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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Angela Spaccia's attorney Thursday blamed the massive corruption in Bell on former city manager Robert Rizzo and the city's former finance director and said the district attorney brought the case against his client to gain publicity before the 2010 election. In his closing statement, Harland Braun insisted his client had done no wrong despite receiving a salary that reached $564,000 a year along with benefits that would make her rich in retirement. "Quite frankly, I'm sure all of you are shocked about the amounts of money involved here," Braun told jurors.
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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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG
Ventura County Municipal Court judges have appointed Kent Kellegrew as a Ventura County traffic trial commissioner. Kellegrew, a Thousand Oaks resident, was selected from 23 applicants for the position, in which he will hear traffic cases in Room 10 of the county courthouse. He is scheduled to be sworn in Oct. 17 and begin his new job Oct. 20. Kellegrew is currently a senior partner and trial attorney in the litigation department of the Oxnard-based law firm Nordman, Cormany, Hair and Compton.
SPORTS
November 14, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
A conversation overheard on an Aug. 7 commuter flight from Chicago to Memphis, Tenn., has prompted attorneys representing UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to call for the NCAA to drop its investigation and declare him eligible. The conversation came to light in an email from an attorney who said she was seated behind a man who was speaking loudly about the work of his girlfriend, an "attorney with the NCAA. " The girlfriend, whom he identified as "Abigail," was investigating Muhammad.
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