Crime & Justice

VW admits emissions cheating and cover-up, will pay US $4.3B

The penalty is the largest against an automaker in U.S. history. A grand jury also returned an indictment against six VW executives and employees for their roles in the scheme.

California DA finds police were justified in shooting death

No criminal charges will be filed against an El Cajon police officer in the shooting death of Alfred Olango last year. His family says they won't be swayed in their search for justice.

Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Dylann Roof, 22, murdered nine people in the basement of a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. He told the jury that prosecutors "don't know what real real hatred looks like."

San Bernardino shooter's brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

The brother of the male attacker in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting that left 14 dead pleaded guilty Tuesday to immigration fraud.

Federal prosecutors will retry former LA sheriff Lee Baca

Baca was first tried on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges last month, but the case ended in a mistrial because jurors could not come to a consensus. Eleven of the 12 wanted to acquit him on the charges. The new trial will begin Feb. 21.

LA County to expand Sheriff's mental evaluation teams

The department has just 10 mental evaluation teams. Response times often top half an hour. Supervisors OK'ed a plan to expand the number to 23, and create a 24-hour triage desk.

Man who says he carried out 'Hollyweed' stunt surrenders, gets court date

Claiming responsibility for altering the Hollywood sign on New Year's Day, he turns himself in to LAPD. Police arrested and booked him on a misdemeanor trespassing charge before releasing him. A court hearing was set for mid-February.

2 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Pasadena vigil for homicide victim

Four people were shot, two fatally, in an attack at a vigil honoring a person killed last month.

LAX steps up security after Florida airport shooting

Los Angeles International Airport Police are deploying extra resources in terminals to beef up security in response to a shooting at Ft. Lauderdale's international airport.

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

Up until 2014, crime in the city had been falling. But for the past two years, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have been on the rise. Criminologists can't say for certain what's behind the increase, and they say crime overall remains at historic lows.

California funds 1st US inmate sex reassignment surgery

Shiloh Heavenly Quine is the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. Quine was convicted of first-degree murder and has no possibility of parole.

Judge allows early testimony in Durst case

An L.A. County Superior Court judge found that prosecutors have provided evidence that one of the witnesses, whose name has been kept secret, could be in danger.

1st big case for DA's wrongful conviction unit

The same prosecutors that got Raymond Lee Jennings convicted in 2009 have submitted a request this week to overturn the ruling based on newly discovered evidence.

Court documents reveal foiled sting operation on Lunada Bay Boys

Locals only! Never has that phrase been more appropriate than in Lunada Bay on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Pomona police fatally shoot man armed with handgun

Investigations show that before the fatal standoff with officers, the suspect had shot and wounded two people in a nearby apartment. They are now in fair condition.

Hot yoga guru ordered to give up income to pay for lawsuit

The founder of Bikram yoga was ordered to turn over the proceeds from his business to go toward a $6.8 million sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit.