CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told local law enforcement agencies Tuesday that they were not obligated to comply with a federal program whose stated goal is to deport illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes. It was Harris' first public assessment of Secure Communities. Under the program launched in 2008, all arrestees' fingerprints are sent to immigration officials, who may ask police and sheriff's departments to hold suspects for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release so they can be transferred to federal custody.
November 5, 2012 |
For anyone seeking the original source of the $11 million political donation from an obscure Arizona nonprofit, Monday morning's disclosure was unsatisfying. The out-of-state group said only that the money came from other nonprofits. But the disclosure was revealing in its own way, showing how a chain of blandly named organizations can shuttle money around the country with little transparency. It also showed more ties to Charles and David Koch, billionaire energy executives and secretive Republican donors.
October 30, 2012 |
August 24, 2012
Daniel Larsen is the victim of a continuing injustice. Despite a finding by two federal judges that no juror who heard all the evidence in his criminal trial would ever have convicted him and despite an order that he be set free as a result, he remains in custody. That is a violation of his most basic rights. There is, however, a way to correct this wrong: Gov. Jerry Brown should pardon him. Larsen was at the Golden Apple bar in Northridge about 1 a.m. on June 6, 1998. There was a fight and police responded.
July 24, 2012 |
California's attorney general announced more than $4 million in penalties have been levied against defendants in a national loan modification scam. Half of the money will go to consumers who were duped. Over 1,000 customers were caught in the ploy and paid a total of more than $2 million in modification services to Orange County-based Statewide Financial Group Inc., according to a release Tuesday from the office of Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. “These defendants took advantage of vulnerable people in extremely difficult circumstances, including many who faced imminent loss of their homes,” Harris said.
June 22, 2012 |
June 6, 2012 |
By this time in November, three women of color could be filling what are arguably the top three positions of justice and law enforcement in California -- the same state that was the first to send two women to the U.S. Senate. In Tuesday's primary, Los Angeles County's chief deputy district attorney, Jackie Lacey, put some voter daylight between herself and her second-highest challenger, fellow prosecutor Alan Jackson, in the race to succeed Steve Cooley as district attorney.
April 16, 2012
It's been five years since the housing bubble burst, yet hundreds of thousands of California homeowners remain in default and en route to foreclosure. Some of these troubled borrowers will benefit from new consumer protections included in a nationwide settlement that five major banks agreed to in February, including a requirement that foreclosure proceedings wait until the bank considers a modified mortgage that would be less costly to borrower and lender alike. Those protections, however, extend no further than the five banks and the loans they service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2012 |
Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks agreed Tuesday to screen their prospective online dating clients for histories of sexual assault, violence and identify theft, California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harris announced. The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit brought last year by a Match.com client who was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender to whom she had been matched by the dating service. The companies also promised to improve safe-dating advice offered online and to educate clients about the risks of being targeted in financial scams.
March 1, 2012 |
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told a judge she is entitled to pursue a lawsuit against the estate of a former Bernard Madoff investor for allegedly violating state laws, and the court should bar interference in the "people's action" by the Madoff trustee. Harris, who has a state enforcement proceeding against the estate of Stanley Chais, made the statements in a Bankruptcy Court filing in Manhattan in response to a lawsuit by trustee Irving Picard, who said he alone has the right to claw back money stolen from Madoff customers.