Crime & Justice

Does a photo database of inmates' tattoos violate privacy and First Amendment rights?

A government-funded program is testing out algorithms to understand and link up tattoos of inmates and others stopped by law enforcement agencies.

'Shield' actor sentenced to 40 years to life for killing wife

Michael Jace has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for killing his wife. Jace apologized to the family and said there's no justification for his actions.

Appeals court rules no right to carry concealed weapons in public

The decision overturned a 2014 ruling by a smaller 9th Circuit panel and came in a lawsuit over the denial of concealed weapons permits by a sheriff in San Diego County.

Los Angeles police add 100 electric cars to fleet

The cars are not for regular police patrols. They will largely be used by the department's civilian workforce and sometimes by officers for non-emergency purposes.

Grim Sleeper serial killer sentenced to death

Lonnie Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 women in South Los Angeles, has been sentenced to death. The so-called "Grim Sleeper" is one of L.A's most notorious killers.

California Supreme Court allows governor's prison plan

The court's decision means Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce the state's prison population will come before voters in November.

Gun used in Minnesota, UCLA shootings appears to be the same

Preliminary ballistics tests on shell casings found at shooting scenes in Minnesota and at the UCLA were fired from the same gun, police said Friday.

Jurors debating fate of Grim Sleeper serial murderer

Jurors must decide between the death penalty and life in prison for one of L.A.'s most prolific serial killers. Lonnie Franklin Jr. murdered at least ten women in South L.A.

UCLA shooting update: Coroner identifies second victim

A Minnesota coroner has identified the body of a woman killed in Brooklyn Park as that of Ashley Erin Hasti, who had been married to UCLA shooting assailant Mainak Sarkar.

UCLA community gathers for second of 2 vigils following shooting

UCLA students and faculty gathered Friday for a second vigil to remember engineering professor William Klug, killed Wednesday in a murder-suicide on campus.

How a lynching law led to a Black Lives Matter activist's conviction

This week an African-American woman was convicted after being charged under California Penal Code statute 405a. Until recently, the charge was known as “lynching.”

Report: Agents delayed during San Bernardino terror probe

The delays came during the search for Enrique Marquez, a friend of the shooters, according to the report.

Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling to surrender in child porn case

Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the series, is scheduled to be arraigned on two charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

UCLA murder-suicide suspect linked to Minnesota shooting

Police say former UCLA doctoral student Mainak Sarkar likely killed a woman in Minnesota before fatally shooting a professor and then himself in L.A.

UCLA witness: Professor held door shut after hearing gunshots

An eyewitness says a fast-thinking professor's actions may have prevented yesterday's shooting at UCLA from spilling into an even bigger tragedy.

William Klug remembered fondly following UCLA shooting

Klug's work included a focus on the mechanics of biological systems, such as cancer cells, with UCLA saying in an obituary that he conducted "life-saving research."