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October 21, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Matt Pearce
On the heels of pressure from state politicians and a newspaper expose, a special prosecutor in Missouri has been appointed to investigate the alleged 2012 rape of a 14-year-old girl in the small town of Maryville. Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor in Jackson County, in the Kansas City area, has been asked by a judge to reexamine the case, which was dropped by the county prosecutor in Maryville even though the girl had identified a 17-year-old high school football player as her attacker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. In a letter this week to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Cooley said that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be "violations of state and municipal codes" that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.
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NATIONAL
March 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The special prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer pleaded with the public Tuesday to give her team the time it needs to uncover the truth. Angela B. Corey, a veteran prosecutor, said she is well aware of the public's demands for answers in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in what has become a racially charged case triggering nationwide outrage. "We stepped into this case Thursday night," Corey told The Times.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Will charges be filed in the Maryville rape case? A special prosecutor in Missouri was expected to meet with a judge on Thursday to discuss her investigation into an incident that drew national attention last fall. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been tight-lipped about whether she plans to bring charges. She was  appointed to handle the case in October, after a newspaper story sparked a public uproar over whether a northwest Missouri prosecutor had dropped charges for political reasons.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three days after a newspaper article created an uproar over dropped  charges against a man accused of rape in northwest Missouri, an embattled county prosecutor announced Wednesday that he has asked for a special prosecutor to reexamine the case. Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice has come under fire after dropping charges last year against a young man accused of raping Daisy Coleman, then 14, in early 2012. On Tuesday, the state's lieutenant governor and House speaker called for the attorney general to intervene and for a grand jury to examine the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1989
The Los Angeles Times has significant influence in our community. I was, therefore, very surprised and disappointed when, in its editorial "Not Yet Enough" (May 12), the editorial board advocated an action which, under the provisions of the city charter, is not only premature, but could even be illegal. The Times called for the appointment of a "special prosecutor" to investigate the conflict of interest charges involving Mayor Tom Bradley. Did you take into consideration the fact that the City Council, according to the charter, does not have the authority to appoint or employ a special prosecutor?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997
Re "Put a Special Prosecutor on Campaign Fund-Raising," editorial, Feb. 26: We don't need another special persecutor (sic). Long before The Times ever asks for another special prosecutor you should first be asking that Congress fix the rot in the rules governing the selection of this person. And the stench that should be bothering you now is the one emanating from the unconscionable acts of the current special persecutor, Republican agent Kenneth Starr. ROBERT PEREZ Rancho Cucamonga Hopefully, Starr will heed your call (editorial, Feb. 25)
OPINION
September 10, 1995 | Susan Estrich, Susan Estrich, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a law professor at USC. She served as campaign manager for Michael S. Dukakis in 1988
Americans are increasingly cynical about politics and distrustful of their leaders, and special prosecutors, ironically, are one reason why. Intended as an extraordinary measure, special prosecutors are now commonplace in official Washington. And there is almost no stopping an independent counsel once he is put in place.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Matt Pearce
On the heels of pressure from state politicians and a newspaper expose, a special prosecutor in Missouri has been appointed to investigate the alleged 2012 rape of a 14-year-old girl in the small town of Maryville. Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor in Jackson County, in the Kansas City area, has been asked by a judge to reexamine the case, which was dropped by the county prosecutor in Maryville even though the girl had identified a 17-year-old high school football player as her attacker.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Susan Brenneman, This post has been corrected as noted below.
The Saturday Night Massacre was a scorched-earth moment in the Watergate affair. On Oct. 20, 1973, the two highest-ranking members of the Justice Department, Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson and his deputy, William D. Ruckelshaus, quit rather than follow President Nixon's order to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox and the courts were pressing the president to release White House tape recordings that might shed light on whether he had a role in covering up a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington's Watergate office complex.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three days after a newspaper article created an uproar over dropped  charges against a man accused of rape in northwest Missouri, an embattled county prosecutor announced Wednesday that he has asked for a special prosecutor to reexamine the case. Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice has come under fire after dropping charges last year against a young man accused of raping Daisy Coleman, then 14, in early 2012. On Tuesday, the state's lieutenant governor and House speaker called for the attorney general to intervene and for a grand jury to examine the case.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
GEORGETOWN, Texas - In emotional testimony Monday, a Texas man told a judge how it felt spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. “Brutal,” Michael Morton said. “But after a couple decades, I got used to it.” Morton, 58, who grew up in Los Angeles, was convicted in the 1986 beating death of his wife, Christine, at their home. He was exonerated and released almost a year and a half ago after DNA tests confirmed his innocence. Another man has since been charged in connection with the killing.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Florida judge reserved judgment on whether to once again grant George Zimmerman bail on a charge that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester adjourned the almost three-hour, televised hearing without issuing a ruling on whether to grant Zimmerman, 28, bail on a charge of second-degree murder in the case that touched off racially charged demonstrations across the country. It was Lester who revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month after prosecutors complained that he and his wife had misled the court about their ability to pay for a bail bond.
NEWS
June 26, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- A group of 31 senators signed a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. Tuesday requesting the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into the source of a series of national security leaks that were eventually published by the New York Times . In a letter circulated by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the senators called the leaks "stunning" and said: "If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it. " The scandal was prompted by two New York Times reports, which exposed U.S. cyber attacks against Iran and the White House's secret "kill list.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The lead detective in the Trayvon Martin case has been reassigned to the Sanford, Fla., patrol division at his request, police announced Tuesday; he had recommended a manslaughter charge against  George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the teen. Christopher Serino will begin his new assignment on July 7, Sanford police spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. The move is not a demotion and Serino will continue at his same pay grade, Morgenstern said.
OPINION
June 21, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Cui bono? That's what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asks. "Who benefits" from recent leaks of intelligence information to the media? The answer is obvious, Noonan writes, and therefore so is the source of the leaks: It's the folks in the Obama administration, who want to make their man look steely and steady at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. Noonan charges "high administration sources" with "diarrhetic volubility" that is "a real breakthrough in the history of indiscretion.
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