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LAPD Seeking Additional Victims of Sexual Assault Suspect

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LOS ANGELES — On November 5, 2019, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Operations West Bureau, arrested 25-year-old Markell Rowland for Forced Oral, Copulation, Unlawful Sex with a Minor, Assaut with Intent to Commit Oral Copulation and Criminal Threats.

Rowland is in custody on a Parole Violation Hold. His bail for the current charges has been set at $225,000. Rowland has a history of approaching underage girls in the Hollywood area and asking them for their social media screen names or approaching them directly online through their social media pages. Rowland also goes by the names Markel Southall and “Kel”.

Any additional victims who may have been reluctant to report similar crimes committed by Rowland are encouraged to contact Operations West Bureau Detectives.

Anyone with information on this suspect is urged to contact Operations West Bureau Detective Perkins at (213) 473-0447. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

NEW YORK (Harvey Weinstein says he’s been had by jurors who are pretending to be impartial when in fact they want him locked up and the key thrown away.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala , filed legal docs Friday to further support his motion for a change of venue … claiming the 12-person jury was comprised of “stealth jurors” who lied during the jury selection process, claiming they could be clean slates when it came to hearing evidence when in fact they held secret prejudices.

The lawyer cites examples of 2 prospective jurors who claimed impartiality but later revealed their feelings on social media. One wrote, “Goodbye Jury Duty. And goodbye Harvey Weinstein. I hope they convict you on all counts…I was told not to talk about the trial if I was a juror…I don’t know if it’s my past as a lawyer or my past at Disney but I’m free for the next 4 years- unlike Harvey!”

The other prospective juror also took to Facebook, writing, “Ok that was my time on the Weinstein case. Do I get paid? I don’t get up before 5 for free. Harvey you cant [sic] act for sh*t with that walker you made it look like a prize on The Price is Right. Also they’re gonna crucify you.”

The ship, however, has already sailed. The judge denied the defense motion for a change of venue and a 12-person jury has been picked. Opening arguments are set for this week.

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Former Church Volunteer Pleads to Having Sex With Minor

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LOS ANGELES — A former volunteer at a church in Diamond Bar pleaded no contest today to sexually molesting a girl from the ages of 12 to 18, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Chin Lee Chook aka Desmond Chook, 56, entered the plea to one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 18 and two felony counts of lewd act upon a child under 14 years old.

Deputy District Attorney Leslie Bouvier said Chook was immediately sentenced to 10 years and eight months in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The sexual conduct with the victim occurred at the church where the defendant volunteered, his Diamond Bar office and the victim’s residence in Riverside, from 2012 to 2018.

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Judge Scorches DA in Racial Bias Lawsuit Over Ed Buck Prosecution

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Ed Buck in Court on September 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Daily Beast) — A federal judge on Monday grilled lawyers representing Los Angeles prosecutors about whether racial bias was a factor in the decision not to prosecute politically connected activist Ed Buck in the 2017 overdose death of a black man.

The pointed questioning came during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by the family of Gemmel Moore, who died in Buck’s home, against District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Assistant District Attorney Craig Hum, and the County of Los Angeles.

After Moore overdosed on methamphetamine, his family provided authorities with substantial evidence, including the names of several other victims, that Buck engaged in a pattern of drugging, video-taping, and sexually assaulting black men.

In July 2018, Lacey and her colleagues declined to prosecute Buck. Six months later, after another man, Timothy Dean , died in […]

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