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April 8, 1990 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
It has been a little more than three months since Gov. George Deukmejian scheduled a special election to replace veteran state Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) and set off a vicious primary battle in which the campaigns of eight candidates combined to spend about $2 million. On Tuesday, voters in the 31st Senate District will go to the polls in a runoff to choose among the three survivors of the primary battle in February.
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November 28, 1995 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court Monday upheld former state Sen. Frank Hill's convictions for taking $2,500 from an undercover agent to line up Republican support for a phony bill. Hill, a Republican from Whittier, was convicted in June, 1994, of extortion and money laundering and sentenced to 46 months in prison. He was one of five legislators convicted in an FBI investigation of corruption at the state Capitol. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions in a 3-0 ruling.
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March 27, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Frank Hill was a man in a hurry, his critics say, like a driver careening down the highway heading for calamity. Even his political allies concede that the 35-year-old Whittier Republican courted trouble by boasting of his ability to use choice committee assignments and his influence with the governor's office to raise money for legislative races. "He was cruising for a bruising," said a former Republican legislative aide. The crash came last Aug.
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December 11, 1994 | Mark Gladstone and Paul Jacobs, Times reporters Mark Gladstone and Paul Jacobs cover government and politics from the Sacramento bureau
At the prosecution table in a wood-paneled federal courtroom in Sacramento sits FBI agent James J. Wedick Jr. His suit and tie are as drab as any plainclothes cop's, but there is something that sets him apart: the long brown hair, flecked with gray; the salt-and-pepper beard; the half-glasses that give him an almost scholarly air.
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February 22, 1990 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The state Fair Political Practices Commission said Tuesday that it is reviewing a complaint by Democratic state Senate candidate Janice Graham, alleging that Republicans meddled with her primary campaign earlier this month. Graham, of Laguna Hills, said a Republican political action committee in Sacramento spent $17,000 to mail copies of a letter in support of her campaign for the Feb. 6 special primary for the 31st Senate District seat nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1990 | By DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The rain clouds may have cleared over Southern California, but the mud is still piling up in the mad dash for a special election to replace William Campbell as state senator. Three Republican candidates charged Wednesday that Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) mailed a campaign letter this week that erroneously implied he had been endorsed by Campbell.
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December 7, 1991 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Republican legislators said Friday that they will launch an initiative drive for no-fault auto insurance based on a bipartisan proposal defeated this year in the Legislature to institute a $220-a-year bare-bones policy all drivers would be required to buy. A spokesman for Gov. Pete Wilson welcomed the announcement by state Sen. Frank Hill of Whittier and Assemblyman Ross Johnson of La Habra, who said they would seek to place the measure on the November general election ballot.
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July 20, 1994 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost five years after pleading guilty to a political corruption charge, former Assembly Republican aide-turned-government-witness Karin Watson was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will not have to serve time in prison. Watson, who provided key testimony against former GOP state Sen. Frank Hill of Whittier, was treated leniently because of her years as a cooperating government witness in the federal probe of corruption in the state Capitol.
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May 11, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal prosecutor contended Tuesday that the political corruption case against state Sen. Frank Hill is "about the buying and selling of the laws of California" and said that the Whittier Republican lied to FBI agents. Hill's lawyer painted a vastly different picture, describing the legislator as an honorable middle-class family man who never "linked money to legislation." The contrasting arguments were made before a U.S.
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May 24, 1990 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The election to choose a successor to Frank Hill in the 52nd Assembly District has turned into a wide-open race in which eight Republican candidates are scrambling for a winning strategy. Two candidates claim to be the most conservative. One candidate is running as an environmentalist. Another has seized the ethics issue by refusing campaign contributions. And one is pitching an appeal to Asians and women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1994
Former state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) reported to the minimum-security federal prison camp near Boron on Wednesday to begin serving a 46-month sentence on political corruption charges. Also reporting to the desert encampment was Hill's co-defendant, former legislative aide Terry E. Frost, who began a 21-month sentence. Hill was found guilty of extortion, conspiracy and money laundering for taking a $2,500 payment from an undercover FBI agent in 1988. Frost was found guilty of conspiracy.
NEWS
September 27, 1994 | Associated Press
A federal judge Monday denied former state Sen. Frank Hill's request to remain free on bail pending the appeal of his conviction for taking a $2,500 payoff from an FBI undercover agent. U.S. District Judge Edward Garcia ordered Hill, 40, to surrender to federal authorities by Oct. 12. Hill's attorneys argued that the former lawmaker's conviction should be reversed because he was set up by a key witness seeking leniency from the prosecution. But Garcia disagreed.
NEWS
September 13, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Still proclaiming his innocence, former state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) on Monday was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for taking an illegal $2,500 payment from an undercover FBI agent participating in a Capitol sting operation. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia ordered Hill, who resigned his Senate seat in July after his conviction on public corruption charges, to report to federal prison authorities by Oct. 12.
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September 8, 1994 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a special election less than a week away, Diamond Bar Councilman Gary Miller has reached deep into his own pocket to outspend his six opponents--including Assemblymen Richard Mountjoy (R-Arcadia) and Paul Horcher (R-Diamond Bar)--in the race to fill the state Senate seat from which Frank Hill recently resigned. Miller, a wealthy Republican businessman, has spent $309,774 campaigning for the Sept. 13 special election, according to a campaign disclosure statement filed last week.
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July 20, 1994 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost five years after pleading guilty to a political corruption charge, former Assembly Republican aide-turned-government-witness Karin Watson was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will not have to serve time in prison. Watson, who provided key testimony against former GOP state Sen. Frank Hill of Whittier, was treated leniently because of her years as a cooperating government witness in the federal probe of corruption in the state Capitol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994
Gov. Pete Wilson has called a special election for Sept. 13 to replace former Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier), who stepped down from office after he was convicted of federal corruption charges. If no candidate wins a majority of votes cast, there will be a runoff in the Nov. 8 election.
MAGAZINE
December 11, 1994 | Mark Gladstone and Paul Jacobs, Times reporters Mark Gladstone and Paul Jacobs cover government and politics from the Sacramento bureau
At the prosecution table in a wood-paneled federal courtroom in Sacramento sits FBI agent James J. Wedick Jr. His suit and tie are as drab as any plainclothes cop's, but there is something that sets him apart: the long brown hair, flecked with gray; the salt-and-pepper beard; the half-glasses that give him an almost scholarly air.
NEWS
July 6, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Facing expulsion by his colleagues after his conviction on corruption charges, state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) on Tuesday resigned his office effective Friday. In a one-sentence letter, the veteran lawmaker said: "I hereby submit my resignation as senator for the Twenty-Ninth Senate District to become effective July 8, 1994."
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July 1, 1994 | CARL INGRAM and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The state Senate's governing committee voted Thursday to expel veteran Sen. Frank Hill, a Whittier Republican who has refused to leave office despite his conviction on three felony charges two weeks ago. The recommendation of the Rules Committee went to the full Senate, where a final vote is expected next week. The action came as public pressure mounted for lawmakers to deal as toughly with Hill as they do when passing bills that crack down on street criminals.
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