June 15, 1990 |
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police may set up roadblocks on highways and routinely stop motorists to see if they are sober. In balancing a state's interest in catching drunk drivers against a motorist's right to privacy, the high court said that public safety clearly should prevail. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said that a 30-second stop at a police checkpoint is a small price to pay for combatting the carnage caused by drunk drivers.
February 13, 1986 |
The district attorney's office said this week it will file criminal charges within a month against leaders of a Santa Monica church-run day-care center. The announcement follows the court-ordered release Monday of documents seized during a Jan. 14 inspection of the Santa Monica Foursquare Church's Weekday Sunday School. Deputy Dist. Atty. Lee Harris said charges will include violations of state health, safety and licensing laws governing child day-care centers.
November 9, 1987 |
When postal workers in Santa Ana began re-wrapping the soggy, first-class parcel with the Hawaiian postmark, they found more than rotting fruit inside. Hitchhiking in the 20 decaying soursops (which taste like a mix of mangoes and pineapples) were five live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae--infant versions of the crop-killing pest that in the early 1980s cost California $200 million in crop losses and eradication expenses.
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December 10, 1987 |
A Los Angeles Times reporter was cited for contempt and jailed for several hours Wednesday after she refused to answer a question in Long Beach Municipal Court concerning an arrest she witnessed while preparing a story on a police task force. Roxana Kopetman, a reporter in The Times' Long Beach bureau, spent about six hours in a courthouse lockup before she was released on a writ of habeas corpus.
June 8, 1993 |
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Supreme Court in an opinion by then Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled that police may stop and frisk a crime suspect on the streets to check for weapons. However, the officer may not go beyond this "protective search" to also look for evidence of a crime unless he obtains a search warrant from a magistrate. According to Warren, this dual approach protected the safety of the police while protecting citizens against body searches by overzealous officers.
April 24, 2007 |
Are the passengers in a car that has been stopped by the police "seized" by the authorities, or are they free to walk away? The Supreme Court took up that question Monday in a California case that could decide whether passengers are protected from "unreasonable searches and seizures" when officers pull over the vehicle in which they are riding.
January 5, 1990 |
A California Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld the power of state liquor-control agents to conduct warrantless searches of bars when they suspect illegal drug activity. The three-member panel unanimously rejected a claim that such searches were unconstitutional, ruling that investigators have broad latitude to inspect closely regulated commercial businesses, where there is less expectation of privacy than in a home.
November 2, 2006 |
A civil rights group sued the federal government Wednesday on behalf of five Latino U.S. citizens who say they were detained and harassed by agents carrying out raids targeting illegal immigrants in south Georgia. The Southern Poverty Law Center said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used "Gestapo-like" tactics as they fanned across three Georgia counties in September, breaking into homes and stopping people in their cars "because they looked 'Mexican.'
April 13, 1994 |
In a dramatic response to concerns about crime, an Administration task force will propose to President Clinton more aggressive frisking of people suspected of carrying weapons in and around public housing projects, officials said Tuesday. The call for police to stop and frisk more people in streets and other common areas is a central element of an Administration plan to increase security in public housing projects.
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March 14, 2009 |
Did a sheriff's deputy violate the constitutional rights -- and derail the professional golf career -- of a Rancho Palos Verdes man when she raided his home in search of evidence to convict his parents of pimping and prostitution? A U.S. District Court jury thought so two years ago when it ordered Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Angela Walton to pay $80,000 in damages to Kim L. Johnson and $100 to his aunt, Sun Min Lee, who was subjected to what the court then deemed an unreasonable intrusion.