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NEWS
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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998
County prosecutors declined to file charges Monday against a South African consular official who allegedly assaulted his wife, but referred the case to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for review. Mpendulo Kumalo, 42, the second-highest ranking official at South Africa's consulate in Beverly Hills, initially claimed he had diplomatic immunity when police officers responded to his North Hollywood home Thursday.
SPORTS
August 11, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Clipper forward Lamond Murray was arrested early Monday morning on spousal assault charges, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Murray was arrested about 4:30 a.m in Hollywood by officers from LAPD's Hollywood station, said officer Jason Lee. Murray was later released on $50,000 bail, Lee said. A court date was set for Aug. 31, said Sgt. David Halm of the Sheriff's Headquarters Unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1998 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the nation takes sides over whether President Clinton should be impeached if he lied under oath about cheating on his wife, there is increasing debate on a less public scale in Los Angeles about whether O.J. Simpson should be charged with perjury. In his 1996-97 civil trial, Simpson denied under oath that he had ever struck his murdered ex-wife despite the fact that he is a convicted spouse abuser.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1998 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
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