Entries by Nathan Bartos

Monday Morning Memo for February 20, 2017

Prosecution New trial date set for ex-Sheriff Lee Baca – but he can’t wear his ‘star’ pin Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will stand trial – again -and this time he can’t do it wearing the lapel pin that honored his former agency. Jury selection in Baca’s case will begin Feb. 21 in […]

Monday Morning Memo for February 13, 2017

Prosecution 3 Suspects plead not guilty to 12 counts of murder in 1993 Westlake fire called deadliest arson in state history Two men and a woman were charged Tuesday in a deadly 1993 Westlake apartment fire that police said was deliberately set as retribution against a building manager who wanted to stop gang drug dealing […]

Monday Morning Memo for February 6, 2017

Bail California considers an end to bail: ‘We’re punishing people simply for being poor’ On any given day, most inmates in California jails have not yet been convicted of a crime. About 63 percent are being held awaiting trial, according to data collected by the Board of State and Community Corrections, an average of nearly […]

Monday Morning Memo for January 30, 2017

Prosecution Soulja Boy charged with felony firearm possession Soulja Boy was charged Monday with illegal possession of firearms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The rapper faces two felony weapons possession charges and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. If convicted, he faces over four years in state prison. Rolling Stone Former […]

Monday Morning Memo for January 23, 2017

Prosecution Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman extradited to U.S. Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been extradited to the United States, Mexico’s government said Thursday, a little more than a year he was caught following his brazen escape from a maximum-security prison. Several U.S. jurisdictions want to try the former Sinaloa […]

Monday Morning Memo for January 16, 2017

Prosecution Parolee pleads not guilty to killing Lancaster sheriff’s sergeant A parolee accused of shooting a Lancaster sheriff’s sergeant responding to a burglary call, then pumping four additional shots into the veteran lawman once he was down, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Monday. Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, of Lancaster, is charged in the […]

Monday Morning Memo for January 9, 2017

Prosecution Judge allows early testimony in Durst murder case from secret witnesses who prosecutors say fear for their safety A judge in the murder trial of real estate heir Robert Durst agreed Friday to allow early testimony from at least two witnesses in the multimillionaire’s upcoming murder trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark […]

Monday Morning Memo for January 2, 2017

Prosecution Future trials for ex-Sheriff Lee Baca still up in the air A jail corruption scandal that has dogged the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since 2011 failed to go away completely by the end of 2016, as federal prosecutors still must decide if they’ll retry former Sheriff Lee Baca on obstruction and conspiracy charges […]

Monday Morning Memo for December 26, 2016

Prosecution Judge declares mistrial in ex-Sheriff Lee Baca’s corruption trial Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca walked out of federal court Thursday almost a free man after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked and a judge declared a mistrial in his jail corruption trial. The jury of six men and six women deliberated almost […]