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

July 12, 2013 – 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 have for gang injunctions. […]

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

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com 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 of […]

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

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com 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 of […]

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

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com 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 with […]

Closing statements in Espinoza murder trial lasts entire day

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com 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 and […]

Defense in Espinoza murder trial rests without calling a witness

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 7, 2012 | 6:47 p.m. Updated: May 8 | 11:51 a.m. Correction: The defense did call one witness, LAPD officer Javier Hernandez on May 3, 2012. LOS ANGELES — Monday morning defense attorney Csaba Palfi was ready to present his defense in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza […]

Prosecution rests their case agasint Shaw Jr.’s accused killer

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 7, 2012 | 4:15 a.m. PST Friday marked the fourth and final day of the prosecution’s case against Pedro Espinoza who is accused of killing Jamiel Shaw, Jr. on March 2, 2008. LAPD Gang Expert testifies Officer Winston Lee of the LAPD testified Friday morning in the trial […]

Neighbor testifies in Espinoza murder trial (Jamiel Shaw Jr.)

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 6, 2012 | 3:38 a.m. PST LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza continued, marking the third day of testimony. Juan Torres was the last witness and under the direct examination of Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski when trial recessed on Tuesday. Torres resumed […]

Jamiel Shaw’s best friend is first witness in Espinoza murder trial

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By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 2, 2012 | 11:55 p.m. PST Opening Statements On Monday, opening statements in the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza began. Espinoza is on trial for the 2008 killing of Jamiel Shaw Jr., who was a standout football star at Los Angeles High School. On March 2, while walking […]