Crime & Justice

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca can't use Alzheimer's as defense

Baca will be retried on lying, corruption and obstruction of justice charges. Federal prosecutors successfully blocked him from using his early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis in his defense at the upcoming corruption trial.

Pasadena ends agreement with immigration authorities

Activists worried the agreement could have been used to force Pasadena police to help detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who had committed no crime.

LA City Council votes to decriminalize street vending

For years, street cart vending was considered a crime punishable by a misdemeanor in the city of LA. Now, the penalty is a $250 ticket. The council moved quickly on the policy change so that vendors wouldn't be exposed to possible deportation.

California is fighting immigration scams with online facts

At a press conference in Los Angeles, Padilla said his office created a website to help outline what immigration consultants can and cannot do.

​Old friend of Robert Durst speaks in murder case

Nathan "Nick" Chavin, is a New York advertising executive who was a longtime friend of Robert Durst and his wife Kathleen Durst. He was also a friend of Susan Berman, whom Durst is charged with killing.

'Secret witness' to testify in Robert Durst murder case

Prosecutors have suggested the eccentric millionaire could have witnesses killed and they don't plan to reveal the man's identity until they call him to the stand.

San Bernardino shooting: Enrique Marquez Jr. agrees to guilty plea

Enrique Marquez Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to provide material support to terrorists in 2011 and 2012.

Judge limits character witness testimony in upcoming Baca trial

The former L.A. sheriff is accused of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying in connection with a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into the inmate abuse in the jails. A new trial is expected to begin this month, but Baca's attorneys won't be allowed to call character witnesses on his behalf.

Man shot by LA sheriff's deputy in serious condition

The shooting on a sidewalk patio happened in the 7300 of Van Nuys Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Authorities haven't said whether the man pointed the gun at the officer or details that led to the shooting. The deputy was not injured.

Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up

Three years ago the LAPD invited residents to report when they felt an officer treated them unfairly. The department also offered residents the chance to meet face-to-face with the officer and a professional mediator. But, a new report shows, in many cases, residents did not want to meet.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputy shoots man at restaurant

Authorities say a man has been shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy after being stopped inside a restaurant. It happened shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in Van Nuys.

Appeals court dismisses suit over Gardena police shooting video

Los Angeles suburb Gardena's claim that a judge prematurely released video of police shooting an unarmed man was dismissed by a federal appeals court Monday.

City stands by LAPD's long-standing policy on undocumented immigrants

For over 30 years LAPD policy - don't question people about their immigration status. Officials say it makes it easier to focus on fighting crime.

LAPD Ezell Ford shooting prompted changes, but still hotly debated

While Chief Charlie Beck and many in the rank and file say the shooting of Ezell Ford was justified, police leaders recognized the uproar over it and shootings across the country demanded a response.

Father of girl who met with Pope fights to stay in US

Since meeting with the pontiff, Jersey Vargas and her family have appeared at several rallies and the family has publicly lobbied for immigration reform

Casting workshops charged for pay-to-play scam

Casting workshops in California must be for instructional purposes and must make it clear that they cannot guarantee employment, according to the city attorney’s office.