June 26, 2012
Ruling on two cases involving 14-year-old murderers, the Supreme Court on Monday rightly struck down laws in 28 states that require some minors convicted of murder to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, the justices stopped short of prohibiting all such sentences, thereby muddying the legal waters and making it likely that they will have to consider future cases from states, such as California, where that penalty is permissible but not required. Monday's 5-4 decision involved two crimes.
November 5, 2013 |
Imagine yourself taking a job where, for the first year or two, you have to put up with verbal taunts and physical intimidation from your more senior co-workers; where you are expected to serve their every whim, submit to involuntary head shaving and pick up the tab for thousands of dollars worth of meals that those more senior workers consume. You probably would say, “Take this job and shove it.” That is pretty much what second-year tackle Jonathan Martin told the Miami Dolphins this week when he left the team and returned home to Los Angeles.
September 12, 1993
Juvenile hoodlums rape, rob, kidnap and murder innocent victims on a daily basis. Names cannot be released "because of their age." Isn't it time to change this outdated rule? These "alleged" young criminals may be released on bail pending trial. How will unsuspecting law-abiding families know a possible dangerous outlaw resides in their midst? RUTH V. ENAKEFF, Downey
February 6, 2005
I suppose your new Sunday Opinion columnist, Joel Stein, was hired for his youthful edginess, but all I'm seeing is someone juvenile and coarse. Why not bury him on the Sports pages or somewhere where his stories of porn star encounters won't take space away from the issues facing our troubled city and world? Better yet, fire him and the dope who thought he was a good idea. I have subscribed to The Times since the 1980s, but it's come to this: him or me. Dawna Kaufmann Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2008 |
The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will close two of the state's eight juvenile prisons by July. The department said Friday that the Dewitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility in Paso Robles would close. Together they house about 400 inmates and employ about 800 workers. A declining juvenile prison population and a new state law that aims to keep less serious offenders in their communities prompted the closures.
October 19, 2008 |
A new Iranian judicial directive bans the execution of juvenile offenders for drug crimes but keeps capital punishment for those convicted of murder, a top judiciary official said. Hossein Zabhi, deputy state public prosecutor, said judges are still required under Iran's Islamic-based laws to hand down death sentences for minors convicted of murder if the victim's family refuses financial compensation. Mohammad Mostafaei, a lawyer who has launched a campaign against execution of juveniles, welcomed the new directive but said it was not sufficient.