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March 10, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown should consider commuting the sentences of prison inmates who are permanently incapacitated by medical conditions, according to the state auditor, who said Wednesday that releasing them could save tens of millions of dollars. The proposal by auditor Elaine Howle was one of 10 ideas offered in response to a request by Brown for ways to help trim the state's $26.6-billion budget shortfall. Howle made the recommendation a week after The Times reported that despite a change in the law allowing the release of incapacitated inmates, the process has been delayed as prison officials work out the rules for paroling prisoners.
March 4, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Iranian court sentenced former student leader Babak Zamanian to one year in prison on a charge of acting against national security, according to semiofficial news agencies in Tehran. Zamanian, subject of a Times profile in December, led boisterous rallies in 2006 against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the campus of Amir Kabir University in Tehran. He was arrested last April and held for 40 days in Evin prison, where he says he was subjected to physical and mental abuse before his release on bail.
March 17, 1986 | From Reuters
The Kuwaiti State Security Court on Sunday sentenced four Lebanese--three in their absence--to maximum 15-year jail terms for plotting sabotage, the Kuwaiti news agency Kuna reported. The only one present during the closed-door trial, Abdelaziz Ali Karim, 37, will be deported after serving his sentence, the agency said. The others, Hassan Nassarallah Karim, Jallal Kamal Reza and Ahmed Youssef Mzane, are still at large.
October 7, 2001
The public will pay a tremendous penalty for sentencing nonviolent offenders to a minimum of 25 years to life under the three-strikes law. The price we will have to pay will be far greater than the sentences we have placed on these people. For someday it will all come back to us with greater force when we release these men and women. Not the same people who committed the nonviolent offenses, often while under the influence of drugs, but monsters having had their lives stolen and spent in violent prisons, where they got an education we can never comprehend.
May 10, 1985 | G. M. BUSH
Mandatory 45-day jail sentences are prescribed for second-offense convictions in prostitution cases, and anything less is illegal, Mayor Jonathan Cannon told residents at this week's City Council meeting. The state Penal Code also requires 90-day sentences for third convictions, he said. Despite the code, judges have been handing out sentences of two to 10 days to offenders convicted between five and 15 times, he said. "These are illegal sentences," Cannon told the audience.
February 21, 1987 | Associated Press
Two founders of a securities firm that collapsed and triggered a financial crisis in Ohio were sentenced to jail by a judge who expressed contempt for the plea bargains the prosecutors had reached. "This is not the way I think a judicial system should be run," said Common Pleas Court Judge Fred Cartolano as he gave ESM Government Securities founders Ronnie R. Ewton and George G. Mead longer sentences than prosecutors had proposed.
June 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
The first two defendants convicted in the Pentagon corruption investigation drew one-year prison sentences today, but the judge suspended parts of the terms and ordered the rest served in halfway houses so the pair can continue to work for a defense contractor. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams sentenced George H. Kaub, on leave as a vice president of Teledyne Electronics in San Diego, to sentences of one year on each of eight counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements.
December 9, 1988 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Four prominent anti-apartheid activists convicted of treason last month in South Africa's longest political trial received surprisingly short prison terms Thursday from a judge who said he "would rather err on the side of leniency." The sentences ranged from 6 years to 12 years.
In a city struggling to heal itself, the sentencing of two Los Angeles police officers Wednesday was like the painful reopening of a wound. This was supposed to be the final chapter to more than two years of racial division and suspicion about the judicial system since the beating of Rodney G. King. But for many people--both those who saw the 2 1/2-year sentences as being too harsh and those who attacked them as too lenient--the sentencing of Officer Laurence M. Powell and Sgt. Stacey C.
September 1, 1987 | United Press International
A New Zealand mother found guilty of heroin trafficking received a mandatory death penalty today, but her son escaped the gallows and was sentenced to 20 years in prison and six strokes of a cane on conviction of a less serious charge. In handing down the guilty verdict against Lorraine Phyllis Cohen, 44, a mother of four, Penang High Court Judge Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah said there was no proof that she was a "chronic" addict at the time of her arrest.
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