Crime & Justice

Man accused of setting 20 fires in Los Angeles

Prosecutors say a man described as a transient has been charged with setting more than 20 small trash fires throughout Los Angeles this year.

'Ban the Box': LA mulls law to bar employers from asking about criminal past

The Los Angeles City Council is considering proposing an ordinance to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories as a way to help ex-felons get jobs.

Amber Alert issued for missing Huntington Beach 6-month-old

An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for a 6-month-old Huntington Beach girl believed to have been taken by her grandmother.

Bryan Stow v. Dodgers: Jurors say they're deadlocked

Jurors have gone home for the day after a judge told the deadlocked panel to keep deliberating in a suit filed by a Giants fan over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium.

Contractor sues over 405 Freeway widening work

A contractor is suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over delays and cost overruns connected to the massive Interstate 405 widening project in Los Angeles.

Autistic boy, 11, kept in cage, Anaheim police say

Officers went to an Anaheim home and arrested the parents Tuesday evening after an anonymous tipster called Orange County Child Protective Services.

LA County's top prosecutor embraces split sentencing

L.A. County is poised to adopt a new sentencing policy for non-violent felons after years of resistance.

Death of Central Valley inmate under investigation

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Tuesday that 63-year-old Donald Cook was found unresponsive in his cell at North Kern State Prison on Sunday.

LA jail scandal: All 6 Sheriff's officials found guilty on all counts

A jury found all of the defendants guilty on obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Two defendants were also found guilty of making false statements.

ACLU pushing for alternatives to jail for mentally ill

The ACLU of Southern California and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report Tuesday calling for alternatives to jail for mentally ill offenders.

Man gets life for killing 2 LA neighbors in 1982

A man convicted of killing two neighbors in his Los Angeles apartment building in 1982 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

US confidence in Supreme Court hits record low: What do you think?

The confidence Americans have in the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a record low, falling to 30 percent from 37 percent in 2012. What's your take?

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Calif. law banning gay therapy

An appeals court had ruled the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

Supreme Court stays out of Mt. Soledad cross dispute

Supporters of the 43-foot monument atop Mount Soledad wanted skip the appeals court and go straight to the Supreme Court because the legal fight has been going on for 25 years.

Hobby Lobby ruling: Employer's religious exemption from birth-control mandate OK

The Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-crafts stores went to court to fight the birth control provision under President Obama's health care law. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the company's favor.

Public unions can't make nonmembers pay fees, Supreme Court rules

The justices on Monday said collecting fees from home health care workers who object to being in a union violates their First Amendment rights.