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April 17, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Asian Boyz murder trial must now wrestle with the question of whether four young men deserve to die for a 1995 killing spree, or whether those who lived through the bloody Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia as children have suffered enough. "This boy deserves a break in the horrible life that he's had. And that break is to let him live," defense attorney Jack Stone said, wrapping up three days of defense closing arguments.
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March 14, 1999
Re "James E. Rogan," Valley Perspective Interview, Feb. 28. In the interview [Rogan] says his margin of victory in 1998 (during the impeachment scandal) was larger than his margin of victory in 1996 (when no impeachment scandal was going on). The facts are: In 1998, he won by 3% of the vote; in 1996, he won by 7% of the vote. DEAN T. HARTWELL Glendale Rogan wins the award for, on the floor of the Senate, hurling the battle cry, "None of your damned business!" at the president's counsel.
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February 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
Britain's highest court wrapped up hearings Thursday to determine Gen. Augusto Pinochet's fate, with opposing lawyers contending that human rights law would be reduced to a "meek little mouse" if he goes free. The judges from the House of Lords said they would begin private considerations and announce "in due course" their ruling on whether the former Chilean dictator is immune from prosecution for crimes against humanity that he is accused of committing during his 17-year rule.
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March 28, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
A judge heard final arguments Friday in a lawsuit over an El Rio mining project that environmentalists and Oxnard officials say could contaminate the municipal water supply. Ventura Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Lane took the case under submission. She must rule within 90 days. At issue is a proposal by CalMat Co. to excavate up to 6 million tons of rock from an El Rio gravel pit over the next 10 years.
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February 17, 1998 | From The Washington Post
In final arguments in the Diane Zamora murder trial, jurors heard the former Naval Academy midshipman described Monday as both a coldblooded participant in the slaying of 16-year-old Adrianne Jones and as a helpless victim of a controlling boyfriend. As the jury was charged with deciding which portrayal to believe, the case seemed to hinge on whether the seven men and five women believed the testimony Zamora herself gave when she took the witness stand in her own defense.
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January 13, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arguing that Oxnard School District administrator Pedro R. Placencia was motivated by political gain, a Ventura County prosecutor urged jurors Monday to convict the longtime employee of illegally intercepting and tape-recording a school board member's telephone calls. In closing arguments, Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Aveis told the panel that there is solid evidence to prove that Placencia used a radio scanner to record 18 of Trustee Jim Suter's cordless telephone calls over five days last June.
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May 30, 1997 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quoting scripture, citing law and referring to some of the world's great writings, opposing lawyers in the Oklahoma City bombing trial argued Thursday over whether Timothy J. McVeigh was guilty of killing people he thought were part of "an evil empire" or has been wrongly accused in the nation's worst case of mass murder.
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May 22, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for four gang members accused in the 1995 shooting death of toddler Stephanie Kuhen insisted Wednesday that their clients were on trial based on weak evidence and the tainted testimony of a witness who may have been the killer. Wrapping up final arguments in the case, the defendants' attorneys also urged jurors to temper their compassion for the dead girl's family with a clear-eyed search for the truth.
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May 7, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In final arguments that signal that the lengthy Mexican Mafia trial is nearing an end, the prosecution Tuesday painstakingly outlined its case to the jury, contending that the evidence "spoke to us in a clear and unmistakable voice" that the Mexican Mafia is a murderous prison gang. The 13 defendants, all suspected members and associates of the group, watched impassively as Assistant U.S. Atty. Jack P. DiCanio went over each of the 29 counts brought by federal authorities against them.
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February 27, 1997
Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, the former Black Panther Party leader convicted of murder in 1972, will have to wait a little longer to get the justice he says was denied 25 years ago. Santa Ana Superior Court Judge Everett W. Dickey said he will wait until March 13 to hear final arguments in Pratt's bid to overturn his conviction because Los Angeles prosecutor Brentford Ferreira has not returned to work following a minor stroke two weeks ago.
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