LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California judge was expected to render a verdict on Monday in the trial of a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father, a case that focused on accusations of abuse and the pre-teen defendant’s grasp of right and wrong at such a young age.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers both rested their cases last week in the Riverside County Superior Court trial of Joseph Hall for the May, 2011 death of his father Jeffrey, a regional director of the National Socialist Movement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A top adult film producer sued Los Angeles County on Friday over a voter-approved measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms, saying the law infringes on their First Amendment rights and was driving the industry out of Southern California.
Vivid Entertainment, which was joined in the lawsuit by porn stars Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, claims the mandate was both an unconstitutional prior restraint on freedom of expression and a financial burden that studios could not bear.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family members of four passengers who died with singer Jenni Rivera when her plane crashed in northern Mexico last year sued her corporation and the current and former owners of the aging Learjet they called a “bucket of bolts” on Thursday.
The plaintiffs alleged in their Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that the 43-year-old aircraft was unsafe and being flown by two unqualified pilots when it nosedived from 28,000 feet into mountainous terrain.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California lawmakers, seizing on new calls for gun controls following the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school, rolled out proposals on Tuesday to close loopholes in the state’s assault weapons ban and restrict ammunition sales.
The moves quickly put California at the forefront of what was expected to be a new wave of proposed firearm restrictions at the state and federal levels in the wake of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 (Reuters) – California lawmakers,
spurred to action by the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut
elementary school last week, are opening a campaign for stricter
gun control in the state with plans for legislation to make it
tougher to get ammunition.
California state Senator Kevin De Leon, a Democrat from Los
Angeles, said on Tuesday he would introduce a bill requiring
buyers of ammunition in the nation’s most populous state to
obtain a permit issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dec 10 (Reuters) – Pot smokers formally gained the right to
light up in Colorado on Monday as Governor John Hickenlooper
signed into effect a controversial ballot measure legalizing
marijuana for adult recreational use in what proponents hailed
as a “historic day.”
Hickenlooper’s signature, largely a formality, made Colorado
the second U.S. state after Washington to legalize recreational
pot use, and put it on a possible collision course with the
federal government – which calls marijuana an illegal drug.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia kingpin who prosecutors say carried out her father’s orders in running a brutal Los Angeles street gang, the Harpys, was arrested on Thursday along with her husband and 16 other accused gang members.
Vianna Roman, 37, was taken into custody on a federal grand jury racketeering indictment that accuses her of being the day-to-day leader of the Harpys, acting on instructions from her father, Danny Roman, despite his incarceration in Northern California’s super-maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. cargo
shipping complex resumed full operations on Wednesday after
harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that
left two Southern California ports mostly idle, sapping the
region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.
The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended
when clerks in the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers
Local 63 reached a tentative contract deal with a group of
shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday. Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist, had joined in to
prod the two sides into an agreement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States’ largest cargo shipping complex was set to resume full operations on Wednesday after harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that left the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mostly idle, sapping the region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.
The striking clerks reached a tentative contract deal with a group of shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday, with prodding from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Lenny Dykstra, the 1980s
World Series hero who pleaded guilty earlier this year to
bankruptcy fraud, was sentenced on Monday to six months in
federal prison and ordered to perform 500 hours of community
The 49-year-old former ballplayer – who is already serving
time in state prison for grand theft auto, lewd conduct and
assault with a deadly weapon – was also ordered to pay $200,000