Blog Posts in July, 2010

  • Supreme Court Modifies Miranda Protections

    || 30-Jul-2010

    The United States Supreme Court recently expanded the limits on the famous Miranda rights for criminal suspects. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that for a suspect to invoke their Miranda rights, they must now verbally assert their right to remain silent in order to stop police interrogations. This change in the law was triggered by the case of Berghuis v. Thompkins. Van Chester ...
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  • Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson’s Stalker Convicted

    || 29-Jul-2010

    In a Los Angeles Superior Court, Robert Michael O'Ryan was charged with one felony count each of stalking and commercial burglary, along with two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. O'Ryan had driven from Florida to Los Angeles while Shawn Johnson was on Dancing with the Stars in hopes of being able to meet and marry the Olympic gold medal winner. He was arrested when he ...
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  • Actor May Face Death Penalty for Double Murder-for-Profit Plot

    || 28-Jul-2010

    Daniel Wozniak, a part-time actor in need of extra cash has been charged in the Orange County Superior Court with two felony counts of murder, with special circumstances of multiple murders and murder for financial gain after he shot and beheaded his neighbor, Samuel Herr. Wozniak took Herr's ATM card and his cell phone. He used the cell phone to summon Herr's girlfriend, Juri Kibuishi, to Herr's ...
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  • 7 Hour Standoff Between Police and Woman with Child Ends

    || 23-Jul-2010

    A woman whose identity has not been disclosed was involved in a 7 hour long standoff with Los Angeles police on the morning of July 2. The suspect allegedly fired shots at a nearby liquor store, and then locked herself, a 6 year old child, and a male friend inside an apartment. It is unknown whether she has secured a criminal defense attorney. The LAPD was called around 2:30 a.m. when the liquor ...
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  • Suspected Drug Overdose at Rave Prompts Investigation

    || 16-Jul-2010

    A 15 year old girl died last weekend at the Electric Daisy Festival, a two-day music festival and rave at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Sasha Rodriguez, the victim, was apparently on ecstasy, an illegal drug that is popular at raves. According to her friends, Rodriguez passed out and was rushed to the hospital where she fell into a coma. She suffered from respiratory arrest and multiple organ failure. ...
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  • "Ed Rooney" Actor Arrested

    || 9-Jul-2010

    Jeffrey Jones, the now 63 year old actor who infamously portrayed Ed Rooney, the principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, was arrested again after failing to update his sex offender registration status. He posted $20,000 bail and was released. He was arrested in 2003 for child pornography possession and for employing a minor to pose for pornographic photos. Both are felony charges. J ones and his ...
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  • Hit-and-run couple get maximum sentence

    || 7-Jul-2010

    On March 29, 2009, two USC students, Adrianna Bachan and Marcus Garfinkle, were walking home from a fraternity party when they were struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at a red light at a crosswalk. Bachan, 18, died from massive head injuries. Garfinkle was carried about 300 feet down the street on the hood of the car but survived with multiple injuries, including two broken legs. A student ...
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  • Police Investigate 3rd Marijuana Dispensary Robbery, Homicide

    || 2-Jul-2010

    Last Saturday marked the third shooting in as many days at medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. The shooting was the result of a robbery in which $11,000 was stolen. An employee of the Northridge dispensary was shot in the face and is in critical condition. This is the second time this year that this collective has been involved in an armed robbery and shooting. Two suspects from the first ...
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