A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.
Cameron Brown showed no emotion as the verdict in the long-running case was read in Los Angeles Superior Court, while the mother of Lauren Sarene Key breathed heavily and began crying in the gallery.
“When a child thereby faces a substantial risk of serious physical harm, a parent’s inability to supervise or protect a child is enough by itself to invoke the juvenile court’s dependency jurisdiction,” the court said in its 3-0 ruling.
Samantha Green, the local woman accused of killing her 20-day-old infant in February, was back in court this morning.
The court, in a unanimous decision, said state law extends federal and state rights that defendants have during criminal proceedings to such mental health hearings. Among those rights is the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment guarantee allowing defendants not to take the witness stand to avoid incriminating themselves.
Seventy-eight-year-old John Vanderwerff died without any children in 2010, and named Gardiner in his will. But four of his cousins argue the relationship didn’t fit the definition of a common-law marriage. A judge agreed she didn’t properly inform his estate of the union and tossed the marriage declaration.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.
A Davis mother accused of killing her five-year-old daughter is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at her next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
The woman accused of shooting and killing a light rail passenger in downtown Sacramento last month faced a judge again today.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state’s high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration had requested.
ACLU class action lawsuit settlement applies only to cases in Northern California.
The teen accused of opening fire at West Valley Mall in Tracy faced a judge this morning.