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May 8, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
One of the family owners of the El Ranchito restaurant chain, once indicted in Hawaii for drug smuggling but never tried, was shot and killed just after midnight Thursday as he drove through his neighborhood west of Upper Newport Bay. Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said "several shots" were fired at Joe Luis Avila, 40, of Costa Mesa, through the window of his black 1985 Porsche Carrera convertible.
April 4, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal grand jury indicted 29 suspects, including California state Sen. Leland Yee, with a wide range of crimes, including firearms trafficking and public corruption, U.S. Atty. Melinda Haag announced Friday. Yee, a Democrat who represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, and other suspects were arrested last week on a criminal complaint that outlined the charges behind the grand jury indictments. Yee was indicted on charges of corruption, wire fraud and gun trafficking, the same charges laid out in the complaint.
December 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
The evidence that sent two men to death row was fabricated, and information that could have freed them was concealed, according to an indictment against three former prosecutors and four sheriff's investigators. The indictments by a special grand jury, announced late Thursday, charged all seven with conspiring to railroad men accused in the 1983 rape and killing of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico. The two men were later cleared when one of the sheriff's investigators changed his testimony.
March 16, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
For years, Orange County has been the contrarian while its neighbors have used distinctive and easy-to-spot letter grades to alert would-be diners what to expect when they swing open the door to a restaurant. Now, Orange County is studying whether it too should move in that direction - but rather than assign letter grades, it's considering using colors. Think traffic lights. The color-coded system advanced by the county grand jury - green, yellow and red - would be similar to those used in Sacramento and Alameda counties.
November 10, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
The National Archives and the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum have unsealed long-secret transcripts and other materials from President Nixon's grand jury testimony. The Archives on Thursday released 26 files from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force's collection of documents, including transcripts and “associated materials” from the June 1975 grand jury testimony. Earlier this year, a U.S. district judge ordered the unusual release of the grand jury testimony over the objection of the Obama administration, which argued against the release to protect people's privacy.
November 10, 2011 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
The transcript of Richard M. Nixon's testimony to members of the Watergate grand jury shows the former president as combative, frequently arguing with prosecutors, sparring over questions and challenging their fairness. As he did in public statements, Nixon insisted that illegal activities of which he was accused had precedents in previous administrations. On the second day of his testimony, for example, prosecutors asked about White House efforts to use the IRS against political opponents, particularly Democratic National Committee Chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien, whose office in the Watergate building had been the target of the burglary which began the scandal.
July 29, 2009 | Wire Reports
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will testify today before the grand jury in New York that is investigating weapons charges against him, his attorney said Tuesday. Burress, 31, shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub early on the morning of Nov. 29. He was accompanied by teammate Antonio Pierce, who could also be charged in the case. Burress was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison.
January 22, 1999
Alexander Cockburn's perspective on the function of the grand jury is backward (Column Left, Jan. 14). The accusatory federal grand jury on which I served for five months did not, as Cockburn implies, abuse apprehended criminals; conversely, we 23 jurors defended their rights. In every case of a person suspected of committing a federal crime, such as bank robbery, that person may not be tried in court unless a grand jury, after weighing the evidence presented by a federal prosecutor, judges there is sufficient evidence to warrant an indictment.
January 9, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- West Texas grand jurors on Wednesday are expected to consider the case of a train collision that killed four veterans riding on a parade float last fall. Midland County prosecutor Eric Kalenak will present the case Wednesday to a 12-member grand jury, according to the Associated Press. Kalenak would not tell the AP whether he would recommend an indictment in connection with the Nov. 15 crash, in which a flatbed truck the veterans were riding on in a parade was hit by a Union Pacific train.
March 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Despite protesters' demands for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, it could be days, weeks or possibly months before state and federal investigations determine what -- if any -- charges should be filed.   We asked University of Florida law professor Kenneth B. Nunn to survey the legal process unfolding in the case that has sparked nationwide outrage....
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Paul Pringle
A federal grand jury in Washington took testimony last year about then-U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama's reelection, according to a woman who said she appeared before the panel. Whittier resident Rebecca Zapanta, who is prominent in Latino political and philanthropic circles, told The Times she was summoned to testify in June about telephone conversations she had with Solis, now a leading candidate for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
February 5, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
FBI agents arrested the owners of a now-closed Southern California real estate investment firm on an indictment accusing them of using the business to run a Ponzi scheme that cost victims more than $110 million. John Packard, 63, of Long Beach and Michael Stewart, 66, of Phoenix were indicted on 11 counts of mail fraud, three counts of bank fraud and two counts of bankruptcy fraud. Both men were arrested Wednesday "without incident," the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.
December 24, 2013 | Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted a former El Segundo teacher on suspicion of molesting 13 boys in three counties. Jeffrey Thomas Simonek, 28, faces 20 counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, according to authorities. He was arrested Nov. 26 and remains in county jail in lieu of $20-million bail. According to the indictment unsealed Dec. 12, the alleged crimes occurred between April 2006 and June 2012, with most victims molested multiple times over spans of a few days to several months.
December 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The man accused in the fatal shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on 11 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder, prosecutors announced. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was charged with the murder of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez and attempted murder of TSA Officers Tony Grigsby and James Speer, who were wounded in the Nov. 1 attack. Ciancia, a New Jersey native living in Sun Valley at the time, faces two additional counts related to Hernandez's death: knowingly using a semiautomatic rifle to murder and cause death, and committing violence at an international airport that resulted in death.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Four educators, including the suspended head of the Steubenville, Ohio. schools, pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the grand jury that investigated the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players. Mike McVey, who is on paid administrative leave, and the others entered their pleas on Friday in Jefferson County court. The four were released without having to post bond. “We are confident that we are going to prevail in these cases and prove they're unfounded,” McVey's attorney, Charles Bean, told reporters.
December 12, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Victoria Kim and Robert Faturechi
Federal authorities are seeking to expand their jail misconduct investigation by convincing sheriff's deputies to provide evidence against colleagues and higher-level officials in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to interviews. Some sheriff's officials are already cooperating with federal investigators, including at least one who agreed to become a confidential informant earlier in the inquiry. Legal experts who reviewed the indictments unsealed this week said some deputies mentioned but not identified by name are also likely to be cooperating.
November 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Steubenville School Superintendent was among four adults charged by a grand jury that investigated the case of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl who was raped last year by football players at a party in Ohio. The indictments, a mixture of felony and misdemeanor charges, were made by the grand jury last week and announced on Monday by Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine at a news conference televised from Steubenville. With the announcement, the grand jury has completed its investigation, he said.
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