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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1987
Surely there can be no more poignant or tragic enactment showing the dangerous defects in so-called mental health law (Lanterman-Petris-Short Law of 1968) than that of Markowski. "He is a threat to everyone." (Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner) "I see no moral distinction between this case and the person who put poison in Tylenol." The judge felt the same way and attempted murder charges were filed. On June 23, we are informed, Markowski pleaded "Kill me, kill me. I have AIDS," while being apprehended.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted rapist is heading back to a state mental hospital to await trial on whether authorities can continue to hold him years after he was to be released from prison. Retired Ventura County Superior Court Judge Allan Steele ruled Friday that Ronald Steven Herrera, 55, is likely to rape again and should remain in psychiatric lockup until a jury takes up the case.
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April 5, 2007 | Scott Gold and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
State-employed psychiatric technicians, psychologists and other healthcare workers are readying a series of demonstrations designed to draw attention to California's mental hospitals, which are beset with a staffing crisis that employees contend is eroding safety and patient care. Members of the California Assn.
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A former candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council has been sentenced to six years and four months in prison for threatening to kill six prosecutors in the Ventura County district attorney's office. Danny Avila was sentenced Monday after being convicted last month of six counts of making criminal threats and six counts of threatening public officials for threatening the prosecutors from jail in 2008. Avila ran for City Council in 2004. He was charged with hacking into the Verizon wireless system and sending bogus text messages to thousands of residents between midnight and 4 a.m. in the name of a fellow candidate.
WORLD
November 9, 2005 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
They are known in Chinese as ankang, or "peace and health." But former inmates describe the country's police-run mental hospitals as decidedly less-than-serene places, with one recently freed political prisoner telling of sadistic nurses who performed electroshock therapy while other patients were forced to watch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Doctors at a second state psychiatric hospital have complained that staffing shortages are so severe that the care of patients and safety of workers are at risk. In an April 19 letter to state hospital officials, psychiatric staffers at Atascadero State Hospital raise "grave concern" over what they called an "increasingly severe shortage of psychiatrists at the hospital. " The letter was provided recently to The Times. As a result, the doctors state, psychiatrists are now required to work shifts covering up to four units with a total of 150 severely ill psychiatric patients, four times higher than the standard workload.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's neuropsychiatric hospital has banned all cellphones and laptop computers after a patient posted group photos of other patients on a social networking website, officials confirmed Monday. Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, said in a statement that the decision was part of "UCLA Health System's ongoing efforts to enhance patient privacy and confidentiality in compliance with California's patient rights law."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Six students sat in a semicircle in Scott Callender's classroom. Holding newspaper clippings in plastic sleeves, they discussed the case of a smuggler of illegal immigrants who was appealing his conviction. "Who knows the difference between a normal court case and the appeals court?" Callender asked. A student in a baseball cap cleared his throat. "In a normal case, they decide if you are guilty or innocent," he said. Then he hesitated. "But in an appeals court, it's different."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, convicted rapist Ronald Steven Herrera became one of the state's first parolees to fight a controversial new law that allows authorities to hold dangerous sexual predators in mental hospitals after their release from prison. Herrera lost that battle, but is now back before a Ventura County jury in hopes that this time he will win his freedom. Today, lawyers are scheduled to give opening statements in Herrera's second hearing to gain his release.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Nothing describes "Leolo," nothing does it justice. It's a film you feel more than analyze, a movie that makes emotional rather than literal sense. And though it is as intoxicated with language as it is with images, it comes so strongly from memory and the subconscious that it resists tidy summation. Without boundaries, a fever dream of imagination, poetry and love, it simply must be seen.
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