Crime & Justice


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Doctor accused of fraud in spinal surgeries pleads guilty

Dr. Aria Sabit, 39, is barred for life from the medical profession as a result of a plea deal struck in Detroit with federal prosecutors from two states.

2 OC men arrested in terrorism probe

Two Orange County men were arrested Thursday and have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic militant group fighting in Syria.


Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

A 61-year-old attorney whose son died in last year's shooting travels the country to persuade people to support what he calls reasonable gun-control laws.

Former SF officer ordered to prison in corruption case

Reynaldo Vargas' sentence could have been much longer, but he cut a deal with prosecutors, providing key testimony against two other police officers.

Baltimore grand jury indicts 6 officers in police-custody death of Freddie Gray

The state's attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Prosecutors reject Venice High sexual assault case (updated)

LAPD investigators said they believed the assaults took place on and off campus, dating back to the end of 2013.

Federal Building in DTLA evacuated over bomb threat, woman arrested (updated)

Police have arrested a woman who threatened to bomb the lobby of the Federal Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

Study: California realignment had little effect on crime

The study by the Public Policy Institute of California looks at the effect of locking up criminals for shorter periods of time.

Crowdfunding site seeks profits financing police abuse suits

Amid a growing national debate about police misconduct, a Century City lawyer is looking for investors in police abuse lawsuits.

Obama signs bill creating nationwide alert system for police

The president signed into law a measure to create a nationwide alert system to help catch anyone who hurts, kills or makes credible threats against law enforcement.

Waco biker shootout: 7 remain in hospital; uninvited gang had come to meeting

Giving an update on Sunday's violence, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton dismisses media reports that law enforcement officers had killed four bikers.

Judge sends 11 Afghan policemen to prison over mob killing of woman

The case has prompted outcry over violence against women in the country, resulting in rare sentences. Eight police officers were released for lack of evidence.

LAPD deploys foot patrol for ‘relationship policing’

Amid a roiling debate about policing in America, the LAPD makes a small return to the oldest form of policing: walking the beat.

Heightened security in Waco, Texas after biker gang deadly shootout

A Sunday afternoon brawl in a restaurant at a busy shopping center left nine bikers dead and at least 18 more wounded. About 170 people have been arrested.

Obama puts stricter controls on military gear for police

An interagency group found "substantial risk of misusing or overusing" items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms and camouflage could undermine trust in police.

Police searching for man who raped woman in Boyle Heights

Police are seeking the public's help in the the search for a man who raped a woman late Friday in her Boyle Heights home.