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August 28, 1993
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti on Friday made public a cost-saving plan that he said will temporarily avert layoffs of deputy prosecutors and enable him to continue to prosecute all kinds of crime for the time being. Garcetti also said he would strongly support voter approval in November of the extension of a half-cent sales tax whose revenues could be used to bring his office and other law enforcement agencies up to last year's spending levels.
April 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Chris Brown is due in a downtown courtroom Friday afternoon for the first time since February when prosecutors accused him of failing to complete court-ordered community service. Prosecutors had argued that proof of the R&B singer's service for a 2009 assault conviction was fraudulent. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin has yet to rule on whether Brown must serve additional community service time in Los Angeles County. If the singer does not fulfill his obligation to the court, he could be sent to jail.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner said Thursday that former Lincoln Savings & Loan operator Charles H. Keating Jr. should receive the maximum 10-year sentence for cheating investors because anything less would "diminish the gravity" of his crime.
November 11, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley continued Wednesday to cling to a lead of about 28,500 votes in the race for California attorney general, according to a Times review of website updates by all 58 counties. Cooley's margin has held relatively steady over San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris during the last few days. The secretary of state reported late Wednesday that counties have more than 1 million ballots still to count statewide ? mostly mail-in ballots that arrived too late to be counted on election day and provisional ballots.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday that it is reopening its investigation of the drowning of Delores Jackson, former wife of entertainer Tito Jackson and former sister-in-law of pop superstar Michael Jackson. The district attorney's office acted in response to new evidence released Tuesday by coroner's officials, who said Jackson may have died of an "assisted drowning." Jackson, 39, was pulled from the pool of her boyfriend, businessman Donald J.
For three miles, the police officers chased the car, sirens blaring. When the suspect finally stopped, as the officers would explain it later, he ignored their orders and tried to bull his way past them. Five bystanders told a starkly different story: the policemen beat and kicked an unarmed black man as he lay on the street. It was not Rodney G. King whom the witnesses saw being pummeled that night in 1988, but a suspected auto thief named Tyrone Demetri Carey.
May 14, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Workers' Comp Panel Established: The Los Angeles County Bar Assn. and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office have named an 18-member task force to make recommendations on the best ways to prosecute workers' compensation fraud. The panel, headed by trial lawyer and former County Bar Assn. President Larry R. Feldman, expects to submit its report in two months.
October 19, 1995
Gov. Pete Wilson on Wednesday appointed a veteran prosecutor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to be a Superior Court judge. Norman J. Shapiro, 52, of Beverly Hills, will replace Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski, who was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appel. Shapiro has been a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County since 1970. The annual salary of a Superior Court judge is $107,390.
May 29, 1992
Deputy Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, candidate for Los Angeles County district attorney, will speak today at a Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. general membership meeting. The event is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Garland Hotel, 4222 Vineland Ave., in North Hollywood. Admission is $20 per person, and the event is open to the public. For information, call (818) 888-2228. KGIL-AM radio and the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
January 22, 2010 | By Jason Song
A former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent pleaded no contest Thursday to unlawfully displaying a badge while allegedly trying to pull a woman over in Pomona. Ruben Zacarias, 81, waved a school district police badge at a woman driving on the 57 Freeway last July and said he was a cop, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Zacarias, who was superintendent for 2 1/2 years before being bought out of his contract by the school board in late 1999, was fined $250 and must pay a $100 restitution fee. Superior Court Judge David Brougham also ordered that the badge -- which was seized by the California Highway Patrol -- be returned to the school district, according to Deputy Dist.
April 13, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors have long been shielded from lawsuits brought by people who were wrongly convicted. Even if a defendant is later shown to be entirely innocent, the prosecutor who brought the charges cannot be held liable for the mistake. The Supreme Court has ruled that "absolute immunity" is needed so that prosecutors -- and judges -- can do their jobs without fear of legal retaliation. But a California case that the high court is considering taking could open a back door for such lawsuits.
February 28, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's Public Integrity Unit is reviewing whether a high-level consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District's building program engaged in a conflict of interest. David Demerjian, head of the unit, said Wednesday that his office has been looking at Bassam Raslan, a district regional director of construction and an owner of TBI Associates, which he co-founded to supply staff to the district's $20-billion school construction effort.
January 9, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County prosecutors acknowledged Tuesday that they failed to inform a West Covina woman about a plea deal in December that allowed her estranged husband out of jail after he pleaded guilty to threatening her with a stun gun. The lapse is one of several decisions the district attorney's office is investigating after Curtis Bernard Harris, 34, kidnapped Monica Thomas-Harris, 37, and killed her before taking his own life over the weekend at a Whittier motel.
December 7, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former prostitute serving life in prison for murdering her abusive pimp sued Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Thursday, contending that he reneged on a promise that would have shaved significant time off her sentence, attorneys said.
September 15, 2006 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney has charged a former radiologist at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center with failing to pay state taxes in 2004, when he was billing the county for marathon shifts at the troubled public hospital in Willowbrook, just south of Watts. The district attorney's office Tuesday charged Dr. Harold A. Tate, 46, with one felony count of tax evasion, which carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.
December 6, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Five candidates have filed papers to run against incumbent Steve Cooley for Los Angeles County district attorney, according to the county's registrar-recorder. The candidates, who must be lawyers, are environmental attorney Roger Carrick, Head Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Higgins, Deputy Dist. Atty. Denise Moehlman, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Anthony Patchett and former City Councilman Nick Pacheco. The office is nonpartisan. Cooley took office as the county's chief prosecutor in December 2000.
April 2, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Deborah Peagler thought she would be home for Christmas. Eight months ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Peagler should be freed from the life prison term she has been serving for 23 years for helping to kill her live-in boyfriend in an Inglewood park. Cooley said then that he believed Peagler, 46, had been a battered woman. That was not considered in 1983 when she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to avoid a death sentence.
September 15, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Wednesday lashed out at criticism that his office rejects the majority of criminal filings against Los Angeles police and sheriff's deputies, saying in a prepared statement that he would not "prosecute cases to please the public." But officials, activists and attorneys said the critique in a report by Merrick J. Bobb, special counsel to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on the Sheriff's Department, showed a double standard.
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