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May 4, 1989 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
Defense attorney Jack Alex, who was accused by the district attorney's office of deliberately delaying misdemeanor trials as a strategic ploy, has been continuously trying cases in Citrus Municipal Court for two weeks. His score card so far: one win, three defeats and a mistrial. Judge Michael Rutberg, who ordered Alex to go to trial on seven cases, began with an onerous schedule that had Alex in court from morning to night, starting four trials in one day. That schedule was quickly abandoned and Alex is now trying his cases back-to-back on a 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. schedule.
News that a Ventura County Sheriff's Department detective made mistakes in two cases could lead to more cases being challenged or reopened, local defense attorneys said Wednesday. In a letter to local criminal defense lawyers last week, Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury said prosecutors found errors in cases prepared by Det. Kent Adlof, one of three sheriff's detectives handling sex crimes in the east county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2008 | DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writer
Miranda Meza's biggest fear about going to the police was that the man she says molested her would lie. If he said he never touched her, how could she prove he did? But he'd made that part easy. He admitted to police that he had. Now they were both here, in the courthouse. She watched her grandfather across the lobby. He was nearly 80 years old, his hair white and sparse. He wore an oxygen tank strapped across his skinny chest. It had taken more than 16 years to get to this point.
May 11, 2011
There are a number of curious — and, in some ways, troubling — trends at work in the litigation record of the Los Angeles Police Department. This city's police officers appear to be abnormally litigious, suing their department at rates far higher than their counterparts in other big cities. Juries here seem inclined to dole out substantial awards, sometimes for relatively minor injuries: One motor officer whose demotion cost him $27,000 in lost income was awarded $1 million at trial.
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