September 14, 2009 |
Starting Sept. 16, the largest court system in the nation will be closing the doors of courthouses across the state one day each month. On Wednesday, an estimated 3 million cases will be delayed, 150 jury trials interrupted and 250 child custody cases unheard. Jails will be more crowded as arraignment and release dates are postponed; attorneys and their clients will be inconvenienced, as will jurors; and the public will experience longer lines, more delays and more crowded courtrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
October 24, 2012 |
Police have arrested a teenage boy in the kidnapping and killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Colorado, and authorities said he is also suspected of trying to kidnap a jogger in May. The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld by The Times because he is a juvenile, was booked on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, and attempted kidnapping and murder in the two cases, Westminster Police Investigator Trevor Materasso said at a televised news conference....
October 16, 2009 |
We know that Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) loves his daughter because in the opening moments of "Law Abiding Citizen," we see him happily making bead necklaces with her. Then there's a knock on the door, a baseball bat to the head and Clyde watches helplessly as his wife and little girl are raped and murdered during a home invasion. Clyde, understandably, wants justice, and when he doesn't get it from the system, he wants revenge on everyone involved. Because of that "Law Abiding Citizen" spends a lot of time paying lip service to the inequities of a broken judicial system where "some justice is better than no justice at all."
October 30, 2013 |
Tanya Meyer knew almost immediately that something wasn't right. She let her two dogs, Zoey and Maggie, out of the house and into the surrounding woods in the small town of Rome, Wis., where they live. Maggie came lumbering back within moments last Friday morning. But Zoey, a chocolate 1 1/2 -year old Labrador mix, was nowhere to be seen. “I started calling for her and she wasn't answering," Meyer told the Los Angeles Times. She was worried because the area around her isolated central Wisconsin house is mostly forested, and regularly used as hunting grounds.
March 19, 2006
Re "Sighting of Terrorist in Lodi Questioned," March 15 The terrorism trial in Lodi, Calif., is a textbook lesson on why secret and indefinite detention by the Bush administration is an affront to justice. Officials may lock up a person in the honest belief that the accused is a threat. However, as the Lodi case shows, that belief may be based on information provided through malice, greed or simple error. Only a public trial with adequate counsel can guarantee justice is done and only actual threats to our country are dealt with.