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Blair Rodrick Moore.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Samohi Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanors; Pretrial Hearing April 22

Posted Apr. 9, 2014, 9:13 am

Eighteen-year-old Santa Monica High School student Blair Rodrick Moore pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the LAX branch courthouse to a handful of misdemeanor charges relating to his suspected involvement in a physical altercation with a teacher inside a classroom on Friday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts, Government

Time To Fix A Law The Courts Have Mucked Up

Posted Apr. 6, 2014, 9:03 am

Talk to corporate executives and they’ll often say California is a difficult place to do business, in part because consumers can file class action lawsuits willy-nilly, even when their companies haven’t screwed up.

Ocean Towers is a 317-unit luxury apartment building high-rise located at 201 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica, Courts

Ocean Towers Lawsuit Permitted To Go Forward

Posted Mar. 31, 2014, 9:11 am

The owner of several units in the Ocean Towers residential complex near Palisades Park was given the green light to continue with his lawsuit against a real estate investment firm, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts

Will Manson Family Killer Eventually Go Free?

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

If it seemed like déjà vu all over again the other day when the state’s parole board issued a decision that could free a leading disciple of perhaps the most vicious killer California has ever seen, that’s because it was.

Prosecutors allege Dr. Daniel Shin, who operates a pain management clinic in Santa Monica, orchestrated a complex scheme with two associates to write and fill “numerous fraudulent prescriptions” for oxycodone, a poppy-derived narcotic providing relief for moderate to severe pain.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Doctor, Two Associates Charged With Prescription Fraud

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 9:15 am

Severe pain is difficult to endure, but a Santa Monica physician and two of his associates are potentially facing trial after being charged with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to fill fraudulent prescriptions for patients to squelch their grave aches.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Courts, City Hall

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Files 34-Page Lawsuit Against Hines

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:11 am

They have been accused in some corners as being the most vocal but not necessarily the loudest group, but a collection of Santa Monica activists, residents, and stakeholders who oppose the Bergamot Transit Village development proposed by Hines 26th Street LLC (Hines) have used every tool in the book to either prevent or reverse the project from ever seeing light of day.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, City Attorney

Former Deputy City Attorney Named A California Lawyer Of The Year

Posted Mar. 13, 2014, 8:49 am

Former Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Barbara C. Greenstein has been named one of this year’s California Lawyer of the Year award recipients (“CLAY Award”) for her work in successfully arguing Harris v. City of Santa Monica before the California Supreme Court in 2013.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Man Sentenced For Hit-And-Run Death Of Santa Monica Mother

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:22 am

A 38-year-old Inglewood man accused of killing a Santa Monica mother in a hit-and-run incident in October 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to one year in County jail moments after he pleaded no contest.

Anthony Sowash will serve six years in state prison for stabbing a Santa Monica man on July 4, 2013.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Twins Who Stabbed Santa Monica Man Sentenced On Eve Of Their 29th Birthdays

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

Just several days before their 29th birthdays, twin brothers from Los Angeles each pled to one count of assault in court on Monday relating to their attack of a group in the early morning hours of July 4, 2013 where a Santa Monica man was stabbed in the neck.

Frank Gruber.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Park Advocates Undaunted By Judge's SMO Lawsuit Dismissal

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:55 am

A coalition of residents and groups known as Airport2Park.org -- who formed to turn Santa Monica Airport into a park -- has released a statement following U.S. District Judge John L. Walter's decision Thursday to dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm the City’s right to close the Santa Monica Airport July 1, 2015.

The City of Santa Monica says it is 'disappointed' with a court ruling on Thursday relating to its lawsuit against the FAA on Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

U.S. District Judge Dismisses City Of Santa Monica's SMO Lawsuit Against The FAA

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 8:06 am

U.S. District Judge John L. Walter on Thursday dismissed the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit in a downtown Los Angeles court against the Federal Aviation Administration that hoped to take future ownership and control of Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Courthouse Judge Joseph S. Biderman To Retire

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:06 am

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman, who presided over a courtroom in Santa Monica, will be retiring in March.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Four Years Prison For Man Behind Jeffrey Gundlach Santa Monica Burglary Case

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, 12:39 pm

Darren Agee Merager, the mastermind who stole millions of dollars worth of paintings, wine, jewelry, and a 2010 red Porsche Carrera from DoubleLine Capital founder Jeffrey Gundlach’s Santa Monica home in September 2012, was sentenced to four years prison on Tuesday.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Gang Member Jose Zapien Sentenced To Life In Prison For 2006 Santa Monica Murders

Posted Jan. 9, 2014, 11:07 am

Known gang member Jose Zapien, 25, was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for the 2006 Santa Monica murders of Eduardo Lopez and Miguel Martin.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Former Santa Monica Sushi Chefs May Face Three Years Prison For Selling Whale

Posted Jan. 9, 2014, 8:58 am

Two chefs at a former Santa Monica Airport sushi restaurant could face a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison plus fines if found guilty of importing and selling meat from federally protected sei whales.

Suspect Nathan Louis Campbell.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Courts

Judge Says Venice Boardwalk Rampage Suspect Will Stand Trial

Posted Jan. 9, 2014, 8:42 am

Venice boardwalk rampage suspect Nathan Louis Campbell, a 38-year-old transient from Colorado, will have to stand trial on murder and other charges.

Suspect Nathan Louis Campbell.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Venice Boardwalk Rampage Suspect's Court Hearing Postponed To January 8

Posted Jan. 3, 2014, 9:08 am

A court ruling was postponed Thursday whether Venice boardwalk rampage suspect Nathan Louis Campbell, a 38-year-old transient from Colorado, will have to stand trial on murder and other charges.

Francisco Leon-Urbalexo plead guilty Nov. 27 to attempted, second-degree murder for stabbing a 19-year-old in Santa Monica in 2012.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Man Pleads Guilty In 2012 Santa Monica Teen Stabbing Case

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, 1:56 pm

A man from Sonora, Mexico plead guilty last month to one count of attempted, second-degree murder for the stabbing 19-year-old teenager Jarred Hill near the Third Street Promenade on Aug. 13, 2012.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department, City Attorney

Santa Monica Dog Walker Pleads Not Guilty To Child Endangerment Charge

Posted Nov. 28, 2013, 9:02 am

Santa Monica dog walker Rebecca McGroerty pleaded not guilty to child endangerment on Tuesday at the LAX branch courthouse stemming from an alleged incident in October this year where a 10-year-old Staffordshire Terrier in her care bit a four-year-old girl on the leg.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Santa Monica Gang Member Found Guilty Of Pair Of 2006 Murders

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, 9:20 am

Gang member Jose Zapien was found guilty Monday of the 2006 Santa Monica murders of Eduardo Lopez and Miguel Martin as well as the attempted murders of 12 other people.

James 'Whitey' Bulger, a reputed Boston gangster and one of the FBI top ten most wanted, was arrested on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

James "Whitey" Bulger Sentenced To Two Life Sentences Plus Five Years

Posted Nov. 14, 2013, 10:51 am

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was captured in Santa Monica in 2011, was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years on Thursday morning.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Santa Monica Dog Walker Charged After Staffordshire Terrier Bites Four-Year-Old

Posted Nov. 13, 2013, 9:45 am

A Santa Monica dog walker has been charged with child endangerment after a 10-year-old Staffordshire Terrier in her care bit a four-year-old girl on the leg.

Kyla Dupont was identified Friday as one of the four aboard the fatal plane crash at SMO.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Sons Of Woman Killed In Santa Monica Airport Crash File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted Nov. 8, 2013, 9:13 am

The estate of Mark Benjamin is being sued by the family of a passenger killed in the Sept. 29 plane crash at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

James 'Whitey' Bulger, a reputed Boston gangster and one of the FBI top ten most wanted, was arrested on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

James "Whitey" Bulger Found Guilty On 31 Of 32 Counts

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 11:14 am

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was captured in Santa Monica in 2011, has been found guilty on 31 of the 32 counts in connection to nearly two dozen murders, according to CNN.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts

What The Zimmerman Verdict Might Really Be Saying

Posted Jul. 20, 2013, 9:09 am

There’s always the overriding sense that one is only tossing a pebble into a wildly turbulent lake when you go to weigh-in on a national drama like the Zimmerman verdict. With that caveat let me see if there’s a view of this tragedy that, with the removal of race and then the disappointment in the verdict, gets us to something more useful in terms of our immediate and long-range future.

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