Mother, Aunt and Uncle Admit to Abuse of Toddler Who Died After Days of Smacks to Head

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
From left: the victim's mother Noel Hurtado, aunt Ilene Hurtado and uncle Timothy Hurtado
The mother, aunt and uncle of a 23-month-old Anaheim boy who died in 2007 pleaded guilty to child abuse charges and now face 15-year prison terms.

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Motel Residents Sue Over Costa Mesa Law That Makes Them Move Every 30 Days

Photo by Todd Mathews/OC Weekly
Is spending a night here on anyone else's bucket list?
Motel residents have filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court and will seek an emergency order there today to stop the city of Costa Mesa from making them move every 30 days.

Filed on the residents' behalf by lawyers from the Public Law Center, Haynes and Boone LLP and Western Center on Law and Poverty, the suit challenges an ordinance the Costa Mesa City Council passed by a 3-2 vote in August.

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Steven Dean Gordon Confessed He and Franc Cano Slayed 5 Prostitutes: Grand Jury Report

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Steven Dean Gordon and his partner pleaded not guilty in May.
Half of the pair of alleged serial killers of prostitutes in Orange County confessed to police about the murders, the disposal of bodies in trash bins and how there was a fifth, yet-to-be-identified victim, according to a grand jury transcript unsealed Monday.

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Monday Pervy Monday: Ex-Teacher's Aide, Butt Slapping, TBN, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses

Carra Crouch with her sister Brittany Crouch (left photo) and father Paul Crouch Jr.
Monday Pervy Monday includes an accused butt slapper, an ex-teacher's aide facing charges of sex with a teen and, for our religious readers, molestation allegations against a South County Jehovah's Witness leader and a Long Beach Mormon church member and the alleged rape of the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network's co-founders.

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Jesse Jackson and Fellow UCI Ebola Panelists Agree All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

UCI School of Law
Jesse Jackson makes a point at UCI Wednesday about people who want affordable healthcare for themselves but not Obamacare for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 7:30 A.M.: During the discussion and exchange with audience members at Wednesday's UC Irvine law school panel on "The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises," dean Erwin Chemerinsky said, "It's important that constitutional decisions be based on scientific information and not fear."

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Ex-Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh Gets 6 Months in Jail for Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies to DMV

Miller Oh stepped down as mayor after being convicted of five counts of perjury in May.
Former Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh was sentenced this morning to six months in jail for using a fake name and other phony information on DMV documents to avoid paying child support. Keep in mind that the 50-year-old real estate developer used his two daughters as props while campaigning for office. Such a family man!

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Larry Shin Faces Trial for Murder, But Hearing Reveals More About Victim Aubreyanna Parks

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Larry Shin had a beef with Keisha Clark, prosecutors claim.
Before an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner found sufficient evidence Tuesday to continue with the trial against Larry Shin, more details became public as to why sheriff's homicide investigators honed in on the 36-year-old so quickly as a murder suspect.

But the hearing also shed light on the unusual double life of Aubreyanna Sade Parks, a 17-year-old who also went by Keisha Clark before her bloody body was found face down on a curb in an upscale Yorba Linda street on Feb. 4. She had been repeatedly stabbed.

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Maximino Fuentes Clara's Alleged Fatal Stabber Ruben Martinez Has a Criminal Past: Update

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Ruben Martinez is facing a murder rap in Sunday night's stabbing.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 1:53 P.M.: Ruben Martinez, who is accused of fatally stabbing his mother's boyfriend Maximino Fuentes Clara during a street fight in unincoporated Anaheim Sunday night, has a criminal past, according to court records. The 27-year-old Anaheim resident has a 2009 conviction for carjacking and a 2008 conviction for stealing a car in Riverside County, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned some time today on a murder count with a sentence-enhancing allegation of use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

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Mike Murray, Prominent Homicide Prosecutor, To Run For Orange County Judge Post In 2016

Michael F. Murray, one of Orange County's most accomplished homicide prosecutors, is running to win a superior court judge post in the 2016 election.

Long feared by criminal suspects for his intense, relentless pursuit to solve major crimes, Murray's prospective departure from prosecution duties should bring a collective sigh of relief from future Southern California hoodlums.

I've witnessed psychopathic killers cringe when the no-nonsense, West Point graduate--a U.S. Army captain during the first Persian Gulf War--entered the courtroom.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the righteousness of Murray's homicide conviction in People vs. Marvin Smith after bickering lower courts nitpicked about imaginary violations of Smith's constitutional rights.

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Monday Pervy Monday: Kristen Michelle Roush Vehemently Denies Being Lewd with Student

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Kristen Michelle Roush is "an exemplary human being:" lawyer.
A Mission Viejo junior high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to committing lewd acts with a 14-year-old male student and has vehemently denied to the media that she has ever done anything inappropriate with any student.

"I'm completely innocent of all the charges," Roush told TV station KTLA Friday outside Newport Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, where she pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts that could send her to state prison for 12 years with a conviction.

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