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January 20, 2010 | By Greg Miller
U.S. officials believe that as many as three dozen Americans who converted to Islam while in prison in the United States have traveled to Yemen over the last year, possibly to be trained by Al Qaeda, according to a Senate report. The findings have alarmed U.S. counter-terrorism officials, who think that Al Qaeda has expanded its recruitment efforts in Yemen "to attract nontraditional followers" capable of carrying out more ambitious operations. The report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee underscores the growing anxiety in the United States about the Al Qaeda offshoot, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has claimed responsibility for orchestrating the suspected attempted suicide bombing of a U.S. jetliner bound for Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. "The Christmas Day plot was a nearly catastrophic illustration of a significant new threat from a network previously regarded as a regional danger, rather than an international one," the report concluded.
March 11, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A disbarred attorney charged with stealing nearly $2 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and more than $1 million from other clients was convicted Tuesday of grand theft and will be sentenced to a decade in prison. James Vincent Reiss, once a prominent lawyer for the MTA who defended the agency in multimillion-dollar lawsuits, pleaded no contest to two felony counts of grand theft. Reiss, 52, made the plea as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop nine other felony counts of theft, forgery and fraud.
Two days after a paroled sex offender fatally stabbed a 26-year-old woman, some West Covina residents Wednesday demanded to know why public officials did not inform them of the man's presence in their community. "They should have have let us know that he was out here," said Elaine Carlos, as she pushed two babies in a stroller past the home of the slain woman, Lola Mary Ramirez. "They should have some sort of way of branding people."
February 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Saying she was sending a message to any American who would consider traveling abroad to sexually exploit children, a federal judge on Friday sentenced a retired U.S. Marine captain convicted of having sex with young girls in Cambodia to life in prison. Michael Joseph Pepe, 60, was convicted in 2008 of illegal sex acts with seven girls ages 9 to 12. Six of the girls flew to the U.S. to testify at trial that Pepe, who was working as a civilian teacher in the country at the time, had drugged, bound, beat and raped them in his compound in Phnom Penh.
In a case that could send him to state prison for life, a 25-year-old Inglewood man was convicted Tuesday of felony possession of a firearm for carrying a gun he said he purchased only to protect himself after threats by local gang members. But in ruling that Nigel Fitzgerald Hall had committed his "third strike" felony, Torrance Superior Court Judge Robert M.
August 27, 1986 | From Reuters
Thousands of ex-convicts have been hired by firms in Peking to keep them from reverting to crime, the New China News Agency said Tuesday. It said that in the last three years the firms had hired 12,500 former convicts, more than three-quarters of those released during that time from the capital's prison or labor camps.
February 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Army and Marine Corps are letting in more recruits with criminal records, including some with felony convictions, reflecting the increased pressure of five years of war and its mounting casualties. Defense Department data shows the Army granted more than double the number of waivers for felonies and misdemeanors in 2006 than it did in 2003.
March 10, 2007
Ex-convicts returning to city neighborhoods will receive new job training, housing services, education opportunities, healthcare and other help under a $1.2-million pilot program announced Friday. The city, one of 21 recipients of grants totaling $11.3 million from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will use its money to help parolees from Lancaster state prison make the transition back to their communities.
December 9, 1998
An ex-convict who raped and stabbed a woman in front of her children was convicted of attempted murder Tuesday and may face three life sentences, the district attorney's office said. James Earl Hampton, 30, had been out of prison two weeks and was staying at his mother's house when he attacked a 26-year-old woman who lived nearby, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine Weiss. On the morning of Feb.
Prison officials are scrambling to study the case histories of 40,000 ex-convicts who might be eligible for release from parole supervision under a budget-cutting plan endorsed by Gov. Pete Wilson. In a softening of his hard-line stance on crime, Wilson endorsed a plan by Democratic legislators to save an estimated $30 million to $70 million per year by eliminating supervision of parolees who have been convicted of a single nonviolent crime.
January 8, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former Redlands schoolteacher convicted of having sex with three of her students, and who gave birth to a child fathered by one of the teens, has been released from San Bernardino County jail after serving six months of her one-year sentence. Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 29, was released Jan.5, according to jail records. In addition to wearing a GPS monitor, Whitehurst is required to register as a sex offender. Whitehurst was sentenced under a plea deal reached with the San Bernardino district attorney's office that resulted in her 41 felony charges reduced to six. She had faced up to 29 years in prison.
August 20, 2013 | Joel Rubin
The state's controversial push to relieve severe prison overcrowding has resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department taking dozens of officers away from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts, according to a department report. Since state officials implemented the prison measures in late 2011, the LAPD has had 160 to 170 officers assigned full time to units responsible for keeping tabs on thousands of felons who are living in Los Angeles after their release from prison. Prior to the new rules going into effect, the felons would have been supervised by state parole officers.
August 14, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The Orange County district attorney's office planned Wednesday to oppose the parole of a former Marine convicted of stabbing and killing another Marine in 1980. Over 20 years later, the inmate, Roy Garcia, 54, remains a risk to the public, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Garcia possessed illegal knives and engaged in mutual combat while incarcerated, prosecutors said. He blamed alcohol for his violence, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.
December 24, 2012 | By John Hoeffel and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
WEBSTER, N.Y. - Two firefighters lay in the road, shot. Two others were seriously wounded. "We are being shot at, multiple firemen down, multiple firemen shot," one firefighter radioed early Monday. "I am shot. I think it was an assault rifle. We have multiple firemen down. " One police officer said he saw a man in dark clothing moving around in the morning darkness, and the flashes from his gun as he fired. Someone else radioed in from the scene, with what sounded like more gunshots in the background.
October 24, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
In "Francine," Oscar-winner Melissa Leo plays a woman struggling to reestablish her sense of self after being released from prison. Unable and somewhat unwilling to connect with others, she seeks solace instead in animals. Bouncing from a job in a pet shop to working in a veterinary clinic, Francine begins hoarding animals at home, building a menagerie she can't properly care for. Filmmakers Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky focus closely on Leo's title character, leaving supporting characters on the periphery of her world.
June 27, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A former neighbor was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the slayings of a 2-year-old boy, his mother and the child's nanny in a Miracle Mile-area apartment nine years ago. As the first guilty verdict was read, Robin Kyu Cho collapsed forward onto a table, buried his face in his hands and began sobbing, his shoulders heaving. His attorney, Andrew Flier, crumpled a piece of paper and abruptly stood up while the verdicts were being read, angrily throwing the paper into a trash can. The jury deliberated for about a week before returning the verdicts.
The painful process of peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians has taken a bizarre and potentially dangerous twist in this tiny test-case site for Palestinian self-rule. Since June, Israel has dumped in Jericho about 520 Palestinians released from its prisons. The ex-convicts have been ordered to stay in Jericho until either their sentences expire or Palestinian self-rule is extended to the rest of the West Bank.
A Newbury Park man whose ties to an anti-government militia group landed him in jail last year for 300 days is now free and said he hopes to follow a different path: a life devoted to the poor--like Mother Teresa. And while Timothy Paul Kootenay said he hopes such a mission would take him far, far away, the journey will have to wait until he is no longer on probation.
June 8, 2012 | By Jason Song and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The number of state prison parolees freed from law enforcement supervision jumped more than sixfold in April as a little-known law that speeds up the release process took effect. About 8,500 parolees were taken off supervision, a number that surprised many law enforcement officials who said they were racing to figure out how to deal with it. By contrast, about 1,300 parolees were discharged in March. The shift has two major effects. It means those parolees will receive fewer rehabilitation services designed to ease their transition out of prison.
April 18, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
An ex-convict who was free on probation has been arrested after police discovered tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items they say he may have stolen from cars parked near movie studios. Police believe Sean C. Ray, 35, of Los Angeles rented a Mercedes-Benz convertible to avoid calling attention to himself while driving the streets and scouting cars to burglarize. Ray was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, LAPD Det. Jim Hays said at a news conference in front of the Hollywood Community Police Station.
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