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August 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kobe Bryant is due in Eagle County, Colo., court today, his final appearance before jury selection in his felony sexual assault trial begins Aug. 27. Most of the matters to be addressed by the court are procedural -- and many legal analysts are predicting that what happens probably will, within days, become moot. Amid a series of recent prosecution setbacks, speculation is rampant that the case against the Laker star may soon be dropped.
January 13, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Attempts to keep an upcoming hearing in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case open to the public were attacked by three separate entities in court filings made public Monday. Attorneys for the prosecution, Bryant's accuser and a victim's advocacy center asked Judge Terry Ruckriegle to close a Jan. 23 hearing that is expected to include testimony pertaining to whether the alleged victim waived privacy rights surrounding two reported suicide attempts in the last year.
May 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
It is a 21st century courtroom, almost intimate in scale, that looks as if it were made for TV. Its walls are a neutral gray and the desktops a cool off-white, each with a recessed video monitor. The chairs are bright blue, echoed in an accent panel behind the bench. In this quiet, human-scale room in The Hague, trial began Tuesday for Dusan Tadic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. And cable's Court TV is there to cover it.
July 9, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The county's courts suffer from bloated management, poor morale and a rift between judges and managers that lingers five years after the state ordered municipal and superior courts to consolidate, according to a review by the National Center for State Courts in Denver. The draft review surfaced Tuesday as 250 employees protested in front of the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana that they had not received 4% pay raises that had been promised.
October 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has issued a rare warning to the hard-line judiciary to stop prosecuting reformist members of parliament, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Hard-line courts regularly summon outspoken reformist parliamentarians and have sentenced at least three to prison. "It is part of [the members of parliament's] duties to freely express their opinions, and they must be immune from prosecution," Khatami said in a letter to the judiciary chief.
February 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombia's civilian courts will take over from military investigators a case that has strained U.S.-Colombian relations -- the killings of 17 civilians, allegedly by a bomb dropped by the Colombian military. The Superior Judicial Council made the ruling after the United States cut off aid last month to the Colombian air force unit involved. The military investigation had languished for four years.
June 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The state's highest court unanimously upheld a ban on cameras in the courtroom, concluding the ban did not violate constitutional rights. Court TV had sought to end the ban, arguing it infringed on the public's right of access to the courts and the press's freedom to cover court proceedings. "In New York state, the decision whether or not to permit cameras in the courtroom is a legislative prerogative," Judge George Bundy Smith wrote in the decision issued in Albany.
November 24, 2008
Re "The courts and Prop. 8," editorial, Nov. 20 The editorial regarding Prop. 8 cautions, "but the legal system is designed to guard against the tyranny of the majority." What? Any tyranny rests in our convoluted legal system. If the will of the people means nothing, revolution cannot be far behind. The Times' editorialists have gone over the cliff this time around. Barry Cook La Quinta :: I always suspected that you only tolerated the democratic process as long as it furthered your causes.
August 12, 1987 | From the Associated Press
New World Entertainment lost a round in Massachusetts courts Tuesday in its $401.8-million bid to buy Kenner Parker Toys. In separate rulings, a U.S. District Court judge in Boston denied New World's plea to block enforcement of a Massachusetts anti-takeover law, and a Superior Court in Beverly, Mass., refused to void an order it issued last week blocking the company from buying any more Kenner Parker stock or launching a tender offer.
October 20, 1991
Re Helen Ruppert sentencing ("Woman Gets Probation, Fine in 'War of Roses' Case," Oct. 3): Some feminists won't admit it, but sexism cuts both ways. The sentence of probation shows an example that if a white woman hires thugs to intimidate her spouse not only will she do no time, but her spouse will wind up paying her fine. This reinforces the message to males that the court system is unfair to them in family matters. Your kids can be taken away on her allegations, not yours; you're expected to be the source of support, not her; and worst of all, if she batters, steals, or harasses you, you better take things into your own hands, because no one else is going to help.
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