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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | Richard Winton and James Rainey
At the home he shares with his parents, Bryan Stow does his best, but he struggles. It's hard to move his left arm and that hand will barely close. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or if they cared.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
A father convicted of fatally beating his 2-month-old daughter and leaving her remains in an Arkansas storage unit was sentenced Friday to the death penalty , adding to the prison time he's already serving in Vermont for the earlier killing of another of his children, an infant boy. A Riverside County judge affirmed the death-penalty recommendation of the jury that found Jason Michael Hann, 40, guilty in December of first-degree murder and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright's sentencing on felony convictions has been postponed two months, until May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd said Wright's defense attorney has asked for transcripts of all the trial testimony and those won't be ready until the middle of next month. Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said Friday he needs the transcripts to prepare post-trial motions he will submit for Judge Kathleen Kennedy to consider.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the death penalty Thursday for a Montebello woman convicted of murdering her husband for life insurance and implicated in the choking death years earlier of her baby daughter. Angelina Rodriguez fatally poisoned her husband, a special education teacher, by serving him drinks laced with oleander and antifreeze in 2000, a few months after persuading him to take out joint life insurance policies, the court said. It was her second attempt, according to the ruling written by Justice Ming W. Chin.  She had previously tried to kill him by loosening natural gas valves in their garage, the court said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man convicted in the only murder ever reported on the Caltech campus was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison. In 1995, Raul Alcazar Romero fatally shot Francisco Javier Mora, a 36-year-old Caltech custodian who was having lunch with co-workers near a loading dock. Among the people in the group was a woman who was Romero's ex-wife and Mora's new girlfriend. Romero fled the scene after firing six shots. He wasn't arrested in the U.S. until he was extradited from Mexico in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Jesus Mendez, 23, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2012 murder and robbery of Jaime Sharif Abu Awad, a businessman and father of two. Speaking through an Arabic interpreter, Mohammed Abu Awad took the opportunity Tuesday morning in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom to address the killer of his 27-year-old son. "You took someone's life for $300," he told Mendez. "You're trash. " HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Judge Ronald H. Rose said that Mendez, a gang member, lacked any remorse throughout the proceedings.
OPINION
February 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
While he was in town late last month to talk with local water agencies and policymakers about the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown also had a lower-profile but just as urgent meeting with Los Angeles County's top criminal justice officials. What is it with you L.A. people, the governor asked, and your resistance to split sentencing? It's a good question, even if it requires a bit of explanation. Under California's AB 109 public safety realignment, low-level felons do their time in county jail instead of state prison, and courts have the option to split their sentences between time behind bars and time under supervised release.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
A 57-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison for a strangulation murder that went unsolved for more than two decades. Leonard Alex Dominguez was convicted in November of second-degree murder in the death of Sandra Phillips, a West Los Angeles woman who was found strangled in her apartment. When Phillips' friends found her on the afternoon of April 9, 1979, she was lying face-down in her bedroom with her black leather pants around her ankles, authorities said.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Remember the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist when he sentenced the offender to 31 days in prison? His comments, which sparked national outrage, have prompted a formal judicial complaint against him. A prosecutor for the state's judicial oversight board has accused Judge G. Todd Baugh of imposing an “overly lenient and unlawful sentence” that “eroded public confidence in the judiciary.” The Montana Judicial Standard Commission's formal charge against Baugh of Yellowstone County was announced Tuesday after the panel received hundreds of complaints about him, including eight that were formally filed.
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