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June 1, 2003 | Dana Parsons
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has gone through two spokeswomen in the last year -- one quit and the other was fired last week. Both complained about how the boss dealt with the news media. The office is under orders not to talk to a long list of reporters, including anyone at The Times or O.C. Weekly. But this won't be a dissertation about Rackauckas' problems with the press.
January 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon is confined to his New Jersey home because of a painful case of shingles that his doctor calls one of the worst he has ever seen, an aide said today. John Taylor said Nixon's upper back and shoulders were affected by the disease, which is caused by the chicken pox virus and often results in blisters and sores. "Last week, Dr. (Harvey) Klein told the boss (Nixon) it was one of the worst cases he's ever seen," Taylor said.
May 13, 1986 | MARTHA M. HAMILTON, The Washington Post
The Federal Trade Commission pursued 11 advertising-program cases in fiscal 1985, including one in which it reached an agreement with Commodore Business Machines Inc., the big manufacturer of home computers, that the company would no longer advertise that its computers can run certain popular software programs unless they can do so at the time the claim is made.
June 26, 1989 | Gregory Crouch, Times Staff Writer
As of April 30, 1,049 people in Orange County were known to have contracted AIDS. Of that number, 614 had died. For some, the despair associated with terminal illness is aggravated by the loss of their jobs, or the fear that they might lose them. Federal and state laws prohibit such discrimination against those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome--and also against those infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS--but the process of seeking redress can take so long that the patient can die before the case is heard.
September 12, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
As his trial in the death of Michael Jackson approached, Dr. Conrad Murray found himself with an unlikely new cardiology patient — his own attorney. A battery of tests determined that the chest pains Ed Chernoff was experiencing were symptoms of anxiety, a diagnosis that the patient, a medium-time Texas lawyer about to try the biggest-time of cases, could not dispute. "I chew through one of these an hour," Chernoff said one afternoon last spring, holding up an unlit cigar he had gnawed to a ragged nub. Piled before him were stacks of legal motions, witness statements and forensic reports, a small portion of the case file that monopolizes his days and haunts his dreams.
December 17, 2009 | By Stuart Pfeifer and E. Scott Reckard
The stunning dismissals of criminal cases against three former Broadcom Corp. executives in the last week focused on what the judge called "shameful" misconduct by prosecutors. But at the core, he had something more telling to say: Prosecutors couldn't prove the defendants did anything wrong. The Broadcom cases, among others, illustrate the struggles the U.S. attorney's office has encountered in prosecuting corporate executives for backdating stock options, a practice that makes it appear that their companies had fewer expenses and greater income than they really had. Among the most elusive elements in such cases, lawyers said, is proof that executives intended to commit a crime by backdating the options and conceal their actions.
August 3, 2013
Julius Chambers, a tenacious North Carolina civil rights lawyer whose house was bombed and office torched as a result of his advocacy, died Friday. The 76-year-old attorney, whose cases paved the way for public school integration in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, had been in failing health for several months, his law firm said. Over the years, his opponents also set his car ablaze, along with his father's general store and garage business, but Chambers, known for his unflappable nature, persisted.
November 3, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Most hospitals have their share of weird cases, but Rhode Island Hospital may win some kind of prize for having an abundance of instances of treating people who have intentionally swallowed foreign objects. If you're at all squeamish, you should probably stop reading. A study released this week in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology analyzed 305 cases of 33 people intentionally ingesting foreign objects that occurred over about eight years in that hospital.
With the rest of Europe promising swifter cross-border cooperation against terrorists, lawmakers here voted Wednesday to make it harder for prosecutors to use evidence from other countries against criminal defendants in Italy.
April 2, 2012 | By Jonathan Turley
In February, a Philadelphia high school teacher was suspended because of a posting to her blog in which she complained that her students sometimes acted like "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. " In May, a Florida high school football coach was fired for sending explicit pictures to his 20-year-old girlfriend. She was not a student. In August, a Florida high school's "Teacher of the Year" was fired for writing on Facebook outside school hours that he considered gay marriage to be a sin and same-sex unions a "cesspool.
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