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May 28, 1987 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
The mysterious disappearance of a public defender caused a Superior Court judge Wednesday to declare a mistrial in the murder trial in which the attorney was involved and to issue a warrant for her arrest. Attorney Carol Brawley, in her late 30s, did not appear in court Tuesday morning to continue her defense of Glenda Virgil, who is accused of the shotgun killing of her common-law husband, Mark Garrett, last November at a Dulzura gun club where they were caretakers. Judge G.
July 26, 1985 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
Charles Watson, chairman of Watson General Corp., a near-dormant corporate shell, said Thursday that he intends to make a tender offer for 51% of the common shares of Fabulous Inns of America, the Mission Valley hotel company that has been embroiled in a yearlong legal battle for control. Watson said he will offer $4 per share for about 1 million Fabulous Inns shares. He said that financing will be provided by two out-of-town financial institutions that he declined to identify.
September 13, 1985 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
Fabulous Inns of America on Thursday signed an option to buy the 22-acre Stardust Hotel site in Mission Valley and to take over the remaining nine-year lease on the adjacent golf course, according to sources familiar with the deal. The golf course is the site of a proposed $750-million development by Chevron Land & Development Co. The 22-acre site is owned by San Francisco-based Handelery Hotels Inc., former owners of the El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego.
November 1, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Brenda Keith, the 36-year-old lawyer jailed Thursday for failure to appear at a contempt of court hearing, was released late Friday and taken to a county detoxification center for treatment of what a judge described as a serious substance-abuse problem. Superior Court Judge G. Dennis Adams ordered Keith released from the County Jail at Las Colinas and driven to a county detoxification facility.
On the eve of sentencing for a prominent attorney and two former Superior Court judges convicted of fraud and racketeering charges, a defense attorney has asked that the convictions be thrown out because of an alleged conflict of interest by the U.S. attorney. Dennis Riordan, the lawyer representing attorney Patrick Frega, the key figure in the judicial bribery scandal that gripped this city for five years, asked for a new trial Tuesday after learning that U.S. Atty.
May 8, 1985 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the election last summer of directors representing the ousted management of Fabulous Inns of America was valid and that the directors should be seated. The ruling by Superior Court Judge G. Dennis Adams seemingly paves the way for the former management to regain control of the embattled but profitable Mission Valley hotel company. Adams ordered that the directors, who were elected during a contested special shareholders meeting, assume power on May 12.
A San Diego man killed by police Wednesday while smashing car windows with a baseball bat had worked on the county's legal staff until May of last year, according to county records. Walter Andrew Welch, 41, was gunned down by a San Diego police officer Wednesday morning in Mission Beach after he reportedly confronted the officer and his partner with a wooden baseball bat and a pair of scissors during a rampage through the beachfront neighborhood.
December 10, 1985 | BILL RITTER
Management of Fabulous Inns of America on Monday filed a 100-page brief in the 4th District Court of Appeal that detailed its position in the years-long Ping-Pong match for control of the small but profitable hotel company. But the filing was anything but routine: It seemed to signal a breakdown in the on-again, off-again settlement talks between current management and the officials they forced from office in 1983 and 1984 amid charges of conflicts of interest and insider-dealing.
Two former Superior Court judges pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Thursday in a gifts-for-favors scandal that has reached the highest levels of the San Diego legal system. James Malkus and G. Dennis Adams were allowed to voluntarily surrender and go free on $100,000 bond each. Adams was accompanied to the bond hearing by his wife, Superior Court Judge Barbara Gamer.
October 22, 1986 | BILL RITTER, San Diego County Business Editor
Under pressure from Superior Court judges to end a 4-month-old trial, attorneys representing former J. David & Co. investors agreed Tuesday on the amount of money it would take to settle the case against a law firm and several of its partners who once represented the failed La Jolla investment firm. Plaintiff lawyers as well as attorneys representing defendants Wiles, Circuit & Tremblay and former partner Michael A. Clark huddled separately with Superior Court Presiding Judge Donald W.
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