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February 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The jailed husband of self-proclaimed, and so far unsubstantiated, serial killer Miranda Barbour -- who claims to have killed in L.A. -- said in a telephone interview from prison this week that "I still love her. " Elytte Barbour, 22, also agreed during the interview with CNN that "everyone wants to know about her credibility," though he declined to say if his wife's confessions were valid. The two Barbours have been charged with stabbing and strangling Troy LaFerrara, 42, after meeting with him Nov. 11, 2013, through a Craigslist ad in which Miranda Barbour reportedly offered LaFerrara companionship in exchange for money.
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NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Kayla Michelle Finley is probably regretting her decision to rent a VHS tape of “Monster-in-Law” in 2005 -- not because DVDs or Blu-Ray would offer a better picture, but because that VHS rental cost her a night in jail. If that wasn't bad enough, the crime she was arrested for no longer exists in South Carolina. “Larceny -- failure to return a rented video” was taken off the books in 2010. Finley's bad luck began earlier this month when she went to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office to report a “domestic situation,” a sheriff's spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- A reformist-oriented daily Iranian newspaper has been shut down and its manager jailed after the publication was accused of insulting Islam, various media accounts reported Thursday. The incident raises questions about pledges to ease press restrictions from President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who took office in August. The Aseman, or Sky newspaper, which was pro-Rouhani in outlook, was closed for "spreading lies and insulting the holy precepts of Islam,” said the official Islamic Republic News Agency, quoting a source in the public prosecutor's office.
OPINION
February 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
While he was in town late last month to talk with local water agencies and policymakers about the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown also had a lower-profile but just as urgent meeting with Los Angeles County's top criminal justice officials. What is it with you L.A. people, the governor asked, and your resistance to split sentencing? It's a good question, even if it requires a bit of explanation. Under California's AB 109 public safety realignment, low-level felons do their time in county jail instead of state prison, and courts have the option to split their sentences between time behind bars and time under supervised release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school's longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw's award-winning choir, was removed from the school in December and is reporting to work at district offices - often called “teacher jails” - that house instructors who are facing allegations of misconduct. District officials would not comment on the specific allegations, citing privacy laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Citing concerns about prematurely releasing criminals into the community, the Orange County Board of Supervisors refused to allow law enforcement officials to expand the county's inmate electronic monitoring program to include felons. "I understand they need to find an alternative to incarceration, and I appreciate the sheriff's efforts," Supervisor Janet Nguyen said Tuesday. "But I'm still uncomfortable allowing felons to be out on the street. " The move came as the county, like many jurisdictions across the state, grapples with a ballooning jail population and scant resources to house inmates.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A Texas judge on Wednesday ruled out jail time for a teenager whose defense expert argued he suffered from "affluenza" that led him to drive drunk, crash and kill four people in June. At the time of the crash, the 16-year-old driver had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to testimony at trial. He struck and killed four pedestrians: Brian Jennings, 43; Breanna Mitchell, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; and her mother, Hollie Boyles, 52. Two 15-year-olds were thrown from the bed of the pickup and severely wounded, according to a statement from prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Chris Brown avoided being sent to jail Monday after a judge cited the singer's progress in court-ordered therapy, although a probation report in his assault case noted that he had suffered a "setback mentally and emotionally" when he was not fully credited for his community service hours. Convicted in 2009 for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, the "Love More" singer was ordered into a 90-day live-in anger-management treatment program, in which he would have to complete three eight-hour days of community service each week and undergo periodic drug tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An L.A. County Superior Court judge Monday rebuffed another attempt by prosecutors to send Chris Brown to jail, citing his progress in therapy. Brown is on probation for his 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary A. Murray asked the judge in court papers to take the R&B singer into custody for failing to live up to a probation requirement that he "obey all laws. " Murray also asked the judge to set a probation revocation hearing because Brown was arrested last October in Washington, D.C., where he faces a subsequent misdemeanor assault charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man who spent more than three years in a Sacramento jail on charges that he killed his 4-month-old son was released Thursday after prosecutors told a judge they could no longer prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had inflicted the injuries. Everett Bobbylee Quinn, now 24, was arrested about a year after his infant son died in a hospital July 29, 2007. Quinn and his girlfriend called 911 on May 19, 2007, to report that the baby had become unresponsive after vomiting blood.
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