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August 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Five city subway riders and a civil liberties group sued New York City to stop random police inspections of bags in subways, calling the searches ineffective, unconstitutional and a publicity stunt that does not enhance safety. "It's a needle-in-the-haystack approach to law enforcement," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
July 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 35,000 pot plants have been seized on federal land north of Redding, authorities said. The marijuana grove, in a remote and rugged area, was spotted last week during a reconnaissance flight, Shasta County Sheriff's Lt. Tim McDonald said. The seizure was nearly equal to half the number of plants confiscated during the eradication season last year, when authorities seized 73,655 marijuana plants. No one has been arrested.
April 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has backed off from a policy that would have allowed church officials to search the homes or computers of priests accused of sexual misconduct. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan said he would not put the policy into effect without "vigorous consultation" with priests. The archdiocese's advisory priest council will review the policy April 28 before Dolan makes a final decision. Dolan had approved the policy in December, and priests were told about it last month.
April 17, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Last September, when authorities rounded up the family who ran Southern California's largest bail bonds firm, the story that emerged bordered on the sensational. The Palestinian clan that ran American Liberty Bail Bonds, police said at the time, diverted tens of millions of dollars to the Middle East, money they made through drug sales and hustling cons and jail inmates through intimidation and kidnapping.
April 7, 2005 | Robert J. Lopez and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
The district attorney's office served search warrants Wednesday at Vernon City Hall as part of an investigation of alleged misuse of public funds in the tiny industrial town on the southeast border of Los Angeles, authorities said. For the last several months, investigators from the district attorney's public integrity division have been conducting a preliminary probe of the city, which was sparked by a complaint, said Head Deputy Dist. Atty. David Demerjian.
April 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The civil rights of Hells Angels members were violated when authorities searched their homes and seized their property, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week. The Hells Angels contended that during a 1997 murder investigation, police seized motorcycles and killed three dogs.
January 25, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Using a police dog to sniff a car's exterior for drugs does not violate the privacy rights of a stopped motorist, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, even if the officers had no reason to suspect the car or its occupants were carrying drugs. When added to prior rulings, the high court's 6-2 decision appears to give police broad, but not unlimited, authority to use canines to sniff for drugs -- or bombs -- whether on roads or in schools, airports and office buildings.
December 8, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Stepping into a long-running Simi Valley dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court today will examine the extent to which police can detain and question individuals while serving search warrants. The case stems from a 1998 search by Simi Valley police for weapons at a suspected gang safe house after a drive-by shooting. With guns drawn, nearly two dozen officers swarmed the Patricia Avenue home at dawn.
December 4, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Investigators raided Michael Jackson's palatial Neverland Ranch on Friday, less than two months before the scheduled start of the pop star's trial on charges of child molestation and conspiracy. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies and investigators from the county district attorney's office began the search of Jackson's 2,300-acre spread about 9 a.m., according to Sgt. Chris Pappas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. It continued into Friday evening.
November 30, 2004 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
U.S. forces in Iraq seized more than three times as many weapons caches in the former rebel stronghold of Fallouja in the last three weeks as are confiscated throughout the country during an average month, according to a new intelligence summary. Troops discovered weapons at about 350 sites in Fallouja, the report said. That compares with 103 stashes normally found nationwide per month, according to the report, portions of which were reviewed Monday by a Times reporter.
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