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By Joe Puglia | September 25, 2008
Part 1   It was midnight; I was consumed by Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocking Bird” so I didn’t at first hear the ring. But its determined persistence finally caught my attention and it seemed like an omen that needed a resolution. Could there be a raven tap, tap, tapping at my chamber door? I hoped it would be this and nothing more. A phone that rings in the middle of the night is never good. “Hello?” I said. It was my buddy, Vito Barone.
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By Anita S. Brenner | July 26, 2013
The most shameful part of the national debate over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is the disregard of the long-standing goal of the American criminal justice system. The goal is to never convict an innocent person. That's why we have the presumption of innocence. That's why we have trial by a jury of the defendant's peers. Not the victim's peers, the defendant's peers. This is the reason for the burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt. Obviously, our criminal justice system is not perfect.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | February 15, 2012
The inner workings of a little-known criminal justice program got a first-hand deposition Wednesday during a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting. Los Angeles Deputy Dist. Atty. Gregg Martin, a La Cañada resident, gave a presentation to the club about his work as a prosecutor with the Sexually Violent Predators Unit, which evaluates convicted violent sex offenders. “I've always had a prosecutor's mind set, and I feel honored to have had the privilege to do what I think is right,” he told the club during its luncheon meeting in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens.
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August 19, 2004
Thoughts from Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia I've always been a rogue; going against the grain for principles I can hardly remember. I've lived vicariously through Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee's classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." Atticus stood for principle?defending Tom Robinson, a 'Negro,' because it was the right thing to do. Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from the Birmingham City Jail" was a masterpiece representing one man's passion to "Carry the gospel of freedom."
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By Anita Brenner | November 16, 2011
Last weekend we attended the U.S. Marine Corps 236th Birthday Ball at the Marine Memorial Club in San Francisco. The guest of honor was the former Commandant, General James T. Conway, who gave a rousing and inspirational address. We were surrounded by men and women of courage. We had the traditional cake ceremony. The cake is wheeled in after the color guard. A piece is given to the eldest Marine veteran. He shares it with the youngest Marine. The eldest Marine present that night was born in 1921.
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By Daniel Siegal and Megan O'Neil daniel.siegal@latimes.com, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 12, 2011
Concerned about teacher retaliation, local property values and their own standing in the community, numerous La Cañada Flintridge parents say they are reluctant to openly criticize practices in the La Cañada Unified School District. The issue - below the surface for years, and perhaps decades, parents and community members say - came to a head last month. It did so after a complaint against La Cañada High math teacher Gabrielle Leko, filed by La Cañada Unified School Board Member Cindy Wilcox, became public.
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By Anita S. Brenner | July 26, 2013
The most shameful part of the national debate over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is the disregard of the long-standing goal of the American criminal justice system. The goal is to never convict an innocent person. That's why we have the presumption of innocence. That's why we have trial by a jury of the defendant's peers. Not the victim's peers, the defendant's peers. This is the reason for the burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt. Obviously, our criminal justice system is not perfect.
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By Joe Puglia | September 25, 2008
Part 1   It was midnight; I was consumed by Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocking Bird” so I didn’t at first hear the ring. But its determined persistence finally caught my attention and it seemed like an omen that needed a resolution. Could there be a raven tap, tap, tapping at my chamber door? I hoped it would be this and nothing more. A phone that rings in the middle of the night is never good. “Hello?” I said. It was my buddy, Vito Barone.
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