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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first four Los Angeles police officers charged with conspiring to frame suspects in the Rampart scandal on Tuesday waived their right to a preliminary hearing and demanded a prompt trial. "My client wants to go to trial quickly to demonstrate his innocence," said Harland Braun, attorney for Sgt. Michael Buchanan. Prosecutors agreed to waive the preliminary hearing, a step that means the trial could get underway as early as Sept. 29.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2000 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A preliminary hearing is likely to be months away in the case of four Los Angeles police officers charged in the Rampart scandal with conspiring to frame people they falsely arrested. A hearing had been scheduled next week for three of the officers charged with conspiring to frame one arrestee. But earlier this week prosecutors added a fourth defendant and additional alleged victims to the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000
The case of a Los Angeles police officer who was to have learned his punishment Wednesday for misconduct during an arrest was postponed until July 24 pending a ruling on a defense motion. LAPD Officer Humberto Tovar was found guilty Monday on allegations involving a 1996 drug arrest he made with then-Officer Rafael Perez. Perez now alleges that their suspect, Toby Semick, was framed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000
A former gang member facing possible deportation was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Thursday and apparently will be permitted to stay in this country. Tony Alvarado, 28, an illegal immigrant who was convicted in 1990 of illegal possession of PCP for sale, has been deported twice, returning both times. But Alvarado says his gang affiliations are a thing of the past. He has a letter from Rep. Howard Berman (D-Panorama City) praising his efforts to shield children from gangs and drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000
A San Fernando man and former gang member who was facing deportation was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Thursday and apparently will be permitted to stay in this country. Tony Alvarado, 29, an illegal immigrant who was convicted in 1990 of illegal possession of PCP for sale, has been deported twice, returning to this country both times. But Alvarado said his gang affiliations are a thing of the past. He has a letter from Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles police officer indicted by a federal grand jury two months ago for allegedly framing a man during a gun possession arrest was charged Wednesday with violating the civil rights of another man in an unrelated weapons case, federal authorities said. Officer Edward Patrick Ruiz of the LAPD's 77th Street Division could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges stemming from both arrests, U.S. Atty. Alejandro Mayorkas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two more convictions of men allegedly framed by Los Angeles police officers have been overturned, defense attorneys said Thursday. Edgar Escobar, 31, and Roberto Candido, 25, had been found guilty of being felons in possession of a firearm, convictions authorities later came to believe were won with false testimony by Rampart Division CRASH officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2000
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday overturned four more cases tainted by alleged police misconduct, including those of two juveniles arrested by officers from the Police Department's Southeast Division. The judge's action brings to at least 79 the number of cases that have been thrown out in the LAPD's unfolding corruption scandal, according to a district attorney's spokeswoman.
NEWS
March 31, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles Police Department's corruption probe has spread beyond the boundaries of the gritty Rampart Division and now includes alleged crimes or misconduct in at least three other areas of the city, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times. Internal LAPD and district attorney's documents show for the first time that authorities are exploring allegations that police crimes or misconduct occurred in the department's Central, 77th and Southeast divisions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Immigration and Naturalization Service agents have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, claiming they were falsely arrested and "treated roughly" by officers at the department's problem-plagued Rampart Division. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, agents Shawn Butler and Ezequiel Garcia say Rampart patrol officers refused to believe that they were federal agents on a surveillance operation.
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