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December 20, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Former Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Chief Executive Henry Yuen may face jail time after a judge said a plea deal with prosecutors in a case over document destruction wasn't a sufficient punishment. U.S. District Judge John Walter at a hearing in Los Angeles tentatively rejected a proposed sentence of six months home detention, a $1-million donation to charities for fraud victims and a $250,000 fine that Yuen and federal prosecutors had agreed on for his guilty plea.
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WORLD
October 24, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times staff
MOADAMYEH, Syria - As his camcorder scanned the charred walls and partially collapsed roof of the mosque on the outskirts of town, Adnan Sheikh began his narration like he had dozens of other times: "Moadamyeh al Sham, 8-30-2012, the remnants of the damage and destruction that Assad's gangs inflicted when they stormed the city," he said. "Even the houses of worship were not spared. " A former physical education teacher here, Sheikh carries his camera wherever he goes these days.
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BUSINESS
December 19, 1996 | SCOT J. PALTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Prudential Insurance Co. clients on Wednesday asked a judge to order a criminal investigation into the company's destruction of documents relevant to allegations of fraud by Prudential sales agents. Prudential "has engaged in criminal obstruction of justice," said the lawyers from the Pittsburgh law firm of Malakoff Doyle & Finberg. They made the charge in a motion before U.S. District Judge Alfred M. Wolin, who is presiding over a class-action lawsuit against the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld
State prison officials, drawing fire for destroying the parole file of a man under scrutiny in the disappearances of two teenage girls, reversed their recordkeeping policy Tuesday on orders from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Albert Gardner III was charged last week in the suspected killing of Chelsea King, 17, of Poway and is a person of interest, police say, in the slaying of Amber Dubois, 14, who disappeared on her way to school more than a year ago. Her skeletal remains were found Saturday in northern San Diego County.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1997 | SCOT J. PALTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge fined Prudential Insurance Co. $1 million on Monday for repeatedly destroying documents relevant to a massive life insurance fraud lawsuit, and he criticized the company's top executives for failing to inform employees of a court order banning such destruction. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Alfred M.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A longtime lawyer for major cigarette manufacturers said Monday that government lawyers got it wrong when they speculated he would testify he knew firsthand that the industry had destroyed documents. Justice Department lawyers had written in a court filing that attorney Robert Northrip would say he knew that documents central to a lawsuit in Australia were destroyed. The suit involved an Australian subsidiary of British American Tobacco Co.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1988 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Col. Oliver North's $7,000 government-issue paper shredder was quick--it could chop one sheet of paper into 10,000 pieces in a second. But it was hardly high-tech or high volume when compared to document-shredding equipment used by firms in the records destruction business. Many document destruction workers travel in mobile units using Department of Defense-approved machinery that shreds, pounds and bales papers into a fibrous material small enough to be eaten by worms.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2002 | DAVID STREITFELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nancy Temple, a lawyer for accounting firm Andersen being quizzed about her role in the shredding of Enron Corp. documents, cited her 5th Amendment right to keep silent 138 times Friday. Temple was deposed by lawyers who had filed a class-action suit against Andersen, which approved Enron's financial statements. In an unusual move, a federal judge in Houston permitted Temple and eight other Andersen employees to be questioned much earlier than such a case would normally allow.
NEWS
June 30, 1988 | Associated Press
Prosecutors in the Pentagon bribery and fraud investigation have learned of several instances of documents being destroyed by people implicated in the probe, according to court papers released Wednesday. The information was contained in a brief from the office of Henry E. Hudson, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Va., to a federal judge in Brooklyn whom the Long Island newspaper Newsday has asked to unseal certain documents.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Prudential Insurance Co. of America and its top officers didn't obstruct justice when the company destroyed documents sought by policyholders who are suing the firm, a judge ruled Wednesday. Special Master Justin Walder, who investigated the matter on behalf of U.S. District Judge Alfred Wolin in Newark, N.J., ruled that several incidents of document destruction weren't the result of official policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Hennessy-Fiske is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to suspend the process used to evaluate many of the county's competitive contract bids and ordered a stop to a decades-old practice of shredding documents created during such reviews. The unanimous decision came a week after the board fought over how the bids for a multimillion-dollar-a-year welfare-to-work contract were scored, ultimately rejecting county staff's recommendation to switch contractors.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Justice Department attorneys apparently have known since early 2006 that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of a key terror suspect, federal court documents unsealed Wednesday showed. The disclosure that at least two prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., were apparently aware of the agency's actions raises new questions about a matter now under investigation by a special Justice Department prosecutor.
SPORTS
February 2, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
PHOENIX -- In the latest example that Congress is keeping a focused eye on the NFL, a senior senator said Friday that he wants the league to explain why it destroyed the videotapes from a cheating scandal involving the New England Patriots. "I do believe that it is a matter of importance," Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said at a news conference, the same day his comments on the matter appeared in the New York Times.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge said Thursday that CIA interrogation videotapes may have been relevant to a case he's presiding over, and he gave the Bush administration three weeks to explain why they were destroyed in 2005 and say whether other evidence was destroyed. Several judges are considering wading into the dispute over the videos, but U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts was the first to demand a written report on the matter.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2008 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
A senior House Republican said information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee indicated that a high-ranking CIA official ordered the destruction of videotapes depicting agency interrogation sessions even though he was directed not to do so. The remark by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) contradicts previous accounts that suggested that Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., the CIA official who ordered the tapes destroyed, was never instructed to preserve them.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The White House acknowledges recycling backup computer tapes of e-mail, a practice that may have wiped out many electronic messages from the early years of the Bush administration, including some pertaining to the CIA leak case. The disclosure about recycled backup tapes came minutes before midnight Tuesday under a court-ordered deadline that forced the White House to reveal information it previously had refused to provide.
NEWS
December 7, 1999 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Government officials under fire for mismanaging billions of dollars in trust funds belonging to Native Americans shredded 162 boxes of records a year ago and hid the destruction for three months, a federal judge disclosed Monday. U.S. District Judge Royce C.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
The Justice Department rejected a settlement offer that accounting firm Arthur Andersen made to avoid a trial on an obstruction of justice charge, a lawyer for the firm said Thursday. The rejection was received late in the day, Rusty Hardin said. "We are now preparing for trial," he said. Hardin had sent a letter to the Justice Department on Wednesday restating Andersen's position in the negotiations when talks broke off last week. Andersen, Enron Corp.'
NATIONAL
January 4, 2008 | Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
More than two years before the CIA destroyed interrogation videotapes, top officials were urged to preserve them by a senior lawmaker who warned that disposing of the recordings would "reflect badly on the agency." The warning came in a February 2003 letter from Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2007 | Greg Miller Times Staff Writer
Shortly after he arrived as CIA director in 2004, Porter J. Goss met with the agency's top spies and general counsel to discuss a range of issues, including what to do with videotapes showing harsh interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter. "Getting rid of tapes in Washington," Goss said, according to an official involved in the discussions, "is an extremely bad idea."
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