CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 |
A judge imposed a gag order Friday on attorneys and others connected to the trial of two lawyers whose dog mauled and killed their neighbor. Marjorie Knoller, 45, and Robert Noel, 59, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and keeping a mischievous dog that killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple in January. They remain jailed and have pleaded not guilty. On his own motion, Superior Court Judge James Warren issued the order in hopes it will curtail extensive media coverage.
March 30, 2001 |
Two lawyers charged in the death of a neighbor who was mauled by their dogs had struggled in the past to control their large pets, according to investigation documents unsealed Thursday. Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel have long said the dogs were gentle. But many of the newly released reports say the couple barely could control the two dogs named Bane and Hera. Previous incidents allegedly included two attacks on a blind woman and her guide dog. Another dog nearly died after being bitten.
March 14, 2001 |
The partner of Diane Whipple, the lacrosse coach who was mauled to death in a sensational San Francisco dog attack, lent support Tuesday to legislation that would give same-sex companions the same right as spouses to sue those they hold responsible for a partner's death. Sharon Smith, 35, a regional vice president at Charles Schwab, stood before an array of television cameras and told the Assembly Judiciary Committee that she never would have imagined herself an activist.
March 13, 2001 |
The partner of a woman who was fatally mauled by two dogs in January filed a wrongful death suit Monday against the two lawyers who were caretakers for the animals. After filing the suit in San Francisco Superior Court, Sharon Smith and her attorneys said that in addition to requiring Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller to accept responsibility for Diane Whipple's death, they also hope to clear a legal hurdle: that of having California recognize Smith and Whipple as a couple.