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December 19, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Thursday tossed out several charges against two of three young men, including the son of a top Orange County sheriff's official, accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and videotaping it. The ruling scales back the possible penalties and is a big victory for the high-powered defense team employed by Donald Haidl, a wealthy businessman and campaign contributor to Sheriff Michael S. Carona who works without pay as an assistant sheriff.
December 7, 2003 | Claire Luna and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
As trial nears for a teenager accused in the gang rape of an unconscious girl at his wealthy father's Newport Beach home, a lawsuit filed by his family further tangles a legal frenzy surrounding the case. Newport Beach police say Gregory Haidl, 18, and two friends videotaped the 16-year-old girl in July 2002 as they took turns raping her at the home of Don Haidl.
November 15, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Four teenage boys once locked in their cells for up to 23 1/2 hours a day at the Men's Central Jail checked into their new temporary home Friday in Norwalk, where they will be allowed to attend classes and eat meals in common areas. They are the first group of juveniles charged with adult crimes to be moved out of the Los Angeles jail since summer, when local ministers, youth advocates and others criticized the harsh conditions under which the young men were being detained while awaiting trial.
October 10, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
By the time the embers inside the Anaheim apartment building had cooled, 100 people were homeless and a firefighter was injured after having plunged through the roof. The fire setters turned out to be ages 6 and 7. They had been playing with matches. A week later another child, this time a girl from Placentia, escaped injury but destroyed her bedroom after she lighted a candle.
September 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Appeals court judges hearing the case of Lionel Tate, the teen whose lawyers said he was imitating pro wrestling moves when he killed a 6-year-old girl, questioned whether some children might be too young to be imprisoned with no chance of parole. Tate, who was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, was too immature to understand what was at stake when he was sentenced to life without parole, his attorneys argued in a West Palm Beach courtroom. Judge Fred A.
July 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Three teenagers have been arrested in the apparent gang-related shooting death of a man who confronted them outside his mother's apartment in November, police said. A 16-year-old who allegedly admitted to the shooting and two 15-year-olds will be charged in the slaying of Jonathan Townsend, 18, of Windsor, authorities said. The two younger boys were picked up in Santa Rosa. The older boy was arrested in Rochester, Minn. The three are members of a Santa Rosa street gang, police said.
June 28, 2003 | Greg Krikorian and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County Grand Jury recommended Friday that authorities no longer detain youths being tried as adults in the Men's Central Jail, concluding that the controversial practice may contribute to higher recidivism rates among teenagers. The grand jury's finding, announced as part of its voluminous year-end report, comes amid increasing criticism -- by local, national and international groups -- of living conditions for minors at the adult facility.
June 25, 2003 | Greg Krikorian and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed several county departments to report back in one week on alternatives to jailing dozens of juveniles in the Men's Central Jail who are being tried as adults. The action was taken at the urging of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who cited "serious concerns" by the state Department of Corrections, local clergy and others about living conditions at the 44-bed jail.
June 20, 2003 | Jean Guccione and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
About 50 demonstrators held a noisy protest Thursday outside the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, demanding that county authorities immediately end the practice of incarcerating minors within the adult facility. "What we are doing to our youth at Men's Central Jail is nothing short of a sin," chaplain Javier Stauring, co-director of detention ministry for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, told the crowd. "We cannot afford to continue to throw these lives away."
December 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich demanded an immediate explanation from county probation chief Richard Shumsky on Tuesday regarding how a 15-year-old gang member accused of murder managed to escape from custody during a visit to an orthodontist. Daniel Ortiz was shackled at the ankles and under escort by two unarmed Los Angeles County probation officers Monday morning when he bolted and jumped into a car driven by an unidentified armed man, police said.
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