The United States has five percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the people behind bars. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today blamed the nation's draconian drug sentencing laws and guidelines on this $80 billion-a-year problem as he announced that small-time drug offenses would no ... More >>
Who says police still profile minorities? The ACLU, that's who. It's latest research says that black Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for a marijuana-related crime than white people. Do they smoke four times as much weed? Yes: Because of Snoop Dogg. We kid. This is a serious ... More >>
Sheriff Lee Baca has a reputation as a compassionate intellectual, which makes it hard to understand how he could run a brutal jail system. This week's L.A. Weekly cover story attempts to make sense of that disconnect by getting inside his unusual mind.To do that, the Weekly tracked down Baca's doct ... More >>
For as long as he's been L.A. city attorney, Carmen Trutanich has been trying to throw Barry Rush in jail. Rush, owner of the firm World Wide Rush, was once one of the major installers of unpermitted supergraphics -- the giant vinyl signs that blanket the sides of buildings.Trutanich came into offic ... More >>
Hey young dads, want to learn how to change your baby's diaper or dress her up properly? Let RZA, the legendary hip-hop producer and member of the Wu-Tang Clan, teach you how. Seriously. Because you want the guy who produced "Protect Ya Neck" to demonstrate the proper way to protect ya baby from ra ... More >>
‚ÄčSen. Dianne Feinstein has sued her former treasurer, Kinde Durkee, alleging that Durkee embezzled millions from her campaign accounts. But as the FBI continues to build its criminal case against Durkee, Feinstein's lawsuit has been put on hold.This morning, Judge Richard Neidorf granted Durkee's ... More >>
Dispensary.Updated at the bottom with reaction from a criminal justice professor. First reported at 12:17 p.m. Monday. First a withdrawal, now a retraction? RAND has pulled its controversial September study of L.A. marijuana dispensary crime off the shelf for good after concluding that it " ... More >>
tributes.comLaura Evvonne Luna.A Southern California man who sold ecstasy to a former high school classmate who later died of an overdose got 20 years behind bars. The harsh sentence was the "mandatory minimum" under a federal law that states drugs you sell to someone who then dies after usi ... More >>
Federal charges were filed Wednesday against a Santa Monica restaurant and its sushi chef for allegedly serving sei whale, an endangered species projected under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, the U.S. Attorney's office announced. The criminal complaint charges the The Hump's parent c ... More >>
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles Police Department officers, is on a tear against the U.S. 9th Circuit court of appeals, which this week overturned one state's ban on voting rights for felons. The 2-1 decision Tuesday was made in the ... More >>
Talk about back to the future. A 16-year-old boy allegedly rapes and murders an 80-year-old Venice woman -- in 1975. He gets away with it, alleges the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, until 34 years later, when DNA testing puts him at the scene of the crime. Today the 50-year-old man w ... More >>
Last October UCLA's former director of its Willed Body Program, Henry Reid, pleaded guilty to running a criminal enterprise in which he and a collaborator sold body parts to research outfits as though they were hubcaps. In January he was sentenced to nearly four and a half years in state priso ... More >>
Five sharp lawyers try to upset the Westside politicians bid for the office
L.A. from the top and bottom
County employees stole gift vouchers from foster kids. They might not be fired.
Many media stumble over a man-bites-dog story of black suspects and white victims
Did City Halls plan to fight gangs bankroll a gangster?
The case of a prosecutor who slept with a key witness
An accountantís case sheds light on a troubled L.A. center
Steve Cooley fails to get to the bottom of things ó again
Orangeís dirty deal threatens to brush away the priest scandal
Scott Imlerís war with Ashcroft over the cannabis center
Missing motives in L.A.ís pay-to-play scandal
For James Rodriguez, the only way to freedom was to confess to sex crimes he ó and one of his alleged victims ó says he did not commit.
Will Steve Cooley pursue the case against three LAPD cops?
Will Gil Garcetti usher in a new era of campaign lenience?
Federal judge agrees to take another look at secret deal in Inglewood brutality case
Lessons from New Yorkís handling of a police shooting
Kershaun ďLiíl MonsterĒ Scott thought South-Central was tough. Then he moved to Kern County
Ever wonder why innocent people plead guilty?
Clarence Ray Jr.ís defense wants Californiaís highest court to spare his life because heís mentally retarded
L.A. County supervisors run a secret government
He survived a police campaign of 25 traffic tickets, four bogus arrests and a beating. All that came after he sued the LAPD for harrasment. Now, Carlos Oliva Menjivar sits in jail, awaiting trial in a case that isnít so black and white
Another case shows the D.A. closed the book too soon
Turns out that the new D.A. was only kidding about Rampart
Comptonís new mayor finally finds his voice
The scrutiny of Sara Jane Olson et al.
Gang members make or break Rampart case
Or, what they donít know canít hurt you
Josť Luis Frutis canít beat 1982 conviction for murder
Fight has begun to open corruption files
Judge will decide whether to overturn a 1982 murder conviction
Truth takes a beating at Rampart Station
Rampart-style allegations in 1980 police shooting
A 1980 interrogation-room shooting bears similarities to current LAPD scandal