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January 14, 2013 |
Through three decades of fevered tabloid speculation and whispers of a deeper story, the official account never changed: Natalie Wood drowned accidentally. The 43-year-old star of "West Side Story," who couldn't swim, had been drinking the night before she was found floating face-down in frigid waters off Santa Catalina Island. When the L.A. County Sheriff's Department reopened the case in November 2011, around the 30th anniversary of her death, skeptics questioned the timing and doubted whether there was anything new to be learned.
June 20, 2012 |
As the defense heads into what is expected to be its last day of presenting testimony, jurors will get an answer to a question that has been floating around the trial since the first day of jury selection about two weeks ago: Will Jerry Sandusky take the stand in his defense? Defense attorney Joe Amendola hinted in his opening statement that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, might testify. Some media reports indicate that Sandusky will testify, even though it will probably open him up to a difficult cross-examination.
June 20, 2012 |
The defense in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial rested Wednesday morning without calling the former Penn State football coach to the witness stand. In its opening statements, his lawyers had hinted that they would allow Sandusky to take the stand in his own defense. But after a closed-door meeting with Judge John Cleland, the defense returned to the courtroom and announced it was resting its case in the third day. It had been unclear whether Sandusky would testify because he would likely be subjected to a forceful cross-examination by the prosecution.
June 19, 2012 |
Dottie Sandusky insisted in court Tuesday that she never saw her husband Jerry do anything inappropriate with any child and rebutted two accounts that the former Penn State football coach had sexually abused two young boys. Dottie Sandusky's testimony was the highlight in Tuesday's proceedings as lawyers continued to build their defense of Sandusky, 68, charged with 51 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. The defense, which is expected to conclude its presentation perhaps as soon as Wednesday, brought in witnesses who testified favorably about Sandusky's character.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010 |
A federal trial on same-sex marriage focused Wednesday on the similarities and differences between homosexual and heterosexual couples, with a psychology professor citing "remarkable similarities." Letitia Peplau, an expert on couple relationships, testified that studies have found that the quality of heterosexual and homosexual relationships was on average "the same" as measured by closeness, love and stability. "On average, same-sex couples and heterosexual couples are indistinguishable," said Peplau, a UCLA professor of social psychology called by attorneys for two same-sex couples who are trying to overturn Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that reinstated a state ban on same-sex marriage.
March 30, 2009
At Phil Spector's murder trial last week, Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson flatly dismissed the testimony of a series of experts for the defense, calling them "pay-to-say" witnesses who received more than $400,000 in return for doing just what was expected of them. "How does a homicide become a suicide? You write a big, fat check," Jackson told jurors. "If you can't change the science, you buy the scientist." That's a standard argument in courtrooms across America.