March 21, 2001 |
The state Board of Prison Terms denied James Schoenfeld parole for the 13th time Tuesday, nearly 25 years after he and two other men kidnapped and buried a busload of schoolchildren for a $5-million ransom. The decision was based on the nature of the crime and Schoenfeld's failure to participate in structured self-help programs since 1992, spokeswoman Denise Schmidt said. Schoenfeld refused to discuss his offense, but that did not enter into the board's decision, Schmidt said.
March 2, 2001 |
Desperate to win their freedom, a small but growing number of California's incarcerated sexual predators are seeking surgical castration, an operation all but banished from the criminal justice system decades ago. At least 15 repeat offenders across the state have requested the operation, convinced that it is the only path out of detention facilities in an era of toughened punishments for sex criminals.
February 22, 2001 |
The keepers of two dogs involved in the fatal mauling of a San Francisco woman conspired with prison inmates to breed dogs "trained to fight, attack or kill," prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutor James Hammer announced the allegations against Robert Noel and his wife, Marjorie Knoller, as he urged a judge not to throw out evidence that police had seized from the couple's apartment. The couple's two dogs attacked and killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple on Jan.
February 18, 2001 |
The first time he was sent to death row, a Supreme Court ruling freed convicted murderer Bob Massie. This time, he aims to free himself, dropping the appeal that stands between him and execution. Massie is speeding his path to California's death chamber next month to protest a capital punishment system he says is in shambles. He's also tired of a career behind bars that has won him the nickname "The Dean of Death Row." "I think it's time to move on, don't you?" he said.
January 18, 2001 |
Twelve California prisoners serving lengthy sentences are pinning their hopes on two projects launched independently by prosecutors and defense teams in San Diego to reexamine old cases for wrongful convictions. They are the first inmates picked by the San Diego County district attorney and officials at California Western School of Law in separate programs aimed at freeing innocent people sent to prison.
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December 12, 2000 |
A Superior Court judge rejected a bid Monday by the state attorney general's office to remove her from hearing the parole case of convicted killer Robert Rosenkrantz. In a written order, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz dismissed Gov. Gray Davis' peremptory challenge as "untimely." Further paving the way for the Calabasas man's possible release, Stoltz also scheduled a bail hearing for him in her Van Nuys courtroom on Friday.
November 19, 2000 |
San Quentin death row inmate and Crips street gang cofounder Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, a member of the Swiss parliament confirmed Saturday. Parliament member Mario Fehr nominated Williams and said the inmate has changed the lives of others through the series of children's books he has written and through international peace efforts. "I think he has done extraordinary work," Fehr said in a telephone interview Saturday.
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November 15, 2000 |
Speaking out tearfully, the parents of convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz on Tuesday denounced Gov. Gray Davis' decision to block their son's parole and urged his immediate release. "You need to distinguish, governor, between people who are dangerous and people like my son . . . who have paid their debt to society," said Herbert Rosenkrantz, appearing with his wife, Barbara, at a news conference in front of Van Nuys Superior Court.
October 12, 2000 |
State parole officials on Wednesday overrode objections by Gov. Gray Davis and upheld the scheduled Dec. 23 release of convicted life-term kidnapper Tommy Davis. Commissioners of the state Board of Prison Terms balked, however, at letting the 34-year-old convict walk free immediately, as demanded by his attorney. But the action by board members, who are gubernatorial appointees, went down badly with the governor, who had urged that the convict be denied parole.
September 29, 2000 |
An Oakland woman imprisoned in the killing of her abusive boyfriend was set free Thursday, becoming the first convicted murderer released by Gov. Gray Davis' administration--and a powerful symbol for thousands who remain behind bars. Jane Woods, 37, gathered her belongings and walked out of the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla before lunch, state corrections officials confirmed.