FROM Matt Lait
The City of LA Pays Millions to Wrongfully Convicted Men The LA City Council has agreed to pay $24 million to settle lawsuits by two men whose wrongful convictions for murder cost them years of their lives in prison. In a memo obtained by the LA Times, the City Attorney’s office called one case "extremely dangerous" and said the other was even "more problematic." Matt Lait is City Editor of the Times and a long-time police and investigative reporter.
Mrs. Delgadillo and Her Outstanding Warrant Michelle Delgadillo, wife of City attorney Rocky Delgadillo , pleaded 'no contest' in court today. For nine years, an arrest warrant has been outstanding for her failure to appear in court on charges of driving without insurance with a suspended license in an unregistered car.
City Attorney Answers Questions about Crash The City of Los Angeles provides a GMC Yukon for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ’s official business. But the LA Times has reported that the Yukon was backed into a parking structure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on the same day Delgadillo’s wife, Michelle, was there for an appointment. It was later repaired at city expense. After stonewalling reporters for several days since that report, Delgadillo talked about the incident today at a news conference.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?