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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a Norwalk man's first-degree murder convictions for killing his estranged wife and an off-duty Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, ruling that detectives failed to properly advise him of his legal rights before he confessed. Reuben Kenneth Lujan was sentenced to life without parole for killing his estranged wife, Monica, 26, and her friend, Deputy Gilbert Madrigal, 45, by smashing their heads with a concrete block.
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BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I have been on my homeowners association board for two years. All communication between the board and the attorney goes through the association's manager before distribution to the board. I just discovered the manager has been withholding communications the attorney has written to the board. I've also found instances where the manager regularly emails the association attorney stating, "The board wants" and "The board would like you to," when in fact the board never discussed such matters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher
Republican attorney general candidate John Eastman has chosen the job description he will show voters on the June ballot: assistant attorney general. What he isn't saying, though, is that he is an assistant attorney general in South Dakota. Eastman resigned as dean of the Chapman University School of Law in Orange in January. But he opted to use a title given to him for a case he's working on in South Dakota. His opponents in the GOP primary contest are crying foul. "Eastman's cynical move makes a mockery of the ballot designation system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
In the final weeks before statewide primary elections, the campaign for attorney general has become a slugfest, with candidates stepping up attacks in the fight to become California's next top prosecutor. Rivals have been accused of inflating resumes, going soft on crime, lying on the ballot and being downright incompetent. Campaigns have unleashed a flurry of e-mails and Internet videos, including one whose title gets quickly to the point: " Steve Cooley is a Loser." "It has been a nasty campaign," said veteran campaign strategist Kevin Spillane, who is working for the Republican candidate, L.A. County Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way. Seconds later, Perdue's attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue. His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner - the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2010 | By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our association's attorney shows up unannounced and regularly schmoozes on our property with, for example, the new manager, an employee of the association. Uninvited, the attorney attends board meetings, saying, "There's no charge" -- a situation approved by the board president. This attorney creates disputes where none exist and then offers to correct them. Is the attorney trespassing on our common property? Does the board breach its fiduciary duty by allowing him, of his own accord, to conduct business with our employees?
NEWS
August 3, 1986
Martin Webster, a senior partner with the law firm of Webster, Jones and Agran, has been appointed chairman of the UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisers. He has served as vice chairman since 1984, and before that as chairman of its Medical Staff Affairs Committee. Webster also is president and director of the Karl Kirchgessner Foundation of Los Angeles, which provides financial aid for eye care and research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1997 | MACK REED
Caught between old colleagues and new clients in the huge Ventura County Sheriff's Department crime laboratory case, defense attorney Kevin DeNoce has been ordered to a closed-door hearing Thursday to describe what he said about the case to his former co-workers in the district attorney's office. DeNoce declared a conflict of interest on Aug.
SPORTS
September 21, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin and Carla Hall
An attorney acknowledged under oath Tuesday that he changed a key word in the contested property agreement between Frank and Jamie McCourt — after the parties had signed the agreement and without informing either one. In the most riveting trial testimony to date, Jamie McCourt's attorney relentlessly attacked the actions of Larry Silverstein, the Massachusetts lawyer responsible for substituting language that could decide whether the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2009 | Scott Glover
After months of speculation about whom President Obama will appoint as the new U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, there is growing consensus as to the most likely nominee: Andre Birotte Jr., the Los Angeles Police Department's inspector general. Neither the White House nor U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who nominates candidates to the president, would comment. But people who have worked closely with Birotte have been interviewed by FBI agents conducting background checks on the 43-year-old attorney, sources said.
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