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Ryan Taylor Bright was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Stabbing Friend To Death At 2012 Santa Monica Party

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:24 am

Ryan Taylor Bright, the man convicted of fatally stabbing his longtime friend at a Santa Monica apartment, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Doctor Awaiting Trial for Prescription-Drug Fraud Arrested Again

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 3:41 pm

Two Southland doctors, including one from Santa Monica, who were already awaiting trial for alleged prescription-drug fraud were behind bars today, with prosecutors accusing the pair of violating the terms of their bail by continuing to write prescriptions.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation is a Canadian-American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 3, 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Film

Joss Whedon, Lionsgate Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Cabin in the Woods'

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:18 am

Author Peter Gallagher is suing Joss Whedon and Lionsgate in Los Angeles, alleging the director stole the concept behind the film "The Cabin in the Woods" from his novel, according to court papers obtained today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Courts

Court Frustrates Voters' Will on 'Jessica's Law'

Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 11:25 am

It was no surprise when Proposition 83, the so-called Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006 with better than a 2-1 majority. The issue, as stated in the ballot summary, was where convicted sex offenders should be allowed to live, no matter how long ago their offenses. The plain wish of the vast majority of voters is that these people become pariahs for life, unable to live anywhere near any potential victims.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Restaurant Owner Gets Probation In Whale Meat Case

Posted Apr. 6, 2015, 2:13 pm

The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant were sentenced today to fines and probation for serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.

Latest Malibu news.

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Man Pleads No Contest To Malibu DUI Crash Involving Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:18 am

A Las Vegas man who crashed a pickup truck into singer Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce in Malibu last September pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor DUI charge.


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Defense In LAX Shooter Case Will Argue Death Penalty 'Unconstitutional'

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 3:51 pm

Attorneys for the suspect charged in a deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport plan to argue the government should be prohibited from seeking a death sentence on the grounds that it is "unconstitutional," according to court documents obtained today.

News, Health, Malibu, Courts, Smmusd

Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges PCB Contamination In Malibu Classrooms

Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

A citizen's lawsuit filed today accuses Malibu school officials of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the city's combined elementary, middle and high school campuses of allegedly illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals embedded in caulk and other building materials.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Chris Brown Released From Probation From 2009 Assault Of Rihanna

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 9:02 am

After nearly six years, R&B singer Chris Brown was released Friday from probation stemming from his February 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in Hancock Park.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica, Courts, Westwood

Another Patient Sues Medical Device Maker Over Superbug At UCLA Medical Center

Posted Mar. 17, 2015, 9:54 am

Another patient is suing a medical device maker, blaming the company for the superbug that recently broke out at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, infecting at least seven patients, killing two.

News, Los Angeles, Courts

Robert Durst, Manhattan Real Estate Heir, Arrested For Murder, Awaits LA Extradition

Posted Mar. 15, 2015, 9:44 am

Manhattan real estate heir Robert Durst, the subject of an HBO documentary, awaits extradition to California today after being arrested at a New Orleans hotel on a Los Angeles warrant for suspected murder, authorities said.

A class action lawsuit accuses Lyft of taking new drivers for a ride.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Lyft $1K Bonus Promotion For New Drivers Backfires: Santa Monica Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit

Posted Mar. 14, 2015, 9:25 am

A Santa Monica law firm has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing company, of promising $1,000 bonuses for new drivers that turned out was too good to be true. The lawsuit claims Lyft has paid very few of the new drivers the $1,000 bonus.

The suspect was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, after he emerged shirtless and limping down an outdoor stairway, a police dog biting at one of his legs.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Recent Santa Monica Standoff Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Posted Mar. 12, 2015, 8:28 am

A man who barricaded himself inside a Santa Monica apartment for nearly five hours before he was subdued by a sheriff's dog pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a murder charge stemming from a fatal stabbing less than two weeks earlier in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles.

David Pregerson.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Pacific Palisades

Couple Sentenced In Pacific Palisades Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Judge's Son

Posted Mar. 11, 2015, 9:24 am

A Los Angeles woman was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for a December 2013 hit-and-run crash that killed a federal judge's son who was walking in Pacific Palisades, while her husband received a year in jail and three years probation for claiming that he was driving the vehicle.

The Santa Monica City Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit to preserve parking spaces of tenants with disabilities at 918 7th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Courts, Housing

Santa Monica Landlord Sued For Taking Away Parking Spaces Of Disabled Tenants

Posted Mar. 9, 2015, 9:59 am

A lawsuit was filed today against a Santa Monica apartment building landlord and the property managers at 918 7th Street for allegedly taking away the parking spaces of two tenants with disabilities.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Courts

Convicts Who Don't Deserve Parole Hearings

Posted Mar. 7, 2015, 9:02 am

Consider the criminal history of Bobby Beausoleil, 67, the latest follower of Charles Manson to come up for an automatic parole hearing.

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes backers are anxiously waiting for the verdict from an appeals court panel.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Backers Await Appeals Court Verdict

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:40 am

The long-running legal battle between Santa Monica’s Nativity Scenes and the City continued with a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments from both sides Feb. 6 in Pasadena.

Television host Carson Daly is being sued by an oil company that alleges either he or members of a trust built a fence that encroaches on the firm's property in Santa Monica.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Petroleum Sues TV Host Carson Daly Over His Property's Fence

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:16 am

Television host Carson Daly is being sued by an oil company that alleges either he or members of a trust built a fence that encroaches on the firm's property in Santa Monica.

News, Malibu, Courts

$1.2 Million To Be Paid To Settle Lawsuit In Malibu Detention Brawl

Posted Mar. 3, 2015, 3:32 pm

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors today approved a $1.2 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging Los Angeles County personnel at a youth detention camp in Malibu ignored signs of racial unrest before an outbreak of fighting that left a detainee with brain injuries.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

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Anti-Airport Activists Footed With $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:06 am

A Santa Monica-based group of anti-airport activists have been left to personally foot the legal bill of failed lawsuits against the filers of Measure D on the November 2014 election ballot and the City of Santa Monica. has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds plus agrees to permanent injunction in false advertising and automatic-renewal case.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica's To Pay $800K In Penalties, $250K In Customer Refunds

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:47 pm

Local social media website has agreed to a court judgment under which it will pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

Joseph Thomas Koetters.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man, A Former Teacher, Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Crimes Involving Female Student

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 3:32 pm

A former teacher at an exclusive high school for girls pleaded not guilty today to felony sex charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Lindsay Lohan Given Extra 125 Hours Community Service For Santa Monica Crash

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:21 am

Lindsay Lohan was ordered today to perform 125 additional hours of community service as part of her probation stemming from a 2012 crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, after the prosecution objected to some of the work for which the actress had been credited.

Courtney Anthony Robinson, 37, was convicted of attempted murder in the case of three homeless people who were stabbed as they slept.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Jury Finds Santa Monica Homeless Stabber Not Sane At Time Of Crime

Posted Feb. 21, 2015, 9:31 am

A jury determined on Friday that a man who stabbed three homeless people as they slept in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Hollywood wasn't sane at the time of the crimes.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Lindsay Lohan Hearing To Look At Community Service Stemming From Santa Monica Crash

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 9:11 am

With the prosecutor absent, a progress report hearing was delayed today for Lindsay Lohan, who is on probation for her role in a 2012 crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica during production of the film "Liz & Dick."

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