Crime & Justice

Convict could face death in killing of 20th Century Fox exec

John Creech pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to the elevated charge after prosecutors brought new allegations that he lay in wait to kill Gavin Smith three years ago.

Barry Bonds' obstruction conviction thrown out by appeals court

Bonds was convicted in 2011 of a single count of obstruction by a jury, which deadlocked on three charges he made false statements during his grand jury appearance.

Inmate inside California prison shot, killed by officer

A correctional officer first fired a warning shot from his rifle to stop two inmates from attacking the third, said a spokeswoman.

Anti-human trafficking bill passes Senate

The bill passed 99-0 Wednesday afternoon. The vote came after the bill had been stalled for weeks in a partisan dispute over abortion.

San Bernardino to pay Francis Pusok $650K in settlement

This settlement ends any potential claims Francis Pusok could make against the county or Sheriff's Department.

LA police say officers shoot, kill man with hunting knife

Los Angeles police say their officers shot and killed a man who came at them with a large hunting knife.

Audit says jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

The number of local inmates freed early in one month increased from about 10,200 in September 2011 to more than 14,000 in June 2014.

DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

Michele Leonhart had been widely criticized for her response to a scathing government watchdog report detailing DEA "sex parties."

San Bernardino to pay $650K in videotaped beating

In an extraordinarily fast response, the county said it had reached a settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, whose beating by deputies after he attempted to flee on horseback was caught on video.

Volunteer officers just want to play cop, some say

The fatal shooting of a suspect by a volunteer deputy in Tulsa, Okla., raises the question of whether volunteer cops should be allowed to wear badges and carry guns?

Energy companies must face price fixing claims, high court says

The justices ruled that natural gas traders can be sued for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

San Francisco Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

San Francisco police arrested Emerson Decarvalho, 38, on Sunday in the city's Fisherman's Wharf area, a tourist destination.

LAPD officer charged with assault

LAPD officer Richard Garcia allegedly assaulted a man lying on the ground in October 2014, while investigating a robbery.

Q&A: Is federal anti-radicalization effort profiling or prevention?

Some activists worry that programs focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale will lead to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities.

Convicted OC serial killer denied parole

Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after committing the murders during robbery or burglary attempts in Orange County.

LA Kings' Jarret Stoll released after arrest in Las Vegas

The two-time Stanley Cup champion is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.