SAN DIEGO (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in San Diego says prosecutions of immigrant and drug smuggling offenses will be fully restored today, three days after they were curtailed in response to the federal government shutdown. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said late yesterday that prosecutions would return to normal after the Justice Department agreed restore staff. A U.S. official told the AP that Duffy's office issued guidelines that immigrant smuggling cases would only be prosecuted only if they involved death or serious injury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to death for killing two people and injuring three others during a gang dispute at a crowded Compton transit station in 2008. City News Service reports that Ronald Earl Brim maintained his innocence in front of Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler yesterday, saying he didn't pull the trigger. Brim was convicted in July 2012 along with co-defendant 31-year-old Leo Lloyd Adams on first-degree murder charges.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Officials at an Orange County high school have apologized to a 16-year-old student who was forced to take off a National Rifle Association shirt or face disciplinary action. The Los Angeles Times reports staff at Canyon High School in Anaheim changed course yesterday after demanding that Haley Bullwinkle put on a different shirt after she recently wore the NRA shirt to school. The shirt had an American flag and a silhouette of a hunter with a rifle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The attorney for Robert Rizzo says the disgraced former city manager of Bell, Calif., has pleaded no contest to all 69 state corruption counts against him because he wants to take responsibility for mistakes he made and put his legal troubles behind him. Attorney James Spertus said Thursday he expects Rizzo will be given 10 to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced March 12.