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June 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Justices Limits Securities Fraud Cases: The Supreme Court placed deadlines on some lawsuits charging securities fraud in a ruling likely to preclude many investors who claim they were bilked from suing. The justices ruled 5-4 that time limits imposed by federal law take precedence over longer statutes of limitations passed by the states. The decision was a victory for a New Jersey law firm sued in Oregon by investors who said they were defrauded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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OPINION
September 14, 2002
Re "Reparations: A Scam Cloaked in Racial Pain," Commentary, Sept. 9: Jonathan Turley's arguments spotlighting a con game pale when compared with those of an advocate and colleague like Randall Robinson, in his book "The Debt." Turley dredges up the statute of limitations, as if blacks have been dawdling for 400 years in their quest, not for repair of an injury, but for equal justice. His decrying of the "racism" of Louis Farrakhan when the founders of this nation and their descendants were and are indeed racist does not even rise to the level of disingenuousness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision that surprised attorneys for both sides, the state Supreme Court on Monday reinstated Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson's lawsuit against a Granada Hills landfill operator and a political consultant, who Bernson contends leaked false information about his travel expenses.
NEWS
February 26, 1985 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for accused war criminal Andrija Artukovic said Monday that they will seek to block his extradition to Yugoslavia on murder charges because they have discovered that Yugoslavia has a 25-year statute of limitations on the prosecution of capital crimes. The only exception in Yugoslav law is the crime of genocide, they said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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 ?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In its eight-year investigation of sexual abuse by clergymen, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office has found information suggesting possible "criminal culpability" by leaders of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese, but lacks enough evidence to bring charges, according to a memorandum released Tuesday. The document, written by the prosecutor who heads the investigation, William Hodgman, says statutes of limitations make the "prospect of developing any criminal case" against archdiocese officials "more and more remote with each passing day."
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