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August 21, 2012
Re "Stomping on scalpers," Editorial, Aug. 12 In an editorial the day before the piece on scalpers appeared, The Times criticized the state for moving too slowly to reduce our prison population. I believe The Times was correct. However, in the face of prison and jail overcrowding, The Times suggests that illegal ticket scalping should be solved through harsher but no longer available criminal sanctions. This type of quality-of-life crime by repeat offenders no longer results in meaningful jail time.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis must complete a year of psychological counseling and anger management as part of a sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning three women. Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years probation after his conviction on five charges stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. The judge handed down the sentence after denying Francis' lawyer's motion for a new trial. The judge told Francis the women "were very credible" and that he needed anger management for his "temper.
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July 14, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Newly elected Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has sent a blistering letter to city planners who approved a billboard plan over his objections last week, stating that by "acting in haste, for no apparent reason," they "undermined and jeopardized" the work of his office.
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August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. Francis, 40, was released on bond and is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial in May. He blasted the verdict as coming from a jury that was "retarded" and should have been "euthanized. " As part of the sentence, he must also complete a year of psychological counseling. Francis was convicted of five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich touched off his first term with a note of defiance Wednesday, promising to vigorously pursue misconduct by public officials, restructure the office to spend less money on outside counsel and possibly even keep an eye on the L.A. Police Department.
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December 4, 2009 | By Maeve Reston
City Atty. Carmen Trutanich was released Thursday from Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro after being admitted Saturday suffering from abdominal pains. He is now resting at home. John Franklin, a spokesman for the city attorney, said that doctors diagnosed Trutanich with upper abdominal problems and that he had undergone a series of tests. Doctors believe his condition is related to stress, diet and exhaustion, officials said. "He's working himself to death," Chief Deputy City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A tired but jubilant Ron Galperin declared victory Wednesday in his quest to become Los Angeles' next city controller, attributing his win to voters who "did their homework. " Galperin, a little-known Century City lawyer, pulled off a lopsided defeat of three-term City Councilman Dennis Zine in unofficial election results. Galperin polled 56% of the vote compared with 44% for Zine. There are still mail-in ballots to be counted, but the results are not expected to change substantially.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
L.A.'s city attorney praised the courage of the victim after a jury Monday convicted "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis of nearly half a dozen misdemeanor counts in connection with assaults on three women. Francis, 40, was found guilty after a two-week jury trial on five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting and one count of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from the Jan. 29, 2011, incident. "Whether a celebrity or not, you will be held accountable for your misdeeds," City Atty.
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May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa congratulated Eric Garcetti on Wednesday for his victory in Tuesday's mayoral election, saying the three-term councilman's success in turning around his Hollywood district represents "positive indicators of the work he will do as mayor. " Garcetti defeated his rival, Controller Wendy Greuel, 54% to 46% in the low-turnout election. Greuel is expected to officially concede defeat at an appearance in Van Nuys on Wednesday morning. Live video analysis: Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. "Eric is a true leader who I trust to guide our city into its bright future," Villaraigosa said in a prepared statement.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis must complete a year of psychological counseling and anger management as part of a sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning three women. Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years probation after his conviction on five charges stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident. The judge handed down the sentence after denying Francis' lawyer's motion for a new trial. The judge told Francis the women "were very credible" and that he needed anger management for his "temper.
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June 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was convicted Monday on nine counts of physically attacking and threatening his estranged wife, prosecutors said. Bradley, who played during  parts of two turbulent seasons with the Dodgers , was found guilty of four counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of vandalism and one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
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May 31, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wore a wire for the FBI last month, secretly recording a department supervisor as part of an investigation into allegations of improper fundraising, the deputy and his attorneys said. Deputy Edwin Tamayo told The Times that FBI agents asked him to wear the wire after he told them that a captain gathered him and other subordinates at a patrol station barbecue pit and ordered them to sell tickets to a 2011 fundraiser for Carmen Trutanich's unsuccessful bid for district attorney.
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May 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A lawsuit alleging that City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer manipulated ethics laws to financially benefit his campaign has been thrown out of court. The action had been filed by a supporter of Feuer's rival, Carmen Trutanich. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Rico found meritless the claims by plaintiff Laura Lake that Feuer intentionally delayed paying campaign consultant John Shallman in order to qualify for taxpayer-provided matching funds. The suit, filed in the midst of the campaign , named both Feuer and Shallman as defendants.
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May 23, 2013 | Jean Merl and Abby Sewell
The seeds of one-term Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's resounding election defeat Tuesday were planted in his ill-fated run for district attorney last year. The candidate himself acknowledged that with less than a quarter of the ballots counted. Observers have said that voters did not like that he went back on his pledge to not seek higher office until finishing two terms. Mike Feuer, a onetime city councilman and a former member of the state Assembly, trounced the incumbent 62% to 38%, unofficial election returns showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa congratulated Eric Garcetti on Wednesday for his victory in Tuesday's mayoral election, saying the three-term councilman's success in turning around his Hollywood district represents "positive indicators of the work he will do as mayor. " Garcetti defeated his rival, Controller Wendy Greuel, 54% to 46% in the low-turnout election. Greuel is expected to officially concede defeat at an appearance in Van Nuys on Wednesday morning. Live video analysis: Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. "Eric is a true leader who I trust to guide our city into its bright future," Villaraigosa said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A tired but jubilant Ron Galperin declared victory Wednesday in his quest to become Los Angeles' next city controller, attributing his win to voters who "did their homework. " Galperin, a little-known Century City lawyer, pulled off a lopsided defeat of three-term City Councilman Dennis Zine in unofficial election results. Galperin polled 56% of the vote compared with 44% for Zine. There are still mail-in ballots to be counted, but the results are not expected to change substantially.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women. Francis, 40, was released on bond and is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial in May. He blasted the verdict as coming from a jury that was "retarded" and should have been "euthanized. " As part of the sentence, he must also complete a year of psychological counseling. Francis was convicted of five charges -- three counts of false imprisonment, one of dissuading a witness from reporting and one of assault causing great bodily injury -- stemming from a Jan. 29, 2011, incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was convicted Monday on nine counts of physically attacking and threatening his estranged wife, prosecutors said. Bradley, who played during  parts of two turbulent seasons with the Dodgers , was found guilty of four counts of spousal battery, two counts of criminal threats, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of vandalism and one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Jean Merl and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
After an especially contentious campaign, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich conceded to challenger Mike Feuer late Tuesday, while attorney Ron Galperin was leading City Councilman Dennis Zine in partial returns for another citywide office, controller. From his jampacked party at a home in Hancock Park, Feuer said he was gratified by the "tremendous outpouring of support" he found as he campaigned in communities across the city. He promised to bring a "new level of connection" between the city attorney's office and L.A.'s neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Laura J. Nelson and Jean Merl
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich was defeated in his bid for reelection by former Assemblyman Mike Feuer. Trutanich announced his concession about 11:30 p.m. [Updated at 11:45 p.m. At Rocco's Tavern in Studio City, he thanked supporters and attorneys. The crowd chanted, "Nuch! Nuch! Nuch!" "I ran for city attorney for all the right reasons, to be the people's lawyer," Trutanich said. He spoke of his rise from working-class roots in San Pedro and the accomplishments of the city attorney's office in his tenure.
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