Michael Doyle

Court records raise questions about Chandra Levy murder trial

Fresno, Calif., police detectives wanted help with an unsolved crime or two. Now, their simple queries may have unexpectedly started unraveling the case against the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy. In previously sealed court documents, made public this week, investigators illuminate more fully the dark, backstage drama that’s roiled the Levy murder mystery. Already, defense attorneys say they will demand a retrial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in November 2010 of killing Levy. | 08/07/13 15:42:10 By - By Michael Doyle

Critics jump on frog and toad protection plans in California

Frogs will face a tough crowd Tuesday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, Calif. | 08/05/13 17:05:54 By - By Michael Doyle

Newly revealed transcripts in Levy murder case show combative convict

The man convicted of killing Chandra Levy has had a rocky time in prison. Ingmar Guandique has been combative and evasive, authorities assert in previously secret transcripts. Consequently, U.S. marshals now give him special attention while moving him to and from the hearings that might lead to a new trial. But defense attorneys for Guandique say he’s the one who’s been the victim of rough treatment – by the U.S. marshals assigned to guard him. | 08/02/13 18:39:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Denham shaping immigration stance to district demographics

Immigration matters more than ever to Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, as the conservative California lawmaker adjusts to a San Joaquin Valley district with a large Hispanic population. | 08/01/13 19:04:08 By - By Michael Doyle

California inmates accused of killing guard to be tried separately

The two inmates accused of murdering a guard at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California’s Central Valley will be tried separately, a federal judge has decided. | 07/31/13 15:23:50 By - By Michael Doyle

Bradley Manning acquitted on most serious charge, convicted on 20 others

A military judge on Tuesday acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious charge against him but found the former intelligence analyst and self-styled whistleblower guilty of various crimes involving purloined documents turned over to the WikiLeaks website. | 07/30/13 17:32:05 By - By Michael Doyle

Key witness in Levy murder case was a too-eager snitch, say defense attorneys

A former Fresno, Calif., gang-banger whose testimony helped convict the man accused of killing Chandra Levy had previously offered to help authorities solve three other homicides, a court hearing revealed Monday. | 07/29/13 18:32:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Nationwide FBI raids save 105 teens from child prostitution

A nationwide campaign targeting child prostitution rescued 105 teenagers and swept some 150 alleged pimps off the streets of cities from Miami and Charlotte, N.C., to Sacramento and Fresno, Calif., FBI officials announced Monday. | 07/29/13 17:11:25 By - By Michael Doyle

Judge torn over lawsuit in drone strike that killed Americans

Courts cannot second-guess drone strikes that kill U.S. citizens overseas, an Obama administration lawyer argued Friday. | 07/19/13 18:33:47 By - By Michael Doyle

FBI announces review of 2,000 cases featuring hair samples

The FBI will review thousands of old cases, including some involving the death penalty, in which hair samples helped secure convictions, under an ambitious plan made public Thursday. | 07/18/13 17:38:20 By - By Michael Doyle

Judge: Manning must face charge that his leaks aided enemy

A military judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a far-reaching charge that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning aided the enemy when he gave hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks, an online repository of secrets from the U.S. government as well as other nations and corporations. | 07/18/13 17:40:37 By - By Michael Doyle

Fact-check: Do 'stand your ground' laws increase violence?

The Florida murder trial of George Zimmerman has prompted fresh debate over whether “stand your ground” self-defense laws hinder violence or propel it. | 07/17/13 17:45:22 By - By Michael Doyle

Did a former Marine Corps judge show bias against the defense?

Blunt talk by a prominent, one-time Marine Corps judge has started a legal firefight over alleged bias, with multiple fates hanging in the balance. | 07/16/13 17:42:16 By - By Michael Doyle

Court sides with critics of California legal aid group in fight over case files

Federal investigators on Friday gained more clout to pry information from California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., a famed and occasionally controversial legal aid group that insists the investigators are going too far. | 07/12/13 17:15:01 By - By Michael Doyle

House passes low-cal farm bill but sows seeds for a possible compromise

House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday rammed through a newly revised farm bill designed mostly to solve a vexing political problem that has divided their party and frustrated farmers nationwide. | 07/11/13 17:43:06 By - By Michael Doyle

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