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January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
A range of reactions from outrage to measured acceptance poured in Monday after an Orange County jury - after deliberating only hours - found that two former Fullerton police officers were not guilty of beating a homeless man to death. "I would do the same thing again," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said. "I think it's a matter that a jury had to see. " Rackauckas, who tried the case himself, said he respected the jury's decision and moved immediately to dismiss charges against a third officer who was indicted in the case but had yet to be tried.
January 13, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
Dozens of people gathered Monday night at the Fullerton transit depot not far from where Kelly Thomas was beaten by police in the summer of 2011. The demonstrators, some of whom chanted or carried candles, gathered just a few hours after an Orange County jury found two former Fullerton police officers not guilty in the death of the homeless man who used to sleep on benches at the transit center. Curtis Gamble, 53, who is homeless, said many of his friends witnessed the beating.
January 10, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
At the heart of the Kelly Thomas murder case is a grainy black-and-white video that covers, almost in its entirety, the struggle between the homeless man and police officers at a bustling Fullerton bus depot on a summer night in 2011. As jurors in Orange County now deliberate the fate of the officers, they must determine what that video actually shows. Prosecutors say the tape clearly presents a confused and vulnerable Thomas who died because one bully cop picked a fight and another lost control and slammed Thomas in the face repeatedly with his stun gun. In the defense's telling, the video captures a violent and errant street person who gave police the fight of their lives.
January 9, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A woman has filed suit against McDonald's Corp., saying she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the fast-food chain's Los Angeles restaurants. The lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who was badly burned after she spilled hot coffee into her lap at a McDonald's in Albuquerque. That verdict was widely criticized and became a rallying cry for advocates of legal reform. A judge later reduced the verdict to $640,000 and the case settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
December 13, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson's mother and three children have filed a motion for a new trial in their wrongful-death case, which ended 2 1/2 months ago when jurors found concert promoter AEG Live not liable for the singer's overdose death. Much of the Jacksons' motion, filed in Superior Court on Thursday, relies on sworn statements from four jurors who indicated that they found the verdict form confusing. The 12 jurors had to answer yes to five questions in order to find AEG liable. PHOTOS: Michael Jackson | 1958-2009 Jurors agreed that AEG Live had hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson.
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Angela Spaccia, the former Bell assistant city administrator accused of public corruption. Court officials said the jury would be read as soon as the defendant and prosecutors were gathered in the courthouse. Spaccia is being tried on 13 counts of felony corruption, including misappropriation of public funds. Prosecutors contended she and her boss, Robert Rizzo, raided the town's treasury by giving themselves huge salaries and extraordinary retirement benefits even as the city was starting to run out of money.
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the city of Bell's former second in command, was handcuffed and taken into custody Monday evening, minutes after a jury convicted her on 11 counts of misappropriating public funds and other corruption charges. As the verdict was read, Spaccia's family held hands and cried. Spaccia, however, showed little emotion. She did not shed any tears, even as she was being handcuffed. The stoicism was a marked contrast to the seven days she spent on the witness stand. She cried several times then, usually when talking about family tragedies.
November 25, 2013 | By Hector Beccera
A civil court jury Monday returned a $1.1-million verdict against the city of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race. The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberations - and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.
November 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America, West are backing actor Junie Hoang's appeal of the verdict in her age discrimination lawsuit against the entertainment industry website IMDb. In 2011, Hoang sued IMDb and its parent company Amazon in federal court, alleging they improperly disclosed her age in her profile on the website. In April, a jury ruled in favor of IMDb and found that the company did not violate its privacy policy in connection with Hoang, who is appealing the ruling on the grounds she did not get a fair trial.
October 29, 2013 | By James Barragan
A jury has awarded $150 million to a 13-year-old Riverside girl whose family burned to death four years ago when their SUV slammed into the back of a truck that was illegally parked on a freeway. Kylie Asam and her then-11-year-old brother survived the Nov. 22, 2009, accident by crawling out a broken rear window. Their mother, father and another brother were killed before they were able to get out of their GMC Yukon. The family was on its way to visit relatives in Oregon for Thanksgiving.
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