CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1990
Two juveniles were being held on suspicion of murder Saturday after police discovered the registered owner of a car they were driving stabbed to death at her Eagle Rock home. Los Angeles Police Detective Ron Whitt said that police apprehended the two suspected gang members, ages 14 and 15, after they ran a stop sign in a Nissan 280Z about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The car's registration indicated that it belonged to Doniece Taylor, 48, Whitt said.
February 20, 1990
Camp O'Neal, located next to Convict Lake where the apparent drownings occurred, is a year-round institution for high school-aged juvenile delinquents, most of them spending six to 18 months there, officials said. Most of the youths at the privately owned camp were referred there by juvenile authorities in the San Joaquin Valley, said one local official. None of the estimated 50 boys now living there come from Mono County or Southern California.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 |
Five reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the drive-by slaying of a 12-year-old boy last year in Santa Cruz, law enforcement authorities said Monday. Joseph Mendoza was gunned down Aug. 8, 2012, as he was standing on a sidewalk in the city's Lower Ocean neighborhood near the San Lorenzo River. Police said the attackers drove up in a vehicle and that multiple shots were fired from a handgun. Andrew Carerra, 19, and four juveniles were arrested in connection with the killing, the Santa Cruz Police Department said.
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.
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.