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Critics say sheriff-coroner gig is a conflict of interest

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| Of California's 58 counties, 49 have a coroner who is also an elected sheriff. Alleged abuse by one of them is fueling a move toward independent medical examiners.

DNA broke the Golden State Killer case. Could the Zodiac Killer be next?

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The Vallejo Police Department sent two letters written by the Zodiac Killer to a private lab in hopes of finding his DNA on the back of the stamps or envelope flaps that may have been licked.

Police order DNA tests to help identify Zodiac Killer after Golden State Killer arrest

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Detectives at the Vallejo Police Department have sent decades-old DNA evidence to a forensics laboratory in the hopes of identifying a serial murderer, who became known as the Zodiac Killer.

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LAPD officer accused of sexually assaulting minor; investigation launched

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The LAPD confirmed to KPCC that they initiated the investigation, but said detectives with the Torrance Police Department are now handling the case.

Golden State Killer suspect fights DNA collection effort

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Joseph DeAngelo's public defender has filed a motion to block efforts by the district attorney to take DNA, fingerprints and photos of DeAngelo's body.

Parents of teenager killed by LA Sheriff’s deputies sue

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They allege excessive force. L.A. Sheriff's officials believe someone from a crowd that gathered after deputies killed 16-year-old Anthony Weber grabbed the gun the boy was allegedly carrying.

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Texas, six other states sue Trump administration, seeking an end to DACA

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With Trump's effort to end DACA stymied by three federal courts, seven states seek another decision apparently to set up conflicting court rulings.

Autopsy by coroner sheds light on Sacramento police killing

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An official autopsy from the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento calls into question the conclusions drawn by an independent doctor hired by the man's family.

A tall order for LA Probation Department's new civilian oversight panel

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The L.A. Board of Supervisors creates a commission that will have a staff and investigative power and will report to the board, rather than to the probation department.

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