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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The conviction of a second member of the Billionaire Boys Club was overturned Wednesday by a federal judge because the jury's exposure to a tape recording was considered prejudicial to the case. U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong concluded that she was required to reverse Arben Dosti's conviction and life sentence as a result of a federal appeals court decision two months ago that overturned the conviction of Dosti's co-defendant, Reza Eslaminia.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to consider reinstating Dr. Thomas Gionis' conviction on charges that he hired thugs to assault his estranged wife, the daughter of the late actor John Wayne, during a child custody battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996
An Inglewood man was found guilty Wednesday of killing a Beverly Hills dress shop owner in 1994. Martin Earl Dawson faces 26 years to life for the Dec. 7 robbery and murder of Sherry Morgan at her formal wear rental shop, Starlit Soiree on Olympic Boulevard. Dawson, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 29. Dawson's accomplice, now 17, was convicted last year in Juvenile Court of Morgan's murder. He will remain in custody of the California Youth Authority until he is 25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Louis J. Cella Jr., an Orange County physician, hospital developer and political donor whose convictions on tax evasion and Medicare fraud charges in the late 1970s set off a cascade of corruption investigations that altered the county's political landscape, died Nov. 7 in Palm Springs after a long neurological illness. He was 87. His death was confirmed by the Wiefels funeral home in Palm Springs, where he settled after completing his prison term. Cella was the state's largest political campaign contributor in 1974, when he lent and donated more than $500,000 to 60 candidates and causes in that year's primary and general elections.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2002 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
A Manhattan judge threw out the convictions of five men in the Central Park jogger rape case on Thursday, agreeing with prosecutors that newly discovered DNA evidence had implicated another man in the brutal attack. Supreme Court Judge Charles Tejada, noting that "the duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict," dismissed the rape and assault convictions in the notorious 1989 crime that exposed the city's racial tensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2000 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The week before Christmas has been anything but quiet in the chambers of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor, the presiding judge in the recent convictions of three Los Angeles police officers, where the question looms: Will she or won't she? After hearing arguments Thursday, Connor put off until today ruling on whether she will grant the officers new trials on charges that they framed gang members, or go ahead with their Jan. 16 sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
No blood, fingerprints, weapon or other physical evidence was ever found to link Thomas L. Goldstein to the 1979 shotgun murder of John McGinest, a Long Beach neighbor he had never met. Goldstein, then a 28-year-old draftsman, former Marine and part-time engineering student, had moved into a garage apartment near the murder scene just two days earlier and had only a couple of minor run-ins with the law — for drunkenness and disturbing the peace...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1992 | MARK PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After less than two days of deliberations, a jury convicted a woman Wednesday of hiring two men to kill her father in the Mission Viejo home they shared. The two men were also convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 72-year-old David Werner, a retired stockbroker. The jury also found the three--Deborah Werner, 43, Miguel (Mike) Ruiz, 22, of Huntington Beach and Charles Clemmons, 21, of Anaheim--guilty of the special circumstance of murder for financial gain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2009 | Dana Parsons
Attorneys for three men convicted in Orange County 4 1/2 years ago of sexually assaulting an apparently unconscious 16-year-old girl while videotaping the incident asked a state appeals court Wednesday to toss out the convictions. Two of the attorneys said evidence excluded from the trial might have given jurors a different view of whether the defendants, all of them 17 when the assault occurred in 2002, had reason to believe the girl would have consented to the sexual acts. It also could have given jurors a different picture of the victim and her credibility, attorneys Dennis Fischer and Brett Harding Duxbury said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2010 | By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
The budget package that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Friday restricts violent felons from working in the state's home healthcare program for the elderly and disabled. The new rules follow a Times report last month that scores of people convicted of crimes such as rape, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon are permitted to care for some of California's most vulnerable residents through the In-Home Supportive Services program. The changes take effect in 90 days. Under existing law, only a history of specific types of child abuse, elder abuse and defrauding of public assistance programs can disqualify a person from working in the program.
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