December 8, 1999 |
Amid heightened concern by state and federal officials over potential terrorist acts on New Year's Eve, two militia members were arraigned here Tuesday on firearms charges related to an alleged plot to blow up targets in Northern California. According to a court document in the case, one suspect discussed a potential bombing of the California Aqueduct, a Pacific Gas & Electric station on California 99 and two large propane tanks in Elk Grove, a suburb south of Sacramento.
May 29, 1999 |
A federal judge has rejected Theodore Kaczynski's bid for a trial, turning aside the Unabomber's contention that he was forced into pleading guilty. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., who presided over the case here in late 1997 and early 1998, said Kaczynski's case did not warrant a hearing and dismissed the matter. Kaczynski's claims, he ruled on Thursday, are "wholly without merit." Kaczynski pleaded guilty in January 1998 to bombings that killed three people and injured 23.
February 10, 1998 |
A man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for a failed attempt to blow up an abortion clinic with a truck filled with tanks of propane and cans of gasoline. A small fire started, but there was no explosion and no one was hurt in the incident at the Family Planning Associates clinic in Bakersfield on March 17, 1997. Peter Howard, 44, had pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted arson and use of an explosive device.
November 8, 1997 |
A jury can consider the death penalty against Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski if he is convicted of a bombing death, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell denied a request from Kaczynski's attorneys to block a possible death sentence, rejecting their arguments that a capital sentence is "cruel and unusual punishment." Jury selection in Kaczynski's trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
January 27, 1997 |
An explosion outside a bank damaged three automated teller machines early Sunday. It was the second bomb found in this Northern California city in as many days. No one was injured, and no money was taken from the ATMs at the Wells Fargo Bank after the explosion at about 3 a.m., police said. They offered no motive, but said robbery was a possibility. "If that was the intent--to get the money--he failed to do so," Lt. Reggie Garcia said.
June 19, 1996 |
The judge who will preside over the trial of Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski is a former prosecutor and onetime Los Angeles high school track star--an African American who says he became a serious student after reading "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." While attorneys who know U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. say he does not have extensive experience in federal criminal law, they describe him as a meticulous jurist who will go to great lengths to avoid mistakes.