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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.
Ex-Sheriff Baca loses appeal, faces prison

An appeals court upheld the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, clearing the way for the once powerful but now ailing law enforcement figure to spend years in prison for obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities.

LAPD chief defends Metro division after controversy over stops of black drivers

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore defended his elite Metropolitan Division officers at a law enforcement conference Thursday, saying they were not engaged in racial profiling despite a Times investigation showing that they pulled over a disproportionate number of black drivers.

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