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Jul 6, 2012

Convicted wife-killer Peterson says denied fair trial, appeals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Scott Peterson, convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son and sentenced to death following a sensational 2004 trial, has filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court, saying he was denied a fair trial in part because of publicity surrounding the case.

The 39-year-old former fertilizer salesman, who has been held on California’s death row at San Quentin State Prison since 2005, also challenged his death sentence on several grounds and said California’s death penalty is unconstitutional.

Jul 3, 2012

Ex-Commerce chief Bryson won’t face charges over car crashes

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (Reuters) – Prosecutors declined to
charge former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on Tuesday
over his role in two Los Angeles-area car crashes on the same
day in June after blood tests showed he had only low levels of a
sleep aid in his system at the time.

Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus

on June 9 after he twice crashed into the
same car in San Gabriel, California, left the scene of that
accident and later collided with a Honda Accord in nearby
Rosemead.

Jul 3, 2012

Police seek hit-and-run charges against ex-Commerce chief Bryson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police have asked Los Angeles prosecutors to charge former Commerce Secretary John Bryson with felony hit and run for his role in two car crashes on the same day in June, a law enforcement spokesman said on Tuesday.

Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus on June 9 after he crashed into one car twice, left the scene of the accident and later collided with another vehicle, according to authorities.

Jun 14, 2012

Accused British hacker charged in U.S. over LulzSec attacks

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (Reuters) – An alleged member of the
LulzSec hacking group who prosecutors say targeted the Fox and
PBS television networks and Sony’s film and TV studio has been
indicted in Los Angeles on federal charges, federal authorities
said on Wednesday.

Ryan Cleary, 20, who is already jailed in the United Kingdom
where he faces prosecution over similar charges, is accused of
joining other members of LulzSec in harnessing compromised
computers, known as a “botnet,” to steal confidential
information, deface websites or attack servers. He was indicted
on Tuesday.

Jun 8, 2012

Accused Canadian cannibal probed in Hollywood body parts case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police investigating the discovery of a severed head, hands and feet in the hills below the Hollywood sign in January have contacted counterparts in Montreal about possible links to a porn actor accused of murder, dismemberment and cannibalism.

Investigators consider it unlikely that 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, who was arrested Germany this week following an international manhunt, was involved in the Hollywood case but were checking on his whereabouts at the time, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith told Reuters on Thursday.

Jun 7, 2012

Fighter jets intercept planes in Obama airspace near Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fighter jets were scrambled on Thursday to intercept two small planes that strayed into airspace over the Los Angeles area restricted for President Barack Obama, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

The F-16 fighters responded after two single-engine planes, identified as a Cessna 206 and Cherokee PA 28, entered into the restricted airspace at mid-morning in separate incidents, NORAD said.

Jun 6, 2012

U.S. soldier charged with lying about combat, Purple Hearts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier who prosecutors say falsely claimed to have fought in Vietnam and Afghanistan – and to have earned two Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star for heroism – was indicted on federal charges on Wednesday.

Command Sergeant Major William John Roy is accused of lying about his service as he sought disability, medical and educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Jun 6, 2012

Feds attack California’s medical marijuana trade-again

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal authorities opened the latest front in their war on California’s massive medical marijuana industry this week, filing property forfeiture lawsuits in a bid to shut down three dispensaries and sending warning letters to 34 people.

The moves by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles are the latest in an ongoing crackdown on what federal prosecutors say is a flourishing network of illegal cannabis suppliers operating across California under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law.

Jun 6, 2012

California city officials face recall election over police beating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Residents of a southern California city went to the polls on Tuesday to vote on the recall of three elected officials accused of a failure of leadership following the fatal beating of a schizophrenic homeless man by police in Fullerton.

Recall organizers said Fullerton city councilmen Dick Jones, Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley put the interests of police over the community, allowing a culture of lax oversight that ultimately led to the death of 37-year-old transient Kelly Thomas.

May 31, 2012

California sued over conditions at prison’s high-security unit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A civil rights group sued the state of California and its prison system on Thursday, saying the long-term confinement of inmates in a special high-security unit at Pelican Bay State Prison amounted to torture and human rights violations.

The lawsuit demands reforms and seeks class-action status for more than 500 current prisoners who have been held in the Special Housing Unit at the super-maximum-security prison in Northern California for between 10 and 28 years.