Actually, Steven Avery Is a Lucky Guy

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Chandra Bozelko | Writer, Prison Diaries 01/20/2016 04:23 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago Steven Avery was a lucky man. If he hadn’t been framed for rape, he would have no chance of successfully challenging his conviction for murder. If Avery, the subject of the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” hadn’t been falsely […]

Netflix’s Making a Murderer: the directors explain what many have missed about the series

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By Todd VanDerWerff | January 11, 2016 This is the complicated message about the American legal system viewers have overlooked. Netflix’s Making a Murderer — a bleak, somber true crime documentary that consists mainly of courtroom footage — has become an unexpected sensation. The series, which traces the story of Wisconsinite Steven Avery, uses […]

Slaying reveals clashing views of Hawaiian Gardens’ sweeping gang injunction


Ruben Vives and Cindy Chang | LA Times October 1, 2015 Johnny Ray Anderson was fixing a bicycle in the driveway of an abandoned house in Hawaiian Gardens when he saw a sheriff’s patrol car stop in the street. He immediately fled, hopping a wall into a neighboring backyard. As Anderson approached a side gate, […]

3 criminal defense attorneys indicted for allegedly bribing court staff to give them clients

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BY Shayna Jacobs , Ginger Adams Otis NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:41 PM Updated: Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:36 PM Three criminal defense attorneys and a paralegal were arraigned Monday for allegedly conspiring to pay off Manhattan Criminal Court staff to get cases steered their way, the district attorney said. […]

The ACLU’s mixed signals on Zimmerman retrial

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Michael McGough (Los Angeles Times) | July 22, 2013 Conservatives have argued for years that the American Civil Liberties Union is willing to subordinate its core mission to liberal politics. It’s an overstated indictment and there are lots of counter-examples, such as the ACLU’s opposition on free-speech grounds to limitations on political spending. But it’s […]

Gang injunction curfews in Los Angeles are now illegal to enforce

STREETGANGS.COM | July 12, 2013 Los Angeles – Civil Rights Attorney Olu Orange, talks about how he and his firm successfully challenged the curfew clause of several Los Angeles City gang injunctions. They were challenged not in State Court but rather in Federal Court because of the overwhelming support that Los Angeles based State judges […]

District attorney revises policy on police misconduct disclosure

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Jack Leonard (Los Angeles Times) | June 11, 2013 Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced Tuesday that she has issued new policies on when to disclose information about police officer misconduct and other evidence in criminal cases to defense attorneys. The move drew praise from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, […]

The murder of Jamiel Shaw was not over a Spiderman backpack or race


By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer November 9, 2012 | 2:09 a.m. Last Friday, Judge Ronald Rose upheld the jury’s sentence of death against Pedro “Darky” Espinoza who was convicted in the 2008 first degree murder of Jamiel Shaw. Many observers who had been watching this trial anticipated that this sentence was inevitable because […]

Jury orders death penalty for killer of Jamiel Shaw II

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By Victoria Kim (Los Angeles Times) | May 24, 2012 A 23-year-old gang member who shot and killed a high school football star he mistook for a rival gangster in 2008 should be put to death, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Jurors reached the verdict after about a week of testimony in the penalty […]

Former LAPD detective sentenced to 27 years


By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer May 13, 2012 | 10:49 p.m. Former LAPD detective that was convicted of murder last March was sentence Friday by Judge Robert Perry to 27 years to life. Stephanie Lazarus, 52, has been incarcerated in the Los Angeles County jail since her 2009 arrest for the 1986 murder […]

Jury finds Espinoza guilty in the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr.


By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer May 9, 2012 | 4:09 p.m. LOS ANGELES – After about 4 hours of deliberations the jury found 18th Street gang member Pedro Espinoza guilty of 1st degree murder in the 2008 killing of Jamiel Shaw Jr. While walking home in the Washington Heights neighborhood, Shaw crossed paths […]

Closing statements in Espinoza murder trial lasts entire day

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By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer May 9, 2012 | 2:04 p.m. LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, closing arguments were presented in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza, the teenager accused of killing Jamiel Shaw, 17, on March 2, 2008. Espinoza, now 22, was dressed in a dark brown double breasted suit with glasses […]