March 1, 2000 |
After tearful testimony from two Los Angeles rape victims, legislation to extend indefinitely California's statute of limitations on rape prosecutions cleared a key committee Tuesday. The Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a bill by Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) that would allow prosecutors to use DNA evidence many years after a rape occurred--a major exemption from California's current six-year statute of limitations on rape cases.
October 19, 1999 |
An inmate enforcer known at Corcoran State Prison as the "Booty Bandit" testified Monday that his rape of an inmate troublemaker was set up by correctional officers, some of whom laughed at the victim's pleas that his life was in danger. Wayne Robertson, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 220-pound rapist, manacled and glowering, told the Superior Court here that inmate Eddie Dillard, a prisoner half his size, should have never been put in his cell to endure two days of sexual assault in March 1993.
May 7, 1999 |
The state Senate, reacting to the killing of a Los Angeles schoolgirl in the restroom of a Nevada casino, approved a bill Thursday making it a crime for failing to report the murder, rape or sexual assault of a child 14 or younger. The bill, formally labeled the Sherrice Iverson Child Protection Act, in memory of the 7-year-old, was sent to the Assembly on a 28-0 vote with no debate. Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, SB 80, in the aftermath of Sherrice's 1997 slaying.
November 11, 1998 |
Long-haul trucker Wayne Adam Ford, who allegedly confessed to killing four women over the past year, told authorities that he picked up at least five other women in Bakersfield since February for sex--but that each was alive when they got out of the cab of his truck, an investigator said Tuesday. Three of the women simply got out of his cab and walked away, but Ford said he had to lift two women down from his truck because they were still bound, said Kern County Sheriff's Det. Ron Taylor.
October 10, 1998 |
Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren on Friday said the conduct of five state correctional officers indicted in connection with an inmate rape set up at Corcoran State Prison was "completely intolerable and stains the badges that they wear."
October 9, 1998 |
Five state correctional officers have been indicted by a special Kings County Grand Jury on conspiracy and other charges stemming from a 1993 rape at Corcoran State Prison by an inmate enforcer nicknamed the "Booty Bandit." The five officers, including a lieutenant, were booked at the Kings County Jail Thursday afternoon on a variety of criminal charges, including conspiracy to carry out a sodomy and preparing false reports.