Friday, October 14, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


REALIGNMENT

The Associated Press

LANCASTER — The mayor of Lancaster claimed Thursday that a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant who served his area until being shot to death on duty last week would be alive if not for Gov. Jerry Brown’s “realignment” plan to reduce the state prison population. The governor’s spokesman said the mayor’s “wild claims” are baseless.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris was interviewed by Los Angeles radio station KNX-AM before a memorial service for his friend, Sgt. Steven Owen, who was shot while answering a burglary call on Oct. 5. Trenton Trevon Lovell, on parole for an armed robbery conviction, has been charged with murder.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

John M. Blodgett, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

CHINO >> A former California Institution for Women warden can face trial for allegedly failing to stop a guard from sexual abusing female inmates — which in one case resulted in an inmate’s pregnancy, an appellate court ruled this week.

The trial was set to begin in April 2014 when the former warden, Guillermo Garcia, appealed in March 2014, saying “he should be immune from liability and dismissed from the case,” according to a news release by Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys at Law. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal Wednesday.

OPINION

Julie Butcher, City Watch

BUTCHER ON STATE PROPS-My oldest son, Matthew Benjamin Butcher, was murdered in a Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary on June 24, 2010. It is in his name and his memory that I offer a few political recommendations on California’s statewide initiatives – to fight gun violence (Yes on 63), repeal the death penalty (Yes on 62), and legalize marijuana (Yes on 64).

The LA District Attorney could have prosecuted Matthew’s murderer as a death penalty case. The men who killed him had finished robbing the store, packed the marijuana and cash into their car, took the computer and the security feed it was tracking, and left. Cruelly and senselessly, they came back, put Matthew and the young security officer who was also working that day on their stomachs on top of each other, and shot them both in the back of the head.