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OPINION
June 19, 2008
Re "Riches did not change habits," June 17 After reading the headline, I thought that Jose Luis Munoz had robbed a liquor store after receiving his $2.5-million settlement, when in fact he was given 16 months in prison for a technical parole violation: "associating with other gang members." In other words, he was returned to prison for hanging out with his old friends. Was former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told not to associate with Republicans as a condition of his presidential pardon?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1989
The Los Angeles City Council urged state officials Tuesday to reverse their decision to parole a crazed movie fan who nearly killed actress Theresa Saldana in a knife attack seven years ago. The council voted unanimously to support the motion of its president, John Ferraro, demanding reversal of the decision to free Scottish drifter Arthur Jackson on June 15. "If recourse to the courts and the Legislature is out, then an appeal to the parole...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A paroled rapist of two teens, whose placement in a Mead Valley halfway house in May ignited months of protests by local residents, was returned to prison Wednesday for allegedly violating parole. Riverside County sheriff's investigators closely monitored David Allyn Dokich's movements around Mead Valley for two months and submitted information to the California Department of Corrections, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County prosecutors said Monday they will not file misdemeanor narcotics charges against actor Robert Downey Jr. stemming from his arrest last month in Culver City. Instead, the district attorney's office will let state corrections officials deal with Downey for violating conditions of his parole, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. Downey, 36, is on parole from a 1996 drug conviction and has served about a year in prison after violating conditions of probation.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
After more than eight years behind bars for murder, an ailing Jack Kevorkian will be paroled in June on a promise not to help anyone else commit suicide, prison officials said in Lansing. Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan said the parole board took the 78-year-old Kevorkian's declining health into consideration, along with the question of whether the former pathologist would be a danger to society.
OPINION
July 20, 2008
Re "Is this paroled killer still a threat?" July 13 We are grateful for The Times' perceptive piece on the state Supreme Court case regarding the parole of Sandra Lawrence, which points to a striking irony in the current state government bureaucracy. California has a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, but what does "rehabilitation" mean when the governor wants to deny parole to inmates who have taken every opportunity to demonstrate they have reformed? What else would Sandra Lawrence have had to do?
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | From Reuters
Sirhan Sirhan, serving a life prison term for assassinating U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole Thursday for the 11th time for refusing to take responsibility for the shooting. Denise Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the state's Board of Prison Terms, said a three-member panel at Corcoran State Prison also cited Sirhan's poor psychiatric evaluations as a reason for the denial. Sirhan, 57, did not attend the hourlong hearing. "He was given a two-year denial," Schmidt said.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court for the first time on Monday put a strict constitutional limit on prison terms, ruling it is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young criminal to prison for life with no chance for parole for a crime that does not involve murder. The ruling is the second in recent years to greatly expand the constitutional protections for juveniles. And once again, the justices in the majority said they agreed with international critics who say the United States is out of step when it comes to treatment for the young.
OPINION
May 18, 2010
When the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that executing juveniles amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, the author of the majority opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, made two convincing arguments: that juveniles are less capable of appreciating the consequences of their actions than are adults (something every parent knows) and that putting them to death violated "evolving standards of decency." On Monday the court, again in an opinion by Kennedy, rightly concluded that the same considerations make it unconstitutional to sentence minors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses other than murder.
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