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Criminal Justice

Trial in Chauncey Bailey murder case begins

More than three years after the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, the trial of two men charged with his killing began — slowly — Monday in a courtroom just two blocks from where he fell in a hail of shotgun blasts. READ FULL STORY | CHAUNCEY BAILEY PROJECT

Nov 15, 2010
Criminal Justice

Mentally Disabled Immigrants Remain in Detention for Years After Serving Time for Crimes, Their Attorneys Allege

Two mentally disabled Mexican immigrants, facing deportation for criminal assault convictions for which they have already served their time, continue to be held in detention facilities in violation of their constitutional rights, according to separate lawsuits filed in federal court. Jose Franco-Gonzalez, 29, of Costa Mesa and Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez, 48, of San Bernardino have languished

Mar 29, 2010
Criminal Justice

Going Undercover with a Confidential Informant

Retired narcotics agent Tom Padukiewicz worked undercover with confidential informant Ernesto Gamboa for thirteen years—busting drug dealers across Washington State. In separate interviews with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the two describe a meth deal that almost went wrong.   Informant by CIR

Feb 12, 2010
Criminal Justice

Broussard’s statement may help police clear two more killings

OAKLAND — On the order of Yusuf Bey IV, Devaughndre Broussard and Antoine Mackey in July 2007 lured a homeless man to a dark corner where he was shot dead after raising his hands over his head, according to a statement Broussard gave prosecutors last month. Broussard also said Mackey admitted to killing another man

Apr 17, 2009
Criminal Justice

Many Immigrants Deported for Nonviolent Crimes

Federal authorities have repeatedly said their priority is to find and remove illegal immigrants with violent criminal histories, but the U.S. government's stepped up enforcement in recent years has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants convicted of nonviolent crimes, according to a new study. Nearly three-quarters of the roughly 897,000 immigrants

Apr 15, 2009
Criminal Justice

U.S. Citizens Caught Up in Immigration Sweeps

Frank Ponce de Leon, a native of Mexico who lives in La Puente, Calif., spent almost three months in immigration custody — all the while insisting he was a U.S. citizen. Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times Rennison Vern Castillo thought his legal troubles were nearly over at the end of a jail stay

Apr 9, 2009
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