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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1994 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling that a campaign money-laundering investigation has expanded to include suspicions of more serious criminal activity, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office seized records Tuesday at the home and law offices of former City Councilman Arthur Snyder, a prominent lobbyist and political fund-raiser.
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OPINION
February 7, 2013
This week it was announced that DNA testing of bones found buried beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, had established that they belonged to King Richard III, who was killed in battle in 1485. Researchers were able to match DNA recovered from the skeleton with that of a living descendant of the much-vilified monarch's sister. The find was just the latest reminder of the immense power of DNA evidence, power that is expanding history and criminal justice but that also is subject to misuse.
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NEWS
March 29, 1989 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writers
In a major victory for the U.S. Customs Service, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the agency acted properly in seizing 286,000 pounds of a rocket fuel ingredient that was secretly being sent to Iran. At the same time, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake was highly critical of the way the Customs Service and the State Department handled their investigation of the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotel owners to keep guest registries and permit police to inspect them without a search warrant does not violate the constitutional rights of the owners, a divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 against a motel owner whose guest registries had been searched by Los Angeles police without consent. Judge Richard R. Clifton, writing for the majority, said hotel guests have no legal right to expect registries will be kept private, and the owners failed to prove the searches violated their 4th Amendment protections from unreasonable searches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council has unanimously voted to support legal efforts to overturn a controversial court decision affecting a city's police powers. At issue is the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this year against a police officer in Santa Rosa. The court in effect ruled that the Santa Rosa officer did not wait long enough after knocking on a door before forcing entry.
NEWS
September 7, 1990 | JOEL SAPPELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An American woman hiding in Kuwait said Thursday that she has heard reports of Iraqi soldiers wounding Americans and ransacking homes in a methodical search for Westerners living in fear of discovery and death. The unidentified woman told the Cable News Network in a telephone interview that her information of life in occupied Kuwait city came from personal observations and a "local grapevine" of people who are in contact with hospitals and act as "go-betweens" for the American hostages.
NEWS
January 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Cuban ambassador to Panama was stopped and searched by U.S. troops, officials said. The Cuban consul said it was the second time that Lazaro Mora Secada, who was riding in a car with diplomatic plates, had been detained. A U.S. Embassy official confirmed the report but minimized it and said the envoy was released. The Cuban Embassy has given refuge to members of Manuel A. Noriega's family, who have been refused permission to leave the country.
NEWS
May 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Crews worked to unload fuel tanks on a 90-foot fishing boat seized in a drug raid off the coast in the Bay Area so the boat could be searched for hidden compartments, the Coast Guard said. No contraband was immediately found on the boat, which was seized off Half Moon Bay and towed to San Francisco after San Mateo County sheriff's deputies spotted a suspected drug-smuggling operation along the coast, the Coast Guard said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Friday that Costa Mesa police and other agencies legally seized bank statements, guns and other property from the former leader of a historical revisionism group. Police seized the property in March from the homes of Willis Carto and an associate, both in northern San Diego County, during an investigation into whether the two embezzled $7.5 million from the Legion for the Survival of Freedom. Carto has denied doing anything illegal with the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1997
Seeking evidence in a homicide investigation, Los Angeles police searched a Long Beach residence on Tuesday and seized drug paraphernalia, more than $5,000 in cash, police scanners and an arsenal of weapons, including assault rifles and a hand grenade. "It is unusual to find so many weapons in one place," said LAPD Det. Chuck Knolls, who is investigating the Sept. 12 murder of a 40-year-old San Pedro man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Law enforcement officers may take a DNA sample from anyone arrested on a felony charge without running afoul of the suspect's right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, a divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The challenge brought by a group of Californians arrested for alleged felonies but never convicted upheld a 2004 amendment to the state's laws governing DNA collection and use. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals compared taking an oral swab from a suspect with fingerprinting arrestees, a decades-old booking practice consistently upheld by the courts as a legitimate identification aid. "We assess the constitutionality of the 2004 amendment by considering the 'totality of the circumstances,' balancing the arrestees' privacy interests against the government's need for the DNA samples," said the opinion written by Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. "DNA analysis is an extraordinarily effective tool for law enforcement officials to identify arrestees, solve past crimes, and exonerate innocent suspects," wrote Smith, who was named to the court by President George W. Bush, in an opinion joined by a visiting Tennessee judge appointed by President Reagan.
WORLD
June 23, 2009 | David Zucchino and Laura King
The new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan will limit the use of airstrikes in order to help cut down on civilian casualties, his chief spokesman said Monday. In a "tactical directive" to be issued in coming days, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has ordered new operational standards, including refraining from firing on structures where insurgents may have taken refuge among civilians unless Western or allied troops are in imminent danger, said spokesman Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith.
OPINION
January 27, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court has again undermined the only realistic protection against illegal searches and seizures: the ban on using tainted evidence at trial. The 5-4 decision in an Alabama case is doubly ominous for California, where misguided ballot initiatives have forbidden state courts from adopting stricter standards for the use of illegal evidence than federal courts require. The justices upheld drug and gun charges against Bennie D.
OPINION
November 28, 2005 | Naomi S. Baron, NAOMI S. BARON is a professor of linguistics at American University in Washington.
A FEW YEARS BACK, I asked my undergraduates to read Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone." The class was discussing the effects of the Internet on social interaction, and Putnam's carefully documented analysis of the breakdown of Americans' connections to one another offered a good frame of reference. The students balked. Was I aware that the book was 541 pages long? Didn't I know Putnam had written a precis of his argument a couple of years earlier, which they easily found on the Web?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searches of the homes of a local Hells Angels leader and his estranged wife were illegal and evidence seized during this week's raids would be thrown out of court if drug possession charges are ever filed against them, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1997
Seeking evidence in a homicide investigation, Los Angeles police searched a Long Beach residence on Tuesday and seized drug paraphernalia, more than $5,000 in cash, police scanners and an arsenal of weapons, including assault rifles and a hand grenade. "It is unusual to find so many weapons in one place," said LAPD Det. Chuck Knolls, who is investigating the Sept. 12 murder of a 40-year-old San Pedro man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searches of the homes of a local Hells Angels leader and his estranged wife were illegal and evidence seized during this week's raids would be thrown out of court if drug possession charges are ever filed against them, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a precedent-setting decision on search and seizure, an appellate court has ruled in a Ventura case that law enforcement officials do not need evidence of wrongdoing before searching the residence of an individual on probation. In reversing a Ventura County judge's decision, the 2nd District Court of Appeal declared that the search of a juvenile's bedroom was not unconstitutional because the youth had consented to it as part of the terms of his probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Friday that Costa Mesa police and other agencies legally seized bank statements, guns and other property from the former leader of a historical revisionism group. Police seized the property in March from the homes of Willis Carto and an associate, both in northern San Diego County, during an investigation into whether the two embezzled $7.5 million from the Legion for the Survival of Freedom. Carto has denied doing anything illegal with the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1994 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling that a campaign money-laundering investigation has expanded to include suspicions of more serious criminal activity, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office seized records Tuesday at the home and law offices of former City Councilman Arthur Snyder, a prominent lobbyist and political fund-raiser.
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