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October 14, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner, the silver-haired figure behind America's most-watched small-claims court, brought himself, his son and his profession before the public Friday. This time it was for the audience in the Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse who turned out for ceremonies to bring into the fold three newly appointed judges, including Wapner's son, Frederick.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner, the silver-haired figure behind America's most-watched small-claims court, brought himself, his son and his profession before the public Friday. This time it was for the audience in the Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse who turned out for ceremonies to bring into the fold three newly appointed judges, including Wapner's son, Frederick.
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September 12, 2008 | Jack Leonard
A woman accused of starving her baby to death at a skid row shelter last year is not competent to stand trial, a Los Angeles County judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Frederick N. Wapner ordered that Ranetta Maxwell, 33, be held at Patton State Hospital, a mental facility near San Bernardino, said district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison. Maxwell, who has been charged with one count of child abuse involving the death of her 7-week-old daughter, will undergo periodic court reviews to determine whether she is competent to stand trial in the future, Robison said.
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August 28, 1991
A member of the rap group N.W.A pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor battery in connection with an assault on a Fox TV rap show host in a Hollywood nightclub. Andre Young Jr., 26, whose stage name is Dr. Dre, entered his plea before Los Angeles Municipal Judge Frederick Wapner, a city attorney's spokesman said. Wapner fined Young $2,513 and sentenced him to 240 hours of community service and 24 months probation.
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January 9, 2009 | Jack Leonard
A South Los Angeles man convicted of running a cockfighting ring at his home was sentenced Wednesday to 360 days in jail, authorities said. Israel Ramirez, 53, was also ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Frederick N. Wapner to attend one year of animal cruelty classes and could face an additional two years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation, Deputy Dist. Atty. Deborah Knaan said. Ramirez was arrested in June after Los Angeles police said they broke up a cockfight at his home on 108th Street, where officers arrested 10 spectators along with Ramirez and seized 50 roosters.
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July 18, 1989
Gov. George Deukmejian has appointed six judges to the Los Angeles County Superior Court system and five judges to area municipal courts. Named to the $89,851-a-year Superior Court positions were: * Lance Ito, 38, of Pasadena. Ito was a Los Angeles County Municipal Court judge appointed in 1987. * Philip Hickok, 42, of Cerritos. Hickok had been an attorney for the Los Angeles County counsel since 1972. * John Fisher, 39, of Van Nuys.
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March 31, 1996 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Talk about humiliating. There he was, Herman B. Santos, attorney at law, with a snazzy new business card, a sober court wardrobe, his very first client--and a few things to learn. It was his first solo case out of law school. A simple divorce. But somehow, he had screwed up. His client was screaming at him on the phone. She was furious. And rightfully so. The documents he had prepared--for a $1,000 fee--had been rejected by a court clerk as inadequate. "You don't know what you're doing!"
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April 13, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
He has been known to rule before hearing the evidence and to show his disdain for a written motion by tossing it in the wastebasket. He makes--and sustains--his own objections. He grills witnesses when he thinks they have not been thoroughly questioned. He sometimes tells lawyers appearing before him to "shut up" or "get on with it." He frequently evicts a defense attorney he dislikes from his Santa Monica courtroom.
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March 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emphatic. Decisive. Demanding. That's how his many supporters describe Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian. Stern. Offensive. Demeaning. That's from his long list of detractors. Some critics contend that the judge has even shown gender and racial bias on the bench, contentions Sohigian vigorously denies. But in a stinging rebuke to a sitting judge, the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. last week rated Sohigian "not qualified" for reelection March 26.
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