Crime & Justice

Ex-Sheriff Sentencing

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Does former sheriff Baca's Alzheimer's make him incompetent for trial?


Prosecutors want a federal judge to rule on Baca's mental competence rather than have it looming over the jail abuse case as it heads toward a Dec. 6 trial date.

Anaheim police shooting is headed back to court


A federal appeals court ordered the civil lawsuit against an Anaheim police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man to be retried because of improper evidence.

Roman Ducksworth in uniform. The Army Corporal was shot to death by a white Mississippi police officer in 1962.

The pain of police killings can last decades

Cordero Ducksworth says he barely remembers his father, Roman, who died in 1962. And he didn't learn the circumstances of his death for almost 30 years. Now, he's fighting for justice.

How LAPD liaisons could help grieving families

The LAPD wants to hire liaisons as a comforting resource for the families of people shot by police. Despite the program's limits, one grieving mom supports the idea.

Dueling narratives about 14-year-old shot by the LAPD

Some talk of a bright, quiet, respectful boy. Others see a gang member who carried a gun. An anti-gang worker says many arm themselves out of fear.

California death row inmates are dying from illegal drug overdoses

The illegal drug trade in California prisons is nothing new. 

​Debate: Under CA bill, minors would be shielded from prostitution charges

Two bills are going through the state legislature that would protect minors from being prosecuted for prostitution.

As inmates shift to local control, some county jails see a spike in suicides

The rate of suicides seen in San Diego County jails shed light on a national problem: the increasing number of mentally ill people landing in jails.

Users seek shooting data from state site to restore trust

The requests provide a glimpse of the questions Californians have for their law enforcement officials, and what they want from 'open data' efforts.

East Hollywood man killed by LAPD suffered from mental illness

The man was shot after coming into contact with officers, but it's unclear what prompted the shooting. Police say Marcelo Luna was carrying a "bayonet-like" object.

DOJ private prison phase-out doesn't affect immigrant detention, but a California bill could

A state bill that would bar California cities and counties from contracting with private prisons for immigrant detention is set for a vote next week.

Blue Cut Fire: Hotels allegedly illegally price-gouging

Poston warned that if people have a suspicion someone has attempted price gouging following the Blue Cut Fire, they should contact the DA's Office's Consumer Protection Unit.

Home-invasion/sexual assault suspect arrested by LAPD

A suspect in several home invasions and attempted rapes/attacks beginning on Aug. 1 has been arrested, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sacramento debating felony status for prosecutorial misconduct

California lawmakers are getting closer to passing a bill that would throw the book at prosecutors who withhold evidence in criminal trials.

California court helps kids by healing parents' addictions

A special court in Sacramento, Calif., aims to keep families together by getting treatment for parents who have substance abuse problems, instead of sending off their kids to foster care.

​LAPD motorcycle officer shoots, kills man in South LA

A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in South L.A. Tuesday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.