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Los Angeles judge finds confession was coerced, frees murder defendant

“I’ve been a criminal defense attorney for over 35 years and handled well over a hundred murder cases, and I’ve never had a judge grant a motion like this,” said Arch’s attorney, James Goldstein. “I don’t believe it was the officers’ intent to extract a false confession, but the tactics they used greatly increased the risk of that occurring.”

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‘The Sandlot’ actor among two off-duty L.A. firefighters charged in Halloween assault

Two Los Angeles firefighters, including a man who starred in the 1993 baseball film “The Sandlot,” have been charged in an assault that took place while they were off-duty and attending a Halloween party, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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Veteran LAPD detective sharply criticized plea deal for firefighter in Halloween assault case

Goldstein has repeatedly criticized the work of the Robbery-Homicide Division, saying detectives failed to interview witnesses who refuted Chang’s claim of being chased and harassed by Carpenter and the other men before he was restrained.

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Holes found in tale of alleged shooting during iPhone sale

Defense attorney Michael A. Goldstein said the dismissal came after he unearthed video evidence that undermines the victim’s account of the shooting. He said his client, a 20-year-old with no criminal record, was both thrilled and relieved by the dismissal. Goldstein credited prosecutors for dropping the case but criticized police for not doing more earlier to follow up on Soria’s…

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Chief Keef Arrested on Assault and Robbery Charges

Chief Keef was arrested Thursday evening in Los Angeles in connection with a home invasion of his former producer, Ramsay tha Great. The LAPD confirmed Ramsay was robbed at gunpoint at his house on January 19th, and the producer accused Keef with assaulting him during the incident, NBC Los Angeles reports.

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Chief Keef Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Armed Home Invasion Case

Back in January 2017, Chief Keef was arrested on charges of robbery and assault after being accused of breaking into the home of his ex-music producer, Ramsay Tha Great, and assaulting him with a group of other men.

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Chief Keef Robbery and Assault Case Thrown Out by D.A.

Chief Keef is no longer facing robbery, assault, and home invasion charges connected to an alleged incident that occurred in late January of last year

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Chief Keef Home Invasion Charges Dropped: Report

Keef was arrested for “suspicion of home invasion robbery” in January 2017

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Johnny Dangerous — I’m No Snitch!

Ajar’s attorney, Michael A. Goldstein, tells TMZ: “While Mr. Prugo continues to implicate others … Ajar is sitting in custody and has not pointed the finger at anybody. He understands his minimal role in this mess.”

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The Suspects Wore Louboutins

The most audacious burglary gang in recent Hollywood history—accused of stealing more than $3 million in clothing and jewelry from Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and other stars—appears to be a bunch of club-hopping Valley kids, motivated by vanity and celebrity-worship.

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U.S. Marshals Agent Arrested In Burbank For Brandishing Gun

An agent with the U.S. Marshals Service was arrested this week in downtown Burbank after reportedly brandishing a handgun at another man while intoxicated.

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Man charged with killing ex-girlfriend’s dog found not guilty

A man accused of killing a former girlfriend’s dog and dumping the small Maltese in a West Hills trash bin was found not guilty Thursday.

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Man Acquitted of Murder in Fatal Ambush Case

Von Raymond Pledger, charged with murder after a man involved in the ambushing of two anti-gang police officers was killed, was acquitted Friday after four days of jury deliberations. He had spent 10 months in jail.

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‘Bling ring’ member is released from county jail

A 19-year-old Calabasas woman sentenced to six months in jail for burglarizing actor Orlando Bloom’s Hollywood Hills home was released from jail Friday night after serving less than a month of her sentence.

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Firefighter, Last of 3 Defendants, Pleads No Contest in Halloween Night Assault Case

Michael A. Goldstein, Carpenter’s attorney told NBC News his client is relieved that the case has been resolved. “As confident as we were that jury would have ultimately acquitted Mr. Carpenter, we realize that there always risks associated with trial and appreciate the hard work and consideration the District Attorney put into this case and the fact that they carefully…

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Sheriff’s Custody Assistant Arrested For Trying To Bring Cocaine Into Men’s Central Jail

Authorities say they’ve arrested one of their own for trying to distribute cocaine in Men’s Central Jail.

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LA murder suspect freed over coerced confession

A man on trial for murder had his case thrown out and became a free man Saturday after a judge determined that police coerced him into confessing. Jurors were to begin deliberations in the murder trial of Edward Arch when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Harvey Giss granted a defense request to dismiss the case because of a lack…

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BRITTNY GASTINEAU’S EX-BF ARTIST ARRESTED FOR PAP SLAPPING

Street artist Retna — who had a brutal fight with Gastineau last year — was leaving the West Hollywood restaurant Monday night when he got into an argument with an independent paparazzo … not one of our guys.

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Burglar Bunch’s Alleged Ringleader Won’t Fess Up Just Yet

“Mr. Ajar has refused to point the finger at anybody,” Michael A. Goldstein told E! News. “He’s going to worry about himself. Nicholas Prugo decided to take that course.”

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Chief Keef Arrested in Home Invasion Robbery

Rapper Chief Keef was arrested at his lavish Tarzana home in connection with a violent armed home invasion involving his former music producer. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

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Rapper Chief Keef arrested in armed robbery at producer’s home

The rapper known as Chief Keef was arrested Thursday in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred last week at the home of his former music producer, Ramsay Tha Great, according to the victim and authorities.

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Master P, Brother Face Trial On Gun Charges

Rapper Master P and his brother, rapper Silkk the Shocker, were ordered yesterday (Feb. 27) to stand trial on weapons charges stemming from their arrest last year in Los Angeles, after police said the

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Calabasas reality show star pleads no contest to felony in ‘bling ring’ case

An 18-year-old Calabasas woman who pursued fame on a cable TV reality show after being prosecuted for her role in the “bling ring” celebrity burglary case agreed Monday to plead no contest to a single count of first-degree residential burglary.

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‘Bling ring’ confession helped break celebrity burglary case

Court records show that a suspect charged in eight of the crimes gave police a statement implicating several others in the thefts at the homes of Hollywood’s young celebrities.

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Drug dealer who allegedly helped ‘bling ring’ sell off luxury items pleads no contest

Authorities say Jonathan Ajar was the fence for property stolen in at least 10 burglaries at the homes of young celebrities. He will be sentenced to three years in prison.

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Plea deals in works for defendants in ‘bling ring’ celebrity burglaries case

Surveillance Camera Picture From Lohan Break InThe district attorney’s office will offer plea deals to alleged members of the “bling ring,” the circle of friends accused of burglarizing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Justice Department Announces $45 Million Multi-Ton Drug Bust Targeting Mexican Organization

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the largest drug bust in 10 years as it rounded up more than 400 members of a Mexico-based cartel distributing tons of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines in the United States.

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Investigation of Major Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Results in Hundreds of Arrests Nationwide

$45 Million in Cash and 18 Tons of Illegal Drugs Seized in “Operation Imperial Emperor”

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Luxury items seized at homes of ‘bling ring’ suspects

An LAPD search warrant affidavit shows that police found cut diamonds, jewelry, designer perfume, a pistol and other merchandise allegedly stolen from young celebrities.

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Christian author pleads guilty in sex case involving girl

Christian author and motivational speaker William “Bill” Heatley pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual battery and sending harmful material to a minor.

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Scape-Vote

Mark Jacoby, a Laguna Beach resident arrested in Ontario last year on felony voter-registration fraud charges, has pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count and sentenced to 30 days of Caltrans service and three years probation.

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Two Who Allegedly Staged Deadly Freeway Crash Are Arrested

Two people suspected of being members of an insurance fraud ring have been charged with staging an accident on the Long Beach Freeway that killed a Santa Ana family of three, officials said Friday.

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