September 26, 2006
Re "Flesh-and-blood law," Current, Sept. 24 It is rare that the public is privy to judicial indiscretions, moreover to concrete challenges to California's determinate sentencing laws -- which, as author Joe Domanick points out, are being challenged as unconstitutional by these and other cases on appeal. We should ask ourselves how such cases play into the prison crisis so prominent in the news these days. BARBARA DEVER Arroyo Grande, Calif.
July 31, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert A. Carr, the government's first witness in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial, testified Wednesday that Manning's disclosures to WikiLeaks endangered U.S. ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carr, who oversaw the Pentagon's secret intelligence gathering but is now an executive at Northrop Grumman, said what Manning did “affected our ability to do our mission.” On Tuesday, Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act but was acquitted of the more serious charge of aiding the enemy by making the material available to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
March 7, 2012 |
Lenny Dykstra had already filed for bankruptcy and was fighting to somehow keep the $17.4-million mansion he had purchased from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky when he was interviewed by The Times' Alejandro Lazo back in October 2010 . Back then, a defiant Dykstra was confident he would once again make his way back to the top. "I have been fighting my whole life," Dykstra said. "That's why I have a new theme song, dude, and I am going to play it for you: "I want to be a billionaire, so … bad, buy all of the things I never had," he sang along, loudly and off-key, to the Travie McCoy song "Billionaire," as it blared from his Bose computer speakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2006 |
Kimberly Pandelios moved to Northridge in November 1991 to make it as a model. Instead, the 20-year-old wife and mother was drowned in a mountain stream 13 months later by a man who told her he could help make her dream come true. On Thursday, David Rademaker, 42, of Burbank was sentenced to life in prison without parole for Pandelios' slaying. His attorney, Chad Calabria, said he would appeal.
August 28, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the sentencing of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the convicted gunman in the deadliest attack on a domestic U.S. military base. Hasan, 42, was convicted of of premeditated murder last week in connection with the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings here that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30. He faces a potential death sentence. The Army psychiatrist has defended himself at sentencing, as he did at his trial. However, he has refused to make a statement, call witnesses or submit evidence during about four weeks of testimony . Prosecutors, by contrast, called more than 100 witnesses and submitted more than 700 pieces of evidence.
August 26, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Sentencing for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, convicted as the gunman responsible for the deadliest attack on a domestic U.S. military base, is expected to begin Monday, with victims and relatives testifying and Hasan potentially speaking at length about the shootings. Hasan, 42, was found guilty Friday of premeditated and attempted premeditated murder in connection with the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at this central Texas Army post, which killed 13 and wounded more than 30. He faces a potential death sentence.
August 21, 2013 |
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A stream of prosecution witnesses spoke Wednesday of families torn apart, of children left with physical and emotional scars and of lasting damage to the military's relationship with Afghan civilians because of the rampage U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty to perpetrating. But as the sentencing hearing continued, defense attorney John Henry Browne wanted to simply introduce the jury to "Bobby. " Bales' brother and a longtime family friend talked about "Good Time Bobby," the fun-loving guy from a blue-collar family in Norwood, Ohio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2009 |
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass on Monday removed plans to create a commission to reevaluate California's sentencing laws from a package intended to cut spending on state prisons, saying she expected to win approval for the revised proposal later this week. It was unclear whether Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) -- senators ratified a $525-million package of spending reductions Thursday -- would go along with the Assembly's limited version. The sentencing review is one of Steinberg's priorities, and his house would have to approve the Assembly's changes before the legislation could go to the governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2009 |
When federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri mother last year for committing an Internet hoax that apparently led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl, they touted the novel legal approach that allowed them to file the case halfway across the country. On Monday, a U.S. district judge indicated they may have gone too far. "Using this particular statute in this particular situation is so weird," Judge George H. Wu said, calling some of the prosecution's argument "troublesome."