John Yoo Should Be Prosecuted for Co-Writing Torture Memo: UCI Law's Erwin Chemerinsky

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Chapman University visiting scholar John Yoo speaks as then-law school dean John Eastman listens during a torture debate in Memorial Hall in April 2009.
A fellow UC Irvine professor is reporting that School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky believes a fellow University of California law professor should be prosecuted for conspiring to illegally torture enemy combatants of the United States. Confused? Yoo shouldn't be!

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Monday Pervy Monday: Jail for School Flasher, Prison for Molester, Echeverria Case Widens

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Illustration by Jay Brockman/OC Weekly
A 42-year-old man who exposed himself to girls walking near two Santa Ana schools and a 49-year-old man who molested two children in Orange County pleaded guilty and received their punishment last week. Meanwhile, the case against Santa Ana's alleged serial molester widened.

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Weekender Updater: John Wayne Airport Hood Ornament; Cartel Guns; Pot Attorney Guilty

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Cops on bikes beware!
Read on for the sentence in the case where a Newport Beach woman tried to run over a John Wayne Airport bicycle officer, the planned destination for a couple pulled over in Newps with a cache of weapons and ammo, and the plea of the lawyer for a pot dispensary kingpin who had shops in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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Lan Huu Pham Charged with Murder of Theo Lacy Cellmate Thiep Truong Nguyen: Update

Categories: Crime-iny

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UPDATE NO. 2, DEC. 19, 5:32 P.M.: Lan Huu Pham, 39, was charged today with murdering his 49-year-old Theo Lacy Facility cellmate Thiep Truong
Nguyen, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Nguyen, a Westminster salesman who was being held on warrants and an assault with a deadly weapon charges, was found unconscious inside the cell Tuesday night and died
from his injuries at a hospital on Wednesday. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock had previously said Nguyen had been in a physical altercation with his cellmate.

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Junior Rigoberto Lopez Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Anaheim Bicyclist Daniela Palacios

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Anaheim cops released this photo of the suspect vehicle in the Nov. 1 fatal hit-and-run.
You know how some crime posts end with pleas seeking tips from people about an incident, even if they are left anonymously? Such a clue left with Orange County Crime Stoppers led to a Buena Park man being arrested and charged Thursday in last month's hit-and-run that killed a 44-year-old mother of eight, police said.

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Immigration Agent Myles Kui Zhang Busted for $13,000 in Alleged Phony Overtime Claims

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Myles Kui Zhang worked at the Ziggurat (Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel).
A federal immigration agent who worked in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel has been charged with grand theft for allegedly making more than $13,000 worth of phony overtime claims over a nine-month period, authorities said.

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Public Defender Plays Prosecution Misconduct Card in Daniel Wozniak's Double Murder Case

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Daniel Wozniak is accused of beheading a pal and slaying the pal's close friend.
The public defender who raised prosecutorial misconduct to try to spare the death penalty for the alleged worst mass killer in Orange County history is now trying to play the same card when it comes to one of the most twisted alleged killers in Orange County history.

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Boobs Were Used to Get Dirt on Costa Mesa City Councilman: Case Against Cop Union's P.I.s

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Jim Righeimer at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting years ago. He's one of the victims of union private investigators, the DA says.
UPDATE, DEC. 16, 9:31 A.M.: Costa Mesa's CEO and acting police chief issued a joint statement reacting to the Orange County District Attorney's case against two private investigators--who worked for a law firm retained by the city's cop union in the weeks before the November 2012 election--accused of illegally spying on two City Council members.

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Luis Quintanilla Allegedly Stole and Sold Oakley Eyewear and Other Deliveries Meant for Troops

Categories: Crime-iny

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The Luis Quintanilla being held on $1 million bail in Orange County Jail is NOT the Luis Quintanilla shown above jailed in Madrid in 1934 for trying to overthrow the government.
A Buena Park deliveryman pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing nearly $300,000 in boots, Oakley eyewear and attire addressed to the military.

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Gabriel Magna Lopez Accused of Stopping at Least 2 Women as Phony Cop: Anaheim Police

Categories: Crime-iny

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Dr. Evil pronounces Gabriel Lopez's middle name "MAG-NA."
A 42-year-old transient who allegedly "pulled over" two women and impersonated a police officer five days before Halloween was arrested earlier this month, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Gabriel Magna Lopez was located in his suspect vehicle and arrested without incident on Dec. 4, said Lt. Bob Dunn, the Anaheim Police spokesman, who noted the transient was booked for felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor impersonating a police officer and is being held in Orange County Jail on $25,000 bail.

But additional counts may come as police seek other possible victims of the alleged phony flatfoot.

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