Los Angeles District Attorney
George Gascón ripped after cop killing by repeat offender suspect: 'He doesn't listen’
Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and victims' rights advocate Kathy Cady ripped the city's notoriously soft-on-crime District Attorney George Gascón over the murder of a police officer by a repeat offender. The suspect, Carlos Daniel Delicid, had been released from jail prior to a carjacking incident where he's accused of gunning down California police officer Gardiel Solorio.
Mom of California murder victim blasts Soros-backed prosecutors: ‘Helping criminals’
California mother whose son was murdered snapped back at George Soros for defending liberal district attorneys, claiming that he is "helping criminals.” "I do not believe that these district attorneys are acting like district attorneys. They're more like undercover public defenders. They are helping the criminals being released instead of helping my son's case," Imelda Hernandez told "America Reports.”
LA DA Gascon vows to resentence inmates on 'racist' death row, angering victims' families
California's death row houses 687 inmates, twice as many as Florida and three times the number in Texas. Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is committed to reducing that number, seeking to resentence at least 15 death row inmates to life without parole. "The reality is a death penalty doesn't make us safer. It is racist. It's morally untenable, its irreversible and expensive," Gascon claims.
Top Gascón aide fears physical harm if civil service hearing is open to public
A controversial top aide to District Attorney George Gascón wants a Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission hearing closed to the public and her testimony sealed because she fears for her safety, according to a declaration obtained by the Southern California News Group. Tiffiny Blacknell, who is Gascón’s chief spokesperson, says in the 17-page declaration filed last week that she faces more harassment and threats if the hearing into nepotism and favoritism complaints lodged by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys remains public.
Anti-Gascón campaign is OK with reform, not dangerous social experiments
To the editor: The Times’ editorial, “Anti-Gascón drive extends era of destructive, distracting recall mania,” gaslights the public about the campaign to remove Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón from office. The editorial asserts that lockdowns and political turmoil are the real reasons for the backlash against Gascón. To be clear, the recall is in direct response to Gascón’s pro-criminal policies, and nothing else.
Los Angeles Times editors think George Gascon is the real victim of the city's crime surge
With Los Angeles experiencing a surge in crime, won't somebody think of poor District Attorney George Gascon? He keeps letting them right back out onto the streets to victimize more Angelenos, but according to the Los Angeles Times editorial board, Gascon is the real victim. The board offers two defenses of Gascon as it denounces the recall election petition against him as part of a “destructive, distracting recall mania” that took down San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Courts & Rulings
Murder conviction was based on ‘Legally Invalid Theory’
The Third District Court of Appeal on Friday reversed a first-degree murder conviction under the felony-murder rule in a case with facts the court observed were “somewhat unique,” holding that a man who forced a woman into his car and drove off, with the woman alighting from the moving vehicle to escape, resulting in her death, was not the “actual killer."
Federal judge finds ‘chalking tires’ is unconstitutional, orders city to pay $1 per violation
A woman who fought her parking tickets in a class-action case all the way up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was vindicated by a lower court on Monday, which recognized the parking police practice of “chalking tires” as an unconstitutional “search” in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The ruling in favor of Alison P. Taylor and against the City of Saginaw, Michigan was also a ruling in favor of the similarly situated, noted U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington.
Walgreens fueled San Francisco’s opioid addiction crisis, judge rules in landmark case
Walgreens is guilty of “substantially contributing” to San Francisco’s opioid addiction epidemic, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Walgreens flooded the city’s pharmacies with millions of opioid pills without safeguards to prevent suspicious prescriptions from being filled for 14 years, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said. The judge made his ruling based off a three-month-long trial, City and County of San Francisco v. Purdue Pharma, also known as the “Opioid Trial.”
Investigation reveals Orange County judge was issuing warrants from out of the country
The Orange County Superior Court is investigating after a judge who was issuing search warrants while assigned to night duty was found to have been doing the job while out of the country. Judge Nicholas S. Thompson was allegedly conducting business as the court’s night judge and issuing warrants to law enforcement while in an undisclosed foreign country, the court said in a news release.
No qualified immunity for deputies who allegedly used excessive force against pre-trial detainee who died in cell
On October 8, 2017, Kelli Page was incarcerated in the Coryell County, Texas jail awaiting trial. She was 46 years old, 5' 6", 220 lbs with serious mental health challenges and various physical ailments. At 7:50 a.m. she began tapping her hairbrush on her cell door. Deputy Pelfrey, concerned that the sound would disturb other inmates, went to her cell and spoke with her about the noise. During the conversation, Page allegedly threatened to stab Pelfrey in the eye with the hairbrush. Pelfrey left and she stopped tapping for a few minutes.
Building owner not liable for death of tenant who fell from roof
The owner of a building had no duty to protect a tenant who had consumed alcohol and a marijuana-laced brownie, went up to the roof where he had no business being, and fell off, resulting in his death, the Court of Appeal for this district held yesterday. Justice Elizabeth A. Grimes of Div. Eight authored the opinion. It affirms a summary judgment granted on July 9, 2020, by Los Angeles Judge Jon R. Takasugi in favor of the building’s owner, the Young Men’s Christian Association of Glendale, in a wrongful death action.
School district can’t be sued under Unruh Civil Rights Act
A developmentally disabled man who claims to have been sexually assaulted while in high school by classmates and a staff member cannot maintain an action against the school district under the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the California Supreme Court held yesterday in a unanimous opinion. The opinion by Justice Joshua P. Groban affirms the Nov 13, 2020 denial by Div. One of the First District Court of Appeal of a petition for a writ of mandate filed on behalf of a man identified as Brennon B.
Ex-Anaheim police officer found not guilty of filing false report
A former Anaheim police officer was acquitted Wednesday, Aug. 3, of a felony charge after being accused of lying about an April 2018 traffic stop involving a drug-related arrest. An Orange County Superior Court jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Dillon Avila not guilty of filing a false police report that said a driver had consented to a vehicle search that allegedly turned up drugs.
Online-only co. websites aren’t public accommodations, per CA appeals court
An influx of lawsuits over the past decade have targeted website operators - especially those in the retail sector - for allegedly failing to make their sites accessible to visually impaired consumers, landing the likes of Ralph Lauren, millennial beauty brand Glossier, H&M, Rihanna’s Fenty, Gucci, Versace, Urban Outfitters, New Balance, Nike, and J. Crew, among thousands of others, on the receiving end of litigation in courts across the U.S.
Expert hired by prosecution can’t testify at SVPA trial
Div. Three of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 opinion, has thwarted an effort by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to bolster chances that a child molester, upon release from prison, will continue to be confined for the purpose of treatment. The panel’s majority on Monday declared that the prosecution may not put on testimony by an expert it hired that, if freed, the inmate would be apt to engage again in predatory sexual conduct.
Air Force allows Facebook comments criticizing the service online after veteran's lawsuit
An Air Force veteran who was tired of having his pointed Facebook comments deleted on the service's senior enlisted leader's official page took the noncommissioned officer to court over being blocked online and won. Richard Lee Rynearson III, a retired Air Force major, filed a lawsuit in August 2021 with the Center for Individual Rights - a nonprofit legal firm based in Washington, D.C. - and reached a settlement last week with the Air Force, changing the service's social media policy.
Newsom picks Justice Patricia Guerrero to lead California high court
Just months after being sworn in as the first Latina on the California Supreme Court, Justice Patricia Guerrero has made history again with Governor Gavin Newsom announcing Wednesday that he chose Guerrero as the next chief justice. “I am humbled by this nomination to lead our state’s Supreme Court and thank the governor for entrusting me with this honor,” Guerrero said in a statement Wednesday.
Charges announced in shooting that killed 26-year-old Monterey Park police officer
Two people have been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Gardiel Solorio, the 26-year-old Monterey Park police officer killed in a gym parking lot in Downey while off duty on Monday afternoon. Carlos Daniel Delcid was charged with one count each of murder, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, District Attorney George Gascón announced during a 2 p.m. press conference in Downtown Los Angeles.
Windsor Hills suspect involved in ‘numerous' crashes before, LA County DA says
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday the Windsor Hills crash suspect was involved in "numerous" collisions before the deadly crash at La Brea and Slauson that left six dead, including a pregnant woman and her family. The office also said that it was difficult to determine exactly how many crashes because her traffic history involves multiple jurisdictions.
Dave Chappelle attacker, 23, appears at pre-trial hearing where attorney reveals she will seek 'mental health diversion' that could see his battery case dismissed
The man who tackled Dave Chappelle on stage at a Los Angeles comedy show could potentially see his case dismissed if he is found mentally ill, DailyMail.com has learned. Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after charging towards the comedian with a flick knife during his May 3 performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Man charged with attacking woman in Hollywood
A Lancaster man has been charged with an attack on a woman who was allegedly knocked unconscious and kicked in the head in a Hollywood parking garage, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Dammion Adkins, 33, is charged with one felony count each of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, according to the District Attorney's Office.
LA Sheriff's deputy charged with over 30 counts of sex crimes involving children
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with over 30 counts of sex crimes involving children. "Sexually assaulting a child not only robs them of their innocence but also leaves lasting mental trauma. This is one of the most egregious crimes my office encounters and it is made worse when the crime is committed by someone who has been entrusted to protect them and our community from harm," District Attorney Gascón said.
Former ‘detective of the year' accused of sending graphic messages to decoy posing as 14-year-old girl
A Southern California police detective who’d once been named “detective of the year” allegedly sent graphic messages online to a decoy pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, prosecutors said. Santa Ana police detective Gregory Beaumarchais, 43, was charged with one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a victim believed to be under 18, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release.
Gascón recall committee says county may not be following law in verifying signatures
Organizers attempting to oust embattled Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón expressed concern Monday, Aug. 8, that election officials aren’t following state law, leading them to reject valid signatures needed to force a recall election. The “shockingly large” 22% rejection rate of 717,000 petition signatures randomly sampled last month signals the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office isn’t complying with a 2022 law governing signature verification, claimed a letter from Steve Cooley, co-chairman of the Committee to Recall District Attorney George Gascón, to the Board of Supervisors.
California just banned marketing of guns to minors. Hunters' groups are challenging in court
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill in June banning the marketing of guns to minors in California - and felt so strongly that he issued a video of himself holding an AR-15 and standing in front of an advertisement for a youth weapon. “Kids should not have one of these,” he said, holding the AR-15 in his arms. Now the law itself is under attack.
LA law would allow victims to sue pregnancy centers for misinformation (Video)
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer proposed a law Thursday that would prohibit pregnancy service centers from misleading people about reproductive health services, including abortion, with tactics such as false advertising.
Los Angeles County/City
Former LA County assistant sheriff sues Alex Villanueva over demotion
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been sued by a former LASD assistant sheriff, citing that she was demoted in response to her complaint about a deputy's involvement in the beating of an inmate, just a year after allegedly taking photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. Former Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon filed the lawsuit against Los Angeles County and Villanueva on Wednesday, which alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation and violations of the Public Safety Officer's Bill of Rights.
Grand jury investigating L.A. County Sheriff’s Department handling of deputy who knelt on inmate’s head
Los Angeles County prosecutors are convening a criminal grand jury to investigate whether the Sheriff's Department mishandled an incident in which a sheriff's deputy knelt on a handcuffed inmate's head for three minutes, according to documents and interviews. Several subpoenas have been served ordering sheriff's officials to appear and testify starting later this week, according to two sources with knowledge of the subpoenas.
Crime/Public Safety
Woman killed during attempted carjacking in Canoga Park
A woman was stabbed to death during an attempted carjacking Sunday morning in Canoga Park, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The attack happened around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Bassett Street. Police responded to the area for a report of a carjacking, but when they arrived on scene, they found a woman who was unresponsive and suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Katharine McPhee blames 'woke' voters for crime in Beverly Hills, will not wear expensive jewelry
Katharine McPhee is blaming "woke" voters for the rise in crime in Beverly Hills. On her Instagram story on Wednesday, the "American Idol" alum expressed her frustration at the "sad state" Los Angeles finds itself in. "I blame every single one of you woke voters," she said. "Seniors getting beat up while walking. Keep voting for this. What a sad state this city is in.” .
Ex-LAPD officer in court for deadly shooting in Corona Costco (Video)
The former LAPD officer who killed a disabled man while off duty at a Costco in Corona was back in court this week. Eric Leonard reports Aug. 10, 2022.
Ex-cop registered as sex offender tried to coax girls into car, California police say
A former cop and registered sex offender tried to entice two Walnut Creek girls into his car by saying he needed help looking for a lost dog, California police say. Miguel Schiappapietra, 37, faces charges including annoying or molesting a child, contacting a minor to commit a felony and attempted lewd or lascivious acts on a child, the Walnut Creek Police Department said in an Aug. 5 news release. His bail has been set at $1.3 million
SF Sheriff's cadet says Board of Supervisor president used racial slurs and threatened him (Video)
San Francisco Sheriff's cadet Emare Butler speaks out about the racial slurs and threat he says SF Supervisor Shamann Walton made when he refused to take off his belt while walking through a metal detector at city hall. The supervisor says the Sheriff's Office sensationalized the incident in retaliation for his legislation calling for oversight of the department.
CalPERS wants former police chief to return $1.8 million in retirement benefits
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is demanding that the former Police Chief of a small 11-member police department near San Francisco pay back $1.8 million in retirement benefits that he collected while continuing to work full-time. The payment demand, which is one of the largest in the 90-year history of CalPERS, centers on David Parenti, who the pension system said worked as police chief and other positions, at the Broadmoor Police District in San Mateo County, between 2007 and 2020 while also collecting retirement benefits.
Police combat violent crime as ranks dwindle
Five years after Brian Spaulding’s parents found him fatally shot in the home he shared with roommates, his slaying remains a mystery that seems increasingly unlikely to be solved as Portland, Ore., police confront a spike in killings and more than 100 officer vacancies. The detective assigned to investigate the death of Spaulding - a chiropractic assistant who didn’t do drugs, wasn’t in a gang and lived close to the house where he was born - left in 2020 in a wave of retirements and the detective assigned to it now is swamped with fresh cases after Portland’s homicide rate surged 207% since 2019.
Detectives on the streets, understaffed on the beats
Rookies not showing up at Madison Square Garden, what’s new? Last month, only 561 NYPD recruits graduated at the MSG swearing-in ceremony, roughly half of the incoming classes’ targeted numbers, according to the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York. The PBA blames low pay, inferior benefits and “constant abuse” for the lack of new, blue blood. “Hundreds of our most talented and experienced police officers - the ones who know their communities best - are quitting or retiring every month, and not enough recruits are signing up to replace them,” said the union’s president Pat Lynch in a statement.
Former NYPD Official: Bail reform “set us back a decade” by dropping an “atom bomb” on the criminal justice system
As New York City finds itself gripped by a massive crime wave, the 2019 bail reform laws continue to dominate the headlines as residents of the Big Apple become increasingly concerned about their safety as repeat criminal offenders are back on streets. On Sunday, Ex-Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism and former television news reporter John Miller said that New York state legislators “set us back a decade” by dropping an “atom bomb” on the criminal-justice system with their vote on the bail-reform laws, as was reported by the New York Post.
California looks at millionaire tax to pay for clean vehicles and wildfire prevention
California lawmakers on Wednesday stared down a controversial measure aimed at taxing millionaires to fund greenhouse gas emission reduction programs, meet electric vehicle usage goals and beef up wildfire fighting resources. Proposition 30 will ask voters if people earning more than $2 million a year should be taxed, with revenue funneled into zero-emission vehicle purchases and infrastructure. Nearly half would go to people in lower-income communities.
Long-time leader of South L.A. street gang sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for racketeering activity that included murder
A long-time senior leader of the South Los Angeles-based East Coast Crips (ECC) street gang was sentenced late this afternoon to 420 months in federal prison for a series of criminal acts, including his participation in the 2014 murder of a rival gang member. Paul Gary Wallace, 56, a.k.a. “Little Doc” and “Uncle Bill,” of South Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge André Birotte Jr.
Father and son sentenced to life for hate crimes in Arbery killing, neighbor gets 35 years
The father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Monday in Georgia federal court to life imprisonment for violating the 25-year-old jogger’s civil rights and targeting him because he was Black, adding to their life sentences for aggravated assault and murder. A unanimous jury convicted Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, in February of interference with rights, attempted kidnapping and brandishing and discharging a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
DA, Tracy police fight against the parole of man convicted of child torture
A man convicted for the torture and imprisonment of a teenage boy in Tracy could soon be released after serving just a fraction of his life sentence. Anthony Waiters was granted parole in March, but the decision is not final and the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office, which initially prosecuted the criminal case against him, is now fighting to keep him behind bars. “This is not a person who should be granted parole,” said San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.
Articles of Interest
US federal judge vacates ex-Deutsche Bank trader’s conviction of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud
US District Judge Paul Engelmayer has vacated former Deutsche Bank AG trader Timothy Parietti’s conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The case was in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Parietti with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.
Lollipops hustle on Amazon costs family candy business millions
Mitchell Owens recently discovered that mysterious entities were selling bulk orders of Dum Dums lollipops on Amazon for a couple of bucks less than the price charged by his company. Owens, who runs e-commerce operations for Spangler Candy Co., was concerned the sweets could be potentially dangerous counterfeits. So he placed an order from one of the Amazon merchants. A few days later a 500-pack of lollipops arrived on his doorstep.
The Sandy Hook defamation cases have put Alex Jones's finances under scrutiny.
Alex Jones's attempts to shield his fortune from legal threats drew a warning this week from a Texas judge and new revelations about the finances of his misinformation operation. On Thursday, a jury in Austin decided that Mr. Jones must pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages in the first of several defamation cases brought by parents of Sandy Hook victims. Days earlier, the conspiracy theorist initiated Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in Houston for Free Speech Systems, the parent company of his Infowars media network.
Win for photographer in Ninth Circuit reversal of fair use finding
On August 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in McGucken v. Pub Ocean Ltd. that reversed a Central District of California’s sua sponte grant of summary judgment to Pub Ocean on McGucken’s copyright infringement claims. The case involved Pub Ocean’s unauthorized use of photos of a lake that formed in Death Valley, California, in March 2019.
CDI accuses Mercury Insurance of ‘steering’ good drivers toward higher-priced policies
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) has brought legal action against Mercury Insurance, accusing the carrier of “steering” good drivers toward its higher-priced auto insurance policies in violation of state law. Under the state’s Proposition 103, insurers shall not refuse to offer and sell a "Good Driver Discount policy” to anyone with a safe driving record.
Facebook fails to get accused fraudster's $50M lawsuit tossed from B.C. court
Facebook has lost its bid to toss out a $50-million B.C. lawsuit from an alleged scam artist over an "imposter page" that used his name and likeness. Vancouver Island resident Timothy Craig Durkin filed suit against the social media giant in the summer of 2020, claiming that he had been trying for months to get administrators to take down the phoney account without any success.
Judge approves $92 million TikTok settlement
On July 28, 2022, a federal judge approved TikTok’s $92 million class action settlement of various privacy claims made under state and federal law. The agreement will resolve litigation that began in 2019 and involved claims that TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) and the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by improperly harvesting users’ personal data.
The one word you should never say to a telemarketer or scam caller
You might get dozens of spam calls weekly, but you might not know where the companies got your number. Thousands of data brokers peddle information, and it could be the source of your annoyance. That’s why we started our Opt-Out Tuesday series with instructions on removing data from sites like FreePhoneTracer.
LA County employees posts 0.1% return for fiscal year, above benchmark
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Pasadena, Calif., reported a net return of 0.1% for the fiscal year ended June 30, outperforming its custom benchmark of -4.6%. Also, among U.S. public pension funds that Pensions & Investments tracks, LACERA is one of only a few with a positive return for the fiscal year ended June 30.
Market rout sends State and City pension funds to worst year since 2009
Public pension plans lost a median 7.9% in the year ended June 30, according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service data released Tuesday, their worst annual performance since 2009 and a fresh sign of the chronic financial stress facing governments and retirement savers. Much of the damage occurred in April, May and June, when global markets came under intense pressure driven by concerns about inflation, high stock valuations and a broad retreat from speculative investments including cryptocurrencies.
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