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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Young, charismatic Carlos Aguirre used his status as a party host and key contributor to a family business in Wilmington to prey on dates, girls he met, his underage niece and her friends. After 90 minutes of deliberation, a Long Beach jury this week convicted Aguirre, 25, on 10 counts of rape in attacks on one niece and two of her friends. Jurors also found him guilty of a child pornography charge and a drug charge. Aguirre's attorney argued that the victims' testimony was inconsistent and that the girls continued to associate with Aguirre.
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BUSINESS
April 29, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Leland Yee didn't intend to become the frontman for the crusade against video game violence. But a law written by the Democratic state senator who represents San Francisco and San Mateo has ended up as the national test case for whether and how the government can regulate video games. The law would ban the sale of video games deemed "ultra violent" to children under 18. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by the state of California of a lower court's decision in 2007 to overturn Yee's law, which was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 but is not in effect because of an injunction.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A federal judge in Los Angeles has issued an emergency order freezing the assets of a company that allegedly bilked retirees in California and Illinois out of $20 million, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the SEC accused USA Retirement Management Services executives of promising to invest in "Turkish Eurobonds" but instead sending investor money to friends and relatives in Turkey and spending some of it on luxury cars and Web-based pornography.
WORLD
August 28, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
The photograph is a testament to human suffering, so sad you can't look at it twice. Or it's shocking pornography. In Zambia, that's a matter of very contentious debate. A woman lies on the ground in the image, midway through delivering a baby. The infant, born feet first, is dead from suffocation, the head not yet out of the womb. The photograph was one of three taken in June by the woman's husband outside a hospital in Lusaka, the capital, during a prolonged nurses strike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 | Tony Perry
A 21-year-old Marine diagnosed with autism and bipolar disorder pleaded guilty Monday to desertion, possession of child pornography and fraudulent enlistment and received a three-year suspended sentence and a bad-conduct discharge. A plea bargain approved by Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert calls for Pvt. Joshua Fry to serve one year in the brig with credit for the 359 days already served while he was awaiting court-martial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2009 | Scott Glover
A 29-year-old El Monte man has been charged with violating federal child pornography laws after disclosing on his application to become a California Highway Patrol officer that he had viewed illegal pornography on the Internet, authorities said. CHP officials, working in conjunction with the FBI on a multiagency task force, immediately launched an investigation of Christian Hernandez after he made the disclosure while applying to the agency in October, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
WORLD
March 25, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
You look around nervously as you approach the ticket counter. What would people think if they saw you going into a place like this? Even the woman at the counter seems to be looking at you funny. What kind of guy would come here in broad daylight? You can't shake off the paranoia, as though you're paying for a peep show in a seedy part of town.
WORLD
March 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Austrian police said they had broken an Internet child pornography ring that stretched across 170 countries, charging nearly 200 men and confiscating 14,000 computers, hard drives and disks. The site was visited 12 million times before it was shut down. Officers said it was the biggest crackdown on child pornography in Austria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | Associated Press
The owners of a Northridge company that distributed videos depicting deviant sexual conduct pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute obscene material. The pleas from Robert Zicari and his wife, Janet Romano, in federal court in Pittsburgh come after a nearly six-year battle over whether the 1st Amendment protects such videos, which included scenes of simulated rape. Advocates for the couple said U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan brought the case in western Pennsylvania because the area's "community standards" -- which govern what is obscene according to the U.S. Supreme Court -- are more conservative than California's.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2008 | Tony Perry
A 25-year-old former computer student was sentenced Friday in federal court to 14 years in prison for producing child pornography. Thanh Do pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors said Do used a webcam to record pornography after persuading minors to engage in sexual conduct. After serving his prison sentence, Do will be required to register as a sex offender. -- Tony Perry
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