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NEWS
April 2, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
Every now and then, The Times publishes an article that draws all kinds of witty, funny and germane responses from our letter writers -- that probably won't get published on the space-constricted letters to the editor print page. Sandy Banks' column on Saturday sympathetic to actress Lindsay Lohan and her lawyer was one of those pieces. This isn't to say we never publish letters written in response to lighter, celebrity-focused news. But it is likely that given the weighty topics of the last few weeks (the Trayvon Martin shooting and healthcare reform in the Supreme Court, to name just two examples)
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NATIONAL
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In the world of criminals and the law, it is every felon's last plea: It's not my fault that I'm in jail, my lawyer messed up. Sometimes, the courts even agree. In Connecticut, a judge ruled in a famous murder case that celebrity lawyer Michael Sherman was ineffective in presenting a viable defense for Michael Skakel. Judge Thomas Bishop ordered a retrial of the Kennedy relative in the 1975 death of Greenwich, Conn., teenager Martha Moxley. The decision was released  Wednesday.
WORLD
November 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden's offer to testify in Germany about controversial U.S. surveillance programs drew a swift warning from the Kremlin on Friday that he would lose his Russian asylum if he travels abroad or discloses U.S. intelligence secrets while in Russia. In an open letter made public Friday in Berlin by a German lawmaker, Snowden alluded to "the difficulties of this humanitarian situation," referring to the conditions of his Russian protection from U.S. extradition requests.
OPINION
April 21, 2011
The Human Rights Campaign has been a powerful force for the rights of gays and lesbians, but the organization has stumbled in objecting to the hiring of a former solicitor general to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The tradition of lawyers defending unpopular or controversial clients is an honorable one. DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and permits states to refuse to honor same-sex marriages...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The lawyer for a group of Los Angeles residents suing to redraw year-old boundaries for 15 City Council districts on Wednesday accused two top elected officials - including newly installed Mayor Eric Garcetti - of violating federal voting rights law when the maps were developed. Attorney Leo Terrell sent a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder alleging that Council President Herb Wesson and then-Councilman Garcetti created the maps in a way that benefited "certain politicians" while disenfranchising the public.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Tuesday, America's least-beloved mother, Casey Anthony, granted her first post-acquittal interview to CNN's Piers Morgan. If you, like millions of Americans, have been curious about what Anthony's been up to since she was found not guilty of murder last July, the answer is: reading"The Hunger Games" and watching"The Three Stooges. " (No, really.) On Tuesday Anthony, who's been in hiding for most of the last year, spoke with Morgan on the telephone for 10 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Chris Brown's lawyer is attempting to block an order to transfer the singer into U.S. marshal custody for a Washington, D.C., assault trial. Brown is being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail under a judge's order after he was ejected from a Malibu rehab facility. He had been ordered to rehab after violating terms of his probation in connection with a 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge in the nation's capital after he was accused of striking a man trying to take a picture of him outside the W Hotel.
SPORTS
February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
When Alex Collins, a star running back at South Plantation High in Florida, decided to sign a letter of intent to go to Arkansas during National Signing Day on Wednesday, his mother, Andrea McDonald, was unhappy. She was so unhappy, she took the letter of intent away and left the house. She wanted her son to go to Miami so he could stay close to her. Eventually, Collins' father, Johnny Collins, stepped in, and Alex Collins signed and faxed his letter intent to Arkansas on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A lawyer for 13-year-old boy who killed his neo-Nazi father blasted a judge's decision Thursday to place him in a state-run juvenile justice facility for a maximum of 10 years, criticizing not only the ruling - a "miscarriage of justice" - but also the "antiquated" process.  "She got it wrong, we knew she would get it wrong," attorney Punam Grewal said of Judge Jean P. Leonard's ruling shortly after it was announced. The boy had been found guilty of second-degree murder and using a gun while committing a felony - crimes that carried a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
A recently confirmed case of meningitis in Los Angeles County and a spate of others striking gay men in New York City have officials in West Hollywood warning residents to take precautions. "We don't want to panic people," said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran, who serves a community with a heavy gay and lesbian population. "But we learned 30 years ago the consequences of delay in the response to AIDS. We are sounding the alarm that sexually active gay men need to be aware that we have a strain of meningitis that is deadly on our hands.
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