June 3, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis Judge Kermit Bye, the senior member of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, said very little during Friday's 70-minute hearing on the legality of the NFL lockout. But what Bye said as proceedings wrapped up before a standing-room-only crowd might resonate with the owners and players. "We won't be all that hurt if you're leaving us out and [you] should go out and settle the case," Bye said. "We will keep with our business, and if that ends up with a decision, it's probably something both sides aren't going to like, but it will at least be a decision.
May 28, 2011 |
The most troubling thing about the current drug accusation against Lance Armstrong is that, at first blush, it doesn't seem to be all that troubling. Famous cyclist, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, is accused of enhancing his performance. Yawn. Yet another of his former teammates points a finger, and does so on national television, CBS' "60 Minutes," no less. The teammate, Tyler Hamilton, with little comprehensible reason to lie, fesses up to his own drug-enhancing use and goes into detail about wheres, whens and hows of Armstrong's use. In some cases, he does so as an eyewitness.
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May 9, 2011 |
Paul E. Sullivan, an analyst with the U.S. Defense Department who won an important civil-rights victory in 1969 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the whites-only membership policy of his Fairfax County, Va., swimming pool club, has died. He was 87. Sullivan died March 14 of complications from a stroke at his Fairfax County home, his daughter Maria Sullivan said last week. In 1965, Sullivan, who was white, moved from his home in Fairfax County's Bucknell Manor development and rented it to Theodore Freeman, an African American economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who lived there with his wife and two children.
April 21, 2011 |
In the 18 months since Frank and Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, beginning the legal proceedings that exposed the couple's extravagant lifestyle and the financial stress that subsequently plagued the Dodgers, Commissioner Bud Selig had remained silent. In a two-paragraph email distributed by his office Wednesday, Selig not only ended his silence, but also took a decisive first step toward ending McCourt ownership of the Dodgers. Yet the finale of McCourt era is neither imminent nor guaranteed, despite Selig's announcement that he would appoint a trustee to run the club because of his "deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers.
March 23, 2011 |
Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer. Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money.
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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.