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January 26, 2011 |
Michael Jackson's personal physician declared himself "innocent" in the singer's death Tuesday during a Los Angeles County Superior Court appearance in which he also demanded that his trial begin quickly. Asked how he pleaded to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, the sole count to be decided at the trial now set for March 28, Dr. Conrad Murray paused and then said, "Your honor, I am an innocent man ? " "What's your plea?" Judge Michael Pastor interrupted. "Therefore, I plead not guilty," Murray said.
January 5, 2011 |
Police in Delaware picked up a clue and some help from the FBI on Tuesday, but appeared no closer to solving the bizarre death of a former senior Pentagon official. A witness came forward, saying John Parsons Wheeler III had been spotted alive in downtown Wilmington, Del., on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours before his body was found in a Newark, Del., landfill. The case has drawn national attention because Wheeler, 66, lived such a distinguished public life. A Vietnam veteran who became a driving force behind the controversial memorial on the National Mall, Wheeler worked on nuclear, chemical and cyber issues at the Pentagon.
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December 21, 2010 |
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Monday that it would review old unsolved homicide cases to determine whether any are linked to a man accused of four home invasion killings this fall in the South Bay. The move came amid questions raised by The Times about how John Wesley Ewell was able to stay out of jail at the time of the killings even though he had recently been convicted of second-degree burglary for stealing from a Home Depot...
December 19, 2010
The problems of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services are too numerous to list and too serious to ignore. County supervisors addressed one last week by moving aside the head of the troubled agency. Those that remain range from uneven and onerous caseloads to technological limitations to inexperienced workers handling delicate matters beyond their capacity. Compounding all of those issues, however, is one problem that can and should be fixed: Dependency courts, where cases of child abuse and neglect are heard, should be open to the public.
November 17, 2010 |
Frank and Jamie McCourt are expected to return to Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, when the mediator working on their divorce case is scheduled to propose what he believes would be a fair settlement. Judge Peter Lichtman, the mediator, is expected to meet in separate closed sessions with each of the McCourts and his or her attorneys. The mediation process is confidential, so the settlement proposal is not expected to be released publicly. The conclusion of mediation is expected to trigger the court ruling that could determine who owns the Dodgers.
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October 27, 2010 |
Meg Whitman strode to the podium, cloaked in righteous indignation. Her husband stood silently by her side. Just one day earlier, her former housekeeper had revealed that Whitman ? the Republican candidate for governor with the tough talk on immigration ? had employed an illegal worker for nine years. Although she said she fired Nicandra Diaz Santillan after she heard about her housekeeper's status, Whitman was in a no-win situation. Conservatives wondered why Whitman hadn't turned "Nicky" over to authorities.
October 26, 2010 |
Cards on the table: When George H. Painter says the game is rigged against the small investor in Washington, I have reason to take him at his word. Even when his word comes wrapped up like a bombshell. Painter, 83, detonated that bombshell recently in the course of announcing his retirement as an administrative law judge for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, effective in January. In a public notice, he accused his lone colleague on the CFTC bench, Bruce Levine, of having made a vow nearly 20 years ago never to rule in a complainant's ?
October 14, 2010 |
He hardly needed something like a remember-me moment. (Not with his ubiquitous smiling presence in the L.A. marketplace and on national TV in sandwich ads.) The Clippers' Blake Griffin may not have been playing in the NBA all those months, but he never really went too far away. Still, reintroduction to local fans seemed almost required, considering it was nearly a year since he played his last game at Staples Center. Done and done. It came in the first fast-breaking 20 seconds: Baron Davis to Eric Gordon to Griffin, finishing with a tidy dunk Thursday night.
October 4, 2010
Major cases before the Supreme Court this fall: Privacy: Can the government require employees, including private contract workers, to reveal personal details such as past drug use? NASA is contesting a privacy ruling won by 28 Caltech employees who work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. (NASA vs. Nelson, Tuesday) Protests: Does the 1st Amendment shield funeral protesters from being sued by the family of a dead Marine? (Snyder vs. Phelps, Wednesday)
September 29, 2010 |
Final arguments heard in the Dodgers trial, and here in sports it is all about wins and losses. Both sides are so bad, though, it's a shame somebody has to win. But I declare Jamie victorious, so long as Judge Scott Gordon doesn't blow it on some mumbo-jumbo legal technicality. That puts Dodgers fans a day closer to Frank posting a "For Sale" sign in front of the stadium. Sure, it could be another 90 days before the judge officially invalidates the marital agreement between Frank & Jamie.