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 >>
isupportjamielslaw.comJamiel Shaw.Friends and family of high school football star Jamiel Shaw planned to mark the third anniversary of the 17-year-old's death with a candlelight vigil at the Mid-City site of his shooting by an area gang member. The college hopeful was a student at Los Angele ... More >>
Entrenched and ridiculed, they line up for a March 8 "coronation"
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.A Los Angeles-based African-American "cultural action" organization is criticizing L.A. City Council members who support a boycott of Arizona over its controversial immigration law. (Updated after the jump with background on the group's leader). Council members Janice ... More >>
Mario Rocha was identified and convicted as a gang member despite much proof.It's something we reported on a few years ago: Gang members are using social networking sites to represent their neighborhoods, show pride in their sets and display their muscles, weapons and bravado. Today, authorit ... More >>
The parents and brother of Jamiel Shaw, the Los Angeles High School football player allegedly shot dead by an illegal immigrant and purported gang member, are suing Los Angeles County. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, charges the L.A. County Sheriff's Department with negligence and violati ... More >>
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Should a movement to protect kids be named after an alleged gangbanger?
Correction below: Alleged murderer Espinoza was released from jail by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, not the LAPD. Update: The LA City Council has approved the giant electronic billboard on the 10 Freeway by a vote of 13-1 with only Jack Weiss opposing. It will go before the council a ... More >>