New D.A. Unit Will Focus on Wrongful Conviction Claims

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first_imgGovernment New D.A. Unit Will Focus on Wrongful Conviction Claims Published on Monday, June 29, 2015 | 12:19 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Wrongfully convicted defendants in Los Angeles County criminal cases can now hope to get their cases reviewed faster with the establishment of a new unit within the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that will specifically focus on wrongful conviction claims.District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday the creation of a Conviction Review Unit, and the assignment of three experienced deputy district attorneys, one senior investigator and one paralegal staff to staff the new unit.“I am proud to announce that my office is establishing a Conviction Review Unit that expands our office’s ability to address credible claims of innocence made by people currently incarcerated for serious and violent felonies,” District Attorney Lacey said at a news conference.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has recently approved Lacey’s request for nearly $1 million for the assignment of new staff and other requirements.Considered the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office files more than 71,000 felony cases annually. Most of those cases are upheld on appeal.“In a few instances, new evidence is discovered and, on rare occasions, mistakes are found,” District Attorney Lacey said.The District Attorney said it is the responsibility of prosecutors to re-examine the facts and, “if appropriate, seek to vacate a wrongful conviction” whenever new information is received that may exonerate a person.Lacey said the Conviction Review Unit will review claims of actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence. Claims may originate from inmates, attorneys or innocence projects. The requests will be made in writing to the District Attorney’s Office.If an initial review determines that the claim appears to have merit, a formal investigation will be opened. A prosecutor and investigator will be assigned to review trial transcripts and interview witnesses. If warranted, the case will be presented to the Conviction Review Committee composed of managers similar to the group that reviews death penalty cases.This process will not require the filing of any formal court documents, Lacey clarified.With this new unit, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office now joins nearly two dozen prosecutorial agencies around the country, including those in Dallas, Manhattan and five counties in California — Ventura, San Diego, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Yolo — which have established similar conviction review programs.The unit will only accept written inquiries. Letters should be addressed to: District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit, Attn: AHD Ken Lynch, 320 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Make a comment More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Subscribe Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more


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first_img See also: The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are seeking more information from China about its reported use of amantadine in poultry, according to reports today by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The Washington Post reported on Jun 18 that Chinese farmers, with the knowledge and support of government officials, used amantadine on chickens as long ago as the late 1990s. The report called the drug use a violation of international livestock guidelines. Jun 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug. The FAO’s Beijing office was seeking information from China’s agriculture ministry, AFP reported today. Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing, said it’s premature to blame China for spurring resistance to amantadine, AFP reported. The drug dates back to 1976, and human resistance has been a problem. But Wadia added that China’s use might have hastened the development of resistance. Bui Quang Anh, animal health director in Vietnam’s agriculture ministry, called for “very high vigilance” against avian flu and said that some provinces were not taking the problem seriously, AFP reported. But he said there were no plans for mass poultry vaccinations. However, the story said researchers in Hong Kong found outbreaks in China in 1997, 2001, and 2003. News Editor Robert Roos contributed to this article. Amantadine and rimantadine make up an older class of antiviral medications used to reduce the impact of influenza. Some nations have made stockpiling amantadine part of their flu pandemic preparedness plans. A newer and more costly class of antiviral drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir), is also used against flu. According to the Post, pharmaceutical executives in China confirmed that amantadine had been used since the late 1990s to treat or prevent avian flu in chickens. China first reported an outbreak of avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Feb 2, 2004, according to the OIE listing of H5N1 outbreaks. Researchers found last year that the strain of H5N1 found in Vietnam and Thailand had become resistant to amantadine. The Post story quoted health experts outside China as saying they had suspected the link between resistance and use in poultry. The story said international researchers now believe the Chinese use of the drug is to blame. Halvorson emphasized that flu outbreaks in poultry must be addressed on a country-by-country basis because of national laws. He said the international community needs to reach out to those countries willing to get help. Halvorson could have predicted that resistance would arise if the drug were used in poultry. He worked on research with amantadine in turkeys about 20 years ago. “We found that resistance occurred quite quickly,” he said. Dave Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in S. Paul, registered little surprise at the news today.center_img News out of Vietnam today served to underscore his point. Veterinary officials there announced that another 6,000 chickens were infected with H5N1, the first outbreak there in 2 months, according to AFP. The outbreak occurred in the southern province of Ben Tre, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the story said. Chinese authorities denied the report. OIE avian flu reportshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htm Amantadine targets the “M” protein of flu viruses, explained Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site. If a pandemic virus arose through the combination, or reassortment, of the H5N1 avian virus with a human flu virus, the M gene would come from the human virus, he said. As a result, “That [new virus] should still be relatively susceptible to amantadine,” he said. “These other countries are just overwhelmed,” he said. “Just finding avian flu is a big enough problem, let alone getting rid of it.” The government has never allowed farmers to use amantadine, said Xu Shixin, director of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau, as quoted today in the newspaper China Daily. He added that the government will take action soon to curb illicit use. He also said avian flu in China was under control. If the H5N1 virus gives rise to a pandemic strain of flu, the resistance to amantadine might not necessarily carry through to the new strain, according to infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH. It would depend on the process that produced the pandemic strain. “People who thought about it must have figured out they were using amantadine in poultry,” he said. “The resistance is not new information.” However, “Either way it’s bad,” because even if a pandemic virus is susceptible to amantadine, the drug will be in short supply, he added. The impact of the amantadine treatment isn’t clear. One FAO official quoted by AFP said it’s important to find out whether China had found a safe way to deliver the drug to animals, but warned that underdosing causes resistance. Use of amantadine in livestock is banned in the United States and other countries, the newspaper reported. Yet veterinarians explained to Chinese farmers how to use the drug and even supplied it, the story said. However, if the H5N1 virus adapted to humans gradually through a series of mutations, rather than through reassortment, it could remain resistant to amantadine. “If it continues to mutate, and we see a pandemic strain arise through slow human adaptation, that could mean amantadine is all but done,” Osterholm said. “Amantadine is widely used in the entire country,” the Post quoted Zhang Libin, head of the veterinary medicine division of Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory in Shenyang, as saying. “Many pharmaceutical factories around China produce amantadine, and farmers can buy it easily in veterinary medicine stores.”last_img read more


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first_imgFixBus, the European leader in passenger transport, is expanding its network of international bus lines to Croatia at the beginning of the season.Thus, from Zagreb, which is connected to the most important traffic hubs in Europe, the first direct daily line to Krakow departs. Siófok, Budapest (HU), Zvolen, Banská Bystrica, Donovaly, Ružomberok, Dolný Kubín (SK) and Myślenice (PL) are also connected with the departure at 8 am. Also from 26.4. in addition to the existing lines to Italy, passengers will also have access to Siena and Rome departing at 20:45.”With better transport connections, FlixBus has provided passengers from Croatia, but also all those who are interested in Croatia as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe, the opportunity to travel at very reasonable prices with high quality service. Our goal is to allow passengers unlimited travel across Europe with a single green card . ”Said Dean Čebohin, Business Development Director for FlixBus CEE South Region.Since the entry of FlixBus on the Croatian market in Croatia, almost 120 destinations are currently connected by international lines with 11 European countries directly: Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Thanks to connections with the most important European transport hubs such as Ljubljana, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Prague or Bratislava, it is much easier and more accessible for passengers to reach Croatia, and the FlixBus global network currently connects more than 1.700 destinations with over 250.000 daily connections in 27 European countries. . Thus, Croatia, as part of the FlixBus green network, has become available to an increasing number of passengers.Fast, simple and quality service available to everyone suitable for the target group between 18 and 35 yearsWith the digitalization of the bus industry, FlixBus has managed to bring its services closer to all age groups, but mostly young people between 18 and 35 who are looking for a simple, fast and quality service and the ability to buy a ticket regardless of where they are at the moment. Also, FlixBus benefits such as free internet, available socket and comfort and reasonable prices are one of the imperatives of today’s standard of services in passenger transport by bus.Transport connectivity is one of the first prerequisites for tourism to develop, so any news that increasingly connects us to Europe, our main emitting market, is more than excellent for our tourism.</p>
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first_imgThere was a bit of a change to the Nelson Leafs during a three-game Thanksgiving homestand.The team decided to show their respect to Breast Cancer Awareness Month by adding a touch of pink to the Green and White home jerseys.”It was an idea from the players,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida. “A couple of players took it upon themselves to go a little pink and the executive was happy with the idea.” Nelson players pink shoelaces in their skates and jerseys while the goalies wore pink on the masks and pads.Traditionally football players north and south of the 49th parallel wear pink shoes or tape their pads with pink tape to show support for breast cancer charitie.Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.Maida said the team plans to continue wearing pink throughout the month of October.last_img read more


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first_img“The success of our company reflects the determined and orchestrated efforts of a stellar team of individuals which has resulted in eleven destination resorts as well as private mountain home collections. I thank each and everyone of them for their continued support.”The Kokanee Lodge was completed in May of 1992, offering for the first time a complex of luxurious yet casual course-side accommodations.In 2003, Kokanee Springs celebrated the lodging expansion, with the addition of “Noble Lodge” and the Clubhouse renovation, which spearheaded Kokanee into the next era of development. After an unforgettable golfing experience, the fabulous Kokanee Lodge offers a quiet mixture of casual elegance and relaxation for those desiring mountain-style peace and tranquility.Overlooking the 12th fairway are 56 luxury rooms, eight suites, sundecks, hot tub and a meeting room. For those wishing to dine, Bunker’s Grill offers a sumptuous menu that is varied enough to tantalize and satisfy any golfers appetite.This season is also special for staff and golfers at Kokanee Springs as the course is expecting its millionth round to be played this summer, between end of June and early July.The lucky player receives the Kokanee Advantage package — a value of $2000.The Kokanee Advantage includes 50 rounds of golf, discount on meals at the on resort Bunkers Grill led by Top Chef Canada competitor Chef Jamie Hertz, private dinner for two created by Chef Jamie and a custom plaque to commemorate this amazing milestone. It’s official.Crawford Bay’s Kokanee Springs Golf Resort has been voted Most Scenic in Canada by Reader’s Digest Canada for Hole number five.Located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, 40 kilometers north of Nelson, Kokanee Springs, a Norman Woods original course, is characterized by it’s long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels . . . and, of course, spectacular views of Purcell Mountain range.Sixty-six sand traps, 12 water hazards and 124,000 square feet of elevated, multileveled greens with 90,000 square feet of terraced tee surface were all a part of his plan.As if the hazards Woods created weren’t enough of a challenge, Kokanee Springs is a long course. A well played round can take you 6.5 miles.The yardages are 6604 from the blue markers, 6260 from the whites and 5747 from the reds, on this par 71 track.”This is an incredible way to enter our tenth year of operation here at Bellstar, with some very prestigious industry awards for our collection of properties,” said Ed Romanowski, President & CEO of Bellstar Group, owners of the Kokanee Springs Resort.last_img read more


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first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Cinderella seasons for Sensations Dress Shop with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coach Laura Zondervan, Heather Potkins, Anna Milde, Haley Slomba, Shaen Panko-Dool, Bryce Winters, Ava Young, Alex Pompu, Riley Zondervan, coach Beth Corven, Veronica Kearnes, Kelsey Andrusak, Hannah Corven, Camryn Parnell, Kamylle Barton, Jaden How and Ellee Atkinson. During the regular season Sensations Dress Shop struggled to find any consistency against the rest of the Girl’s U14 League teams.However, when playoffs rolled in the squad rose to World Cup form as Sensations Dress Shop won the Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Girl’s House League crown with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Vogue during Championship Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.Sensations Dress Shop and Vogue played to a 2-2 regulation tie before the victors took over to capture the House League crown in shootout.last_img read more


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first_img33rd Annual Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun                                                       Nelson, BC                                                   August 2, 2015                                  Timing by “Results Canada”                                   Olympic Distance Individual Results     –                           FINAL—-                                                                               Pos     Time    Name                    City          Plc/Total Category         ——– ——- ———————– ————- ——————-          1     2:05:52 Dallas CAIN                            1/8   Men 30-39              2     2:13:33 Seth BITTING                           1/8   Men 40-49             3     2:16:18 Scott NICOL                            1/3   Men 20-29              4     2:18:09 Stephen WEBER                          1/9   Men 50-59              5     2:21:02 Jay KRIEGER                            2/8   Men 30-39              6     2:21:41 Nelson ROCHA                           2/8   Men 40-49              7     2:22:49 Greg WELWOOD                           3/8   Men 40-49              8     2:28:17 Kurt BEERENS                           3/8   Men 30-39               9     2:31:10 Isabel RAMSAY                          1/3   Women 20-29           10     2:32:28 Mike KRAHN                             2/9   Men 50-59             11     2:33:32 Suzie POIRIER                          1/4   Women 30-39           12     2:34:38 Dave HARASYM                           4/8   Men 30-39              13     2:34:49 Spencer BOURNE                         2/3   Men 20-29              14     2:35:21 Michael HENDRIKS                       5/8   Men 30-39             15     2:35:37 Con DIAMOND                            1/8   Men 60-69             16     2:35:51 Chauncy BLAIR                          6/8   Men 30-39             17     2:38:08 Carol CURRIE                           1/5   Women 50-59           18     2:38:31 Paul SAWATSKY                          4/8   Men 40-49             19     2:39:07 Alexander KALABIS                      7/8   Men 30-39            20     2:41:31 Murray ROTH                            2/8   Men 60-69             21     2:41:47 Catherine LUNDSTROM           2/5   Women 50-59             22     2:42:33 Mal FINCH                              3/8   Men 60-69              23     2:42:37 David KONKIN                           5/8   Men 40-49              24     2:43:24 Lauren KOCH                            2/4   Women 30-39            25     2:43:45 Linsi COMFORT                          2/3   Women 20-29            26     2:50:46 Bob MCCUAIG                            8/8   Men 30-39             27     2:51:01 Bob JENSEN                             4/8   Men 60-69              28     2:52:00 Gabrielle JANGULA                      1/3   Women 40-49            29     2:52:02 Sheld SHURGELO                         3/3   Men 20-29             30     2:53:40 Peter WARD                             3/9   Men 50-59             31     2:55:46 Andrew JONES                           6/8   Men 40-49             32     2:57:14 Karrie PARENT                          2/3   Women 40-49           33     2:58:00 McGuire KEVIN                          7/8   Men 40-49             34     2:58:54 Milo FINK                              5/8   Men 60-69             35     2:59:37 Kim IRVING                             3/5   Women 50-59           36     2:59:56 Kim ILLING                             4/5   Women 50-59             37     3:01:01 John MCKENZIE                          4/9   Men 50-59               38     3:03:32 Kathleen CLOVER                        3/3   Women 40-49            39     3:03:33 Anna HUME                              3/4   Women 30-39           40     3:04:29 Bill WALLACE                           5/9   Men 50-59             41     3:05:32 Mel HUNT                               6/8   Men 60-69            42     3:09:03 Hannu HARINEN                          7/8   Men 60-69            43     3:10:20 Denise LEMAY-MOORE                     5/5   Women 50-59          44     3:10:49 Bill CLARK                             8/8   Men 40-49                45     3:13:17 Michael PRIMEAU                        6/9   Men 50-59            46     3:16:01 Elizabeth KLEIDER                      4/4   Women 30-39            47     3:17:13 Curtis SHERSTOBITOFF                   7/9   Men 50-59               48     3:19:32 Peter LEE                              8/8   Men 60-69             49     3:19:32 Graham JAMIN                           8/9   Men 50-59             50     3:25:49 Robyn SUTHERLAND                       3/3   Women 20-29          51     3:58:55 Bernie CLOVER                          1/1   Men 70+                52     3:58:58 Roger FONTAINE                         9/9   Men 50-59last_img read more


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first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2015)–Favored Avenge rallied from just off the pace under Flavien Prat to register a convincing 1 ½ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita as the 3-year-old daughter of War Front negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.90. Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, she won for the second consecutive time down the hill, but her trainer is convinced she’ll do well on dirt as well.“She does like the turf but I don’t know that she can’t run on dirt,” said Mandella. “I don’t think the dirt was the reason she didn’t run well before because she didn’t run any better on the hill her first time. She’s a good filly and I just need to cultivate her a little bit.”Off at 9-5 in a field of eight fillies and mares, Avenge took command at the sixteenth pole and paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Following her maiden score down the hillside on March 15, Avenge now has two wins from three starts over the unique layout and is two for five overall. With the winner’s share of $34,800, her earnings stand at $79,600.“She was great behind the speed today,” said Prat. “She was a little bit green when she was up front last time, she was real keen. I had a lot of horse and a lot of confidence once we crossed the dirt (at the top of the stretch). I’m grateful to be riding her.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sea Mona sat second throughout behind fractions of 21.64, 44.07 and 1:07.74, and when pacesetter Windy Forecast folded a sixteenth out, the winner went by on her outside. Off at 7-2, Sea Mona paid $4.00 and $3.00.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Whisk rallied to out finish Desert Steel for the show, finishing three quarters of a length behind Sea Mona. The second choice at 3-1, Whisk paid $2.40 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. The $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes for older fillies and mares will serve as the day’s headliner and has been carded as the sixth race on an eight race card. Two time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will make her 5-year-old debut in the Santa Lucia and is the heavy 1-5 morning line favorite.last_img read more


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first_img23 July 2013After securing an impressive 153-run win over Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle, the Proteas have shifted their focus to the second and final test, which starts in Colombo on Thursday.There is plenty at stake and plenty of motivation for Hashim Amla and company to win the series, beginning with the fact that they would again take over as the world’s number one ranked test team should they secure a 2-0 series victory.Previous series in Sri LankaThe Proteas will also be seeking only their second series win in Sri Lanka. They previously won a three-match series 1-0 in 1993.In 2000, they shared a 1-1 draw in the three-test series, with the South African win coming by the narrow margin of one wicket.In 2000, the Sri Lankans scored an emphatic 2-0 series victory in two tests. Most recently, in 2006, they won 2-0 again, edging the Proteas by one wicket in the second test in Colombo.HungrySouth Africa’s vice-captain AB de Villiers said the squad is hungry and committed to finishing the tour off with a win, and will not back off despite the fact that the series can’t be lost.“It was great to have had a day off yesterday just to reflect and celebrate an amazing and special win,” he said after training on Tuesday. “In saying that, it’s not rocket science, there is a huge test coming up.“We would love to win the series 2-0, winning both the ODIs and tests would be special for us as a team.“It will be important for us to lay the foundation again on Thursday, like we did in the first test in Galle,” he said.“I thought we started really well and it gave us the freedom to express our talent over the five days.”VenueThe last three matches at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) have been high-scoring draws, but De Villiers is hopeful the Proteas will make the most of the conditions on hand.“The general feeling in Sri Lanka is to bat first,” he said. “In the past there has been a little bit of juice in the wicket in the first session. You have to make it work for you if you lose the toss and bowl first.“From Sri Lanka’s point of view, they would like to get a result from this match and so do we. I think both teams will play positive cricket. That is what everyone wants.”Unwanted part of historyDe Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn were an unwanted part of history when the Proteas’ were beaten by an innings and 153 runs in 2006 in a match which featured a world-record 624 run partnership between Kumar Sangakkara (285) and Mahela Jayawardene (309).This time around, the Proteas find themselves in a more favourable position heading into the match, and have shown they are equipped to deal with the challenges of playing on the sub-continent.‘A natural leader’A series win would be the perfect start for new captain Hashim Amla. “He has always been a natural leader,” De Villiers said of Amla. “He had a great start, I think he is going to have an amazing career as captain.“He has all the credentials, everything that you need to be a good leader. The whole team is right behind him.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more