August 15, 1991 |
Representatives of the black community were outraged Wednesday when an all-white jury acquitted two grocery employees charged in last summer's killing of a man suspected of writing bad checks. While friends and relatives of defendants Marvin Davis and Michael Torres cheered the verdicts in court, a tearful Carolyn Lowery, executive director of the Arizona Black United Fund, stood and shouted, "Murderers!"
March 10, 1992 |
In a federal courtroom reconfigured to accommodate a rash of high-tech equipment, final jury selection began Monday in the civil fraud and racketeering trial of former Lincoln Savings & Loan owner Charles H. Keating Jr. and more than a dozen co-defendants. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Bilby said his courtroom looked "ready for a rock concert."
July 14, 1990 |
Evan Mecham may run for governor again this fall despite being impeached and removed from the office in 1988, Arizona's Supreme Court ruled in Phoenix. Voters, not the courts, should decide whether the former governor is worthy of holding public office again, the high court ruled in unanimously rejecting a challenge to Mecham's comeback bid. "Impeachment, essentially a political process, is not subject to judicial review," the justices said.
January 31, 1990 |
Regulators criticized: Meanwhile, a federal Bankruptcy Court judge in Phoenix has criticized federal regulators for making "one error after another" in managing a deal involving one of 11 bankrupt subsidiaries of Lincoln Savings. Judge Sarah Sharer Curley said late Monday that regulators made an "incomplete analysis of problems" in overseeing a $10.5-million line of credit to Sterling Homes Design Inc.
May 8, 1991 |
Government lawyers and private attorneys for bondholders in the Lincoln Savings & Loan scandal were overjoyed last week about a sweeping order by a federal judge in Arizona, but the joy may not last beyond today. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Bilby decided last week in Tucson that four major law firms will have to turn over their notes and other internal documents to the government and the class-action attorneys. Such internal information, called work product, is rarely available to outsiders.
January 9, 1991 |
Attorneys for bondholders caught in the collapse of Lincoln Savings & Loan are bringing ever more defendants to court to account for their role in advising the Irvine thrift and its Phoenix parent company, American Continental Corp. They recently filed a sixth amended complaint that adds as defendants five attorneys, two law firms and six other individuals and companies.