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November 15, 1997 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.
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April 25, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
Federal prosecutors investigating September's massive and deliberate  traffic jam at the foot of the George Washington Bridge want to see the documents gathered by a state committee also probing the mess, another sign that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be free of the Bridgegate story anytime soon. The two Democratic legislators leading the state committee announced Friday that they would turn over all  documents related to the lane closures in Fort Lee, N.J., saying the federal subpoena “reaffirms our progress in uncovering important information about the apparent abuse of government power and threat to public safety.” The legislative investigation appeared to hit a snag of its own two weeks ago when a state judge ruled that two figures in the bridge controversy, including former Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly, didn't have to hand over their records.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Investigators served a search warrant Monday night on the Lakewood home of Bruce Koklich, who faces a second trial next month on charges that he murdered his wife, the daughter of the late state Sen. Paul Carpenter. Koklich, 44, who is free on $1-million bail, allowed sheriff's homicide and crime-scene investigators inside the home on Fairway Drive, Lt. Ray Peavy said. They planned to look for potential evidence in the case, Peavy said, but he did not specify what.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
OPINION
August 23, 2011 | By Jennifer L. Mnookin
Last week, the "West Memphis Three" were released from prison, having spent half their lives — 18 years — behind bars for crimes they almost certainly didn't commit. So what made prosecutors and investigators sure they had the right guys, and why were those beliefs, once established, so hard to reverse? The crimes for which the three Memphis men were convicted were brutal. Three 8-year-old Cub Scouts were found dead, hogtied and apparently mutilated. The police decided early on that it was likely the boys had been victims of a satanic cult killing, which led them to consider self-described Wiccan teen Damien Echols, a young man with asymmetric black hair, a pale face and oddball taste in clothes and music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999
Oxymoron: former prosecutors. ORV PEASE Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
New technology or DNA evidence often helps crack decades-old slaying cases, but in the case of 58-year-old Archie McFarland, years of inconsistent testimony finally sealed the fate of his killer. "The passage of time played to this case's advantage," Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. "Lies are hard to remember. The truth never changes. " On Wednesday, more than 25 years after McFarland was stabbed to death outside his Torrance home, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold sentenced Janos Kulcsar, now 60, to 26 years to life in prison.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
An Army brigadier general stands accused of sexual misconduct with subordinates and a civilian, of threatening one woman's career and her life, and of responding "I'm a general, I'll do whatever the [expletive] I want” when challenged about making demeaning comments about women, military prosecutors said Monday. The curtain was raised in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Allen Sinclair during a special preliminary hearing at Ft. Bragg, N.C., that will decide whether he should face a court-martial.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Congressional criticism is mounting against U.S. prosecutors for pursuing prison time for a popular hacker in a case that's morphed into a posthumous cause celebre. Aaron Swartz, 26, a cofounder of Reddit and an open-Internet advocate, committed suicide in New York on Jan. 11 as a trial loomed involving charges that he had allegedly illegally hacked into a network at MIT to download scholarly articles hidden behind an expensive subscription paywall. He had previously said the knowledge belonged to the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the alleged Seal Beach mass killer and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion which argued that tapes of alleged gunman Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hours before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, she wrote him a  Valentine's Day card with the words, “I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,” a court heard Tuesday. The envelope was addressed to “Ozzie” with hearts and a squiggle on it, and the card's message was accompanied by a smiley face, hearts and kisses. A photograph of the card was released by the athlete's legal team Tuesday, after Pistorius finished nearly seven days in the witness box, including five days of grueling cross-examination.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor in the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius accused him of repeatedly lying to the court and offering versions of events so improbable that "nobody would think it is reasonably or possibly true. " Pistorius, on trial in Pretoria's high court on a charge that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, denied Thursday that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale South African restaurant in early 2013, a contention the prosecution described as impossible.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday denied that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale restaurant last year, a contention dismissed by the prosecution as impossible. On trial in Pretoria's high court on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he also flatly denied firing a gun out of the roof of a car in 2012, although two witnesses, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and former friend Darren Fresco, testified that he had. Explaining how he fatally shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said he accidentally fired through the door of an enclosed toilet in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day after hearing a noise within.
WORLD
April 9, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated as indicated below.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he "made a mistake. " “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp, that's what you did,” Nel barked. "You killed her. Won't you take responsibility for that?"
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Prosecutors want former KPMG auditing partner Scott London to serve three years in federal prison for giving confidential information about his firm's clients to a friend, who used the tips to make more than $1 million in illegal stock-trading profits. London pleaded guilty to insider-trading last year and was fired by KPMG. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 21 at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Asst. U.S. Atty. James A. Bowman said in a sentencing memo that London had participated in a “calculated and corrupt arrangement” that victimized the companies whose secrets he was paid to protect.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
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