CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1998 |
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that a detective pressured a North Hollywood landlord into renting an apartment to a crime victim without disclosing that the man was a convicted child molester. Stephen Xirinachs, the building manager who says he was duped, and his wife have filed a $10-million claim against the city, saying they have suffered emotional distress and a "loss of faith in the LAPD." The couple said LAPD Det.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two "known or suspected" terrorists who cooperated with the government and were placed in the Witness Security Program later were able to board airplanes and quietly vanish, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded in a report that was highly critical of how the government handles some of its most dangerous witnesses. Administration officials said Thursday that the pair left the country years ago and had since been located. But the office of the inspector general found that federal officials, primarily at the U.S. Marshals Service, which runs the program, had not been doing enough to monitor and handle the former terrorists.
April 1, 1985
A former mob hit man and bodyguard to James R. Hoffa told a newspaper that the one-time Teamsters president was slain, ground up, stuffed into a steel drum and dumped in the Florida Everglades. Charlie Allen, who now lives under another identity provided by a witness protection program, told the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch that Hoffa was shot with an electric stun gun and murdered after he disappeared from Detroit in late July of 1975.
April 10, 2003
California's witness protection program is out of money, and the reason why couldn't be more ironic. The 1998 statute that created it did so by tapping surplus money in the state's victim compensation program, which is funded by fines and penalties imposed on criminals. This year, for the first time, there is no surplus. So many crime victims have sought help for medical costs, counseling and other expenses that there is no money left to pay for relocating witnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2004 |
After Olutokumbo Oluwole was shot to death in a parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on his 22nd birthday, a program distributed at his funeral said his innocence had been his downfall. Oluwole, the program said, did not believe he had any enemies. Not when he saw his best friend, Laron Mercado, fatally shot in March. Not when he told police what he had seen. Not even when he fled his hometown of Oakland while investigators prepared their case.