CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1985
A young man from Garden Grove man and four youths, stopped by Costa Mesa police while driving through an industrial area at 3:20 a.m. Monday, were arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, authorities said. "There was no reason for them to be driving around there," Costa Mesa Police Lt. Tom Durham said Monday. He was referring to the industrial complex at Cadillac and Scenic avenues, in the northwest corner of the city.
May 18, 2010 |
California prisons hold 249 inmates sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles, but only two are likely to win review of their sentences following a Monday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, state prison officials said. Correction officials said only three juvenile offenders in the state have been sent away for life without parole for crimes other than murder, and one was resentenced last year when a state appeals court came to the same conclusion as the high court that the sentence for a youth offender constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life. Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences.
May 18, 2010
When the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that executing juveniles amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, the author of the majority opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, made two convincing arguments: that juveniles are less capable of appreciating the consequences of their actions than are adults (something every parent knows) and that putting them to death violated "evolving standards of decency." On Monday the court, again in an opinion by Kennedy, rightly concluded that the same considerations make it unconstitutional to sentence minors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses other than murder.
October 18, 2013 |
The mother of one of the girls charged in the Florida case of cyber bullying has been arrested on charges of abusing children, the Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. Vivian Vosburg, the mother of one of the girls, has been taken into custody on two counts of child abuse and four counts of child neglect, Sheriff Grady Judd said at news conference. He said the arrest was unrelated to the cyber bullying that led to the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. On Sept. 9, Rebecca jumped off of a silo at an abandoned cement plant in Lakeland, Fla. Authorities said she had been targeted for about 10 months by two girls, one 14 and the other 12. The girls told Rebecca she was “ugly” and "should go kill herself" on numerous occasions, according to the arrest affidavit that was released publicly under Florida law. After Rebecca killed herself, the older girl posted messages on Facebook admitting the bullying.
May 24, 1989 |
A federal judge today declared unconstitutional the District of Columbia's curfew law for juveniles designed to reduce drug-related violence in the nation's capital. U.S. District Judge Charles Richey said the law "subjects the district's juveniles to virtual house arrest each night" and "is a bull in a china shop of constitutional values." He said the law fails to differentiate among juveniles likely to involve themselves in mischief or among activities most likely to produce harm.
March 3, 2005
Re "Supreme Court Bans Execution of Juveniles," March 2: How come the folks who want the U.S. Supreme Court to allow posting the Ten Commandments on courthouses in Texas also want the court to allow the execution of juveniles? I guess it's just the Nine Commandments they want -- that pesky old "Thou Shalt Not Kill" can go. Phil Brimble Los Angeles By ruling that juvenile criminals under age 18 could no longer receive the death penalty, because such executions were cruel, the U.S. Supreme Court made a bad decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1993
This letter is in response to "Police Actions Causing Teens to Drive Drunk," by Stephanie Zambukos (Letters, Nov. 21). I can't believe the ignorance of some people, blaming the police (yet again, for something else). This time for the high teen DUI rate. Well, since we're blaming people, let's blame the victims, after all, they're the ones who called the police. Or maybe we should blame the parents who knowingly allow their children to attend these parties. Better yet, let's blame the irresponsible juveniles who drink to excess.