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February 13, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case five years ago was convicted Thursday at his retrial. Manuel Ortiz was first put on trial in 2012 along with two former Los Angeles police officers accused of writing false reports and perjury. Prosecutors said that a grainy black-and-white surveillance video - that ended up leading to the drug case's dismissal - contradicted what they said on the stand. Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted and sentenced to community labor and probation, but the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of guilt when it came to Ortiz.
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February 9, 2014 | By Noel Murray
The Armstrong Lie Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Give credit to Alex Gibney: Even with as many documentaries as he cranks out in any given year, he always finds new ways into stories that audiences may think they already know. For "The Armstrong Lie," Gibney tackles disgraced former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, who after years of denials - including to Gibney, who'd been documenting Armstrong's attempt at a comeback - finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Already under fire for siphoning money into a secret fund, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been ordered to pay more than $32 million in legal bills for those it blamed for starting a 65,000-acre forest fire. In a scathing order, Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols, sitting on assignment in Plumas County, accused the agency of covering up, lying and engaging in "egregious and reprehensible conduct. " "The court finds that Cal Fire's actions initiating, maintaining and prosecuting this action, to the present time, is corrupt and tainted," the judge wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach officials Tuesday evening were investigating how a trash truck ran over a man who was lying on a city beach. The victim was being treated Tuesday at a hospital, city officials said in a statement. His name and age were not released, nor were details on his condition. The victim was struck about 9 a.m. on the beach between 54th and 55th place by a "crew member conducting routine trash collection operations in a small truck," officials said. "The individual was reportedly lying on the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I wasn't in the courtroom, but the verdict last week in the felony trial of state Sen. Roderick Wright makes sense to me. It took the jury less than three days to find Wright guilty of lying about where he lived during his run for state Senate in 2008, when voters elected him to represent a South Bay district that stretched from Westchester to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. State law requires candidates to live in the district they want to represent. Wright provided an Inglewood address - a bedroom in a modest house he'd owned for 25 years and rented to an elderly family friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Two days after a jury found him guilty on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felony convictions to be converted to misdemeanors. The Democrat, who represents an Inglewood-area district, was convicted Tuesday of lying about where he lived when he ran for his Senate seat and voted in several elections. On Thursday, he introduced the bill. On Friday, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
A jury has awarded a Los Angeles police officer $260,000 after finding that Pomona police used excessive force on the young cop and unlawfully arrested him. The verdict reached Wednesday evening was a final step in a nearly two-year effort by Sergio Arreola to clear his name after the 2012 encounter that left him fired from the LAPD and facing a possible prison sentence. "This was about showing the officers and showing Pomona that they can't be treating others the way they treated me," Arreola, 27, said.
OPINION
January 19, 2014
Re “The truth about political lies,” Editorial, Jan. 16 Perhaps it's inappropriate to make lying about political figures (and policies) a criminal offense. But it is the major reason for the current political divide. There is no truly objective and widely publicized journalistic “committee” whose sole job is to verify the facts. An “educated citizenry” was suppose to solve this problem, but that hasn't worked. So we must question whether the truth, if it were known, would be chosen over the ideology of choice.
OPINION
January 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Lying by and about politicians is a regrettable and probably permanent feature of American democracy. But should it also be a criminal offense? The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an argument by an antiabortion group challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about candidates for public office. The justices should allow the group's claim to proceed. Using criminal law to police truth in political debate is unnecessary and invites abuse. The Ohio law prohibits false statements about a candidate if they are made knowingly or with reckless disregard of whether they might be false.
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