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February 18, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 3-year-old daughter of a man who died of meningitis while he was an inmate at a Los Angeles County jail in Castaic sued the county and the Sheriff's Department on Thursday, alleging negligence and violation of civil rights. Alexander Betancourt, a 45-year-old inmate at the South Facility of the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, died in February, 1993.
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February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The fathers of two USC graduate students who were shot to death in April 2012 stood before a judge Wednesday and asked for the most severe penalty for their children's killer, whom they described as a "ruthless murderer" and "cold-blooded criminal. " "In China, where I come from, it is only a matter of course that a killer pays a life for a life," XiYong Wu said. But Bryan Barnes, 21, escaped the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in exchange for two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday agreed to hear evidence in the death of a California prison inmate who, while on suicide watch, was pepper sprayed by guards because he refused to remove his hands from his cell door. The inmate relied on a breathing tube, which he removed after being sprayed, and he died some eight hours later in what prison officials initially ruled a potential suicide, corrections reports show. The man's parents have accused prison officials of attempting a cover-up in the case, an allegation California prison officials adamantly deny.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday agreed to hear evidence in the death of a California prison inmate who, while on suicide watch, was pepper sprayed by guards because he refused to remove his hands from his cell door. The inmate relied on a breathing tube, which he removed after being sprayed, and he died some eight hours later in what prison officials initially ruled a potential suicide, corrections reports show. The man's parents have accused prison officials of attempting a cover-up in the case, an allegation California prison officials adamantly deny.
WORLD
February 24, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM -- The sudden death of a 30-year-old Palestinian man being held in an Israeli jail sparked another day of protests and rioting across the West Bank on Sunday as fears heightened that Palestinian frustration levels are nearing a boiling point. Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers erupted in the West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a gas station attendant who was arrested Feb. 18 for throwing rocks and firebombs at Israelis near Hebron.
OPINION
September 26, 2007
Re "Deadly medical lapses in prison," Sept. 20 It's been nearly two years since U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson appointed Robert Sillen as federal receiver for California's 32 state prisons, specifically to upgrade health and medical care for the state's 173,000 inmates. Yet The Times cites a report that states "one in six deaths of California prison inmates last year might have been preventable." California taxpayers in 2006 paid $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Plans for a $220-million expansion of San Quentin State Prison's death row are moving forward, despite opposition from a number of elected officials. Public comment will be sought this month on issues that should be addressed in the project's environmental impact report. Funding was included in this year's state budget for the project, which calls for construction of a 535,000-square-foot death row complex with 1,024 prison cells in the southwestern portion of the 432-acre prison.
WORLD
June 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A prisoner whose death in Uzbek custody sparked a high-level investigation hanged himself, as authorities had said, and his body showed no signs of serious torture, international experts concluded. Andrei Shelkovenko, 36, died May 19 in a holding cell at a police station in his hometown of Gazalkent. The family and international human rights groups called for an independent investigation, saying that marks on his body might have been evidence of torture. Dr.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The military equivalent of a preliminary hearing is set for Monday at Ft. Carson, Colo., for an Army private accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of a senior Taliban commander being held prisoner in Afghanistan. Pfc. David W. Lawrence, 20, is accused of shooting Mullah Mohebullah in the head Oct. 17 while assigned to guard duty at a detention center in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province. Under military law, premeditated murder can carry the death penalty.
WORLD
July 6, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
He was chained to a cot, a lone prisoner in a small cell facing eight guards who beat him while a summoned ambulance crew was kept waiting outside. When the doctors were finally admitted to the prison, they found Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky dead, his body bruised, most of his knuckles smashed, one of his arms dark blue from a grip of the handcuffs lying nearby. The attorney's death in Moscow's infamous Sailor's Silence prison was described Tuesday in a report delivered to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by his advisory human rights council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Inmates are dying from inadequate medical care at the state prison in Monterey, even under the watch of the federal courts, a team of experts reported Friday. The reviewers told U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson that care in the Salinas Valley State Prison is "incomplete and fragmented” and "callous," with major abuse of opiates, nurses accused of pilfering drugs, and doctors who ignore patient needs. Clinics were described as "filthy," and emergency medical treatment was performed in hallways, the report stated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an inmate in Lancaster State Prison this week as a homicide, authorities said Sunday. Inmate Victor Earl Jones, 48, was found dead at the prison Friday afternoon, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Peck said a sheriff's homicide detective was investigating. Coroner's officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that another inmate struck Jones with an unknown object. An autopsy was pending, Deputy Coroner Dana Bee said.
WORLD
February 24, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM -- The sudden death of a 30-year-old Palestinian man being held in an Israeli jail sparked another day of protests and rioting across the West Bank on Sunday as fears heightened that Palestinian frustration levels are nearing a boiling point. Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers erupted in the West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a gas station attendant who was arrested Feb. 18 for throwing rocks and firebombs at Israelis near Hebron.
WORLD
July 6, 2011 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
He was chained to a cot, a lone prisoner in a small cell facing eight guards who beat him while a summoned ambulance crew was kept waiting outside. When the doctors were finally admitted to the prison, they found Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky dead, his body bruised, most of his knuckles smashed, one of his arms dark blue from a grip of the handcuffs lying nearby. The attorney's death in Moscow's infamous Sailor's Silence prison was described Tuesday in a report delivered to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by his advisory human rights council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
California continued to buck a nationwide trend away from costly and litigious death sentences in 2010, adding 28 new prisoners to the country's most populous death row, according to correction officials and a national database on capital punishment. Los Angeles County alone condemned eight defendants to death this year, the same number as Texas, and Riverside County sent six men to await execution, officials said. The state's death chamber was idle for a fifth year, though, because of protracted legal challenges of lethal injection practices and a nationwide shortage of the key drug used in the three-injection procedure.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The military equivalent of a preliminary hearing is set for Monday at Ft. Carson, Colo., for an Army private accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of a senior Taliban commander being held prisoner in Afghanistan. Pfc. David W. Lawrence, 20, is accused of shooting Mullah Mohebullah in the head Oct. 17 while assigned to guard duty at a detention center in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province. Under military law, premeditated murder can carry the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an inmate in Lancaster State Prison this week as a homicide, authorities said Sunday. Inmate Victor Earl Jones, 48, was found dead at the prison Friday afternoon, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Peck said a sheriff's homicide detective was investigating. Coroner's officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that another inmate struck Jones with an unknown object. An autopsy was pending, Deputy Coroner Dana Bee said.
NEWS
February 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A Phoenix judge dismissed charges against three men who allegedly plotted to kill the Arizona prison director after the main witness refused to answer questions during cross-examination. When asked about killings he committed while a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, the witness refused to testify unless he was granted immunity. Prosecutors denied the request, and Judge Gregory Martin dismissed the case.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2009 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
While the debate over capital punishment rages in Texas, the number of inmates sentenced to death row in 2009 is at a 35-year low. Prosecutors have been pushing for fewer death sentences and, many observers believe, juries have become less willing to give them. The biggest game-changer, several prosecutors and defense lawyers said, appears to be the introduction in 2005 of life without parole as an option. Jurors in capital cases previously were responsible for choosing either the death penalty or a life sentence in which a convicted killer could be eligible for parole in 40 years.
OPINION
September 28, 2009
Getting big-boxed in Re "Politically correct, he isn't," Sept. 20 Thank you for your article about R. Rex Parris. We shop in Lancaster, and relatives live in Quartz Hill near where the proposed Wal-Mart is supposed to go up. I wrote Parris a letter protesting that decision because there is another such store only a few miles away; I think we have too many big-box stores too close already. From what I've read, Parris also is fond of "legislating morality" at Lancaster city meetings.
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