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March 13, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Turns out, the NFL isn't dragging its feet on punishing the New Orleans Saints in the wake of their bounty scandal. The league is simply honoring the request of the NFL Players Assn., which asked for time to conduct its own investigation. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed as much Tuesday to the Associated Press. The union said last week that members of its legal team planned to look into the so-called pay-for-performance program, a system that was largely player-funded and paid rewards of $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field and $1,500 for a knockout.
February 9, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Proposition 8 backers, who have longed to get to the nation's highest court, debated Wednesday whether to go there immediately or delay by seeking another review of a federal appeals court ruling that overturned California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage. ProtectMarriage, the Christian conservative sponsor of Proposition 8, is expected to announce next week whether to ask a larger panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider Tuesday's ruling, a decision that could postponeU.S.
January 23, 2012 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who led the investigation of the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has died. Vannatter died of complications from cancer Friday in Santa Clarita, his wife, Rita, said. He was 70. "He was a real blue-collar detective," O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden said in an emotional interview Sunday. "He did his job the best he could and he was a fine detective, one of the best. " Vannatter was among the first detectives to arrive at former football star Simpson's mansion in June 1994 after the stabbing deaths of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Goldman.
October 10, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I'm going to Delaware at the end of the month because there's a chance a bankruptcy judge will side with Major League Baseball — in effect forcing Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers. I'd follow the Parking Lot Attendant to the end of the Earth, Delaware probably qualifying, if there's a chance to wave goodbye. Frank will probably be wearing a custom-made suit, and a different one each day we're there. He might even win the award for fanciest-dressed pauper to ever appear in Bankruptcy Court.
July 20, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles councilwoman unhappy with City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's handling of billboard issues persuaded her colleagues Tuesday to seek a report on other ways of obtaining legal services at City Hall. In a direct challenge to Trutanich, the council voted 13 to 0 to ask for a report on how cities across the nation put together their legal teams –- and on the possibility of separating the city attorney's misdemeanor criminal prosecutions from the work of crafting legislation and representing the city in lawsuits.
April 17, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Thirteen months and counting. That's how long it has been since Mike Dunleavy was fired as the Clippers' general manager and, not so coincidentally, that was the last time he was paid by the team. His long and winding case finally will be heard in arbitration, starting Monday before Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services in Santa Monica. Proceedings are expected to last several days with additional briefs filed afterward, and the judge could issue a decision by June. There is $6.75 million in unpaid salary remaining on Dunleavy's contract.
February 12, 2011 | By Henry Chu and Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday accused Sweden's prime minister of creating a "toxic atmosphere" that made a fair hearing for his client on sexual-abuse allegations impossible. Attorney Geoffrey Robertson told a London courtroom that recent comments by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had turned Assange into "public enemy No. 1" in the Scandinavian nation. Reinfeldt had gone on record sharply criticizing attempts by Assange's defense team to discredit his country's legal system.
February 7, 2011 | By Henry Chu and Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued Monday that their client should not be extradited to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex crimes, saying he was the victim of unduly aggressive prosecutors and would not be guaranteed a fair trial. On the opening day of a two-day hearing, Assange's legal team sought to downplay the severity of the molestation and rape accusations against him and to cast doubt on the credibility and authority of the Swedish prosecutor seeking his extradition, calling a witness who referred to her as an "ultra-radical feminist.
November 25, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Jarecki has identity issues: Wherever the entrepreneur-turned-filmmaker points his cameras, he unearths people acting as if they were someone else. In his Oscar-nominated debut, 2003's "Capturing the Friedmans," Jarecki examined a well-liked teacher leading a terrifying double life. He produced this year's "Catfish," a look at how people can concoct multiple Internet versions of their true selves. And now Jarecki has directed "All Good Things," a glimpse into a woman's unsolved disappearance ?
November 4, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The day before Tuesday's election, 30 mph winds and freezing rain buffeted the state capital of Juneau, but no matter: Mark Vinsel, head of the United Fishermen of Alaska, stood on a street corner waving signs for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. A week or so earlier, Vinsel and some of his fellow commercial fishermen had mailed 4,000 postcards urging boat captains to write in Murkowski's name on the ballot. They organized phone trees to remind friends and crew members of the senator's work on Exxon Valdez oil spill tax benefits, fishing subsidies and salmon habitat protection.
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