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Lawyers for LA District Attorney and LA Prosecutors Union Square Off over Gascón Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors urged a judge today to issue a preliminary injunction stopping District Attorney George Gascon from enforcing directives eliminating three- strikes allegations and some sentencing enhancements, but a lawyer for the county's top prosecutor said that would thwart the will of voters who elected Gascon. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant did not immediately rule, saying he was taking the issues under submission and may have a decision by the end of the week. However, he commented on the absolute nature of...

UCLA Mellon Grant to Establish Archive About Mass Incarceration

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - UCLA scholars are launching an initiative to collect, digitize and preserve an archive of data, testimonies, artifacts and police files for the next generation of research on racial and social justice, the university announced today. "Archiving the Age of Mass Incarceration" is being funded in part by a three-year, $3.65 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and it will bring together expertise from the UCLA Institute of American Cultures' four ethnic studies centers and their established connections to local advocacy groups. "This vital and significant...

At Least Four LA Area Law Enforcement Officers Attended DC Insurrection

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A total of 31 law enforcement officers from 12 states have been identified as being at the deadly US Capitol insurrection Jan. 6, including three Los Angeles police officers and at least one Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. The four local law enforcement figures have not yet been identified by their respective departments yet. The LAPD has so far publicly acknowledged at least one officer attended. Two more were reported in recent media accounts. LAPD Chief Michel Moore ordered any LAPD personnel who traveled to Washington DC...

DA Drops Death Penalty Bid for Man Awaiting Retrial in Killing of LAPD Officer

SAN FERNANDO (CNS) - Prosecutors announced today that they will not seek the death penalty for a man who is awaiting a retrial for the June 1983 killing of a Los Angeles police officer in Lake View Terrace, with a judge subsequently rejecting a bid by the District Attorney's Office to dismiss allegations that could carry a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that it was "not in the interest of justice" to dismiss the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer in the...

LA County DA Supports Ban on Death Penalty in Federal Cases

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón -- who issued a directive barring prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in any new murder cases upon taking office last month -- announced today that he supports a measure that would ban the death penalty in federal cases. The county's top prosecutor said in a written statement that he "wholeheartedly" supports legislation to be re-introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and incoming Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and to...

Report Urges Reforms For LASD, where ‘Deputy Gangs’ ‘Escalate Uses of Force’

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - In an extensive report released today analyzing more than a dozen secret subgroups at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, researchers at LMU Loyola Law School laid out claims of "violent" gangs of deputies, where members encouraged an aggressive style of policing, engaged in misconduct and were sometimes marked by common tattoos. In the report, published Tuesday by the school's Center For Juvenile Law & Policy, chief author Sean Kennedy claimed the groups "foster a culture of violence and escalate uses of force against community members." The report laid out...