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Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

The Santa Clara judge who has faced widespread criticism and a recall effort after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault has voluntarily moved to civil court.

The Santa Clara Superior Court released a statement Thursday saying Judge Aaron Persky will move to the civil court in San Jose. Judge Vincent Chiarello will take his place in Palo Alto.

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Couple wanted in kidnapping of slain woman's 3 children are caught in Colorado

A man and a woman wanted for questioning in the slaying of the woman’s sister and the kidnapping of her three children were arrested Thursday in Colorado, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

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Orange County judge rules that Coastal Commission cannot prevent repairs to sea wall at mobile home park

An Orange County judge has ruled that the California Coastal Commission cannot prevent the repair and maintenance of a sea wall that protects mobile homes in San Clemente.

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Police seek a man who fatally shot a woman in Garden Grove

Police were searching Thursday for a gunman who shot and killed a 31-year-old woman in front of a Garden Grove home. 

 Two women reportedly were fighting in front of a residence in the 13500 block of Purdy Street about 11 p.m.

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L.A. sued over missing records tied to former councilman

Los Angeles is being sued by a nonprofit that sought records tied to former City Councilman Tom LaBonge, only to be told that there was nothing to turn over.

The First Amendment Coalition, a group that advocates for open government, argues that the records must have existed at some point — and were either wrongfully withheld or illegally destroyed.

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Los Angeles entertainment lawyer pleads not guilty to molesting 14-year-old boy

An entertainment lawyer from Los Angeles was accused Thursday of using his title to seduce and molest a 14-year-old boy last year, prosecutors said.

Benjamin Lawson Adams, 31, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of lewd acts upon a child and oral copulation of a person under 16, two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of sodomy on a person under 16.

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