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August 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
A 12-year-old girl should spend up to 20 years in state custody for beating a toddler to death in her grandparents' illegal day-care center, a jury decided Friday. She was 11 when she beat 2 1/2-year-old Jayla Belton to death on May 24, striking her on the head and body more than a dozen times and rupturing her liver with the fatal blow. The girl was convicted Wednesday of criminally negligent homicide and intentional injury to a child. The six-man, six-woman jury found her innocent of the more serious charges of murder and manslaughter.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
September 10, 2000
In this country, are you innocent until proven guilty, or vice versa? Ask Wen Ho Lee. SHELLEY MARTIN San Pedro
March 4, 2014 | By Lorie Graham
"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off. " These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. My own 13-year-old, reading these words in the newspaper, asks whether there is something that can be done to help. I begin my usual "It's complicated" - there are legal constraints, there is the lack of political will - but seeing the look in my son's eyes, I say instead, "Yes there is. " The U.N. Security Council, and its permanent members in particular, could take bolder action, working in good faith toward delivering on the promise of the U.N. Charter: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, [and]
August 25, 2009
Whatever their views about capital punishment, most Americans probably assume that a convicted defendant will be released from prison if he can prove that he didn't commit the crime. In fact, the Supreme Court has stopped short of endorsing what lawyers call the "actual innocence" doctrine. But an unexpected order in a Georgia death penalty case may indicate that the justices are coming around to a common-sense view about the due process of law. Last week, they ordered a federal court in Georgia to reconsider the case of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer 18 years ago. Since then, seven prosecution witnesses have recanted their testimony, and dignitaries including former President Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI have pleaded for clemency, with the pope's representative providing Georgia officials with a detailed critique of the evidence used to convict Davis.
September 15, 1986
Rarely has it been proved so eloquently, that a picture speaks for a thousand words as Paul Conrad's cartoon (Sept. 9) lamenting the dastardly murder of innocent worshipers in the Istanbul synagogue. Once again Conrad proved not only his customary genius, but also his compassion for the innocents. DENES MARSH Los Angeles
May 2, 2010 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Literary empires have to start somewhere, and Scott Turow's began 23 years ago with the creation of an unusually trusting prosecutor named Rusty Sabich, whose affair with a somewhat pathological colleague made him the prime suspect after she was found bound, naked and dead. Sabich, of course, was innocent — not much of a murder-mystery if the protagonist is guilty. But the twisting plot Turow hatched for that debut novel, "Presumed Innocent," kept readers thinking and dissecting long after they finished the book.
December 5, 1993
It's very disturbing to read about the things children have to deal with--gang shootings, molestations, teen sex and a poor school environment. What a shame that kids have to face so many intense problems. I recently received an announcement for my 30th high school reunion. I remembered that the only thing I had on my mind back then was what kind of sweet roll did I want to get for nutrition. What has happened to the "innocence of childhood?" MARTY ESTRIN Glendale
June 16, 2002
The Times appears to have solidified an editorial policy to glorify, at every opportunity, the endless stream of Palestinian terrorists who have "no choice" but to murder innocent civilians ("Guide for Bombers Maps His Methods," June 12). Does The Times truly believe that the warped mentality of a chauffeur for would-be terrorists is more newsworthy than the stories of the grandparents and grandchildren whose lives are stolen, with each bomb blast, by the terrorist murderers who pretend to be working for a noble cause?
January 25, 2003
I could not finish "Preoccupied Territory" (Opinion, Jan. 19). Lynn Cohen's point of view, that innocent Arabs are suffering, left no room for outrage at the Arab leaders whose terrorist aims and unwillingness to seek peace are in large part responsible for the present heart-rending situation. It is a known axiom, and I quote Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben: "When leaders go astray, innocent people suffer." Unfortunately, innocent people are suffering on both sides. Since the intifada began in earnest two years ago, more than 700 Israelis have been murdered and over 5,000 Israelis have been burned, maimed, wounded and permanently disabled in terror attacks.
March 1, 2014 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated. While Hollywood executives and film stars chatter about who's going to win Oscars, the buzz in geekier circles is focused on a low-budget film that, despite being at the other end of the quality scale from "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave," could set a worrisome legal precedent. The 13-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," a crude piece of anti-Islamic agit-prop, is best known for triggering outraged protests across the Middle East and northern Africa.
February 26, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered Google to remove from the Internet all copies of an anti-Muslim film that forced an actress from her home because of threats on her life. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a trial judge erred when he refused to grant an injunction ordering the removal of the film, “Innnocence of Muslims,” from YouTube, which is owned by Google. The film sparked worldwide violent protests. "While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa,” 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote.
February 26, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that a dissenting judge called "unprecedented," a federal appeals court ordered Google Inc. on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim video that an actress said forced her to leave her home because of death threats. Google said it would appeal the ruling, but removed the video, "Innocence of Muslims," from YouTube and other platforms. The video has incited violent Muslim protests and has been banned by several Muslim countries. The 2 to 1 decision by the 9 t h U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the actress who appeared in the film never consented to being in it and her performance may be protected by copyright law. "While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa ," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the majority.
February 22, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists - his spiritual kin - were being driven out. "I was looking for a city that was warm in the winter, had access to nature and was primarily filled with weird artists," Moby says, seated in the guest house of his Beachwood Canyon estate. "Honestly, this is the only place that satisfied all the criteria.
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's been a year since Christopher Dorner went on a killing spree to avenge his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Over nine days, he killed two civilians and two law enforcement officers and led authorities on a manhunt that crossed Southern California before he died in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear following a shootout. Communities were nervous, and police feared Dorner might target anyone in a uniform. All of that makes it understandable that police officers were on edge in the early hours of Feb. 7 last year as they took up positions to guard the home of a potential Dorner target in Torrance.
January 12, 2014 | By Andrew Hill
When Dennis Kozlowski leaves prison on parole this week, having served more than eight years for 22 felonies, he will find comfort in Catherine Neal's new book. But for everyone else, the account, which declares the former Tyco chief executive innocent of stealing from the conglomerate, is disappointing. Neal's book, "Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski," is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Kozlowski's name is embedded in the history of the U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in late 2001.
August 22, 2001
Re "Executing 'Mental Children,' " editorial, Aug. 15: I was somewhat surprised by the question: "And have we executed some individuals who were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted?" Is this a trick question? Of course innocent people have been executed! That is the tragedy of capital punishment. It isn't that we believe ruthless killers don't deserve to die. We have no sympathy for out-of-control monsters who are a threat to society. However, the reason some of us support life sentences without the possibility of parole, instead of the death penalty, is because if one innocent person is executed, then the entire system is inherently wrong and should be abolished.
December 27, 2001
Re "9/11: 'Treat Each Day Lovingly, Carefully,' " letter, Dec. 21: Don Stanley writes, " 'Things' have not changed" since Sept. 11. Since I have said that "things will never be the same," I feel I should respond. While I understand what he is saying, I would reply that our lives are based on perception, and that when our perceptions change, so, in effect, do our lives. To live in fear is to live in fear; it becomes the new reality. It doesn't matter that the danger has always existed; the fear did not, but now it does.
January 8, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
The attorney for one of the former officers charged with killing a schizophrenic homeless man told jurors Wednesday his client was trying to avoid a physical confrontation with Kelly Thomas the night of the confrontation. John Barnett said Manuel Ramos  "is innocent, he's not guilty of murder, he's not guilty of manslaughter.” Ramos and a second former Fullerton police officer, Jay Cicinelli, are accused of causing Thomas' death in a furious beating in 2011 at the bus depot in the college town.
December 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A South Los Angeles gang member faces life in federal prison for executing a man in front of his son because the man happened to be Latino and in rival gang territory, federal prosecutors said Friday. Rondale “P-Grump” Young, 30, was convicted of fatally shooting 23-year-old Francisco Cornelio in the back with a shotgun as Cornelio washed his car. Young and another man, Anthony “Bandit” Gabrourel, 40, were part of a carload of Pueblo Bishop Bloods gang members who drove into rival gang territory near the Pueblo del Rio housing projects on Aug. 2, 2009, in South L.A. looking to retaliate for an earlier attack, prosecutors said.
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