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July 25, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that will hasten the trial of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the Rodney G. King beating, prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not oppose an appeals court order transferring the case out of Los Angeles County. The decision assures that for the first time in years a highly publicized and politicized Los Angeles trial will be conducted away from this jurisdiction.
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August 22, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An appeals court on Wednesday barred Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins from presiding over the highly publicized criminal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused in the Rodney G. King beating, saying the judge had engaged in improper conduct and appeared biased for the prosecution. In a harshly worded 26-page opinion, the 2nd District Court of Appeal sided with defense attorneys in declaring that Kamins is "constitutionally unacceptable" to preside over the trial.
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June 24, 1991 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bringing brass scales and a metal box--"Pandora's box"--to court as props. Raving about legal arguments--"awesome . . . some of the best lawyering I have seen"--even as he rejects them. Questioning the integrity of a commission headed by one of Los Angeles' more formidable citizens. In his early stewardship of the volatile case of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney G. King, Superior Court Judge Bernard J.
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July 24, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A state appeals court Tuesday ordered the criminal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused in the beating of Rodney G. King to be moved out of Los Angeles County because of "extensive and pervasive" media coverage and "intense" political fallout that shows no sign of abating. Acting on a request of defense attorneys, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered the trial judge to begin searching for a suitable site where a fair trial can be assured.
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September 13, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainer Paula Poundstone, an adoptive and foster parent who has been a fixture on the stand-up comedy scene for 20 years, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of felony child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury upon a child. As part of a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors, Poundstone is expected to be placed on probation for five years but will not go to jail, attorneys said.
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April 4, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amy Fisher wore a dark suit to court, with her long brown hair parted in the middle, hanging slightly frizzy around her face. Wrong, wrong, wrong, say experts in such matters. "I would have put her in a French schoolgirl dress with a big collar, a dark color, ribbon in her hair, no makeup," says Harry Munsinger, a San Antonio attorney and trial consultant. "Make her look as young and innocent as possible." And if Munsinger had been advising Mike Tyson, convicted of rape last year, he would have played down the boxer's size and strength by dressing him in pastels and looser-fitting suits.
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December 5, 1988 | From United Press International
A Los Angeles woman who baked her boyfriend's parrot in an oven after an argument was sentenced today to 30 days in County Jail and three years' informal probation. Guadelupe O. Rodriguez, 25, was allowed by Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins to remain free until Jan. 3, when she must surrender to begin serving her jail term. Rodriguez pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to a charge of felony animal cruelty.
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May 25, 1991
An attorney for Los Angeles Police Officer Theodore J. Briseno, who faces felony charges of assaulting Rodney G. King with a deadly weapon, said Friday that he wants his Police Department disciplinary hearing open to the public and news media. A restraining order issued by the judge in the criminal case prohibits the Police Department from releasing personnel records. Briseno's lawyer has asked Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins to clarify whether his order includes the disciplinary hearing.
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December 6, 1988
A woman who baked her boyfriend's parrot in an oven after an argument was sentenced Monday to 30 days in County Jail and three years' informal probation. The woman, Guadelupe O. Rodriguez, 25, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins on her Sept. 27 guilty plea to a charge of felony animal cruelty. Deputy Dist. Atty. Ken Marks said Rodriguez killed the bird March 15 after an argument with her boyfriend, Robert Carballo, at their Hancock Park apartment.
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February 24, 1990
A West Hollywood dentist was sentenced to four years' probation Friday and ordered to complete 350 hours of community service in the death of a patient who was given anesthesia and slipped into a coma before dying. Dr. William G. Miller, 32, who pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to one count of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bob Dawson said he did not push for jail time for Miller because the dentist had no criminal record.
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