Crime & Justice

1 escaped murderer killed in N.Y. woods, other still on the run

Convicted murderer Richard Matt was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement officers in a wooded area about 30 miles from the prison where he and another inmate escaped.

1,000 O.C. court cases appear to have been illegally fixed

The FBI is investigating whether a court clerk was behind a scheme that illegally "fixed" about 1,000 traffic-related criminal cases for thousands of dollars.

Santa Barbara rampage victim sues killer's parents

The suit says Keith Cheung suffered a severe head injury and broken bones when Elliot Rodger's speeding BMW hit him last May as he biked home from work in Isla Vista.

High court strikes down 'vague' part of career criminal law

The justices ruled that a catchall phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act defining what crimes make a defendant eligible for a longer prison term is too vague.

LA Sheriff Scandal: Tanaka says he was following Baca’s orders

The plot thickens in the federal investigation into LA County jails, with the once powerful former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka blaming his old boss for any wrongdoing.

ACA: Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The ruling preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. Obama called it "a good day for America" and said that while there is still work to be done to make health care in the U.S. better, "this law is working."

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

A federal jury found two deputies and a sergeant guilty on Wednesday in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo.

Boston Marathon bomber apologizes for the first time

Breaking more than two years of public silence, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said: "I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done — irreparable damage."

California judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays ballot measure

Sacramento Superior Court judge throws out proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engaged in gay sex, calling the measure "patently unconstitutional."

Judge declares mistrial in Vanderbilt rape case

Defense attorneys for the two convicted football players successfully argued that a juror had intentionally withheld information that he was raped.

Unarmed man in Los Feliz shooting ID'd; Officer was transfer from General Services

Walter DeLeon, 48, was critically injured after he was shot in the head by police on Los Feliz Boulevard. The officer who fired at him previously worked as an officer for the city’s General Services Department, police said.

Music mogul Diddy accused of assault with workout equipment

Diddy, 45, whose real name is Sean Combs, was freed late Monday night after posting bail, several hours after his afternoon arrest, jail records showed.

Man shot and killed in Azusa police shooting

Officers arrived at the scene to find the suspect, who was allegedly breaking into a house nearby.

Relations between minorities and LA County deputies improving, activists say

Last month, federal officials announced a settlement that legally binds the Sheriff's Department to a long list of requirements — among them that deputies adhere to basic rules of politeness.

Gay marriage, health care among last 7 Supreme Court cases

The justices, who almost always finish their work by the end of June, will meet Thursday to hand down more opinions. Here's a look at the remaining cases.