Last week, a jury found Caltrans negligent in failing to make a dangerous Redondo Beach intersection safer despite having knowledge of previous collisions. Caltrans was ordered to pay $27.5 million to Amir "Nick" Ekbatani, a former UCLA football player who lost the bottom part of his left leg after a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Diamond Street. Ekbatani's attorney argued at trial that the state and Caltrans were aware of resident complaints made years earlier about this particular intersection but failed to address the problem.
While many buy into the stereotype that lawyers are generally unethical, lawyers are bound by ethical rules that if broken, can have severe consequences. In California, lawyers must adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct, written by the State Bar of California. The scope of the Rules runs a wide gamut of topics and duties, including regulating intimate relationships between lawyers and clients. The State Bar is currently reviewing these rules in preparation for revisions, including a proposed change to ban sexual relationships between lawyers and clients - a proposal that has left some lawyers unhappy.
The dramatic saga of the Lunada Bay Boys continues, as the group's reputation of using threats and violence to keep outsiders from surfing Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates is being used as evidence in a separate hate crime lawsuit. The hate crime accusations followed a class-action lawsuit filed against the Bay Boys last year.
13 people died over the weekend in what has been the deadliest car crash in California in several decades. A USA Holiday tour bus crashed into the back of a truck trailer early Sunday morning in Desert Hot Springs, crumpling the front third of the bus. The bus was headed back to Los Angeles after taking the passengers to a casino in Thermal.
Two Palm Springs Police officers died Saturday while responding to a family disturbance call. John Hernandez Felix, who opened fire through a closed door and fatally wounded Officers Leslie Zerebny and Jose "Gil" Vega, has been charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. A third officer was wounded at the scene.
Following on the heels of the brutal aftermath of a recorded conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush in 2005, two women have alleged in a report published Wednesday that Trump sexually assaulted them years ago. Earlier last week, a released video from 2005 showed Trump caught on a live microphone bragging about his fame and fortune, and asserting that he could "grab" and "do anything" to any woman.
Reality television star Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in a Paris, France apartment early Monday morning, according to French police. Kardashian West was alone in her apartment in the Eighth Arrondissement when two men broke in after threatening the building's receptionist. French officials said the two tied her up, gagged her, and escaped with jewelry worth nearly $9 million along with three suspected accomplices.
Protests began last weekend and continued early this week in Los Angeles after police shot and killed a black teenager. 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was fatally shot near 107th Street and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles on Saturday. According to the LAPD, Snell was armed with a gun; however local residents have questioned this account of events.Police noticed a car with paper plates around 1 p.m. on Saturday and attempted to pull the car over. When the driver of the vehicle refused to stop, an officer-led pursuit ensued. The car stopped near 106th Street, and two passengers ran in different directions. Snell's younger sister, Trenell, was outside her home when she saw her brother running from police. She heard gunfire and dropped to the ground, and when she got up her brother was on the ground. Other relatives of Snell's said the teen was killed outside his house.
Protests against police brutality intensified in Charlotte, North Carolina and continued in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week following the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher. Scott, an African-American father of seven, was killed by police while they searched his North Carolina apartment complex for a different man named in a warrant they were attempting to serve. 40-year-old Crutcher, also black, was shot and killed by police while waiting on the side of the road next to his broken-down car in Oklahoma.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem has garnered widespread media attention over the past month. Fellow athletes have followed suit in solidarity, and the movement has even spread to high school football players. In a few states such as New Jersey, Alabama, and Massachusetts, students' refusal to stand during the national anthem has been met with harassment, threats, and in some cases disciplinary measures from school administrators. Can a school legally punish a student for exercising his or her First Amendment right to protest?