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Defense attorney for former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos,  John Barnett, shows a diagram portraying Kelly Thomas as an unpredictably violent person during opening statements on Dec. 2, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers, Pool)

Defense rests in Kelly Thomas trial

SANTA ANA (CNS) – A heart specialist testified today that a homeless man who struggled with Fullerton police officers died because of heart failure brought on by years of methamphetamine abuse. Dr. Steven Karch, who […]

12/18/2013

Defense attorney for former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos,  John Barnett, shows a diagram portraying Kelly Thomas as an unpredictably violent person during opening statements on Dec. 2, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers, Pool)

Prosecutor: Fatal beating followed police threat

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A bloody beating by police that left a California homeless man dead began when one of the officers on trial in his death grew frustrated with his evasiveness, snapped on […]

12/02/2013

This undated photo provided by Ron Thomas shows his son, Kelly Thomas, while he was homeless. (AP Photo/Courtesy Ron Thomas)

Trial opens for officers in death of homeless man

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California police officers escalated a routine encounter with a homeless man into a beating that left him lying unconscious in a pool of blood and caused his death days […]

12/02/2013

Prospective jurors questioned in Kelly Thomas case

SANTA ANA (CNS) – Questioning of prospective jurors got under way today for the trial of two former Fullerton law enforcement officers charged in the beating death of a transient. The pool of about 115 […]

11/18/2013

Meshael Alayban, Saudi Arabian national arrested on charges of Human Trafficking, City of Irvine, California Police Department handout. (AP Photo)

Saudi princess posts $5 million bail after arrest

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Last year, a Kenyan mother left her country to take a job as a maid for a royal Saudi family hoping to make enough money to cover her ailing 7-year-old […]

07/11/2013

Meshael Alayban, Saudi Arabian national arrested on charges of Human Trafficking, City of Irvine, California Police Department handout. (AP Photo)

Saudi princess charged with US human trafficking

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Suitcase in hand, a 30-year-old domestic worker from Kenya flagged down a bus in California and told a passenger she had been held against her will and believed she was […]

07/11/2013

OC DA to start shaming for convicted johns

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County’s district attorney says he’ll fight prostitution by naming and shaming johns.

04/30/2013

Toyota settlement

Calif. DA says Toyota to pay $16M settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $16 million settlement over the safety recall of Toyota vehicles that were at risk for unintended acceleration and braking issues was announced Friday by Orange County prosecutors and Toyota Motor Corp.

04/06/2013

Genevieve Huizar, third from left, mother of Manuel Diaz, who was shot to death by Anaheim police. (AP Photo)

DA: Disputed Anaheim police shooting justified

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Anaheim police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a 25-year-old man in July in the first of two shootings that caused weeks of angry protests in the city’s streets, the district attorney said after an investigation.

03/21/2013

Bustamante allegations

(CNS) – A group of female county workers and activists called today on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate why it took so long to arrest a Santa Ana city councilman who’s charged with […]

08/07/2012

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