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August 28, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The sister of the man accused of kidnapping Hannah Anderson defended her brother in her first interview since he was shot and killed by the FBI, raising questions about James DiMaggio's alleged acts and recalling she told him the teenager was “trouble.” Lora Robinson spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday night, defending her brother from the start of the interview . When Morgan asked if Robinson -- who he referred to as Lora DiMaggio --...
April 14, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
Supporters of Audrie Pott, the Saratoga High School sophomore who committed suicide after three boys allegedly sexually assaulted her, are asking anyone with information about the incidents to come forward. Authorities allege that Pott, 15, was assaulted last fall by the three boys, one of whom snapped a picture of the alleged attack. The photo quickly circulated among Pott's classmates. The teen wrote on her Facebook page that it was the “worst day ever,” according to her family's attorney, Robert Allard.
June 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A second search of New England tight end Aaron Hernandez's home took place Saturday as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of a man whose body was found about a mile away from the North Attleboro, Mass., estate on Monday. The search, which lasted more than three hours, involved police officers, K9 units, a locksmith and a crowbar. It was unclear what the law enforcement officials were looking for, but they searched the home, backyard, a large playhouse and two vehicles, including a white Audi SUV driven by Hernandez, according to
December 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police found no evidence to support a report of a shooting Friday afternoon that caused officials to begin evacuating Pacoima Middle School, authorities said. Officers were deployed to the 9900 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard about 2:40 p.m. after getting a call from a man who claimed he shot two people in a home near the school, according to the LAPD. The officers turned up nothing, said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. "There was no evidence of a crime," she said.
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.
July 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The search of Aaron Hernandez's secret "flop house" has turned up what could be key evidence in the murder case against the former New England tight end. Police found a sweat shirt and baseball cap similar to those worn by Hernandez on the night of Odin Lloyd's death, as well as boxes of ammunition, at the Franklin, Mass., apartment, according to search warrant records. Police say they learned about the apartment, described as a "flop house" in court documents, from Carlos Ortiz, a friend of Hernandez's whom prosecutors say was with the ex-player the night he allegedly arranged the shooting of Odin Lloyd.
January 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities say they were able to use DNA evidence to track down a man who they say brutally beat and raped a 29-year-old woman in her apartment in 2012. The woman, who has not been identified, woke up at 6 a.m. Oct. 27 in her Rowland Heights apartment as Pablo Reyes Bautista, 26, attacked her, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The break in the case came when DNA recently entered by the suspect resulted in a match from a national database. Bautista was arrested "after an extensive manhunt" in Atwater Village, the department said.
March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police said Friday that overnight reports of a gunman holding hostages at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown could not been verified and that the only crime officers could confirm was vandalism to an employee's vehicle. LAPD  Officer Nuria Vanegas said police received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at the site of Homeboy Industries at 130 Bruno St. holding six to eight people inside at gunpoint. Vanegas told KTLA that the caller was not at the location.
September 18, 2009 | Maura Dolan
A federal appeals court appeared divided Thursday about whether key evidence in the Barry Bonds perjury prosecution should be kept from a jury. During a 30-minute hearing, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considered a government appeal of a pretrial ruling excluding evidence prosecutors said would show that the former San Francisco Giants slugger lied under oath when he said he never knowingly used banned substances. Two of the court's more liberal judges, Stephen Reinhardt and Mary M. Schroeder, asked questions skeptical of the prosecution, while Judge Carlos T. Bea, a conservative, challenged a lawyer for Bonds.
July 11, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors and sheriff's officials have for years concealed complaints about law enforcement misconduct and other important evidence from defendants in criminal cases, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by civil rights attorneys and legal scholars. At a news conference announcing the suit, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California blasted the Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office for following policies he said played "fast and loose with evidence of innocence of those prosecuted.
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