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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The leader of a human trafficking and prostitution ring that lured teenage girls from the Inland Empire was sentenced Monday to 30 years in federal prison. Paul Edward Bell, 30, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and admitted to forcing four girls between 15 and 17 years old into working as prostitutes in Lynwood and Compton, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. Bell, a Lynwood gang member, led a ring that involved at least eight people, including three lead prostitutes, who “groomed” girls into prostitution and eventually trafficked them to Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Anh Do
A San Gabriel Valley couple who moved to Qatar to help the tiny country ready itself for hosting the 2020 World Cup games were sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for the death of their adopted daughter, a verdict that stunned those who have followed the case. Matthew and Grace Huang have been detained in the country's capital, Doha, for nearly a year on charges they murdered the girl - one of three children they adopted from Africa. The couple contend Gloria, 8, died from an eating disorder.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. see the note below for details.
CAIRO - An Egyptian court convened another mass trial Tuesday with more than 680 defendants, a day after being vehemently denounced by human rights groups and legal organizations for simultaneously condemning 529 others to death. The proceedings again took place in Minya, in the Nile River Valley about 150 miles south of Cairo. Defense attorneys boycotted Tuesday's session, citing what they called massive violations of due procedure in the mass capital punishment verdict rendered by the same criminal court a day earlier.
WORLD
March 24, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Even by the baroque standard being set by the Egyptian judiciary under the nearly 9-month-old military-backed government, the scene that unfolded Monday in a courthouse south of the capital was extraordinary: 529 defendants simultaneously sentenced to death. The verdict, which drew widespread condemnation and expressions of incredulity from human rights groups and legal organizations, was handed down at just the second session of a mass trial of nearly 550 men. The defendants, described as supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, were accused of acts of violence including attacking a police station and killing a police officer.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kevin Trudeau, the television pitchman who has been both successful and suspect, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for making false claims, Reuters reports . Trudeau was found found guilty of criminal contempt in November in Chicago. The claims in question were made in Trudeau's book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" and the television spots that promoted it. In sentencing Trudeau, Judge Ronald Guzman said, "He is deceitful to the very core, and that type of conduct simply cannot stand.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - His eyes red, his head bowed, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair strode uneasily to a courtroom lectern Wednesday and glanced up at a silver-haired military judge who will sentence him for offenses he admits he committed. Exactly two years had passed since a young Army captain who worked for Sinclair walked into the office of his commander in Afghanistan and revealed that she and the general had carried on an adulterous three-year affair in two war zones - prompting Army prosecutors Wednesday to ask the judge to dismiss Sinclair from the service.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Two former lovers faced off a few paces apart in a military courtroom Monday, avoiding eye contact as a judge heard conflicting narratives about a tumultuous and illicit affair between two officers of very different rank and stature. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, wearing jump boots and a dress blue uniform with a white star on each shoulder, pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress, a subordinate officer under his command. He told a military judge in a halting voice that he deceived the woman, a captain, during their three-year affair, causing her "emotional harm and suffering.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
The more than 40,000 people currently sitting in prison for marijuana crimes in the U.S. received a sign of hope on Thursday, courtesy of a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling . The state's second highest judicial entity decided that those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana in Colorado can appeal their sentences under the state's marijuana legalization law -- Amendment 64. The United States is one of only 22 countries that don't...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A woman who was pulled over by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, forced into the back seat of his patrol car and driven into the desert, only to be raped and then followed home, is relieved that he will be spending time behind bars, her attorney said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest Thursday to rape under color of authority and to soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept.
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