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Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin covers federal courts and agencies. A native of Maine, he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to join the Los Angeles Times. Prior to his current assignment, Rubin spent several years writing about the Los Angeles Police Department. He also covered the region’s public schools and spent a memorable few months in 2003 following wildfires as they burned Southern California.
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is denied new appeal and is likely headed to prison

An appeals court will not reconsider its decision to uphold the conviction of former Sheriff Lee Baca, all but extinguishing his chances of avoiding prison.

Two local parents among 16 indicted on new charges in college admissions scandal

Laguna Beach financier Douglas Hodge and Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs of Newport Beach are among 16 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, indicted on charges of money laundering and fraud conspiracy in connection with the nationwide college admissions scandal, federal prosecutors said.

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