Azmi Haroun is Insider's Courts Reporter based in Los Angeles, California.

News 2022-08-25T00:57:55Z

Live updates in the Kobe Bryant plane crash photos trial: Jury sides with Vanessa Bryant, awarding her $16 million and singling out troublesome practices at the LA County Sheriff's Department

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is suing LA County for emotional distress, alleging that county officials shared graphic photos of the crash site.
News 2022-08-24T23:41:32Z

Jury awards Vanessa Bryant $16 million in lawsuit against Los Angeles County first responders who took and shared graphic photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant's remains

Bryant sued the county after first responders took and shared graphic photos of the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
News 2022-08-24T19:57:28Z

Attorneys in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash trial ask for up to $75 million in damages as case comes to close on late basketball star's birthday

Vanessa Bryant's attorneys will ask jurors to award the plaintiffs between $100,000 to $1million in future annual emotional distress damages.
News 2022-08-23T15:01:26Z

At least 896 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. This searchable table shows them all.

Thousands of pro-Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Over a year later, 896 people have been charged with crimes.
News 2022-08-22T23:52:34Z

A fire captain went rogue to photograph Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site, a high-ranking fire chief testified

LACFD chief Anthony Marrone said he never ordered his staff to take photos of remains after Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in 2020.
News 2022-08-21T12:35:00Z

A torso, a tattooed arm, 'just parts:' Cops took and shared graphic photos of the Kobe Bryant crash site. Then came the cover-up.

Vanessa Bryant's trial against LA County has revealed first responders were quick to share photos of the site – and even quicker to delete them.
News 2022-08-20T01:04:29Z

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says that only 'god knows' if Kobe Bryant crash photos were permanently deleted from first responders' devices

"The fact that it hasn't popped up on social media means that they did a good job," LA County Sheriff Villanueva said referring to crash photos.
News 2022-08-19T22:30:27Z

Vanessa Bryant testified about the graphic way first responders described crash remains, saying cops had no reason to take up-close photos of the crash

Vanessa Bryant called out LA County first responders who took and shared photos of Kobe Bryant's body that she said could have spread "like COVID."
News 2022-08-19T17:42:47Z

Vanessa Bryant said the leak of the Kobe crash photos left her feeling like she had 2 options: 'try to live my life or end it'

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and others for sharing photos from the scene of the January 2020 crash.
News 2022-08-19T00:51:22Z

He lost his daughter and wife in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. Speaking publicly for the first time, Chris Chester said the grief left him hollow. But the cops’ response filled him with rage.

Chris Chester said that when he learned that the helicopter carrying his college sweetheart and daughter had crashed, he felt a "hollow sadness."
News 2022-08-18T20:52:33Z

Curiosity got the better of LA County firefighters involved in spread of graphic photos from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, they testify: 'I wanted to see Kobe, to be honest.'

Captain Sky Cornell in court on Thursday acknowledged that his word choice was poor, but other first responders have admitted to a similar curiosity.
News 2022-08-18T01:43:41Z

LASD phones and drives containing Kobe Bryant crash photos were wiped clean, according to forensic analysis

"They did the opposite" of preserving data, expert David Freskos testified about LASD, adding that "metadata about dissemination was also lost."
News 2022-08-17T21:53:24Z

Vanessa Bryant learned that the LA Sheriff's Department deleted graphic photos of the crash that killed Kobe and Gianna from an LA Times story, chief testifies

A former media relations captain testified that the sheriff's department never reached out to Vanessa Bryant or other victims' families about the photos.
News 2022-08-17T00:50:18Z

A high-ranking LA Sheriff's Deputy spoke up after Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered staff to delete Kobe Bryant crash photos, he testified. Weeks later, was transferred and demoted.

LASD Deputy Matthew Vander Horck had concerns that his colleagues took, shared, and deleted Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site photos.
News 2022-08-16T22:59:59Z

LA Sheriff's deputies said sharing Kobe Bryant crash photos at a bar and over Call of Duty helped them 'alleviate stress'

The two deputies are among the first to publicly express remorse for their role in the spread of graphic photos from the helicopter crash.
News 2022-08-16T00:55:55Z

A sheriff's deputy held onto Kobe Bryant crash site photos for 4 days and said that he and his colleagues shared photos because 'curiosity got the best of us'

Several key Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies testified on Monday in the fourth day of Vanessa Bryant's trial against LA County for crash site photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant.
News 2022-08-15T22:50:24Z

Former LA County official who took photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash testified that he didn't 'even know' who 13-year-old Gianna Bryant was

Retired LA Fire Captain Brian Jordan was on the defense during his Monday testimony in the Vanessa Bryant trial, abruptly leaving the stand three times.
News 2022-08-13T00:29:29Z

An LA Sheriff's Deputy who photographed Kobe Bryant's body after the 2020 helicopter crash has no regrets over the way the pictures were handled

The deputy told the court on Friday that he had "no regrets" about taking the photos, or airdropping them to a fire captain he met at the scene.
News 2022-08-12T21:58:43Z

A woman lost her cousin in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. Weeks later, she saw LA County officials sharing graphic photos of the crash site at a gala, she testified.

Luella Weireter testified on Friday that she heard an LA fire official say "I can't believe I just looked at Kobe's burnt up body" at a 2020 gala.
News 2022-08-12T01:28:14Z

A top LA County coroner described in graphic testimony what Kobe Bryant's body looked like to give the jury an idea of what the crash-site photos may have shown

Emily Tauscher provided jurors with a gruesome mental image so they could have a sense of what any photos of the crash site would show.
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