September 1, 1987 |
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.
March 14, 1991 |
On his way to court Wednesday, Reid Daub passed a San Fernando Valley motel that reminded him of how proud he had always been of his older brother, Ron. Ronald E. Daub had been a janitor at the Carriage Inn when he saved a baby from a fall. "I remember being so proud of him," said the younger Daub. "He was always a contributor to society. That's what I remember about him. Not what people think now, that he's just a bad cop."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of an order to reduce prison crowding, further narrowing the governor's options in his quest to end what he characterizes as an arbitrary cap on the inmate population. The cap was ordered by three federal judges in California, and Brown had asked the high court to remove it. Having lost that bid, he will continue to pursue a request to the lower court for more time to comply, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.
January 18, 2010
When we learned that the Supreme Court was reviewing a law that allows the federal government to confine prisoners indefinitely even after they have completed their prison sentences, we naturally assumed that the legal issue involved due process for the prisoner. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case last week when the court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the indefinite detention of "sexually dangerous" prisoners. The justices' questions mostly focused on whether Washington, as opposed to the states, has the authority to do so -- not whether indefinite detention is allowable.
October 27, 2013 |
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to require minimum three-year prison sentences for unlawful possession of loaded weapons. If the proposal sounds both familiar and ominous, it should: California has been down this road, and in fact is on it still. It's a road paved with fear and desperation, and it leads to a shocking diversion of public resources, prison overcrowding, unconstitutional treatment of inmates, federal court oversight and orders to suspend state laws and release felons before their full time is served.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1992
In the wake of her controversial sentencing of a Korean grocer who shot to death a black girl, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin has a new assignment. The presiding judge insists that the new posting in Juvenile Court is not related to the community's uproar over Soon Ja Du's suspended sentence for manslaughter; nevertheless, the development is helpful and necessary, if only to calm a tense situation.
June 26, 2012
Ruling on two cases involving 14-year-old murderers, the Supreme Court on Monday rightly struck down laws in 28 states that require some minors convicted of murder to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, the justices stopped short of prohibiting all such sentences, thereby muddying the legal waters and making it likely that they will have to consider future cases from states, such as California, where that penalty is permissible but not required. Monday's 5-4 decision involved two crimes.
March 5, 1987 |
Confessed spy Jonathan Jay Pollard, who seriously damaged national security by passing thousands of pages of U.S. defense secrets to Israeli intelligence agents, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday and his wife received two five-year sentences. Pollard, 32, a former civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, stood passively as Chief U.S. District Judge Aubrey E. Robinson Jr. imposed the sentences. But his wife, Anne Henderson-Pollard, 26, screamed, "No, no, no!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
In a bid to ease jail crowding and increase time served by serious criminal offenders, Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to spend millions to house more than 500 inmates at government firefighting camps in mountain and foothill areas. The $27-million, three-year deal will send 528 county inmates serving long-term sentences to five fire camps, jointly operated with the state prison system, that are scattered across the county. Supervisors acted after some complained about the increasing number of criminals -- including some serving time for violent offenses -- who are being released after serving a fraction of their sentences. As a result of budget cuts and so-called prison realignment, which shifted responsibility for some lower-level felons from state prison to county jails, inmates sentenced to county jail on some violent and sexual offenses currently serve 40% of their sentences.