Crime & Justice

5 charged with running huge prescription drug scheme

Five people have been charged with illegally selling vast quantities of powerful and addictive prescription drugs — including the cough syrup nicknamed "purple drank."

Boston bombing lawyers call for jury to be suspended over Paris

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month.

Man who bludgeoned mother to death gets prison

A Los Angeles man who beat his mother to death with a hammer and partially dismembered her has been sentenced to prison.

Videos at murder hearing show attack of Chinese USC student

The videos displayed in a hearing against three teenagers charged with murder showed shadowy figures getting out of a car, confronting the victim and chasing him.

Can an algorithm predict child abuse?

The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is testing an algorithm that would tell social workers which children are most at risk of abuse.

Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5M for 'unapproved fees'

The state insurance commissioner on Monday said the Mercury agents collected about the same amount in unapproved fees from consumers between 1999 and 2004.

4 LA County sheriff's employees in corruption probe

Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a parking control officer have been relieved of duty over allegations that they stole items from towed vehicles or took money from owners to avoid impounding their cars.

LAPD: Rapes, other violent crimes increased in 2014

The jump is due in part to an increase in aggravated assaults, alcohol-related brawls, domestic violence. Murders and rapes were up, too. Property crimes dipped.

From honors student to armed robber to a second chance

Darius Clark Monroe was a good kid,. So what made him rob a bank at 16? He shares his story in the documentary "Evolution of a Criminal"

Inmates set fire at LA County jail, cause brief disturbance

A Sheriff's Department statement said no one was injured during Sunday's incident inside the Men's Central Jail, and deputies quickly put out the fire. An investigation is under way.

Suit spurs calls for new lawyer discipline model

The former executive director of the California organization charged with rooting out lawyers who cheat clients or botch cases says he was fired after reporting that disciplinary files were deliberately being removed to make its case backlog appear smaller.

Carjacking suspect shot dead by deputies in South Gate

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says it shot and killed a man after he pulled a handgun on them early Sunday morning in South Gate.

Trial begins in LA skin-care guru murder plot case

Prosecutors say a skin-care specialist to the stars became so obsessed with a competitor aesthetician that she tried to hire someone to kill him.

Who carried out the Paris attacks? Here's what we know

Four assailants who allegedly carried out two separate attacks in and around the French capital this week were reportedly linked by religious zealotry and a 2010 prison-break plot.

Bomb squad investigating suspicious car in downtown LA, area closed

LAPD is asking the public to avoid the area of 2nd and Los Angeles Streets as they investigate a suspicious stolen car.

FBI releases sketch of man seen at blast near NAACP office

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also offered a $10,000 reward for information on Tuesday's explosion, which rattled nerves due to its proximity to the nation's oldest civil rights organization.