Los Angeles will pay more than $24 million to two men who spent decades in prison after they were wrongfully convicted of murder.
Kash Delano Register who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School doubted a key prosecution witness’s testimony was awarded $16.7 million by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday.
While Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Los Angeles Times investigation into his conviction, took $7.6 million.
It is the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, according to reports.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian told reporters on Tuesday the two cases were the “very unfortunate” result of police misconduct in the past, but did not reflect how the department operates today.
“It’s just regrettable that these two individuals spent the better part of their lives in prison as a result of the inadequacy of the investigations that happened back then,” said Krekorian, who heads the budget committee that weighs settlement payments.
Actor Jamie Foxx on Monday pulled a motorist to safety from a burning pickup truck that crashed outside the gate of his home.
The actor, found himself thrown into an unfamiliar part on Monday when he heard a crash outside the gates of his home in Hidden Valley, a secluded enclave north and west of Los Angeles in Ventura County.
Brett Kyle, 32, of Newbury Park, California, was driving “at a high rate of speed” around 8:30 p.m. PT when he flipped his 2007 Toyota Tacoma into a drainage ditch, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“It struck a drainage pipe and concrete casing causing the vehicle to roll over multiple times,” the report read. “The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side, and became engulfed in flames with Mr. Kyle trapped inside his vehicle.”That’s when two men “ran to the burning, overturned truck in an attempt to free the driver,” according to the report.
“One of the witnesses retrieved a rescue tool from his vehicle allowing the two citizens to break the window, cut the seat belt, and extricate the driver,” the report stated.
Kyle was later taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center for his injuries and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
Khloe Kardashian opened up about caring for Lamar Odom during his health crisis in an Exclusive interview with People Magazine.
“It wasn’t about me, I realized how much it was about so I didn’t think twice about it. But I literally didn’t leave the room for a month. I wasn’t sleeping as well. I went a week without showering. I was stuck in a room with my thoughts. My mind didn’t have that release. I was like, ‘I can’t breathe!”
31-years-old Ezeoma Obioha, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a Hollywood production assistant. Ezeoma was arrested Friday night and remains in jail where he is being held on a $1million bail.
30 year old Melvin was walking with her boyfriend in Hollywood, California, earlier this month when a Obioha walked up behind them, aimed a shotgun at her head and pulled the trigger.
‘We have been working hard around the clock on this and we didn’t want to draw attention to the leads we developed,’ Lt. John Radke of the Los Angeles Police Department said to reporters
‘This was a terrible crime and it is one of those scenes you’ll never forget.’
Obioha, with civic ties and an emerging clothing line, contracted Melvin’s new online business to market his company, Radke said.
The dispute occurred when he wrote her a
bad check that bounced and she threatened him with legal action, according to authorities. Melvin did not ever receive the money she was owed, police said.
After he shot her,he jumped into a black sedan and drove off. Melvin died at the scene. Melvin’s father called his daughter’s death “incredibly senseless.” Bernie Melvin said she had studied film at UC Santa Cruz and moved to Hollywood about four years ago to break into the entertainment industry. Like many young Angelenos, he said, Carrie Melvin worked several jobs, waitressing, bartending, while pursuing that dream.
Her father, Bernie, said he knew about the incident involving his daughter and a client who wrote a check that bounced.
He said it put a strain on her financially causing her to add shifts waitressing and that she was not able to celebrate his birthday or travel to the family’s home for Father’s Day.
‘I’m thankful that he was apprehended and arrested, but we can’t celebrate,’ her father, Bernie Melvin
“She was really kind of spreading her wings,” he said at the time. “It’s an extreme loss to us. She had a lot to give, and her life was cut short.”