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June 15, 2001 | DAVID HERMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case of a 16-year-old girl accused of torturing and beating an elderly woman to death last July will return to adult court, a San Bernardino Juvenile Court judge ruled Thursday. "She has no compassion, no empathy, no morality or decency," Judge John P. Wade said, explaining why he determined that Christy Phillips, who was 15 at the time of the crime, is unfit to be tried in Juvenile Court.
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January 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Texas teenager who played the "affluenza" card to stay out of prison certainly sounds like a spoiled brat. In fact, he wouldn't deny it; that was his argument for a light sentence - that his overprivileged, under-disciplined life had led to a lack of judgment and concern for others, and therefore he shouldn't be punished severely for his crimes. And in the end, although he stole alcohol, drove far above the speed limit while exceedingly drunk, killed four people with his father's pickup and then fled the scene, he was sentenced to probation rather than jail time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The older brother of an autistic Menifee boy who went missing will be formally charged with his brother's murder Monday, Riverside County prosecutors said. The 16-year-old brother of Terry Smith Jr., 11, was arrested after his brother's remains were found in a shallow grave near the family's home. The brother is due in juvenile court for a detention hearing Monday. Prosecutors will ask a judge to consider charging the brother as an adult at a future court date, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two youths charged with statutory rape and other crimes at a Riverside County high school are scheduled to appear Thursday in Juvenile Court. The suspects, ages 15 and 16, attacked a girl Sept. 25 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, according to law enforcement authorities. The assault took place after classes ended. The youths have been charged with one count each of statutory rape, sodomy by force in concert, sexual battery and oral copulation by force, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Marcus Bell knows how important Los Angeles County courts are for at-risk youth. Bell, a gang intervention and prevention worker in South Los Angeles, has worked hard with young people, trying to get them to not run from police. He's worked with them to get into the courts when they have legal issues, to deal with them responsibly instead of not showing up and having warrants issued at a young age. On Saturday, Bell said he worries about the Los Angeles County Superior Court's cost-cutting plan that includes the closure of the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Juvenile Court will be opened to press coverage regularly, with certain exceptions intended to protect the interests of children, under an order issued Tuesday by the court's presiding judge. FOR THE RECORD: Juvenile Court: In the LATExtra sections of Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, articles about a decision to open Los Angeles County children's courts to reporters erred in some instances in headlines and in text by referring to access by media. The order by Judge Michael Nash specified that those courtrooms be open to the press.
NEWS
April 12, 1988 | Associated Press
Frankfurt officials said today that Mohammed Ali Hamadi, charged with air piracy and murder in the 1985 TWA hijacking to Beirut, will be tried before a juvenile court because he was only 20 at the time. The decision means Hamadi faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment if convicted rather than life imprisonment. In the hijacking, Shia Muslim gunmen seized a TWA jetliner on an Athens-to-Rome flight and forced it to Beirut. A U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
When former Juvenile Court Judge Steven Z. Perren traveled to Sacramento five years ago to ask for $40 million in state funding to help pay for a new juvenile justice complex in Ventura County, he wasn't convinced he would win his case. On Friday, Perren joined county officials at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new courthouse at the El Rio site where the sprawling complex is under construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Lawyers for a 14-year-old Oxnard boy accused of gunning down gay classmate Lawrence King are mounting a novel defense, saying the district attorney's process for charging youths as adults is so flawed that the case should be dismissed and refiled in Juvenile Court. Ventura County prosecutors last year charged eighth-grader Brandon McInerney as an adult, two days after he allegedly walked into English class, took his seat and shot King, 15, twice in the back of the head.
NEWS
August 13, 1998
Harry Simons, 83, Los Angeles County probation officer, juvenile court referee and commissioner for 39 years. Simons began working for the county during summers as a UCLA and USC student deputy probation officer. After serving in the armed forces during World War II, he became a full-time probation officer. Moving into administration, he eventually became director of the Santa Monica office of the Probation Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A detention hearing for a 16-year-old Menifee boy suspected of killing his younger half brother was continued until Sept. 17. The suspect, whom The Times is not identifying because he is a minor, will remain in custody until the hearing, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office. A judge in Juvenile court said Monday the suspect had a history of violent outbursts , and the judge postponed the hearing at the request of defense attorneys. Bail cannot be posted in juvenile cases, Hall said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Singer Chris Brown was set to be arraigned Monday morning for two misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run -- and is due back in court later in the day for another case. The first hearing, in a Van Nuys courthouse, comes from charges the singer faces after a May incident in which L.A. city prosecutors allege he rear-ended another vehicle with his Mercedes. Prosecutors charged Brown with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license, saying he didn't produce one because he didn't have one at the time and didn't swap proof of insurance with the other driver at the time of the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The older brother of an autistic Menifee boy who went missing will be formally charged with his brother's murder Monday, Riverside County prosecutors said. The 16-year-old brother of Terry Smith Jr., 11, was arrested after his brother's remains were found in a shallow grave near the family's home. The brother is due in juvenile court for a detention hearing Monday. Prosecutors will ask a judge to consider charging the brother as an adult at a future court date, prosecutors said.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Jim Newton
Anytime I write about Dependency Court, where foster care matters are heard and decided, I get a load of email, and of widely varying types. There are those, still, who object to a reporter attending hearings of the court, which was generally closed until last year, when Presiding Judge Michael Nash, who oversees Juvenile Court in Los Angeles, reversed that presumption and opened those courtrooms. There are those who complain that The Times generally, and me specifically, are too hard on social workers or others in the system who are trying to do complicated, difficult work and who resent being second-guessed by the press.
OPINION
June 23, 2013 | Jim Newton
Over the years, Judge Michael Nash, who supervises the Los Angeles Juvenile Court, has been tough and persistent. Bucking a long-standing tradition of secrecy, he opened courtrooms in Dependency Court, where the futures of young people in foster care are decided, and he waited out the uproar that ensued without wavering. He regularly confronts some of society's most dispiriting failures and yet he's remained a tireless - and generally upbeat - advocate for children. Last week, though, I found him in an uncharacteristically glum mood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A 12-year-old boy made his first appearance in Juvenile Court on Wednesday after being charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a second-degree murder charge along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the Valley Springs, Calif., stabbing. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case until after he and his legal partner have reviewed the evidence, but said they "have the same questions as everyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich predicted Wednesday that the Antelope Valley, with what some have characterized as the most serious child abuse problem in the county, will get a satellite court soon to handle juvenile dependency cases.
NEWS
November 14, 1986 | JAMES MARNELL
Stephen Baccus' brilliance shone early in life. While most of his classmates in Miami were entering grade 5, Baccus took a short cut to his high school diploma. He jumped from grade 4 to grade 9, and then, at age 11, scored 1,420 out of 1,600 on the college boards. Well, the brilliance shines even brighter today. Baccus on Thursday was sworn in by Circuit Judge Gerald Wetherington in Miami as a lawyer--at age 17. That makes him the youngest lawyer in Florida, and maybe the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Marcus Bell knows how important Los Angeles County courts are for at-risk youths. Bell, a gang intervention and prevention worker in South Los Angeles, has worked hard with young people, trying to get them not to run from police. He has worked to get them to deal with their legal issues responsibly instead of avoiding court appearances so they don't end up with warrants issued against them at a young age. On Saturday, Bell said he worries about the Los Angeles County Superior Court's cost-cutting plan that includes closing Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center in South L.A. In the coming months, the juvenile court will be one of eight regional courthouses closing as the court system struggles to close an $85-million budget shortfall by July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Marcus Bell knows how important Los Angeles County courts are for at-risk youth. Bell, a gang intervention and prevention worker in South Los Angeles, has worked hard with young people, trying to get them to not run from police. He's worked with them to get into the courts when they have legal issues, to deal with them responsibly instead of not showing up and having warrants issued at a young age. On Saturday, Bell said he worries about the Los Angeles County Superior Court's cost-cutting plan that includes the closure of the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center.
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