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June 1, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1989 conviction of California attorney E. Robert Wallach, a friend of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and a key figure in the Wedtech defense contracting scandal, was thrown out Friday by a federal appeals court on grounds that a prosecution witness committed perjury. The convictions of two associates, W. Franklyn Chinn and R. Kent London, also were voided.
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July 20, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seated at the defense table in a Manhattan courtroom immediately behind three federal prosecutors, E. Robert Wallach seems a forlorn figure as he struggles alone to defend himself against the charges left over from an almost forgotten scandal. The California lawyer is caught in a time warp. Wallach, 59, a friend of former Atty. Gen.
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July 18, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco lawyer E. Robert Wallach told jurors at his fraud and racketeering trial Monday that he began helping scandal-plagued Wedtech Corp. in 1981 without any promise of pay because he believed that the company might "benefit the entire community" of the South Bronx. Defending himself against charges that he illegally received $525,000 from Wedtech over a four-year period to use his influence with former Atty. Gen.
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July 22, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
E. Robert Wallach, the San Francisco lawyer-lobbyist who had a close relationship with former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, took umbrage Friday when a prosecutor suggested that he was an inveterate name-dropper. "I did not drop names," Wallach said flatly to Assistant U.S. Atty. Baruch Weiss, who is trying him with two associates on racketeering and influence-peddling charges in U.S. District Court here.
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May 29, 1987
Wedtech Corp. gave a lawyer representing Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III more than $100,000 after the attorney told the company he was working for Meese without pay, it was reported. E. Robert Wallach of San Francisco received the money as he was representing Meese during his confirmation hearings for attorney general, the New York Times said. The paper said recent accounts are the first suggestion that Meese was connected to Wedtech's payments to Wallach.
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August 6, 1989
Jurors in the New York trial of attorney E. Robert Wallach on racketeering charges were unable to reach a verdict after a fourth day of deliberations and one juror was dismissed because of illness, prompting defense attorneys to call for a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Richard Owen denied the mistrial motion and instructed the 11 remaining jurors to continue their deliberations today. Wallach, 55, a close friend of former U.S. Atty. Gen.
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June 1, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1989 conviction of California attorney E. Robert Wallach, a friend of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and a key figure in the Wedtech defense contracting scandal, was thrown out Friday by a federal appeals court on grounds that a prosecution witness committed perjury. The convictions of two associates, W. Franklyn Chinn and R. Kent London, also were voided.
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November 4, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles chapter of the Federal Bar Assn. called the panel discussion "The White-Collar Prosecution From the Defendant's Perspective." It could have been called "Tales From the Acquitted." Four onetime, high-profile defendants accused of white-collar crimes but later cleared gathered at a downtown Los Angeles hotel Saturday and were given the opportunity to vent their anger and frustration at federal prosecutors before an audience of prosecutors and others.
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September 1, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When California lawyer E. Robert Wallach was convicted of fraud and racketeering in the Wedtech defense-contracting scandal last year, he cried foul: A key government witness had committed perjury, he contended. But federal prosecutors turned a deaf ear.
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October 17, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
E. Robert Wallach, a close associate of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, was sentenced Monday to six years in prison and fined $250,000 for racketeering and fraud in the Wedtech scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Owen, calling Wallach's conduct "sickening," also ordered the San Francisco lawyer to forfeit $425,000 that the jury found he had received illegally from the New York-based defense firm. The judge gave two of his convicted associates, former Wedtech consultants R.
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August 9, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writers
E. Robert Wallach, a close associate of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, was convicted Tuesday of racketeering and fraud charges in the Wedtech scandal. Wallach was acquitted of a separate racketeering conspiracy charge by a New York federal court jury. Two associates--W. Franklyn Chinn of San Francisco and R. Kent London of Honolulu--were convicted on racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with payments they received from Wedtech Corp.
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August 6, 1989
Jurors in the New York trial of attorney E. Robert Wallach on racketeering charges were unable to reach a verdict after a fourth day of deliberations and one juror was dismissed because of illness, prompting defense attorneys to call for a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Richard Owen denied the mistrial motion and instructed the 11 remaining jurors to continue their deliberations today. Wallach, 55, a close friend of former U.S. Atty. Gen.
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July 26, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that E. Robert Wallach is "a man of two faces" and that his longtime friend, former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, is "at best incompetent and at worst corrupt." In a closing argument at Wallach's fraud and racketeering trial in Manhattan, associate prosecutor Elliott Jacobson asked for Wallach's conviction in the Wedtech Corp.
NEWS
July 25, 1989
E. Robert Wallach concluded six days of testimony at his racketeering trial in New York, and U.S. District Judge Richard Owen scheduled closing arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys to begin today. The judge said he expected jurors to receive the case by early next week. Wallach and two associates are charged with racketeering for allegedly defrauding now-defunct Wedtech Corp. of nearly $2 million in return for Wallach's promise to use his influence with former Atty. Gen.
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