Dino M. Zaffina's case against the Southern California Darts Association officially collapsed last week -- a little more than two years after Zaffina attempted to seize the organization's name for himself.
Not only did a federal judge issue a permanent injunction barring Zaffina from ever again usi ... More >>
We call him the Teflon Sheriff because, despite more than a decade's worth of serious problems inside the L.A. jail system, woes that include gang-like cliques of tatted-up deputies, you keep electing Lee Baca as the county's top cop.
Nothing seems to stick.
Well, that might have changed today:
Last night's SoCal Journalism Awards -- an annual affair put on by the L.A. Press Club -- were more star-spangled than usual. Among the presenters and honorees were Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman (so much shorter in person, but with an even bigger voice), Daniel Pearl's extended family and every journal ... More >>
It's award season again for America's journalists, and LA Weekly is racking up the noms like a fat chick on Pinterest.
On a national scale, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia just released its list of finalists for the annual AltWeeklies Awards, the most coveted alt-plaques around. At that Ju ... More >>
There are two things that any first-year law student could tell you are essential for courtroom success: don't make stuff up, and don't insult the judge.
Perhaps Dino M. Zaffina didn't get the memo.
As the Weekly's Chris Vogel first reported in February, Zaffina had become angry that the Southern ... More >>
And here we thought 2010 was a sexy one for Los Angeles.
Our most popular news stories in 2011 make last year's fare -- alleged John Travolta sightings at a gay spa, Vegas broads who sell sex to make rent -- look wholesome by comparison. Los Angeles was a blur of nude pics and racy murders these la ... More >>
A scowl worthy of Sheriff Joe?Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become the posterboy of tough, rogue immigration policing in the age of Bush/Obama. (And don't think for a second that conditions have improved for America's huddled masses under the "HOPE" banner of the latter. In fact, the ... More >>
888bailbondIf you thought that cops have a different justice system than the rest of us, that they can be, indeed, above the law when faced with serious allegations of their own, this story might prove you right.
The Los Angeles Times reported today that despite serious allegations of assaul ... More >>
Courtesy of Dawn FletcherShawn, after the beating.Allegations of abuse have been raining down on the L.A. County Sheriff's Department since springtime. LA Weekly writer Chris Vogel's "Men's County Jail Visitor Viciously Beaten by Guards" opened the floodgates for more testimonies, and lawsuit ... More >>
"County."If Sheriff Lee Baca thought the controversy over L.A. County Jail inmate beatings at the hands of his deputies was going to go away quietly, he better think again.
Yesterday we told you how Baca, for the first time, it seems, struck a conciliatory tone by saying he would meet with t ... More >>
This week Weekly staffers Chris Vogel and Simone Wilson broke revelations from the new book Murder Rap, in which former LAPD detective Greg Kading cites testimony implicating Suge Knight in the death of Biggie Smalls and Diddy in the murder of Tupac. On our sister blog The Informer, Wilson also brou ... More >>
Turns out pretty much the only person in town who hasn't witnessed deputies beating inmates at L.A. County Jail is Sheriff Lee Baca, who has his attention focused on a cop who smuggled a cellphone into the lockup for FBI agents investigating said beat-downs.
Maybe he should spend some time there.
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Bad press keeps rolling in for county brassMore trouble for the increasingly scrutinized Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department today: City News Service reports that Palmdale apartment manager Noel Bender is suing the county and three sheriff's deputies for an alleged beating and wrongful ja ... More >>