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September 23, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Donald Heller wrote the 1978 ballot measure that expanded California's death penalty. Ronald Briggs, whose father spearheaded the campaign, worked to achieve its passage. Jeanne Woodford, a career corrections official, presided over four executions. The lawyer, El Dorado County supervisor and retired San Quentin Prison warden now want California's death penalty abolished, contending the state no longer can afford a system that has cost an estimated $4 billion since 1978 and executed 13 prisoners.
The parolee accused of murdering Polly Klaas has told police the 12-year-old girl was alive and hidden in the woods nearby while sheriff's deputies helped free his car from a ditch shortly after the kidnaping. In a detailed confession, twice-convicted kidnaper Richard Allen Davis said he returned to the scene and picked up Polly, then took her 31 miles to Cloverdale and strangled her, a law enforcement official said Monday. It is unclear how soon he returned or how long Polly remained alive.
May 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
A doctor who performed the autopsy on the body of Polly Klaas testified Monday to the pitiful state of her remains, a litany of horrors that sent her family fleeing from the courtroom. Later in the day, three jurors wept as they looked at photographs of Polly's small, headless body, partially clad in a child's flannel nightgown. Others grimaced and appeared to be fighting for control.
December 2, 2006 | John Spano, Paul Pringle and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Friday that the Los Angeles Archdiocese had agreed to pay $60 million to 45 people who said they were abused by Roman Catholic priests -- a payout that would be among the highest per person since the clergy sex abuse scandal exploded four years ago. But within hours, plaintiffs' attorneys said Mahony had "jumped the gun" in announcing a settlement. Raymond P.
December 3, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Laguna Beach man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for swindling small businesses in a financing scheme, officials said. Richard Allen La Bianco, 34, pleaded guilty July 14 to mail fraud and other charges. Bianco, who owned Paramount Pacific Funding Group, charged businesses deposits of up to $40,000 to secure low-interest equipment lease financing that he never obtained.
February 8, 2007
Authorities arrested an 80-year-old Murrieta man on suspicion of sexually abusing his 7-year-old granddaughter. Richard Allen Crabb told authorities "he has enjoyed little girls between the ages of 6 and 11 for many years and has a severe problem," Sgt. Jim Ganley of the Murietta Police Department said. Crabb was arrested after the victim told her father, who alerted authorities.
April 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Roman Catholic priest resigned after an accusation surfaced that he fondled a youth 30 years ago, the second such resignation in the St. Petersburg diocese in two weeks. The Rev. Richard Allen, pastor at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Largo, left his ministry Friday after William Welch, 42, told police that Allen molested him in the 1970s. At that time, Allen was serving at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
January 20, 2006 | Richard Reeves, RICHARD REEVES is the author of "President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination," published this month by Simon and Schuster.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago today, on Jan. 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. The former governor of California faced west, away from the front of the Capitol, and gave a most extraordinary inaugural address. He touched on four simple themes, the ones he had been repeating for years, first as spokesman for the General Electric Co.
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