The case of Hampig Sassounian has been a cause celebre within the local Armenian community for nearly 30 years. In 1982, Sassounian and an accomplice assassinated the Turkish consul general, in an act of revenge for the Armenian genocide.Sassounian was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in pr ... More >>
Despite a slew of negative publicity, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich continues to rake in cash in the race for L.A. County district attorney, according to campaign finance reports released late on Wednesday.Trutanich has brought in $1.4 million in all, more than two-and-a-half times the total of his ... More >>
In 1997, 18-year-old Andre Wilks broke into a Nissan Maxima parked outside of a Target store in Granada Hills and stole a cell phone. The vehicle burglary qualified as a third strike for Wilks, who had been convicted in 1995 for a purse-snatching spree committed one week after he turned 16.
If the ... More >>
The convict in one of L.A.'s highest-profile gang murders was handed the death penalty today by a Superior Court jury after only two-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
Pedro Espinoza, now 23 years old, was declared guilty on May 9 of first-degree murder for killing 17-year-old football star Jamiel S ... More >>
The trial for Pedro Espinoza, illegal immigrant accused of murdering 17-year-old footballer Jamiel Shaw Jr. in March 2008, finally got underway today.
It's been highly politicized thus far -- delayed by raging controversies over Espinoza's undocumented status, Shaw's own gang affiliation and whethe ... More >>
Candidates for L.A. County District Attorney are sharpening their attacks on frontrunner Carmen Trutanich, out of concern that he may win the race outright on June 5.Speaking at a forum in the Crenshaw area on Tuesday night, Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey urged the audience to unite behind her candidacy. ... More >>
Three candidates for L.A. District Attorney debated public safety issues on Saturday afternoon. But once again, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was not among them.Trutanich, the leading fundraiser in the race, also skipped the first debate, back in November. At the time, he was still claiming publ ... More >>
Updated below with a statement from Trujillo. Prosecutor Mario Trujillo will soon drop out of the race for L.A. County district attorney due to health concerns, according to two sources close to the campaign.Trujillo was a serious contender for D.A. Though he had no prior political experience, he ... More >>
Updated below. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will announce this week that he has raised more than $1 million in the race for L.A. County District Attorney.Trutanich has a commanding fundraising advantage, though he has still not officially declared his candidacy. His nearest competitor is prosec ... More >>
Steve CooleyUpdated at 3:08 p.m. District Attorney Steve Cooley will retire next year after serving three terms in office.In a letter to supporters, Cooley is endorsing his chief deputy, Jackie Lacey, to succeed him in next year's election. Cooley's retirement has been widely anticipated since he ... More >>
YahooDavid Del Toro claims he doesn't remember what happened that nightAfter a lengthy trial that was interrupted by the swapping out of two jury members, former L.A. Fire Captain David Del Toro was finally handed his conviction today: second-degree murder of 42-year-old homeless woman Jennif ... More >>
Mario TrujilloIf you're a normal person, you're probably not paying too much attention to the race for L.A. County district attorney. The election is 16 months away. But given how much money the candidates have to raise, they're starting now and the field is getting crowded.Mario Trujillo, the he ... More >>
Mario Trujillo is considering a run for D.A.There are at least two challenges for the career prosecutors considering whether to run for D.A. 1) How to deal with Carmen Trutanich, who has told supporters that he will run if Steve Cooley retires, and who would be the frontrunner. And 2) How to deal ... More >>
Add career prosecutor Bobby Grace to the list of people considering a run for L.A. District Attorney.In an interview this week, Grace said he is interested in the job, but hasn't made up his mind whether to run. If elected, he said would focus on cleaning up corruption in the county's smaller cit ... More >>
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge lowered bail to $2.1 million for 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry, an Atlanta entertainment promoter who allegedly shot to death aspiring rapper Dolla. Berrys' bail was originally $5 million.
Judge Terry Bork said the bail reduction was "appropriate."
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Today jurors gave Juan Alvarez the gift of life 11 times over by sparing him the death penalty, instead sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In June the panel had convicted Alvarez of first-degree murder for his role in the January, 2005 Metrolink train derailment that ... More >>