Wednesday, January 8
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors are scheduled to return to a Santa Ana courtroom today for a second day of closing arguments in the case against two former Fullerton police officers charged in the July 2011 death of a homeless man. Rackauckas yesterday replayed clips from a video in which 37-year-old Kelly Thomas apologizes and says he can't breathe as six officers pile on him. Former Officer Manuel Ramos and Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli have pleaded not guilty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says a Los Angeles police officer acted lawfully by posing as a busboy to collect DNA samples that led to the arrest of the alleged "Grim Sleeper" serial killer. The Los Angeles Times says the judge rejected defense efforts to throw out the evidence yesterday. Defense lawyers argued it was illegally obtained because Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s plates were cleared before he'd finished eating.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles freeway underpass shut down nearly six months ago by a fiery tanker truck crash will reopen this week. The California Department of Transportation plans to reopen the connecting tunnel between northbound Interstate 5 and northbound State Route 2 on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is restoring a cross to its official seal, nearly a decade after one was removed from the original design. County supervisors voted 3-2 yesterday to put a cross atop the seal's depiction of the historic San Gabriel Mission. However, the ACLU says putting the religious symbol on the seal is probably unconstitutional.