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April 15, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood studio "courtroom" of "Judge Judy" Sheindlin may seem inviting enough, but Hugo Escobedo Jr. looked like someone discovering a moment too late that he was in the lion's den and the head lion was about to bite his head off. During a taping, Escobedo, 18, was trying to persuade Sheindlin that he was not responsible for an accident in Houston that caused considerable damage to a car driven by 19-year-old Angelique Trump, who had filed...
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April 15, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood studio "courtroom" of "Judge Judy" Sheindlin may seem inviting enough, but Hugo Escobedo Jr. looked like someone discovering a moment too late that he was in the lion's den and the head lion was about to bite his head off. During a taping, Escobedo, 18, was trying to persuade Sheindlin that he was not responsible for an accident in Houston that caused considerable damage to a car driven by 19-year-old Angelique Trump, who had filed...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1999
A recently retired Municipal Court judge and a bailiff have pleaded not guilty in Superior Court to charges that they plotted to obstruct justice as part of an effort to cover up the escape of a defendant from a Whittier courtroom in January 1998. The bailiff had custody of the defendant when he fled from the courtroom and then lied to his supervisor about it to avoid getting into trouble, Deputy Dist. Atty. Alex Karkanen said Friday.
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January 28, 2010 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman wearing several identification badges was grabbed by a sheriff's deputy in a downtown L.A. courtroom and pushed hard against a wall with her arms pulled behind her before being handcuffed, according to eyewitnesses. Sheriff's officials have launched an internal affairs investigation into why the deputy detained and handcuffed Vania Stuelp, a deputy public information officer. Stuelp, who sought medical treatment after the incident, has filed a complaint about the deputy's actions, sources said.
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July 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
A convicted murderer in court for arraignment on six felony charges was shot and killed Thursday when he tried to take a bailiff's gun. One officer was wounded in the scuffle. Daniel Ray Mendoza, 37, of Salinas tried to snatch the bailiff's gun, said Grace Mitchell, who was in the courtroom at the time. Her boyfriend, Fred Murphy, who was appearing for extradition proceedings, was handcuffed to Mendoza. Murphy was not harmed.
NEWS
December 5, 1987 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
A woman was killed and a man wounded in a shoot-out in a courthouse corridor here Friday. The incident began early Friday morning when Jane Romo, 39, was sitting on a bench in the Contra Costa County Courthouse with her mother, whose name has not been released. The mother recent1819877480her ex-husband, George K. Lee, 51, to settle a property dispute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1985 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
One of the bailiffs who helped supervise San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock's sequestered jury will refuse to testify at a court hearing on the jury-tampering charges that could reverse Hedgecock's felony conviction, according to a defense motion filed Monday in Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vietnamese court interpreter who got into a recent courthouse scuffle with a bailiff has complained that the deputy came at her "like a mad dog," unnecessarily handcuffing her and throwing her to the ground. The bailiff reportedly thinks that his actions were justified and that the interpreter was interfering with his job. The county marshal's office is investigating interpreter Jamie Nguyen's allegations against Deputy Marshal Richard H. Emmons, Assistant Marshal Jim Hill confirmed on Wednesday.
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September 14, 1995 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is every bailiff's nightmare. A rapist who is accused of attempted murder escapes from his holding cell, initiating a massive manhunt stretching all the way to Mexico--all because the bailiff forgot to lock a door. But that is exactly what happened when convicted felon Ricardo S. Meza, 26, sauntered past his own jury and fled the Ventura County Courthouse on Tuesday. "It's my fault," said a remorseful Sheriff's Deputy John Wilson. "I should have checked the door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1991
A defendant in court for a hearing to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial punched his attorney Wednesday and scuffled with bailiffs before the judge and additional officers subdued him. Shortly after the hearing began, the defendant, Jimmie Adams, 34, demanded that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dino Fulgoni appoint a defense attorney to replace Deputy Public Defender Donald Prigo, who was defending him.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2010 | By David G. Savage
Something strange happened during the 1993 murder trial of Marcus Wellons. Outwardly, the Supreme Court observed Tuesday, the trial "looked typical." But "there were unusual events going on behind the scenes." For example: The Georgia judge in the case spoke outside court to jurors who had gathered at a local restaurant. And after Wellons was convicted and sentenced to die, jurors presented the female judge with a gift of "chocolate shaped as male genitalia," as the Supreme Court recounted it. If that were not enough, they gave the bailiff a chocolate gift "shaped as female breasts."
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December 9, 2009 | By Amina Khan
Rossana Estrada and her team had trained for three months. They knew the facts of their case. She was certain they had dominated the final round of the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition -- an annual event that has become serious business among high school students. When she heard the winning school's name announced in a packed courtroom, she burst into tears. They had lost to Louisville High School. "You work so hard," the junior from James Monroe Law and Government Magnet school said, her voice quavering.
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August 21, 2006 | Brian Hanrahan and Ellen Alperstein, Times Staff Writers
Animals see but can't talk, hear but can't repeat. And yet sometimes they might be the only witnesses to a crime, making their testimony invaluable. So the Orange County district attorney's office is becoming the first local law enforcement agency in the country to tap into animal evidence on a regular basis. Animal material will be systematically collected from crime scenes and results of DNA testing will be presented to juries.
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February 22, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge who managed his home-rental business out of his courtroom, using his bailiff to collect rent and sending his clerk to inspect his properties, has been reprimanded by the state for improper behavior. In a letter made public Tuesday, the state Commission on Judicial Performance admonished Superior Court Judge John M. Watson, saying his actions threatened the "integrity of the judiciary."
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April 19, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a sheriff's deputy in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Rusty Burrell served as bailiff during the trials of Caryl Chessman, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and other high-profile cases. But for millions of Americans, Burrell was best known as the affable, silver-haired bailiff in the courtroom of Judge Joseph Wapner on TV's "The People's Court." Burrell died Monday of lung cancer at his home in Rosemead. He was 76.
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October 2, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys courtroom degenerated into pandemonium Monday when a man just convicted of first-degree murder spat at the prosecutor, causing armed bailiffs to drag him away, kicking and cursing, while his screaming mother also had to be forcibly removed. "This is the most violent I've ever seen anyone react [to a verdict] in my 30 years of police work," said Det. Rick Swanston, who supervises homicide investigators for the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1985
Following are the texts of the signed, handwritten statement by Kathy Saxton-Calderwood, a juror in the retrial of Mayor Roger Hedgecock, and of a statement signed by San Diego attorney John N. Learnard regarding another juror. Learnard declined to name the juror but said he represented that juror in another legal case. Learnard represents juror Stanley J. Bohensky on other matters. I, John N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1986
Would you have a talk with your headline writer. On Sept. 5, in a popular section of your paper called "Newsmakers," the headline read: "Panel Jury-Rigged by the Judge." Rigged is "to manipulate dishonestly for personal gain," the way it was used, and according to my dictionary definition. The story described an interesting, but innocent and necessary action by the judge: when out of jurors for the next trial, the law says he/she should send the bailiff to summon more jurors from the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG and MEG JAMES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jurors and the family of slain CHP Officer Don J. Burt Jr. were confronted anew with the reservoir of rage in convicted cop killer Hung Thanh Mai when he toppled the defense table in a profanity-filled tirade Monday before being wrestled to the floor by seven deputies. Mai, hands and arms shackled to his waist, tried to kick bailiffs as they dragged the orange-suited defendant from the Santa Ana courtroom in a chokehold.
NEWS
May 2, 1999 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday that the jury that awarded more than $5 billion in damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill was tainted by a bailiff who pulled out his gun and joked about putting a holdout juror "out of her misery." The same juror, who attempted suicide three weeks after the verdict, alleged she was threatened by other jurors and by the bailiff, who was forced to resign from the U.S.
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