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December 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A defense psychologist called it “affluenza,” a syndrome that keeps someone from a wealthy background from learning that bad behavior has consequences. That explanation helped a North Texas teenager get a sentence of probation after he drove while drunk and killed four pedestrians. The 16-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in a Fort Worth juvenile court to 10 years of probation after he confessed to intoxication manslaughter in the June 15 crash on a rural road. According to officials, the teenager and some friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As mayor, Bob Filner had a police officer as his driver and bodyguard, escorting him in a city-owned SUV with tinted windows - any time and anywhere. As ex-mayor and convicted felon, Filner will be under orders to wear a GPS anklet during three months of home confinement that will track his movements and alert authorities if he strays beyond medical appointments, religious services and court dates. If caught violating the terms of his probation, Filner, 71, could be sent to jail immediately under a sentencing decision Monday by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta.
OPINION
December 5, 2013
Re "L.A. County speeds up plan to rebuild youth probation camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice. The camps' institutional design, with barracks-style dormitories and open bathrooms, has failed to meet the complex needs of incarcerated youth and remains an impediment to reform. Through the Camp Kilpatrick replacement project, the county has the opportunity to further leave behind decades of abuse and poor outcomes and create a rehabilitative camp focused on treatment and improving the lives of young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By James Barragan
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to three years probation for driving drunk at twice the legal limit in a January 2011, hitting another car and fleeing the scene.  Michael Anthony Grundy will also have to wear an alcohol-monitoring system for two years and is required to install a breathalyzer lock on any vehicle registered under his name. Grundy, who was relieved of duty by the Sheriff's Department when the investigation began, is also barred from owning or possessing firearms. He must also pay $25,816 in restitution to the victim of the crash, who was injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials took steps Tuesday to speed up a $48-million plan to rebuild and modernize one of the county's probation camps for young offenders. Camp Kilpatrick, an aging 125-bed facility for juvenile offenders in Malibu, is slated to be torn down and reconstructed under a new design that probation officials said would allow them to implement a new "small group treatment" model. "I think when it's finished, Los Angeles will have a state-of-the-art facility, and people will be coming from across the nation to see how to do it right," said probation department Assistant Chief Don Meyer, who oversees the county's 13 probation camps and three juvenile halls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Singer Chris Brown was ordered by a judge Wednesday to rehab for 90 days, complete 24 hours a week of community labor and undergo periodic drug tests in his probation for assaulting singer Rihanna. L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin made the order after a similar recommendation from the L.A. County Probation Department. Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, and L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary Murray agreed to the action. Brown, dressed in black, said, "Yes" when asked if he agreed to the order.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown was ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday to check into a live-in rehab facility for 90 days' worth of anger management, L.A. Now reports. That order came during a probation hearing that had been on the schedule before the R&B singer was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27 and charged with misdemeanor assault. During the 90-day live-in stint, to be done in Los Angeles County at a facility approved by probation officials, Brown will also have to complete three eight-hour days of community service each week and undergo periodic drug tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The search continues for the driver of a Honda Civic who allegedly struck a Los Angeles County probation officer riding his motorcycle, who died when he was sent crashing into a pole. Los Angeles police described the vehicle as a silver four-door Honda Civic DX model between the years 1996 and 2000. The driver was headed southbound on Soto Street at Lancaster Street in Boyle Heights about 5:50 a.m. Monday when the driver changed lanes and struck 55-year-old Kenneth Hamilton, who was riding his personal motorcycle.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Following an arrest and facing a charge for misdemeanor assault, Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility, a rep for the singer told The Times late Tuesday. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point,” his rep Nicole Perna said in a short statement. No specific details were given on what Brown would be treated for, or where. PHOTOS: Celebrity meltdowns Brown recently had a felony assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor after a scuffle in front of a Washington, D.C., hotel landed the oft-embattled R&B singer and his bodyguard behind bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The rapper 50 Cent settled a domestic violence case and pleaded no contest to vandalizing his former girlfriend's condominium in Toluca Lake. Born Curtis Jackson, the rapper pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism and was placed on 36 months of summary probation and ordered to do 30 days of community service, attend one year of domestic violence counseling and pay restitution to the victim of $7,100. He must also comply  with a stay-away protective order from his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of one of his children.
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