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June 1, 1991
Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins backed away Friday from his earlier suggestion that a Times reporter could be fined $1,500 daily for refusing to divulge a confidential news source. That was a wise and welcome decision. But the single $1,500 fine that still stands continues to represent an unacceptable challenge in principle to the state constitutional right to protect a news source.
March 5, 1999
A 96-year-old man was sentenced to five years' probation for hitting a 15-year-old girl with his car, killing her as she headed to a market for a snack. Brian Cox must also pay restitution into a fund that will make it more difficult for elderly drivers to renew their licenses, a judge ruled this week. Cox pleaded no contest to felony hit-and-run charges in December and has surrendered his license. His car struck Brandi Mitock on Nov. 5 and then he apparently became disoriented.
August 10, 2000
Two runaway youths received maximum sentences Wednesday for their roles in the Santa Monica murder of Shevawn Geoghegan, the 14-year-old who was bound, gagged and strangled in an abandoned building. Los Angeles Airport Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins sentenced 24-year-old Dennis Ronald Scott, convicted of second-degree murder last month, to 15 years to life in prison. Elizabeth Ann Mangham, 18, who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
August 6, 1991 | From United Press International
A state appellate court Monday delayed court proceedings for four police officers charged in the Rodney G. King beating so it can study a challenge to a decision to keep Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins on the case. The 2nd District Court of Appeal granted the defense request for a stay in the case so it can have time to decide whether to hear the appeal.
December 10, 2002 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Supermarket giant Vons is set to stand trial next year for allegedly overcharging customers at a Santa Monica store. The city attorney filed a misdemeanor criminal complaint against the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company after a routine inspection of the checkout scanner at its Pavilions market on Montana Avenue found that about 30% of 20 items purchased on one trip were rung up at higher prices than labeled. Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky said Vons, a unit of Safeway Inc.
August 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper 50 Cent entered a not-guilty plea Monday to charges involving the mother of one of his children and was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim and not possess any firearms The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered to stay away from Daphne Narvaez, not threaten her or interfere with any witnesses. He must turn over to authorities any guns he possesses or sell them to a federally licensed firearms dealer. He is facing five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism in connection with an alleged assault at his former girlfriend's Toluca Lake condo.
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.
May 27, 1995
A young woman who gave birth in a motel room and then allegedly put the premature newborn into a toilet has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment charges. Karen Jeanette Jackson, 20, entered her plea in Santa Monica Superior Court on Thursday, where she has been ordered to stand trial on the charges. Judge Bernard A. Kamins scheduled a July 7 pretrial hearing.
September 29, 1988
A 30-year-old illegal alien from South Korea was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison for the October, 1985, gangland-style shootings in a Koreatown restaurant that left one man dead and two injured. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins called the shootings "a very dastardly deed" and said the viciousness and coldblooded nature of the crime "knocked my socks off." Defense attorney Paul J.
December 11, 1998
Describing the case as "the poster crime for torture," a Superior Court judge granted prosecutors permission Thursday to seek the death penalty in the murder trial of an enraged motorist. Robert W. Cleaves, a 70-year-old retired character actor from Venice, stands accused of murdering a rival motorist Sept. 30 by pinning the man beneath his battered car and dragging the victim more than 100 yards along a street in downtown Santa Monica.
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