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April 2, 2001
Bruce Cutler, 70, an American poet who wrote narrative long poems on subjects ranging from the settling of the American frontier to gangs in Chicago. His first book, "The Year of the Green Wave," was published in 1960 and was followed over the next 40 years by a dozen more. His "The Massacre at Sand Creek" told the story of the massacre of hundreds of Cheyenne by the U.S. Cavalry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Five months of often-sordid testimony in the murder trial of music legend Phil Spector came to a close Monday, with defense attorneys hoping to convince jurors that actress Lana Clarkson was despondent and even suicidal before she was found shot to death in Spector's Alhambra mansion. The theory is at the heart of defense contentions that the 40-year-old actress shot herself on Feb. 3, 2003, only hours after meeting Spector at the House of Blues.
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NEWS
April 28, 1992 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bruce Cutler is ticked off. For one thing, he figures he's the subject of a federal investigation. For another, his former client, convicted Mafia leader John Gotti, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Then there's the problem of his current client, Thomas Gionis, who has just gone on trial for a second time for allegedly ordering the beating of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
OPINION
June 15, 2007
Re "Defense lawyer's famous roar muzzled by Spector," June 12 The article on Bruce Cutler reveals a myth that the public (and I guess Cutler) perpetuates -- that the most effective and successful trial lawyers are all about fighting for their clients by engaging in hysterical theater. Cutler said: "Trial work is theater." As a trial lawyer with more than four decades of experience in front of juries, I have learned that he is missing one key ingredient. No matter how loud the lawyers shout in final argument, the jury has to go through the tedious task of sorting through the facts and basing its decision on the facts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Five months of often-sordid testimony in the murder trial of music legend Phil Spector came to a close Monday, with defense attorneys hoping to convince jurors that actress Lana Clarkson was despondent and even suicidal before she was found shot to death in Spector's Alhambra mansion. The theory is at the heart of defense contentions that the 40-year-old actress shot herself on Feb. 3, 2003, only hours after meeting Spector at the House of Blues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Bruce Cutler planned to maul the prosecution. The acclaimed New York defense lawyer expected to fight like an escaped animal from the Bronx Zoo to keep legendary record producer Phil Spector out of prison, as he had done three times for the late mob boss John Gotti. But for the last four weeks, Cutler has sat silently as other attorneys took on Spector's murder defense. Instead of a courtroom predator, Cutler has been like an expensive statue adorning the defense table.
OPINION
June 15, 2007
Re "Defense lawyer's famous roar muzzled by Spector," June 12 The article on Bruce Cutler reveals a myth that the public (and I guess Cutler) perpetuates -- that the most effective and successful trial lawyers are all about fighting for their clients by engaging in hysterical theater. Cutler said: "Trial work is theater." As a trial lawyer with more than four decades of experience in front of juries, I have learned that he is missing one key ingredient. No matter how loud the lawyers shout in final argument, the jury has to go through the tedious task of sorting through the facts and basing its decision on the facts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
As a New York lawyer best known for defending the boss of the Gambino crime family, Bruce Cutler is used to brash clients and bold words. So it was really no surprise that he opened Phil Spector's local murder trial alternately bellowing against police officers with "murder on their mind" and offering a polite thanks to the jury for making him "feel at home in a strange, new and different place."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the Phil Spector murder trial were sent home without hearing testimony Monday because of a medical problem suffered by defense attorney Bruce Cutler. Reached by phone, Cutler said he had problems with his diabetes medications and was awaiting test results due today. He said he hoped to return to court Wednesday. "Superman has to get some kryptonite taken out of his system," Cutler said. "I want to get through this so I can keep lifting the world the way I want to."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Testimony in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again Tuesday as lawyers prepared for legal battles over expert witnesses. Continued medical problems for noted defense lawyer Bruce Cutler prompted the latest delay, which court officials said would push testimony back until Monday of next week. Cutler, whose health issues forced cancellation of Monday's court session, has said he has been experiencing problems with his diabetes medication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Bruce Cutler planned to maul the prosecution. The acclaimed New York defense lawyer expected to fight like an escaped animal from the Bronx Zoo to keep legendary record producer Phil Spector out of prison, as he had done three times for the late mob boss John Gotti. But for the last four weeks, Cutler has sat silently as other attorneys took on Spector's murder defense. Instead of a courtroom predator, Cutler has been like an expensive statue adorning the defense table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
As a New York lawyer best known for defending the boss of the Gambino crime family, Bruce Cutler is used to brash clients and bold words. So it was really no surprise that he opened Phil Spector's local murder trial alternately bellowing against police officers with "murder on their mind" and offering a polite thanks to the jury for making him "feel at home in a strange, new and different place."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Testimony in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again Tuesday as lawyers prepared for legal battles over expert witnesses. Continued medical problems for noted defense lawyer Bruce Cutler prompted the latest delay, which court officials said would push testimony back until Monday of next week. Cutler, whose health issues forced cancellation of Monday's court session, has said he has been experiencing problems with his diabetes medication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the Phil Spector murder trial were sent home without hearing testimony Monday because of a medical problem suffered by defense attorney Bruce Cutler. Reached by phone, Cutler said he had problems with his diabetes medications and was awaiting test results due today. He said he hoped to return to court Wednesday. "Superman has to get some kryptonite taken out of his system," Cutler said. "I want to get through this so I can keep lifting the world the way I want to."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001
Bruce Cutler, 70, an American poet who wrote narrative long poems on subjects ranging from the settling of the American frontier to gangs in Chicago. His first book, "The Year of the Green Wave," was published in 1960 and was followed over the next 40 years by a dozen more. His "The Massacre at Sand Creek" told the story of the massacre of hundreds of Cheyenne by the U.S. Cavalry.
NEWS
April 28, 1992 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bruce Cutler is ticked off. For one thing, he figures he's the subject of a federal investigation. For another, his former client, convicted Mafia leader John Gotti, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Then there's the problem of his current client, Thomas Gionis, who has just gone on trial for a second time for allegedly ordering the beating of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
NEWS
April 27, 1992 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyer Bruce Cutler is ticked off. For one thing, he figures he's the subject of a federal investigation. For another, his former client, convicted Mafia leader John Gotti, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Then there's the problem of his current client, Thomas Gionis, who has just gone on trial for a second time for allegedly ordering the beating of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The murder trial of record producer Phil Spector has been moved to Sept. 11. Spector's trial was to begin April 24, but his attorney, Bruce Cutler, and prosecutors are involved in other trials during that period. Spector is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra home in 2003. He is free on $1-million bail.
NEWS
April 27, 1992 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyer Bruce Cutler is ticked off. For one thing, he figures he's the subject of a federal investigation. For another, his former client, convicted Mafia leader John Gotti, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Then there's the problem of his current client, Thomas Gionis, who has just gone on trial for a second time for allegedly ordering the beating of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
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