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July 2012

Los Angeles: A Snapshot

Los Angeles has a 26 crime index rating, meaning that it is safer than 26% of the cities in the U.S. In one year, there were over 21,000 violent crimes and 91,792 property crimes. The national median for violent crimes is 4.0. Los Angeles was only slightly higher coming in a 5.74. The breakdown of the type of violent crimes seen in the…

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Man Arrested in Connection with Stabbings in L.A.

This past Friday, C.R. aged 38, called 911 and gave himself in regarding the recent attacks on homeless people in Los Angeles. The police have stated that he was rational and understandable and went with the police without putting up a fight. C.R. had already been under investigation regarding the stabbings in June and July, up to five suspected attacks in all. In…

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Suspect Arrested in Mexico for Crime Committed 24 Years Ago

After 24 years, a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of C.R. from San Diego was arrested in Mexico. V.L.W. was wanted in connection with the murder that apparently was caused by a drug deal which did not go according to plan. In 1988, the Drug Enforcement Agency was investigating a drug deal involving $200,000 of methamphetamine. When one of V.L.W.’s business associates…

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Nineteen Occupy L.A. Protestors Arrested; Four Officers Injured

Every month, Los Angeles hosts an Art Walk event with the goal of bringing art lovers and the community together. However, on July 12th, the scene was quite different from expected. It all started with a planned demonstration formed in support of those arrested in the Occupy L.A. Movement. However, when the police came to disperse the crowds which had gathered on Spring…

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Convicted Murderer Scott Peterson Appeals Death Sentence

Nearly ten years after the death of Laci Peterson and her unborn child, the convicted murderer in the case has formally appealed the death sentence he received. In the 470-page appeal, Scott Peterson and his defense attorney stated that the massive amount of media attention at the time prohibited him from receiving a fair trial. However, if this attempt is unsuccessful, he could…

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Man Sentenced to 65 Years For Sexual Assault

A 30-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced to 65 years behind bars for the sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl. D.V. was accused of kidnapping, sodomy, and intercourse with a child. The developmentally disabled girl was asked by D.V. to help him move furniture in his apartment. He then proceeded to drag the girl by the hand to his apartment, even though…

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California Law: Child Abduction

According to the California Penal Code §§9.4.277-280 (2011), child abduction occurs when a person who does not have lawful child custody of a minor takes the child away from their guardian or parent. Under this law, a child is anyone under the age of 18. If a court order has been issued which stipulates who the legal guardian is, then any effort to…

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Independence Day Arrests: Over 500 Accused of DUI

In every U.S. state, the legal limit for drinking and driving is a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08%. Los Angeles saw checkpoints throughout the county over this holiday weekend. It may come as a surprise to learn that the 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays in the U.S. One of the reasons for this is that the festivities…

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California Penal Code: Understanding Homicide Charges

Everyone knows that homicide charges are among the most difficult to face. According to the California Penal Code §9.1.177 (2011), homicide is defined as the“unlawful killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought.” The only exception in regards to the killing of a fetus is if it is in compliance with the Therapeutic Abortion Act and it is done by a…

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