March 20, 2001 |
Convicted of a brutal murder, Lionel Tate seemed precisely the child that get-tough sentencing laws were designed to punish. Although he was just 12 years old when he beat a young playmate to death, Tate received life in prison without parole. But barely a week after the boy, now 14, was led in shackles from a courtroom, he has become a symbol for child advocates, state lawmakers and even prosecutors who say the laws are too tough and too inflexible.
March 6, 1994 |
Assume you're trying to land a job during a time when the economic pendulum is barely beginning to swing up. Assume further that you have little or no experience at any job of any kind. And, by the way, you have a recent criminal record. As far as much of the world of employment is concerned, you're persona non grata.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1999
The Clinton administration's threat to bring a class-action lawsuit against gun makers might be largely bluster. But even if it is, Tuesday's announcement, along with suits already filed by 29 cities and counties, reflects the real frustration of public officials and ordinary Americans over gun violence--the unending school shootings, workplace massacres and domestic quarrels that turn lethal.
September 28, 1999 |
Negotiators for firearms makers and major U.S. cities met privately Monday in Washington to discuss the potential for settling the wave of municipal lawsuits that have engulfed the handgun industry. Participants, including Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn, declined to give details but said further meetings are planned, suggesting possible areas of common ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1995 |
J. C. Willis of Sun Valley writes: . . . I agree with Mr. Masters on this point: If I'm in danger, it will be me who decides if I live or die, not some punk with a gun who may shoot you (or stab you with a screwdriver) if you don't have enough money in your wallet. You can do what you want to do in that situation.
December 8, 1999 |
The federal government is throwing its weight behind the legal assault on gun manufacturers, intensifying pressure on them to adopt sweeping changes in their business practices by settling lawsuits already filed against the industry by 29 cities and counties. Clinton administration officials said Tuesday that they will join settlement negotiations aimed at limiting the flow of handguns to kids and criminals.