Los Angeles Times

Christopher Goffard

Writer

Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s Bell coverage and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing, in 2007 and 2014. His novel "Snitch Jacket" was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel. His book "You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya," based on his Times series, was published in 2011.

Recent Articles

  • Attorneys insist Vallejo woman's kidnapping wasn't a hoax

    Attorneys insist Vallejo woman's kidnapping wasn't a hoax

    Even as authorities in Northern California mobilized an aggressive effort to find Denise Huskins this week, they doubted her boyfriend's story of how she went missing. For hours, investigators questioned 30-year-old Aaron Quinn about what happened at his Mare Island home before dawn Monday. By...

  • O.C. salon murder case stalls as D.A. office's removal is appealed

    O.C. salon murder case stalls as D.A. office's removal is appealed

    For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife's killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities. On Friday, he learned the process has no end in sight, as government attorneys announced they will appeal a judge's...

  • State to appeal ruling bouncing D.A. from Seal Beach murder case

    State to appeal ruling bouncing D.A. from Seal Beach murder case

    The state attorney general's office will appeal a judge's decision to remove Orange County prosecutors from their highest profile murder case, which the judge said had become a "comedy of errors" in the hands of the district attorney's office. State prosecutors made the announcement Friday in front...

  • O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

    O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

    For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County's most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom. Since February 2014,...

  • Snitch hearings: Is D.A. trying to put O.C. judge 'out of business'?

    Snitch hearings: Is D.A. trying to put O.C. judge 'out of business'?

    For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County’s most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom. Since February 2014,...

  • Orange County D.A. is removed from Scott Dekraai murder trial

    Orange County D.A. is removed from Scott Dekraai murder trial

    In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney's office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai's rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence. "Certain aspects of the district...

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