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July 23, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first person in Orange County to be convicted by a jury under the state's stalking law was sentenced to a maximum four years in prison Friday following an emotionally charged hearing in which he declared his continuing love for his ex-girlfriend. Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg ordered that Jon Van Demark, 25, of Long Beach be tested to determine if he should serve his sentence in a state mental hospital.
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November 25, 2009 | By Robert Faturechi
Despite being more famous than any other judge at the criminal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Lance Ito's courtroom is the hardest to find. Each courtroom is adorned with a placard at the door naming its presiding judge. But Ito's placard holder stays woefully empty. Since the judge became a household name more than a decade ago presiding over the O.J. Simpson murder trial, his placard has been stolen time and again. He's tried replacing it, he's tried gluing it, but the darn thing just keeps disappearing.
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November 11, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A San Diego County Superior Court judge has agreed to resign after being censured by the Commission on Judicial Performance for a pattern of intemperate behavior toward lawyers and defendants. Judge DeAnn M. Salcido agreed to resign immediately to avoid formal proceedings against her that could have led to her ouster. The resignation becomes effective within five days, according to an agreement signed by the judge and lawyers for the commission. Salcido was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-Gov.
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January 19, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
The man accused in the largest mass murder in Orange County history pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing eight people at a Seal Beach beauty salon, including his ex-wife. Scott Evans Dekraai, wearing a mustard-yellow jumpsuit, his hands handcuffed in front of him, said nothing during his brief arraignment before a courtroom crowded with emotional family and friends of the victims of the Oct. 12 shooting spree at Salon Meritage. Dekraai was kept behind a barrier during the hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana and did not look at the crowd.
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September 19, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
They were two halves of a dysfunctional whole, a prosecutor said. Jason Alejandro Schumann and the mother of one of his children, Elizabeth Ibarra, both used meth and had spent time in jail for forgery. It was during Schumann's jail stint that Ibarra met a popular 17-year-old named Francisco Rodriguez Jr. And it was a just a week after Ibarra was released from jail that Rodriguez, just home from a soccer game, was gunned down in his San Fernando Valley frontyard. Ultimately, though, a jury decided that only Schumann, enraged by what he believed was a relationship between Ibarra and Rodriguez, was responsible for the teen's death.
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February 1, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charlotte Austin stood in court Friday and looked right at the five gang members who fired 11 bullets into the body of her 13-year-old daughter. "You took my child and shot her like she was an animal!" she shouted, her words carrying the strain of the past three angry, painful years. "Your souls are going to hell." But as she spoke, two of the men laughed.
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January 28, 2010 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman wearing several identification badges was grabbed by a sheriff's deputy in a downtown L.A. courtroom and pushed hard against a wall with her arms pulled behind her before being handcuffed, according to eyewitnesses. Sheriff's officials have launched an internal affairs investigation into why the deputy detained and handcuffed Vania Stuelp, a deputy public information officer. Stuelp, who sought medical treatment after the incident, has filed a complaint about the deputy's actions, sources said.
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April 12, 1986 | DAN MORAIN and MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writers
As crime-victim advocates and lawyers debated the impact of his act, Los Angeles resident Jack Spiegelman was freed on $25,000 bail Friday after being charged with the courtroom shooting of a man accused of murdering his daughter. And as word spread of the dramatic Thursday shooting, people began offering Spiegelman unsolicited moral and financial help, while some crime-victim advocates worried that the incident might give their movement a bad name.
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July 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Following a blow-up outside the courtroom between two attorneys in the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit, the judge warned the attorneys in chambers that they could be sanctioned if the feuds continue and prohibited them from speaking to reporters about the case near the courtroom. Kevin Boyle and Brian Panish, lawyers for Michael Jackson and his three children, said that Marvin Putnam, AEG's lead attorney, refused to shake hands with Panish and called him "despicable. " "Where I'm from, handshakes mean something, and they're not empty gestures,” said Putnam, who had the confrontation with Panish a day earlier.
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February 4, 1986
County Supervisors Ed Edelman and Mike Antonovich, Sheriff Sherman Block and dozens of top Los Angeles County court officials officially launched the first phase of the county's experimental night court in a Los Angeles Municipal courtroom Monday afternoon. Reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, the program is aimed at easing the crush of criminal cases that have tied up court dockets for years. Under the plan, the Municipal courtroom and three Superior courtrooms will be open from 7 a.
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