witnesses and suspects.
March 11, 2010 | By Georgia Garvey
An Illinois man who has spent more than 30 years in prison for a 1978 murder asked that much of the evidence pointing to his innocence be dismissed, and on Wednesday a judge agreed. But Judge Diane Gordon Cannon asked that Anthony McKinney sign an affidavit stating that he understood the consequences. The evidence that could free him was unearthed by Northwestern University journalism students on a project for the Medill Innocence Project. Prosecutors have subpoenaed the students, their professor, a private investigator working with the project, the grades students received for their research and their unpublished notes, among other things.
March 25, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles dismissed criminal charges against nine people in a $30-million stock-manipulation case after concluding that misstatements in obtaining court approval for key wiretap recordings made the evidence unusable at trial. The dismissals were an embarrassing setback for prosecutors who were bursting with pride last year when they announced the indictments, the result of a three-year investigation. U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. said investigators had relied heavily on wiretap evidence, which is rarely used in white-collar cases.
March 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The head of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers had been uncompromising since early December,  when a judge ordered him to turn over some evidence. So uncompromising that he made a meal of evidence. But first some background: A defense attorney in Miami had wanted to read the tip given to Crime Stoppers that led to his client's arrest on suspicion of cocaine possession. The Crime Stoppers' boss, a former police chief, finally decided to follow a court order and brought in a printout of the anonymous tip last week.
March 14, 2014 | By James Romm
This week, as the Ides of March approaches - the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship - the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way off from the Augustan "Golden Age" of ancient Rome, an era that produced art and literature still admired today.
March 12, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - A police officer left a shoe print - later apparently wiped off - on the door that is one of the most crucial exhibits in the murder trial of South African Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, defense attorney told Pretoria's high court Wednesday. Pistorius shot through the door when he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who had locked herself in a toilet off the bathroom in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. The broken door with four visible bullet holes stood in the courtroom Wednesday.
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
March 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. -- An angry military judge scolded U.S. Army prosecutors Monday for failing to turn over evidence to lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in his sexual assault court-martial. The judge, Col. James L. Pohl, dismissed the jury for the day and granted a defense motion to reconsider his dismissal last week of a request to drop all charges against Sinclair. The general's lawyers say he cannot get a fair trial because the case has been tainted by "unlawful command influence," or political interference, by top Army officials.
February 28, 2013
Rakim is one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, and has to be on the shortlist of anyone's cast of Best MC's of All Time. Younger acts are lauding his influence (see ASAP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers), and he takes to the road for this tour with Dilated Peoples' mainstay Evidence. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. 7 p.m. Sat. $20. .
March 30, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Facebook friends may not be all that friendly, according to a new survey. In yet another examination of the negative social and psychological vibes generated by Facebook participation, researchers reported this week that 85% of women say they have been annoyed by their Facebook friends' postings. The survey of more than 400 women, from Eversave, a company that offers daily deals online, was conducted to examine how social networking influences consumers' reactions to daily deals.
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves
From the balcony of her Crescent Drive apartment, Shari Able takes in the luxurious view - a picture-postcard panorama of the homes of Beverly Hills. Her home sits above a Whole Foods stocked with organic kabocha squash and Dungeness crabs. Rodeo Drive's boutiques are a brisk walk away. But the 74-year-old is quick to warn elderly suitors who think her 90210 ZIP Code means a cushy bank account. Her federally subsidized apartment costs her roughly $200 a month, she said. "I told one guy from Long Beach, 'I live in Beverly Hills, but it's the only HUD building in Beverly Hills,'" Able recalled one morning over coffee and madeleines.
March 3, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Can a piece of paper be a smoking gun? A decade ago, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham after a trial in which an arson investigation and a jailhouse snitch named Johnny Webb seemed to prove Willingham had set a 1991 house fire, killing his three children. Yet even before the trial began, doubts surfaced about the veracity of the arson report, which ultimately was discredited as abjectly incompetent. As for the witness Webb, the prosecutor at the time, John Jackson, insisted he had made no deal in return for Webb's testimony, the kind of detail jurors need to know to weigh the veracity of a witness.
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