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March 8, 2013 |
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who has been in jail since his October arrest on two dozen corruption charges, finally made bail on Friday. Noguez is accused of taking $185,000 in bribes from Ramin Salari, a prominent property tax consultant and generous Noguez campaign fundraiser. In return for the cash, Noguez is alleged to have lowered property tax bills for some of Salari's wealthy clients. Both Noguez and Salari pleaded not guilty following their Oct. 17 arrest, and have vigorously denied any wrongdoing.
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March 1, 2013 |
A Carpinteria youth pastor is accused of raping two teenage girls he met through his church work, authorities said Thursday. Louis Joseph Bristol, 28, is being held at Santa Barbara County Jail in lieu of $2-million bail, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said the girls, both juveniles, received "inappropriate" texts and photos from Bristol this year and in 2012. He raped each of them in vacant rooms at the Holiday Inn Express where he worked as an assistant manager, according to the release.
February 22, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After a roller-coaster four-day bail hearing, Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday ahead of his murder trial after Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled there was no risk he would flee to escape justice. In a major victory for the Pistorius camp, Nair said that the state's case was not so watertight as to preclude releasing the athlete. The judge said the state also failed to show that Pistorius was a flight risk, and that while the athlete had a history of aggressive behavior, the state failed to show he was likely to commit violence or interfere with state witnesses if released.
February 20, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled what seemed damning testimony against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend. But as the day wore on, the defense savaged the state's case, portraying the investigation as bumbling and shoddy. Laying out what is likely to be the basis of their case, prosecutors said at Pistorius' bail hearing that a witness heard what sounded like a quarrel shortly before model Reeva Steenkamp was fatally shot the night of Feb. 13. Another neighbor heard a shot, a woman's scream, then more gunshots, they said.
February 12, 2013 |
Two men charged with killing a Chicago teenager who has become the face of that city's growing problem with gun violence were ordered held without bail on Tuesday. The pair, Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 28, are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 29 death of Hadiya Pendleton. The girl was shot days after the 15-year-old majorette and honor student had performed at President Obama's inauguration in Washington. First Lady Michelle Obama was among the dignitaries who attended the teen's funeral over the weekend.
December 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director a found guilty of insider-trading charges in October, will try to remain free while he appeals his conviction. Gupta's bid to stay free beyond his Jan. 8 surrender date is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If Gupta begins serving his two-year sentence and his appeal were eventually successful, he could conceivably be freed or face a new trial after serving much of his sentence. In court papers, Gupta's lawyers laid out what they claimed were judicial errors in the case, and concluded: "Gupta was denied the opportunity to present the best evidence of his innocence. These errors pervaded the whole trial.
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November 27, 2012 |
A Riverside man arrested on suspicion of plotting to join Al Qaeda with three other suspects was ordered Monday to be held without bail until trial. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym found that Arifeen Gojali, 21, was too much of a flight risk and danger to the community, based on the allegations by federal investigators. Gojali was led by federal marshals into U.S. District Court in Riverside on Monday, bound by handcuffs and leg irons and wearing a bright orange, jail-issued uniform.
November 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A former hedge fund manager will remain free while he decides whether to cooperate with the government or fight what prosecutors have called the biggest-ever insider-trading case. A federal judge in Manhattan allowed Mathew Martoma, who managed a portfolio for a unit of hedge-fund giant SAC Capital Advisors, to remain free on a $5-million bond Monday while the case continues. Federal prosecutors last week accused Martoma, 38, of illegally trading on secret information he received from a doctor overseeing key tests for a drug under development to treat Alzheimer's disease.
November 7, 2012 |
Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State University, was arraigned and released on bail Wednesday on charges that he had hid allegations that former football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys. Spanier, 64, was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy in connection with the Sandusky scandal. Two former university officials, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, face the same charges.
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November 4, 2012 |
Supporters of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who was arrested last month in a sweeping corruption case on suspicion of taking bribes to reduce property assessments, are now being asked to donate money so he can make bail. An email sent Friday afternoon from Noguez's personal account — signed by "Friends of John Noguez" — asked for contributions to the assessor's legal fund. "As you may know, our friend John Noguez is in trouble and needs our support more than ever," the email said.