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November 9, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 30 years locked away in state psychiatric institutions where he did not belong, Alberto Valdez is finally going home. Valdez, 38, a deaf man who never learned to speak, broke into a wide grin and nodded enthusiastically Wednesday as a judge liberated him from Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk and sent him home to live with his parents in Santa Ana. Behind him in the courtroom, his mother and sister wept and his brother fought back tears. Their 12-year battle was over.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1990 | THUAN LE
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered research to see if a limited guardianship would be appropriate for Alberto Valdez, a 39-year-old deaf man, and his estate. Valdez, who was improperly institutionalized for 30 years, was released last November. He was not at Wednesday'shearing, during which his lawyer, Mike Purcell, asked Judge Manuel A. Ramirez for permission to set up a limited conservatorship. Valdez was given permission two months ago to live with his parents in Santa Ana.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1988 | A. DAHLEEN GLANTON., Times Staff Writer
Nobody is a stranger to Alberto Valdez. He greets visitors with a warm smile, a wave and sometimes a hug. But on this particular day, Valdez is tense. He knows he is going with friends to a nearby park to have his picture taken, but he doesn't understand why. Valdez, who is deaf and has never learned to speak, becomes increasingly frustrated as he tries to communicate. He wants to talk about Metropolitan State Hospital, where he lives and where he spent the morning loading furniture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
Alberto Valdez's supervisors have only one problem with his work: They can't get him to stop. The 39-year-old deaf man, who had spent nearly his entire life in mental institutions until he was released last month, works so diligently busing tables at Goodwill Industries in Santa Ana that his boss can't get him to take a break. Valdez, who works in Goodwill's vocational training program for the disabled, is so enthusiastic and responsible that his hourly salary has gone from 60 cents to $3.60.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly 30 years, Alberto Valdez has wandered the bleak halls of state psychiatric institutions, a deaf man without language, victimized by misunderstanding and misdiagnosis, family and friends say. Finally, it appears he is headed for home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1990 | THUAN LE
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered research to see if a limited guardianship would be appropriate for Alberto Valdez, a 39-year-old deaf man, and his estate. Valdez, who was improperly institutionalized for 30 years, was released last November. He was not at Wednesday'shearing, during which his lawyer, Mike Purcell, asked Judge Manuel A. Ramirez for permission to set up a limited conservatorship. Valdez was given permission two months ago to live with his parents in Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
Alberto Valdez's supervisors have only one problem with his work: They can't get him to stop. The 39-year-old deaf man, who had spent nearly his entire life in mental institutions until he was released last month, works so diligently busing tables at Goodwill Industries in Santa Ana that his boss can't get him to take a break. Valdez, who works in Goodwill's vocational training program for the disabled, is so enthusiastic and responsible that his hourly salary has gone from 60 cents to $3.60.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The state Court of Criminal Appeals ordered two convicted murderers removed from death row, ruling in Austin that they were mentally retarded and ineligible for execution. The court ordered the sentences for Walter Bell Jr. and Alberto Valdez reduced to life in prison. Bell, 50, has been on death row for 29 years, longer than any other Texas prisoner. Valdez, 49, has been on death row since his conviction in 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1988
A deaf man allegedly misdiagnosed as mentally retarded and kept in state institutions for 28 years may receive a lifetime income from the state as part of a settlement of his lawsuit. Alberto Valdez, 37, will receive a lifetime income if the proposed settlement is approved by the Legislature, state Deputy Atty. Gen. Randall B. Christison said Friday.
NEWS
February 28, 1994 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four men were killed in two weekend car crashes that apparently involved illegal racing, authorities said Sunday. The dead ranged in age from 17 to 29. A race early Sunday morning between a Chevy Camaro and a Ford Mustang ended in death for Vahey Shahinian, 17, of Downey, the California Highway Patrol said. According to witnesses, the cars were weaving in and out of traffic at speeds nearing 100 m.p.h. on the eastbound Riverside Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 30 years locked away in state psychiatric institutions where he did not belong, Alberto Valdez is finally going home. Valdez, 38, a deaf man who never learned to speak, broke into a wide grin and nodded enthusiastically Wednesday as a judge liberated him from Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk and sent him home to live with his parents in Santa Ana. Behind him in the courtroom, his mother and sister wept and his brother fought back tears. Their 12-year battle was over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly 30 years, Alberto Valdez has wandered the bleak halls of state psychiatric institutions, a deaf man without language, victimized by misunderstanding and misdiagnosis, family and friends say. Finally, it appears he is headed for home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1988 | A. DAHLEEN GLANTON., Times Staff Writer
Nobody is a stranger to Alberto Valdez. He greets visitors with a warm smile, a wave and sometimes a hug. But on this particular day, Valdez is tense. He knows he is going with friends to a nearby park to have his picture taken, but he doesn't understand why. Valdez, who is deaf and has never learned to speak, becomes increasingly frustrated as he tries to communicate. He wants to talk about Metropolitan State Hospital, where he lives and where he spent the morning loading furniture.
SPORTS
June 6, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Baja 500 desert racer crashed into a crowd of spectators after losing control of his vehicle Saturday, killing a man and injuring eight other people in Ensenada, Mexico, according to broadcast reports. Luis Alberto Valdez died shortly after he was struck by the car during the 30th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Desert Race, a 460-mile course in the northern part of the Baja California peninsula, KFMB-TV reported. Jim Baldwin Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Superior Court Judge Manuel A. Ramirez was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian on Tuesday to be presiding justice of the San Bernardino division of the 4th District Court of Appeal. Ramirez, 42, of Yorba Linda will lead a panel of justices assigned to hear appeals from Superior Courts in San Bernardino, Riverside and Inyo counties. Panels of other justices for the 4th District Court of Appeal sit in San Diego, where the appeal court is based, and in Santa Ana.
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