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July 22, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, easing the way for prosecutors to seek capital punishment, ruled Thursday that a defendant convicted of murder during commission of a felony may be sentenced to death even if he could not be prosecuted for the underlying crime.
February 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard, Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors announced charges Friday against two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies accused of assaulting a handcuffed inmate in a case that broadens the FBI's ongoing inquiry and raises new questions about how the Sheriff's Department has investigated deputy misconduct in the nation's largest jail system. Sheriff's officials previously rejected allegations that the deputies used excessive force despite a jail chaplain coming forward to say that he witnessed the 2009 incident and believed the deputies beat a helpless inmate.
A Long Beach Municipal Court judge on Monday dismissed all charges against a priest accused of molesting five boys over two decades, ruling that the statute of limitations on each of the 38 counts had expired. At issue was whether Father Ted Llanos, 49, could be prosecuted for events that allegedly occurred in 1990 or earlier. Judge Bradford L.
September 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - A bill that would give some victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits narrowly passed the Assembly on Wednesday, following emotional appeals from lawmakers and nearly an hour of extended wrangling for votes. The measure, by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would lift the statute of limitations for one year to enable some abuse victims to sue private or nonprofit employers that failed to protect them from known molesters. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
June 23, 1987
Charges against a former Long Beach nursing home employee found guilty of abuse in a patient's death have been dismissed because the statute of limitations has expired. Lito Aqui, 27, a former employee of the Hillcrest Convalescent Hospital, was scheduled to be sentenced in the 1984 death of patient Aubry Fanning after a jury found him guilty of the misdemeanor charge last month. However, at Aqui's sentencing hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Nelson, Deputy Dist. Atty.
March 20, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Sex abuse survivors and Los Angeles prosecutors urged Catholic bishops Wednesday to support legislation that would stop the clock on the statute of limitations in pending priest molestation cases. Outside Parker Center, abuse victims demonstrated in support of a bill to extend the deadline for prosecuting such cases. Prosecutors said a dozen cases are in jeopardy because of delays by the church in disclosing files on problem priests.
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is quietly lobbying to kill state legislation that would extend the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits by individuals who allege that they have been injured by officers implicated in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart scandal.
October 28, 1987
Reinhold Kulle, a former Nazi SS guard deported this week from the United States, is a free man because West German authorities have been unable to find grounds to prosecute him, the Bonn government said. Kulle, 66, a former Chicago area school custodian, was accused of hiding his past when he entered the United States 30 years ago. Alfred Streim, West Germany's chief Nazi crimes prosecutor, said a preliminary investigation turned up "no indications of a crime that still can be prosecuted."
June 4, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly investigate misconduct allegations against the fire chief, top union officials and members of an elite unit that delves into charges involving rank-and-file firefighters, according to an audit presented to the city Fire Commission on Tuesday. The report by the agency's top watchdog concluded that the process of investigating such sensitive cases is underfunded, poorly run and plagued by sloppy record-keeping and incomplete fieldwork.
January 23, 2013 | Harriet Ryan and Ashley Powers and Victoria Kim
Over the last decade, there have been numerous calls to prosecute Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his top aides for their mishandling of clergy sex abuse. At least three grand juries, two district attorneys and a U.S. attorney have subpoenaed documents and summoned witnesses. None of those cases resulted in charges against the archdiocese's hierarchy. The release this week of a trove of internal church records showing a concerted effort to hide abuse from police triggered new demands from victims and church critics that Mahony and his advisors be held criminally accountable.
October 20, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Ron Morgan and Kerry Lewis grew up in adjoining states - one in Idaho, the other in Oregon. Both belonged to Boy Scout troops during the 1980s, and decades later, both alleged in lawsuits that the Scouts failed to protect them and other boys against known molesters, citing detailed evidence from the organization's confidential files. In 2010, Lewis won a jury verdict of nearly $20 million against the Scouts, the largest such award in the organization's history. Morgan's case was never considered on its merits.
February 6, 2012
Last week, a Haitian judge ruled that former dictatorJean-Claude Duvaliershould not stand trial for human rights abuses - not for lack of evidence but because the statute of limitations had expired. That decision must be overruled. Of course Duvalier should be prosecuted for atrocities committed during his brutal 15-year rule. There are plenty of victims willing to recount the beatings, arbitrary arrests and prolonged detentions they suffered. There is a trove of evidence detailing how Duvalier's army and shadowy secret police force, the Tontons Macoutes, killed and tortured untold numbers of civilians.
June 20, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm in information technology, but I want to start a pruning service. Do you have any suggestions? Answer: Start by proving your concept: Is there a need for such a service? How much could you charge? What kind of hourly return is possible? Before you invest money, talk to local homeowners about this idea and write a simple business plan. Larry Cox, associate professor of entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University, warned that as a business owner you may work longer hours for less money.
February 1, 2011 | David Lazarus
Frank Cavestani and his wife fell behind on their Capital One credit card payments about a decade ago. Their accounts were subsequently closed by the lender, which wrote off about $2,000 in debt they couldn't pay. So it was more than a little strange when the Hollywood couple received a pair of bills from Cap One the other day for a combined $5,195.07 in debt and interest. Stranger still, when Cavestani contacted Cap One, he said a service rep told him the resurrecting of old loans is accommodated by recent credit card regulations approved by the Federal Reserve ?
August 5, 1991 | Gregory Crouch
HIGH AND DRY: In the mid-'80s, the FBI suspected that Michael Maddox of San Clemente had stolen more than $2 million from investors. . . . But bigger cases soon took precedence, and the Maddox con went unattended. Figuring he was home free, Maddox bought a bottle of champagne, intending to open it five years later when the statute of limitations expired. . . . But only three days before champagne time, Maddox was arrested. "He was so angry," Special Agent Jim Donckels says.
June 6, 1989
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Dave Blakely sold cocaine to friends between 1983 and 1985, but no charges will be filed because the three-year statute of limitations has run out, the San Luis Obispo County district attorney's office said. Senior district attorney's investigator William Hanley said informants indicated that Blakely, then a teacher, sold cocaine about 30 times. Blakely, who has publicly admitted using cocaine, marijuana and other drugs before 1985, called Hanley's report "character assassination" and denied selling drugs.
October 13, 2010 | Jason Felch and Livia Borghese, Los Angeles Times
The trial of former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True ended in a bureaucratic whimper Wednesday in Rome when a three-judge panel halted the proceedings, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired on criminal charges that she had conspired to traffic in looted art. The development is an ambiguous end to a legal saga that has had a profound effect on American museums. When True was charged by an Italian prosecutor in 2005, it sent shock waves through the art world and was the first time an American museum official had been criminally charged by a foreign government.
July 15, 2010 | By Maria De Cristofaro and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The Vatican issued new in-house rules Thursday that it said would make punishing sexually abusive priests easier but critics declared the effort short on real change. Under the revised regulations, the Holy See can fast-track the defrocking of a cleric guilty of child molestation. The rules extend the statute of limitations within church law in such cases and define sexual abuse of the mentally disabled and possession of child pornography as canonical crimes for which a priest can be stripped of his clerical status.
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