Crime & Justice

Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

A Los Angeles County judge says he knows who owns a 752-pound emerald — and that finding may end a six-year battle over the gigantic gem.

Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site

Ross Ulbricht, 31, was convicted in February of charges accusing him of operating the website for nearly three years from 2011 until his 2013 arrest.

'Suge' Knight hires former Michael Jackson attorney

Knight's new attorney is Thomas Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson against molestation allegations.

2 to plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids

Xilin Chen and his son, Tom Chen, signed plea agreements in federal court in Los Angeles this week, and a judge is expected to accept the agreements at a hearing Friday.

CA bills reinstating penalties for some crimes fail

Several of the bills that stalled attempted to counter voters' approval of Proposition 47 in November, which reduced a range of felony crimes to misdemeanors.

Da Vinci fire: Suspect in blaze pleads not guilty to arson

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 56-year-old Dawud Abdulwali pleaded not guilty Thursday to arson of a structure and aggravated arson.

Santa Clara police cleared in killing of woman who had bat

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office made the determination Thursday in a 17-page report on the April 13, 2014, incident.

Man who led deputies on horse chase charged with felonies

Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley has been charged with 11 felonies and three misdemeanor counts.

Suspect arrested in Da Vinci complex arson fire

Police have arrested a man in connection with the massive fire that consumed the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex in Downtown Los Angeles last December.

Teen sentenced to community service after starting wildfire

A girl was found guilty of multiple felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape control.

Ex-LAPD detective sentenced for having child pornography

Sixty-nine-year-old Charles Henderson was sentenced to 30 days of community labor and a year of counseling. He was placed on probation and must register as a sex offender.

Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973.

Former LAPD officer wanted in killing appears in Texas court

Henry Solis was captured Tuesday by security forces in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, and deported back to the U.S.

FIFA corruption: $150M in bribes, dozen schemes, prosecutors say

Officials from soccer's international governing body are accused of accepting millions in bribes and kickbacks.

LA County awarded $150,000 grant to reduce jail population

The awards are part of the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, a $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration through innovation and reform.

FBI, police find no threat on EVA Air plane at LA airport

An FBI spokeswoman says an inspection of the plane and screening of luggage Tuesday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport yielded no evidence of a threat aboard EVA Air Flight 12.