Criminal

Death Penalty Delays Reviewed

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What was to be a major challenge to the constitutionality of the decade-long delays in carrying out California’s death penalty turned into a procedural quagmire for a federal appeals court. In arguments before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Pellicano RICO Conviction Upheld

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A federal appeals court has upheld the racketeering and illegal wiretap convictions of Anthony Pellicano, the one-time private investigator for the stars, but some lesser charges of aiding computer fraud and unauthorized access were reversed. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court…

Six Indicted in DMV Bribery Case

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Dirty Department of Motor Vehicles workers accepted bribes from trucking schools to get at least 100 commercial licenses for drivers who didn’t take, or failed,  tests, federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday. Federal prosecutors charged six people Tuesday with conspiracy, bribery and…

No Lawyer? Get Resentenced

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An investment advisor who was sentenced to 16-years in prison for a $3.5 million fraud, won resentencing Friday because the trial judge allowed victims to testify during sentencing without the defendant’s lawyer present. Steven Yamashiro, of Pasadena, will get a…

Nunez Commutation Upheld

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It didn’t make the appeals court happy, but the panel upheld former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reduction of a manslaughter sentence for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. “We are compelled to conclude that, while Schwarzenegger’s conduct could be…