Crime & Justice

Federal judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold in California for years.

Hearings delayed in ex-NFL player Darren Sharper rape case

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper has appeared in a L.A. court but back-to-back hearings on sexual assault allegations he faces were postponed.

LAPD officers oppose union contract with no salary increases

Dozens of frustrated LAPD officers sounded off at the L.A. Police Commission about a union contract that doesn't include pay increases.

Supervisor wants $20 million for keeping mentally ill people out of jail

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed Tuesday setting aside $20 million for programs that keep mentally ill people out of jails.

Man charged with 3 murders in Pasadena rampage

A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena, California, has been charged with three counts of murder.

LA jail overcrowding: Is Miami a model for getting the mentally ill out of jails?

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will look at suggestions for reducing the county's notoriously high number of mentally ill jail inmates.

Update: Suspects in Westwood Israel/ Palestine rally melee released

Four protesters accused of using wood flagpoles to attack protesters at a pro-Israel rally Sunday night have been released on bail, the sheriff's department said.

Pasadena murder suspect told 911 operator 'I killed someone'

A shooting suspect barricaded in a home Saturday called Pasadena police to say he killed someone and wanted to surrender to police waiting outside.

3 dead in Pasadena shooting; suspect in custody

Three people were killed when a man with a rifle began shooting at passersby in the 1700 block of Summit Avenue on Saturday, police said.

LA police union rejects contract with city

Nearly 6,000 rank and file officers voted against the tentative agreement over four days, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said Saturday.

Debate continues over how to police the sheriff's department

With the L.A. Board of Supervisors poised to debate creating a civilian oversight commission later this month, sheriff's candidates weighed in on the issue.

Sinaloa cartel enforcer appears in San Diego court

Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa — who uses the nickname "Chino Antrax" — has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in California.

'Pillowcase' rapist's freedom comes with strict limits

He can't be alone outside after dark, needs permission to walk through his neighborhood, and must allow random searches and polygraph tests.

Bell scandal: Former city councilman gets 1 year in jail

Mirabal, 64, is the first of five former Bell council members convicted in the corruption scandal to be sentenced.

Ex-chief of CalPERS pleads guilty to bribery and fraud

Federico Buenrostro Jr., the former chief executive of California Public Employees' Retirement System, entered his plea in San Francisco federal court Friday.

3 strikes: 2 felonies from single act count as 1 strike, court rules

The unanimous ruling on Thursday came in the case of a woman who was sentenced to 25-years to life on the basis of two convictions tied to a single carjacking.