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June 6, 2008
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has made national news for remarks dismissing FBI complaints that interrogators used inappropriate, possibly illegal techniques on suspected terrorist detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The remarks at a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also drew sharp words from his Democratic congressional challenger. Rohrabacher repeatedly cited a report of panties put on detainees’ heads as comparable to “hazing pranks,” arguing it didn’t come close to the definition of torture.
NEWS
February 16, 2002
postponed Deepa Bharath A pretrial hearing for Brian Dance, the 20-year-old UC Irvine sophomore accused of sexually assaulting and torturing a teenager he met on the Internet, was canceled Friday. A new preliminary hearing date was set for March 1. Investigators say Dance, of Newport Beach, met the victim in an Internet chat room and arranged to meet her at the Block at Orange on Dec. 20. Police said from there, he took her to an empty parking lot on the UC Irvine campus and assaulted her with his belt and other objects for more than two hours.
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By Joseph Serna | September 15, 2009
UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday urged students at Orange Coast College to keep up with current events and make their voices heard to prevent abuses of power by our nation’s highest authorities in their War on Terror. In a 45-minute speech to hundreds of students, Chemerinsky, an acclaimed Constitutional law attorney, discussed some of the country’s biggest abuses of power in its history; many, he noted, occurred during times of national crisis.
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February 27, 2003
Sgt. Charles "Cass" A. Spence The photo is of my platoon commander and machine gun section/squad leaders. We were walking our furthest post. It's about 200 meters from Highway 80 (also known as the Highway of Death). The tower behind us is what's left over from the old base here in Kuwait. This was where Iraq began its invasion of Kuwait. The base, now called Camp Commando, resides here. The history on Camp Commando is a disturbing one. In the early 1990s, it housed Kuwait's elite commando forces, but once overrun, it became a prison and a place of torture.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- The Orange County district attorney on Wednesday charged a 20-year-old UC Irvine student with sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutor Ed Flores called the act, which was allegedly committed by Brian Dance in a deserted parking lot on the UCI campus Thursday, "brutal." Investigators say Dance, a sophomore from Newport Beach, met the victim in an Internet chat room and arranged to meet her at the Block at Orange on Dec. 20. Police said from there, he took her to an empty parking lot on campus, assaulted her with his belt and other objects for more than two hours.
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By Mona Shadia | June 6, 2012
When I was growing up in Cairo, there was a rumor that the Egyptian secret service placed an informant in every neighborhood who knew every little move you made, your family history and what you said about the government. Just one bad word about the regime, and you'd be snatched from your bed, never to be seen again. Though I was young and didn't understand politics, the idea of an informant scared me. I didn't really want to believe this rumor - unconfirmed as it was - about my neighbors, who were good and kind people.
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By Kelly Broelow Dunagan | April 9, 2009
I am writing in response to your article pertaining to the discovery of dismembered animal parts on the beaches and in residential neighborhoods of Newport Beach (“Beheaded animals found,” April 8). Lt. Craig Fox’s statement that the matter was “not of great concern to [Newport Beach Police Department] from a law enforcement standpoint” evinces a lack of knowledge about the very law he is charged by the state to uphold and enforce. Apparently Fox is unfamiliar with Penal Code section 597(a)
NEWS
May 4, 2009
I agree with your Sunday editorial (?Private donors could help bay project?) that private funding should be sought to help clean Newport Bay. Let the property owners surrounding the bay and the boat owners who use the bay pay the lion?s share because they directly benefit from a healthy serviceable bay. Newport Beach sure has hot pants to assess property owners for lowering utilities in their respective neighborhoods ?because these properties directly benefit,? even though funding is the city?
NEWS
January 5, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- A 20-year-old UC Irvine student on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges of beating, sexually assaulting and carving swastikas on the face of a teenage girl he met in an Internet chat room. Prosecutors, who called the alleged act "brutal," have charged Brian Dance with one count of oral copulation, three counts of penetration by a foreign object and one count of torture. He also faces a charge of second-degree robbery and threatening to kill his alleged victim.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
Just to show the faithful reader that this column is not necessarily made up of meaningless fluff, I shall embark on an educational venture. The subject: quicksand. Once upon a time, or in the beginning -- take your choice -- we had quicksand around here, particularly in our rivers. Because I haven't the foggiest idea of the origin or cause of quicksand, the educational part of this venture will be a bit short. You simply have to accept my word that quicksand existed.
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By Hannah Fry | November 8, 2013
Authorities this week took three people into custody in connection with the kidnapping, torture and genital mutilation of a Newport Beach man last year, prosecutors announced. Newport Beach police detectives arrested Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, in Fresno Friday. FBI agents arrested Hossein Nayeri, 34, Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is facing extradition, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Police first arrested Kyle Shirakawa Handley of Fountain Valley in October 2012 in connection with the crime after his name was linked to a suspicious car parked outside the victim's home on the day of the alleged kidnapping.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 20, 2013
A jury convicted a Costa Mesa man of torturing, abusing and trying to murder his 2-month-old son, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Joshua Allen Robey, 26, faces 13 years to life in prison at his sentencing next month. In October 2011, a hidden camera caught Robey using a blanket as a noose to swing around his son by the neck for more than a minute, the Orange County district attorney's office said in the release. The camera also showed that Robey repeatedly punched, strangled and shook the infant while babysitting him in Anaheim.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to four life sentences and nearly 20 years in prison Friday for torturing his wife and her lover. Robert Avery McClain, 38, of Irvine was convicted of eight felonies, including aggravated mayhem, forcible rape and torture. The jury also agreed with prosecutors and increased McClain's sentence for using a gun and causing great bodily injury, among other enhancements. The case stems from McClain's violent, prolonged torture of his 31-year-old wife and her 23-year-old lover in 2008.
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By Mona Shadia | June 6, 2012
When I was growing up in Cairo, there was a rumor that the Egyptian secret service placed an informant in every neighborhood who knew every little move you made, your family history and what you said about the government. Just one bad word about the regime, and you'd be snatched from your bed, never to be seen again. Though I was young and didn't understand politics, the idea of an informant scared me. I didn't really want to believe this rumor - unconfirmed as it was - about my neighbors, who were good and kind people.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 19, 2012
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was convicted Monday of torturing his wife and her lover. Robert McClain, 38, of Irvine forced his then-31-year-old wife and her then-23-year-old lover into the break room of the leasing office where she worked and made them undress at knifepoint, repeatedly punching and kicking both victims, according to prosecutors. McClain's public defender, Darren Thompson, told jurors his family oriented client was driven to madness after discovering his wife's infidelity and that McClain initially acted in self defense.
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By Lauren Williams | April 21, 2012
Editor's note: This story contains graphic material that some readers may find offensive. * SANTA ANA - A formerLos Angeles County Sheriff's Departmentdeputy tortured his then-wife and her lover in an Irvine office after learning of their affair, a prosecutor argued Monday. Robert Avery McClain, 38, of Irvine stands accused in Orange County Superior Court of eight felonies, including aggravated mayhem, torture, rape and sodomy in connection with the Sept.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — Manila envelopes in hand, about 10 Costa Mesa employees walked out of the city maintenance offices Thursday with their heads hanging. "I'm let down," said Steve Bradford, 38, a city mechanic for almost 10 years. "You try and do a good job for a place … " Bradford and his coworkers were among more than 200 city employees notified Thursday that they would be laid off Sept. 17, or six months. But having the piece of paper in hand is different than just talking about it. "It makes it real," said Ruben Salas, a city mechanic for the last five years.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 15, 2009
UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday urged students at Orange Coast College to keep up with current events and make their voices heard to prevent abuses of power by our nation’s highest authorities in their War on Terror. In a 45-minute speech to hundreds of students, Chemerinsky, an acclaimed Constitutional law attorney, discussed some of the country’s biggest abuses of power in its history; many, he noted, occurred during times of national crisis.
NEWS
May 4, 2009
I agree with your Sunday editorial (?Private donors could help bay project?) that private funding should be sought to help clean Newport Bay. Let the property owners surrounding the bay and the boat owners who use the bay pay the lion?s share because they directly benefit from a healthy serviceable bay. Newport Beach sure has hot pants to assess property owners for lowering utilities in their respective neighborhoods ?because these properties directly benefit,? even though funding is the city?
NEWS
By Kelly Broelow Dunagan | April 9, 2009
I am writing in response to your article pertaining to the discovery of dismembered animal parts on the beaches and in residential neighborhoods of Newport Beach (“Beheaded animals found,” April 8). Lt. Craig Fox’s statement that the matter was “not of great concern to [Newport Beach Police Department] from a law enforcement standpoint” evinces a lack of knowledge about the very law he is charged by the state to uphold and enforce. Apparently Fox is unfamiliar with Penal Code section 597(a)
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