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Courts & Crime Year in Pictures 2008

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Armed with a pistol and waiving a flag on the La Cumbre overpass in Santa Barbara, the gunman, identified as Eddie Van Tassel, makes a request for Obama political signs which were delivered by the bomb squad's robot.

Published on November 3, 2008

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The gunman, Santa Barbara resident Eddie Van Tassel.

Published on November 3, 2008

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Edward Kyle Van Tassel listens with praying hands at his arraignment and bail hearing in November.

Published on November 12, 2008

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During his closing arguments, Hilary Dozer shows the jury "The Big One", the knife used in the killing of 15-year-old Luis Angel Linares

Published on October 16, 2008

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Karen Atkins

Published on December 22, 2008

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Ricardo Juarez sits handcuffed on the curb of State Street after the March 14, 2007 stabbing.

Published on October 16, 2008

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Eric Frimpong leaving the courthouse after Judge Hill denies a retrial.

Published on March 7, 2008

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Heather Hulsey

Published on September 12, 2008

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STUNNED: Bruce Nelson turns to say goodbye to his family while he is handcuffed after being sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday.

Published on June 18, 2008

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Jesse James Hollywood escorted out of the Santa Barbara Courthouse under heavy security

Published on November 13, 2008

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BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A HALF-CENT? Sheriff Bill Brown and his Blue Ribbon Commission are proposing a half-cent sales tax raise to help pay for the new North County jail. Such a hike would need to be approved by more than two-thirds of voters, which means that Brown might soon be knocking on your door in search of support.

Published on February 13, 2008

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MEN LIKE MILLER: Jail overcrowding affects this unnamed man much as it did Dennis Boyd Miller, the convicted murderer who filed suit against the county 27 years ago for violating cruel and unusual punishment protections. Little has changed in the jail since, and Miller's lawsuit-shepherded to this day by attorney Robert Sanger-is still alive and standing as the legal impetus for fixing the problem.

Published on February 13, 2008

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Without a solution, the county jail (whose exercise yard is pictured above) has no choice but to set some prisoners free before they've served their time.

Published on February 13, 2008

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Published on May 9, 2008

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JAIL JAMMING: There are so many prisoners in the Santa Barbara County Jail that authorities have turned the old honor farm facility into the wing for medium-security prisoners, cramming dozens of triple bunk-beds into a building patrolled by just a few guards.

Published on February 13, 2008

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A street light shines at County Dump Road on a dark stretch of Calle Real

Published on December 20, 2008

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