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July 8, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A former transit police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man at an Oakland train station was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday, capping a racially charged case that raised fears in the Bay Area of possible violence after the verdict. Prosecutors accused the ex-officer of intentionally firing his handgun as he tried to handcuff Oscar J. Grant III on New Year's Day 2009. Johannes Mehserle, 28, tearfully testified that the shooting was a tragic accident caused when he mistakenly grabbed his firearm instead of an electric Taser weapon during a struggle with Grant.
April 20, 2010 | Sandy Banks
We're getting tough on drug dealers in Los Angeles these days, sweeping crack sellers off skid row streets shutting down marijuana dispensaries prosecuting doctors who peddle prescriptions like candy to patient addicts. But the story of Dr. Daniel Healy makes it clear that a lot can go wrong between the handcuffs and the prison time. Healy, according to prosecutors, is a most prolific drug dealer. In 2008 alone, he illegally distributed enough prescription drugs to constitute the federal government's equivalent of more than 50 kilos of cocaine or 37,000 pounds of marijuana.
April 7, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
A Desert Hot Springs police officer and a former officer have been charged with using excessive force when they allegedly stunned three unarmed suspects, two of them handcuffed, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Officer Anthony Sclafani, 40, and former officer David Raymond Henderson, 51, surrendered voluntarily and were booked Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles before a court appearance. A federal grand jury indicted the men last year on civil rights charges in three incidents in 2004 and 2005.
March 28, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Clayton Kershaw couldn't throw his curveball for strikes in the first couple of innings Sunday, something that would have spelled trouble at an earlier stage of his career. But his fastball was working. So was his slider. And changeup. According to a chart kept by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt , Kershaw threw seven of eight changeups for strikes and recorded three outs with the pitch. Seven of his nine sliders were thrown for strikes. Relying on the two relatively new weapons in his arsenal, Kershaw was able to bide time until his curveball started dropping into strike zone.
February 14, 2010 | By Terry Gardner
If you're a prisoner of love, you and your Valentine may want to escape to a prison hotel and embrace your sentence -- at any time of year. Liberty Hotel, Boston A Champagne check-in, spectacular views of the Charles River and a concierge that lends handcuffs inspire surrender at the Liberty Hotel. As the Charles Street Jail from 1851 to 1990, the building grew infamous for its squalor. Now it's gaining fame for its sense of humor and beautiful preservation of historic jail catwalks and cells.
August 13, 2009 | Tomoeh Murakami Tse, Tse writes for the Washington Post.
When Frank DiPascali Jr. walked into a federal courthouse Tuesday afternoon, he expected to be able to stroll right back out. Instead, DiPascali, a key witness in the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme, was led away in handcuffs after a federal judge took the unusual step of rejecting the prosecution's recommendation that he remain free on $2.5 million in bail pending sentencing. On Wednesday, while DiPascali, 52, a former Madoff aide, sat in a Manhattan jail, legal experts questioned the effect the judge's decision would have on potential witnesses as the federal government continues its investigation of the billion-dollar Ponzi scheme and other high-profile cases arising from the financial crisis.
July 29, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
An unruly airline passenger who was duct-taped to his seat by flight attendants during an international flight has been convicted of interfering with a flight crew. James Allen Cameron, 50, of Anaheim was convicted Monday for disruptive behavior during an April 23, 2008, United Airlines flight from Hong Kong to LAX. He was also charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting an off-duty pilot during the flight, but the federal jury deadlocked on that count. Prosecutors said Cameron had been drinking and was so belligerent and verbally abusive that crew members, a passenger and an off-duty pilot restrained his hands with plastic handcuffs.
March 13, 2009 | Walter Hamilton
Even with Bernard L. Madoff heading to prison Thursday after confessing to an epic Ponzi scheme, the intrigue over his case deepened as embittered victims pressed the government to find out who may have helped him and where the money went. At a 75-minute court hearing, he pleaded guilty to 11 securities-related fraud counts and said he was "so deeply sorry and ashamed."
June 6, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Rare is the case that lands a defense attorney behind bars with his client. But that's what happened to lawyer Stephen Charles Hollingsworth this week. His alleged crime: tardiness. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John J. Cheroske was so frustrated with Hollingsworth arriving at court late -- or sometimes not at all -- that he threw him in jail as a way of ensuring that the attorney would show up for court on time.
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