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January 29, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Charges were dismissed Thursday against Gail Harrington--wife of convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely--who had been accused of passing drugs to an inmate in the attorney/bonds room at Orange County Jail. Deputy Dist. Atty. James J. Mulgrew asked the court to dismiss the charges after a sheriff's deputy testified at Harrington's preliminary hearing Thursday that the inmate could have been given the drugs in a holding cell before Harrington's visit.
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October 14, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail Harrington-Wisely, the wife of convicted murderer Willie Ray Wisely, says she feels "completely vindicated" by the $70,000 paid to her by the county last week to settle her lawsuit stemming from her 1987 arrest on charges of smuggling drugs into the jail. Harrington-Wisely said she was informed by her Santa Ana law firm that a check had been received from the county, following informal negotiations. She said she expects to receive about $45,000 after legal fees are deducted.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to order an end to strip searches at the Orange County Jail and also refused to allow the wife of convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely to take a witness with her when she is searched before jail visits. Gail Harrington, who married Wisely secretly at the jail a year ago, said that she was forced to undergo a strip search at the Orange County Jail last week in view of a male deputy. County officials vigorously denied Harrington's allegation in court Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | JERRY HICKS
When Gail Harrington's husband, convicted murderer Willie Ray Wisely, was finally sent to Folsom Prison two years ago, she left behind everything--her family in Newport Beach, college, her job--to be near him. She got a small, one-bedroom apartment in the tiny town of Folsom on the American River, less than a mile from the prison, and rode her bicycle five days a week to spend time with him. She stayed the full six hours allowed. She wrote him every day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gail Harrington-Wisely, the wife of convicted murderer Willie Ray Wisely, says she feels "completely vindicated" by the $70,000 paid to her by the county last week to settle her lawsuit stemming from her 1987 arrest on charges of smuggling drugs into the jail. Harrington-Wisely said she was informed by her Santa Ana law firm that a check had been received from the county, following informal negotiations. She said she expects to receive about $45,000 after legal fees are deducted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | JERRY HICKS
When Gail Harrington's husband, convicted murderer Willie Ray Wisely, was finally sent to Folsom Prison two years ago, she left behind everything--her family in Newport Beach, college, her job--to be near him. She got a small, one-bedroom apartment in the tiny town of Folsom on the American River, less than a mile from the prison, and rode her bicycle five days a week to spend time with him. She stayed the full six hours allowed. She wrote him every day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
Convicted murderer Willie Ray Wisely, whose motion for a retrial was rejected Dec. 18, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in the 1981 killing of his stepfather, Robert Bray. Acting as his own attorney, Wisely has successfully delayed sentencing since his conviction in 1982, but now faces life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Wisely, 34, has spent more than six years in Orange County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1987
A Superior Court judge Wednesday granted the wife of a convicted murderer the right to act as his law clerk, attorneys said. Gail Harrington, an ACLU law clerk who secretly wed Willie Wisely last year, had been prohibited from acting as his clerk since she was charged in August with suspicion of smuggling drugs into Orange County Jail.
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January 23, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely, who remained at the Orange County Jail for six years while fighting for a new trial as his own attorney, was asked Friday to pay back or account for $53,150 of his defense money that is still unexplained. But even if Wisely can account for the money, county officials say, he will likely be asked to pay back the entire defense bill of $152,451 because of the $200,000-plus he inherited last year from his mother.
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January 16, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Before the first witness had finished testifying, Gail Harrington's lawyer Friday called the jail drug-smuggling case against her "a joke." Harrington is a 25-year-old law student who secretly married Willie Ray Wisely, the convicted murderer and jailhouse lawyer who avoided sentencing for years, largely by representing himself. A hearing began Friday in which a judge will decide whether Harrington should stand trial on charges of smuggling drugs into Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Charges were dismissed Thursday against Gail Harrington--wife of convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely--who had been accused of passing drugs to an inmate in the attorney/bonds room at Orange County Jail. Deputy Dist. Atty. James J. Mulgrew asked the court to dismiss the charges after a sheriff's deputy testified at Harrington's preliminary hearing Thursday that the inmate could have been given the drugs in a holding cell before Harrington's visit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to order an end to strip searches at the Orange County Jail and also refused to allow the wife of convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely to take a witness with her when she is searched before jail visits. Gail Harrington, who married Wisely secretly at the jail a year ago, said that she was forced to undergo a strip search at the Orange County Jail last week in view of a male deputy. County officials vigorously denied Harrington's allegation in court Tuesday.
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August 21, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
Willie Ray Wisely, convicted murderer and jail house lawyer, and his county-paid lawyer clerk confirmed Thursday that they were secretly married last Christmas Eve during one of her frequent jail visits. The law clerk, Gail Marie Harrington, 25, of Newport Beach, is a third-year student at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. She also worked as law clerk for attorney Richard Herman, who had been retained by the ACLU to handle prisoner-rights cases.
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August 22, 1987 | JONATHAN WEISMAN, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Harrington described his son-in-law as "not only a bright man, but the most fascinating man I have ever met." Eileen, his wife, and Eileen Truxton, their daughter, had similarly effusive praise. But Willie Ray Wisely is not just any brother-in-law, and his marriage to Gail Marie Harrington is not just any marriage. Wisely, 34, is fighting a 1982 murder conviction.
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