| Oct 2, 2012
| 3:40 PM
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife should face trial on voter fraud and perjury charges.
Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria found that there is "more than substantial" evidence...
| May 13, 2012
Los Angeles County voters will soon select a new district attorney, and it likely will be their most consequential vote in years. It is hard to overstate the role that the top prosecutor of the nation's most populous county will have as California...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 5:36 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Embattled L.A. County Assessor John Noguez will remain behind bars, for now, after a judge rejected defense requests to lower the bail to $100,000.
She instead set bail at $1.16 million, which corresponds to the amount the district...
| Oct 22, 2012
SACRAMENTO — One guy stole a loaf of bread. Another was caught with a speck of meth. Somebody grabbed $1 in change from a parked car.
These men all had one thing in common besides being losers. They were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 3:55 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Promising to lead “without regard to politics or partisanship," Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as Los Angeles County’s first female and first African American district attorney.
Lacey, 55, giggled briefly as she raised her right hand for...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 9:40 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats are on the cusp of a coveted supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate, giving them the rare power to raise taxes without any Republican support.
No single party has held such a supermajority in...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 1:23 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Veteran prosecutor Jackie Lacey was successful in her bid to become Los Angeles County's first African American and first female district attorney, building a commanding advantage over her rival, Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson.
| Jun 5, 2012
When James Lee Crummel hanged himself last month, very few mourned his passing. A child molester who kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered a 13-year-old boy in 1979, Crummel was on death row in San Quentin when he took his own life using an extension...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 12:58 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Asking voters to slap a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research seemed like a cinch in health-crazy California, where lighting up already is banned in bars, public buildings and on many of its golden beaches.
But the tobacco...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 5:22 AM
LOS ANGELES -- He far outpaced opponents in fundraising, enjoyed the backing of the political elite and was a battle-tested campaigner considered the favorite in a crowded field of relatively unknown prosecutors vying to become Los Angeles County district...
| Jun 15, 2012
Wilbur "Bill" Littlefield, a skillful trial lawyer who spent four decades with the Los Angeles County public defender's office, including 17 years as its chief, died Saturday in Van Nuys. He was 90.
He had heart and kidney ailments, said granddaughter...