| Aug 14, 2012
Gregory Ulas Powell, one of the notorious "Onion Field" murderers whose 1963 slaying of a Los Angeles police officer shattered the image of the invincible cop and changed police practices, has died. He was 79.
Powell, who served 49 years of a life...
| Oct 24, 2012
Proposition 34, the measure to replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, appears to be struggling. Last month, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found the initiative trailing 38% to 51%,...
| May 21, 2012
Carlos DeLuna was, in all likelihood, murdered by the state of Texas on Dec. 7, 1989.
It's hard to come to any other conclusion after reading an exhaustive analysis of his case published online by a Columbia law school professor and his students. And...
| Nov 4, 2012
President: Barack Obama. The president's accomplishments during his first four years — steadying the economy, rescuing the automobile industry and winning passage of measures to stimulate the economy, crack down on financial industry abuses and...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 10:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — If you're still scratching your head over the long list of state ballot propositions, here's a voter's guide.
It's not to be confused with those slick home mailers, often produced by political profiteers masquerading under some phony...
| Jun 5, 2012
When James Lee Crummel hanged himself last month, very few mourned his passing. A child molester who kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered a 13-year-old boy in 1979, Crummel was on death row in San Quentin when he took his own life using an extension...
| Jun 15, 2012
Wilbur "Bill" Littlefield, a skillful trial lawyer who spent four decades with the Los Angeles County public defender's office, including 17 years as its chief, died Saturday in Van Nuys. He was 90.
He had heart and kidney ailments, said granddaughter...
| Jan 17, 2012
Acting career began at 93
Mae Laborde, 102, an energetic senior citizen whose outgoing personality landed her in several Steve Lopez columns and launched a late-blooming acting career, died in her sleep Jan. 9 at an assisted living...
| Sep 25, 2012
We stopped being shocked by flagrantly dishonest campaign claims long ago, but sometimes the disingenuousness is so flagrant that it still gets our blood boiling — especially when it happens in lower-profile political races in which campaign...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 4:35 PM
If you’re angry about Casey Anthony’s acquittal, blame the prosecution, writes Robert Shapiro, a Los Angeles attorney who was part of O.J. Simpson’s defense team. The stakes were raised when the prosecution went for capital murder...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 4:34 AM
Woman who killed her husband and two sons, age 3 and 7, is given the death penalty....