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March 28, 2012 | By Morgan Little
As reported earlier today by the Times , the Supreme Court continued its deliberations on President Obama's sweeping healthcare reforms, focusing on whether striking the entire law down would be feasible, and what the fallout would be were the court to take such a drastic action. Similar to Tuesday's proceedings, the Justices didn't fail to keep the pressure on both sides of the debate, keeping the heat on both Edwin Kneedler, deputy solicitor general, and Paul Clement, arguing against the law. Follow below for some of the standout clips from the Supreme Court as it continues to weigh the pressures of deciding the future of healthcare.
April 18, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's route. The latest hold-up in the unusually lengthy review of the $5.3-billion oil pipeline almost certainly will push any decision until after the November midterm election, getting President Obama off a political hook. The White House has been pressed on one side by environmentalists who have turned opposition to the pipeline into a touchstone issue and on the other by conservative Democrats from energy-producing states who say approving Keystone XL would show the administration's commitment to job creation.
August 27, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Jurors began deliberating Friday in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, the 17-year-old accused of shooting a gay classmate to death in 2008. The jury began weighing eight weeks of testimony in a trial that included nearly 100 witnesses. Many of those testifying were students and teachers at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard who saw tensions on campus rising after 15-year-old Larry King began coming to school dressed in makeup and girl's boots. McInerney, then 14, shot King twice in the back of the head in a school computer lab on Feb. 12, 2008.
April 2, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - For much of his career, Jude Law has been the archetypal leading man, relying on looks and charm to land featured parts, then deploying them smoothly on screen. But over the past few years, edge and grit have crept into the actor's roles. The transformation reaches its apex when "Dom Hemingway" hits theaters Wednesday. The 41-year-old plays a violent down-on-his-luck crook, sometimes unrecognizable and often despicable, in the film, a character piece in genre clothing from writer-director Richard Shepard ("The Matador")
July 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. -- Six women return to a Florida courtroom on Saturday morning to begin their first full day deliberating the future of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. The jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours on Friday before breaking for the night. Jurors will return to the courtroom at 9 a.m. to resume their effort to reach a unanimous verdict. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford.
March 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The jury in the trial of Bruce Koklich, accused of killing his wife, must start deliberations all over today, after a judge excused one juror and replaced him with an alternate. The group had deliberated for five days. The excused juror had a pre-planned commitment, but the judge, the prosecutor and defense attorney named him to the panel because they thought the trial might be over by Thursday.
May 23, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
After nine days of deliberation, the jury in the Horace Burns murder trial was forced to begin its work anew Wednesday after a reluctant juror, who had earlier threatened to walk out on the panel without permission, was officially excused. George Dowell, 72, was dismissed from the panel by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz after the retired firefighter submitted a doctor's note recommending that Dowell take two weeks off to recover from hypertension.
April 10, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A jury began deliberations Friday in the monthlong stock option backdating trial of former KB Home Chief Executive Bruce Karatz. Karatz, who faces 20 felony charges, is accused of making millions of dollars by backdating options and then trying to hide the practice from shareholders and outside accountants. The jury of nine men and three women began deliberations Friday afternoon in the Los Angeles courtroom of U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II. Assistant U.S. Atty.
April 22, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
A jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 5 1/2 hours Friday without reaching a verdict in the case against former White House aide Oliver L. North. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell excused the jurors for the day and instructed them to return to the courthouse this morning to resume deliberations. If they fail to reach a verdict today, they will take Sunday off before deliberating again on Monday, court officials said. Asks for Paper Clips Jury foreman Denise Anderson sent Gesell a note Friday asking for additional note pads, pencils and paper clips--and requesting lunch at the same time each day--indicating that deliberations on the 12 criminal counts against North in the Iran-Contra case may take several days.
Jurors completed their first day of deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former Assistant Treasurer Matthew Raabe, who is charged with misappropriating public funds and securities law violations stemming from the county's bankruptcy. The jury of six men and six women began deliberating at 11:10 a.m. after Superior Court Judge Everett W. Dickey read them a long list of jury instructions.
March 25, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Jurors on Tuesday begin deliberating the fate of a former Al Qaeda spokesman portrayed by lawyers as either a hardened terrorist buoyed by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks or an innocent cleric accidentally drawn into Osama bin Laden's orbit. The case of Sulaiman abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Bin Laden, has given the public its first and possibly only chance to watch a terrorism trial related to the 2001 attacks unfold in civilian court. Unlike other high-profile terrorism suspects accused of crimes arising from the attacks, Abu Ghaith bypassed the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after his arrest last year.
March 16, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was "not an accident," but he stopped short of suggesting terrorism was involved. "One thing we know: This was not an accident. It was an intentional, deliberate act to bring down this airplane," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on "Fox News Sunday. " "We don't have any evidence this was terrorist-related, although you can't rule that out at this point in time.
March 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was diverted due to “deliberate action” by either a passenger or crew member. He also said the Boeing 777 might have flown for as long as eight hours after its takeoff at 12:20 a.m. March 9, meaning that in theory it could have traveled thousands of miles. Najib said investigators were focusing their search now on two air traffic corridors -- a southern one heading from Indonesia to the south Indian Ocean, and a northern one that would have taken the flight toward Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Deliberations resumed in Florida on Saturday morning in the murder trial of Michael Dunn amid speculation that the jury was having difficulty reaching a decision on the fate of the white software engineer accused of killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music. Shortly after 9 a.m., Judge Russell L. Healey told a Jacksonville courtroom that the jurors had returned to the Duval County Courthouse and were resuming their work.  “We'll be in recess until we hear something more from the jury,” Healey said in remarks televised from the courtroom.
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Florida jury weighing the fate of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, told officials Friday that it had hit a wall in its deliberations and then broken for the night. Deliberations were to resume Saturday morning. Jurors have deliberated for more than 181/2 hours since receiving the case Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the jury asked the judge whether it could hand in a verdict on some charges even if it could not reach a unanimous agreement on one charge.
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- Lawyers for American student Amanda Knox warned jurors not to overlook mistakes made by investigators as deliberations began here Thursday in Knox's new appeal of her conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. “We are anxious about your verdict,” lawyer Luciano Ghirga told the judge and jurors moments before they filed out to consider the fate of Knox, 26, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29. Prosecutors have called for sentences of 26 and 30 years for Sollecito and Knox, the exchange student from Seattle who shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood with her throat slashed.
November 8, 1985 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
The jurors who deadlocked in the espionage trial of Richard W. Miller traded bitter accusations Thursday after the mistrial in the case and revealed the hostile mood of the deliberations that left them unable to reach a verdict. Criticized as an "embryo psychologist" by a fellow juror, an Orange County mental health worker who was one of the two holdouts for acquittal accused the jury's majority of trying to pressure her into changing her vote.
Trouble brewed before jurors got to court on the fifth and most cathartic day of deliberations in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial. During breakfast at the Hilton Hotel where they were sequestered, jurors argued over taking time off. Some were mentally drained and for the previous two days had forced talks to conclude early. Juror No. 8 did not like the trend. "If anybody wants a day off," she said, "I'm going to write the judge." "Don't write the judge," the foreman said.
January 30, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
More than two centuries ago, our Founding Fathers declared that all humans are born with the same inherent potential. Ever since, having the phrase "created equal" in our Declaration of Independence has been one the coolest things about being an American. Now, married Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have stepped forward to say that being "created equal" doesn't matter. Instead, their controversial (and sometimes cringe-inducing) new book, "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America," argues that our cultural background largely determines our fate and the fate of our progeny.
January 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bill Belichick has a right to his opinion. And the New England Patriots coach certainly has never cared what anyone else thinks of him. So he just came right out and said it Monday concerning the hit by Denver receiver Wes Welker that knocked New England cornerback Aqib Talib out of Sunday's AFC championship game, calling it “a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib, no attempt to get open.” “I'll let the...
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