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February 6, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
On a straight party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile's nomination to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Adegbile, a longtime voting-rights specialist for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had drawn opposition, in particular from Philadelphia officials, because of his representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer there. The Fraternal Order of Police called the nomination “a thumb in the eye of our nation's law enforcement officers.” Other law enforcement groups, the police officer's widow and, most recently, Philadelphia Dist.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are expected to turn out Wednesday for a funeral for a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search earlier this month. The incident occurred the afternoon of Jan. 21 as  members of BART's detective unit were conducting a probation search at a sprawling apartment complex in the eastern Alameda County bedroom community of Dublin. Det. Sgt. Tom Smith was shot by  a field training officer for the force who apparently mistook him for a hostile suspect while emerging from a room, according to a report by the  San Francisco Chronicle,  which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has launched a criminal investigation into the recent cybertheft of more than 110 million Target customers' data, including the credit card numbers of 40 million Americans. "We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches, but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Anh Do and Christopher Goffard
She was beaten and stomped to death in the early morning hours outside a Santa Ana nightclub amid a group of fellow Vietnamese Americans. Some of her friends may have seen who knocked the 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman to the ground or who kicked her in the head as a crowd encircled them. Some may hold the clues that could bring Kim Pham's killers to justice. But as Santa Ana police detectives try to make sense of the melee that led to her death, the investigation is running into a wall of silence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO - Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. in halting the sales.
OPINION
January 19, 2014
Re “Tourist gang-raped after asking for help in India,” Jan. 16 It was horrifying to read of the gang rape of the Danish woman in New Delhi, who was attacked after asking for directions. Tragically, I suspect similar crimes against women occur throughout the world. But is there a sudden upsurge in India, and, if so, why? Or, are attacks in India being disproportionately singled out? Konrad Moore Bakersfield It's hard to understand India's indignation with the strip-search of a diplomat by law enforcement officials in New York when gang rape is epidemic within that country.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Things have gone from bad to worse for Lil Za, a Justin Bieber BFF who was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of felony drug possession: While in custody, he allegedly vandalized a phone in the jailhouse, so now he is facing a felony charge related to that as well. Twenty-year-old Lil Za - real name Xavier Dominique Smith, so you say it "Lil Zay ," not "Lil Zah " - was arrested during a search of Bieber's Calabasas home Tuesday after law enforcement said they found drugs "in plain sight," L.A. Now reported.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and John M. Glionna
ROSWELL, N.M. - The parents of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting two classmates said Wednesday they still loved their son and hoped he got "all of the help that he needs. " Tuesday's attack on students in the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School here appeared to be planned, officials said. Chaves County prosecutors charged the boy as a juvenile late Wednesday with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, all felonies. Some media have identified the boy, but the Los Angeles Times does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The investigation into the death of a newborn baby found beaten and burned in a trash dumpster in Oildale has come to a standstill, Kern County Sheriff's Department investigators said Thursday. “I've been working in law enforcement for 25 years and this is the only case that I can recall where the baby was murdered, dumped and abandoned, and we really have no indication who the parents were,” said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt. “Obviously, this baby was the victim of a violent crime and it's a troubling case," he continued.
OPINION
January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After months of deepening federal investigations, damning news exposes and a scathing county commission report that decried his "failure of leadership," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca finally took the hint Tuesday and announced that he would step down at the end of the month rather than seek a fifth four-year term. It's the right decision, and one we hope will enable the department to reverse some of Baca's many mistakes and begin to fix the many problems that have plagued it during his nearly 16-year tenure.
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