Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times

Alene Tchekmedyian

Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Alene:

LGBTQ ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists were watching Democratic donor Ed Buck, demanding justice

Two fatal overdoses in Democratic donor Ed Buck's home gave rise to a movement that sought to hold him accountable and uphold the value of gay black lives. → Read More

Democratic donor Ed Buck charged with operating drug house after 2 men found dead in home

Buck was charged with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Buck is accused of injecting the victim with methamphetamine on Sept. 11. → Read More

L.A. County to pay $3 million after shots fired by deputies at charging dog mistakenly kill teen

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies mistakenly shot and killed a teenager when their bullets bounced off the ground as they opened fire on a aggressive pit bull. → Read More

California Supreme Court declines to take up L.A. death penalty cases

The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to consider whether Gov. → Read More

Jury finds 'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo sane at time of knife attacks

The decision paves the way for prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. → Read More

Disturbing portrait emerges of Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter

Amid the screams, flying bullets and bloodshed that erupted on a warm summer evening at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, someone shouted a pivotal question at the gunman: "Why are you doing this?" → Read More

Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit

L.A. County agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class action lawsuit over search practices at the Sheriff’s Department’s Century Regional Detention Facility. → Read More

Ex-USC gynecologist sold sex videos he recorded in foreign hotel rooms, prosecutor says

The former USC gynecologist lured young women to his hotel rooms outside the U.S. and used his authority to take photos and videos, prosecutor says. → Read More

Nipsey Hussle driver went to LAPD, but was turned away, records show

The night after Nipsey Hussle was killed, the woman who drove the alleged shooter from the scene saw something alarming on the news: her car and license plate. → Read More

Nipsey Hussle was shot after ‘snitch’ comments to alleged gunman, grand jury records show

Before he was killed, Nipsey Hussle spent the afternoon of March 31 signing autographs, taking pictures with fans and talking with friends at the strip mall where he owned several businesses. → Read More

Vicente Benavides spent 25 years on death row. Now he’s suing over ‘false evidence’

Vicente Benavides spent almost 25 years on death row after he was convicted of murdering a toddler. Now he's suing over the false evidence used against him. → Read More

San Francisco D.A. George Gascon considering challenging Jackie Lacey in L.A. race

San Francisco County Dist. Atty. George Gascon is considering challenging Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s top law enforcement official. → Read More

McStay murder trial: Man is convicted of killing family and burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert

Charles "Chase" Merritt is accused of bludgeoning the McStay family and burying them in shallow graves in the Mojave Desert. → Read More

Ashton Kutcher testifies in trial of serial killer suspect Michael Gargiulo

When Ashton Kutcher went to pick up Ashley Ellerin for a first date on the night of the Grammys in 2001 and she didn’t answer, he figured he messed up. → Read More

LAPD cops who reported sexual harassment of colleague win $8.6 million in retaliation suit

Two LAPD K-9 handlers said they were retaliated against after their unit chief sexually harassed a female member of their team and falsified overtime. → Read More

Former O.J. prosecutor got death threats during Nipsey Hussle case. They come with the territory

Chris Darden got death threats soon after deciding to defend the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle. The hostility is not uncommon for defense attorneys. → Read More

Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor leaves Nipsey Hussle case after threats

Chris Darden, a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, said he and his children had received threats after he agreed to represent Eric Holder. → Read More

Woman died jumping in front of rabbi during Poway synagogue shooting

The rabbi was celebrating the last day of Passover with his congregants at the Chabad of Poway when a gunman burst in and began shooting. → Read More

This attorney once had sex with a client’s daughters. The ACLU wants him off capital cases

The ACLU is taking an unusual step in trying to remove a defense attorney from a death penalty case out of Kern County, arguing his ethical transgressions and years out of practice make him unfit to handle it. → Read More

California Air National Guard removes commander over threats against whistleblowers

The move is the third shake-up at the Guard after a Times article this year detailed complaints of reprisals against whistleblowers and allegations of a cover-up of misconduct that reached into the highest ranks of the organization. → Read More