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January 18, 1999
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January 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet. Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement investigators have found more than 70,000 images of Amy's assault on computers seized around the world. One was a laptop owned by Doyle Paroline, a Texas man who pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography and was sentenced to two years in prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2001
Re "Deputy Shootings Climb at Station," Oct. 30: I'd be concerned if the number of crimes were rising. The fact that the level of crimes remained steady indicates to me that shot criminals don't commit repeat crimes so quickly. We should be more concerned where crime rates are rising and the police are hogtied by more concern given to the rights of the criminals than to the rights of the victims. Joe Sykora Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate approved a measure Friday that would make it easier for some child abuse victims to sue private or nonprofit employers for failing to protect them from molesters. The bill, which is opposed by the Catholic Church, squeaked by on a 21-8 vote and now heads to the governor. The bill would allow some child abuse victims more time to file lawsuits against private institutions such as parochial schools, but would not apply to public schools. Some victims for whom the statute of limitations has expired would get a new one-year window during which they could bring a lawsuit.
OPINION
December 7, 2009
In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court wisely ruled that it was unconstitutional for a jury deciding on the penalty in a murder case to take into account the character of a victim or the reactions to the crime of friends and family. Two years later, the court reversed itself, and victims' rights activists rejoiced. They may now be having second thoughts. It turns out that focusing on the victim of a crime can sometimes mean lighter punishment for his killer. For the record: This editorial says a Missouri Supreme Court ruling would invite prosecutors to attack a crime victim's reputation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1998 | TRACY WILSON
For a ninth year, the district attorney's Victim Services Division will join agencies from across the county next Wednesday to recognize national Crime Victims' Rights Week. Four people will be rewarded for their sensitivity and commitment to victims' rights during an 11:45 a.m. ceremony at the central fountain of the Ventura County Government Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1990
Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed a bill Monday by Sen. Lucy Killea (D-San Diego) that would have allowed victims of child molestation to sue their attackers for damages covered by the assailant's homeowners policy. The bill, originally introduced by former Sen. Larry Stirling, now a San Diego Municipal Court judge, would have allowed molestation victims the right to a civil court hearing to try to collect insurance money from their attackers to pay for emotional and physical damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1992
Collene Campbell of San Juan Capistrano has been appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to the California Council on Criminal Justice. Campbell became involved with victims' rights after years of delays in the trials of the two men eventually convicted in the death of her son, 27-year-old Scott Campbell. His body was thrown from an airplane at 5,000 feet near Catalina Island on April 17, 1982.
NEWS
April 17, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of violent-crime victims. Reno said an amendment ensuring that victims can attend court and sentencing procedures "provides the best means to protect the rights of violent-crime victims." She emphasized that the Clinton administration doesn't take lightly changing the Constitution, but victims' rights must be protected, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000
Eleanor "Ellie" Liston, active in the victims' rights movement and a retired nursing director, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 62. Liston, who was born Jan. 16, 1937, in New York City to Marion and Thomas Shannon, grew up and went to school there. She graduated from Queens College in 1958 with a nursing degree. In 1960 she moved with her husband, Tom, to Ventura, where she began a nursing career in 1964 at Community Memorial Hospital.
WORLD
October 15, 2012 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
BOGOTA, Colombia - Among the many thorny issues to be hammered out in peace talks beginning Wednesday in Oslo between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group is what sort of post-conflict political role will be afforded to the insurgents. Guaranteeing a political voice for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is one of the five main issues in the talks, which are to begin in the Norwegian capital and then move to Havana. The other points to be negotiated are agrarian reform, victims' rights, an end to the rebels' alleged drug trafficking and logistics for stopping the conflict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Five foreign men who say they were kidnapped and tortured by the CIA cannot sue the Boeing Co. subsidiary that helped spirit them away for interrogations because of the risk of secret intelligence matters being exposed at trial, a sharply divided federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision in the closely watched case was a significant victory for the Obama administration because it recognized a president's power to protect wartime actions from judicial scrutiny by invoking the state secrets doctrine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
In the 33 years since she accused Roman Polanski of rape, Samantha Geimer has publicly forgiven the acclaimed director, accused the U.S. justice system of mistreating him and urged a dismissal of his still pending criminal case. Today, Geimer is expected to act again on Polanski's behalf and ask that a Los Angeles County judge halt efforts to extradite the filmmaker from Switzerland. In papers filed in Superior Court on Thursday, Geimer's lawyer accused the Los Angeles County district attorney's office of violating state victims' rights statutes by not consulting Geimer before seeking extradition.
OPINION
December 7, 2009
In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court wisely ruled that it was unconstitutional for a jury deciding on the penalty in a murder case to take into account the character of a victim or the reactions to the crime of friends and family. Two years later, the court reversed itself, and victims' rights activists rejoiced. They may now be having second thoughts. It turns out that focusing on the victim of a crime can sometimes mean lighter punishment for his killer. For the record: This editorial says a Missouri Supreme Court ruling would invite prosecutors to attack a crime victim's reputation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
I looked into the woman's face. Her large brown eyes widened with fear. She winced in pain. Blood spurted from her thighs. I dropped my purse and knelt beside her on the asphalt. Reporters are trained to remain detached, to observe and record without interfering. But the circumstances that Saturday afternoon compelled me to reach out and help this stranger, the victim of a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. From that chance encounter, a bond would grow between us -- fleeting but powerful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Already under attack by Democrats, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is now taking fire from a traditional ally of his Republican Party, a victims' rights group that says the governor is endangering the public with his parole and prison reforms. In a television advertisement unveiled last week, the leader of Crime Victims United of California said the governor "let us down" after promising to "stand with victims."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Betty Jane Spencer, 71, a victims-rights advocate who survived a 1977 home invasion that left her son and three stepsons slain, died Tuesday of undisclosed causes in a nursing home in Clinton, Ind. On Valentine's Day 1977, four men stormed into Spencer's rural mobile home and ordered Spencer, her son and stepsons to lie face down on the floor. An hour later, after taunting and threatening the family, the men fired 11 shotgun rounds at them.
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