| 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.
| Aug 13, 2012
| 4:02 PM
VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTLA) -- Gregory U. Powell, one of the infamous "Onion Field" cop killers, has died in prison, according to the California Department of Corrections. He was 79.
He died on Sunday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville after...
| Jan 29, 2012
Gigi Gordon, a crusading criminal defense lawyer who battled corrupt police and overzealous prosecutors to free dozens of prisoners who had been wrongfully convicted, committed suicide after struggling with multiple sclerosis and depression. She was 54....
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 2:14 PM
A judge Thursday set aside the convictions of Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer-boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and all but one against her psychiatrist.
The multimillion-dollar, two-year prosecution of Smith's two doctors and Stern resulted in a $100 fine and...
| Jun 24, 2012
Just two years ago, a City Hall scandal in Bell touched off a round of community anger amid the working-class cities that hug the 710 Freeway in southeast Los Angeles County. Finally, local activists thought, their elected representatives would straighten...
| Sep 22, 2010
Eight current and former Bell city leaders were arrested Tuesday on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community as prosecutors accused them of treating the city's coffers as their personal piggy bank.
| 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...
| Sep 21, 2010
Apparently acting without City Council approval, Bell spent nearly $95,000 to repay loans that then-City Manager Robert Rizzo made to himself from his retirement accounts, a draft state audit reviewed by The Times shows.
The auditors found no evidence...
| Jun 17, 2011
For the first time, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials acknowledged Thursday that they would be unable to keep their promise to USC to make nearly $60 million in sorely needed renovations to the 88-year-old stadium.
The admission leaves...