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June 17, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
Former professional football star Jim Brown, who has been arrested numerous times on suspicion of battering women, was booked for allegedly making a terrorist threat against his wife, police said Wednesday. Brown, 63, was arrested at his Hollywood home after officers responded to a domestic violence call and interviewed his wife, Monique Brown, 25, a police spokesman said.
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April 27, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What are 16 years of an innocent man's life worth? And if the state acted responsibly in convicting him, should taxpayers foot the bill anyway? Both questions were put to members of the Legislature last week--on behalf of former Tustin resident Kevin Lee Green--in the form of a bill apparently unprecedented in California. The measure seeks to give him $770,000.
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April 16, 1999 | KURT STREETER
A North Hills man who tried to convince police his beaten wife was the victim of a home-invasion robbery was arrested and charged with attempted murder, police said Thursday. Timmy Dennis Leighton, 41, was arrested after police connected him to the beating of his 39-year-old wife, said Det. Ken Crocker of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division.
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March 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
A woman has been acquitted of drunken driving after claiming that she failed four sobriety tests because she feared she would be beaten by her husband. The battered woman's syndrome defense is often used in murder cases, but Kathleen Barrett is one of the first defendants to use the strategy against a drunken driving charge, said her attorney, Victor Sloan. A jury found Barrett, 35, innocent of driving while under the influence. Instead, she was fined $35 for failing to stay in her lane.
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February 5, 1999 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Privy Council in London has ordered Trinidad and Tobago to reopen the case of a 36-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in the murder of her husband after enduring nearly a decade of severe physical abuse.
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January 27, 1999 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was eight years ago, after nearly a decade of severe beatings, rapes and mental torture, that Indravani Pamela Ramjattan finally decided she had nothing left to lose. Her husband, Alexander Jordan, a close friend of the local police in their rural Trinidadian town of Cumuto, had tracked her down at a friend's house in a nearby village, she later testified. She had been hiding from him with two of their six children for more than a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1999
A 28-year-old man was being held without bail Sunday as authorities investigated allegations that he beat his wife and contributed to the death of their unborn child. Jose Cervantes was arrested Friday on an outstanding felony spouse abuse warrant at an apartment building in the 14600 block of Rayen Street in Panorama City. Cervantes' wife, Lilia Prado, 25, was nine months pregnant when she underwent an emergency caesarean section at Northridge Hospital on Thursday. The child was stillborn.
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January 22, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Dianna D'Aiello is on the phone. She sounds exhausted. She's been up since 6 o'clock Thursday morning. "I tossed and turned all night," she says. That was before she, her mother and an aunt drove together to the Orange County Superior Court building in Santa Ana, where D'Aiello took a seat in Department 40 and spoke of the man who raped her, beat her into a coma and killed her unborn daughter. Or of the men who did. "Why do you think Kevin wasn't there today?"
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October 10, 1998 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
For 12 years, Sharon Hill lived in an unimaginable world of terror. She was thrown out of windows and down stairs, beaten black and blue from head to toe, awakened at night and drenched with water--all at the hands of a husband who claimed to love her. But when she turned to her church in New Zealand for help, they "didn't know what to do about it," said Hill, who returned to Newport Beach in 1993. "People don't want to know it's in their family. People don't want to know it's in their church."
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September 9, 1998 | ROB O'NEIL
The battered woman who told police Sunday she would be OK waiting alone at home for a few hours until she could move out is typical of victims who underestimate the danger they face, experts say. Earlier in the day, police said the woman reported being beaten by her husband. After officers left her home, the husband, Richard Ruiz, 40, allegedly returned, shot her and then killed himself.
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