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October 5, 1990 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An expert witness delivered the most dramatic and potentially damaging testimony against the defense at the Mapplethorpe obscenity trial Thursday when she compared two of the photographs at issue to child pornography and said none are fit to hang in an art museum. Judith Reisman, a mass media researcher with links to anti-pornography groups, contradicted the testimony of other arts experts who extolled the late Robert Mapplethorpe as one of the most important photographers of his time.
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February 28, 1991 | From United Press International
Expert witnesses gave conflicting testimony Wednesday about Christian Brando's story that he accidentally shot and killed his half-sister's lover during a struggle over a gun. Testifying at a Santa Monica Superior Court hearing that will help the judge decide Brando's sentence on his guilty plea to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, a forensic pathologist called by the prosecution said victim Dag Drollet was probably lying down when he was shot.
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February 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Lewis Yablonsky was growing up in New Jersey in the 1930s, he was beaten by poor whites for being Jewish and by black gangs for being white. He committed petty thefts, ran crooked card games and carried a switchblade for protection. Some of his closest friends wound up behind bars. "I wasn't sure where I belonged," he told The Times years later. "But when my best friend went to prison for hijacking a fur truck … I realized I had to get on one side of the law or the other. " Yablonsky chose the straight path, using his rough-and-tumble youth as a springboard to a distinguished career: He became the "Sociologist With Street Smarts," as one headline described him, an authority on youth gangs, hippies and drug addicts whose personal experiences gave him insights other scholars lacked.
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January 14, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard, Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
The medical and scientific evidence shows that Trayvon Martin was leaning over George Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer fired the fatal shot into the unarmed teenager's chest, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday. Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert testifying for the defense, gave a version of events that was consistent with the defense's theory of the deadly confrontation between Zimmerman, 29, and Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder, maintains he shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures Di Maio said that he had examined the autopsy, toxicology and photographic evidence and concluded that the evidence was consistent with Zimmerman's statements to authorities that Martin was straddling him and that Zimmerman fired his gun with his right hand.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - It's unusual for this Supreme Court to overturn a death penalty conviction, more so without dissents from conservatives Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. But Monday all nine justices found a double murder conviction so troubling that without hearing oral arguments they rebuked an Alabama appeals court and sent the case back to consider whether Anthony R. Hinton deserved a new trial. In three restaurant robberies in Birmingham 29 years ago, two restaurant managers were killed and one injured.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2004 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
An economist testified Wednesday that an expert witness in a closely watched shareholder lawsuit overvalued stock options granted to former Walt Disney Co. President Michael Ovitz. Frederick C. Dunbar, a senior vice president at National Economic Research Associates and an expert witness for the defense, said he valued about 5 million options granted to Ovitz at about $60 million, although an expert witness for Disney shareholders valued the stock options at about $90 million.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Trayvon Martin was leaning over George Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer fired the fatal shot into the unarmed teenager's chest, a forensic pathologist said Tuesday in testimony that supports Zimmerman's account of the confrontation. Zimmerman, 29, on trial on a charge of second-degree murder, maintains that he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense after Martin attacked him on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert testifying for the defense, said evidence showed the muzzle of Zimmerman's gun was touching the teen's clothing, which was 2 to 4 inches away from Martin's chest.
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May 17, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A professional concert tour director testified Friday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that a doctor's demand for $5 million to serve as the singer's tour physician "raised a red flag. " Marty Hom, who has spent 25 to 30 years as a tour director and tour manager, said that Dr. Conrad Murray's original demand was "outrageous. " Murray, a cardiologist who closed his practice to serve Jackson, eventually agreed to work for $150,000 a month. Hom, who testified as an expert witness, also said he would never tell a director he had checked out a doctor if he hadn't, a reference to claims by the Jackson family about an AEG executive.
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December 9, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
As he watched a video of a homeless man being beaten by Fullerton police, a former FBI agent and use-of-force expert testified Monday that the officers' actions were excessive and that blows to the head constituted deadly force. John A. Wilson provided commentary to surveillance footage that is considered key to the prosecution's case against the two former officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas. "That would not be good proper police procedure," Wilson, a 26-year FBI veteran, said when asked hypothetically about a suspect being hit on the head.
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