YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsGuilty Verdicts

Guilty Verdicts

May 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A jury convicted a Lebanese-born Swede on all 12 counts in a plot to help Al Qaeda recruit members by trying to set up a weapons-training post in Oregon and distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet. The verdict against Oussama Kassir capped a three-week trial that featured the testimony of a U.S.-born Muslim convert who said he tried to create the training camp on 360 acres in Bly, Ore., in 1999. Prosecutors portrayed Kassir as a follower of militant clerics who wanted to take advantage of more-relaxed gun laws to arrange training in the U.S. for European recruits.
February 20, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The family friend who piloted a personal watercraft in the July 2012 boating accident that killed Usher's stepson Kile Glover was found guilty in Atlanta on Thursday of homicide by vessel and several related charges.  Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation,  according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kile, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover whom Usher had reportedly raised like his own since age 4, was floating with a 15-year-old girl on a towed inner tube when they were hit by Hubbard's watercraft on July 6, 2012.
March 25, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Although they ultimately handed down convictions, jurors who deliberated the fate of three young men in a high-profile gang-rape case said they had a tough time finding them guilty and had little respect for the victim. The day after the jury convicted the son of a former Orange County assistant sheriff and two friends of sexually assaulting an intoxicated girl who was 16 at the time, two jurors said the panel found the victim -- a crucial prosecution witness -- to be entirely unbelievable.
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview on Friday that news of the Italian court reinstating her murder conviction in the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher hit her "like a train. " "I did not expect this to happen," Knox told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America. "I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. " The 26-year-old shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
September 24, 2011
Last week, the public saw the best and worst of Tony Rackauckas. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney concluded a thorough yet timely investigation into the death of a homeless man, which resulted in the unusual decision to file charges against two Fullerton police officers. On Friday, in a case that never should have been filed, a jury delivered guilty verdicts against 10 of the 11 Muslim students who disrupted a UC Irvine speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
January 7, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A judge Thursday threw out all guilty verdicts except one misdemeanor conviction in the drug trial surrounding the death of model Anna Nicole Smith ? criticizing a case authorities once heralded as a cautionary tale to doctors too liberal with their prescription pads. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry cleared Smith's manager and companion Howard K. Stern of all convictions and dismissed two conspiracy counts for psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich. Of the two remaining felony convictions for Eroshevich, involving obtaining medication under a false name, Perry tossed out one and reduced the other to a misdemeanor.
June 28, 1992
By your reporter writing about a few isolated incidents, The Times has helped to widen the gap between blacks and whites. A gap that began long before the not guilty verdicts in the Rodney King beating case! EDDIE CRESS, Los Angeles
September 22, 2009 | Associated Press
A federal judge in Los Angeles has tossed out the remaining guilty verdicts against the founder of a Southern California grocery chain because of evidence that may have exonerated him. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson threw out 50 guilty verdicts that included mail fraud and bribery against George Torres, who founded Numero Uno markets. Wilson had earlier dismissed more serious convictions of racketeering and conspiracy. A new trial will be held on the lesser counts. Torres was convicted in April.
January 6, 2002
In his campaign literature, district attorney candidate Ron Bamieh has falsely bragged, "I have never lost a felony trial." In a TV advertisement shown repeatedly on CNN, MSNBC and FOX, ex-state Sen. Cathie Wright is heard to say, "In over 60 cases, he has never lost a felony trial." Mr. Bamieh changed the number of completed trials in his written literature to "tried over 46 cases to verdict," which also misrepresents his record. In that same TV commercial, Mr. Bamieh is quoted as saying, "We're in the truth business; that is what we want from law enforcement."
December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Central Islip revoked bail for a wealthy woman convicted of imprisoning and torturing two Indonesian housekeepers in what prosecutors called a case of "modern-day slavery." Varsha Sabhnani, 46, who fainted and was hospitalized after a jury returned guilty verdicts Monday, pleaded in vain to U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt as the defendant's four children sobbed in the gallery.
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by an Italian court's decision Thursday to reverse her acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system,” Knox said in a statement from Seattle. “There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.” Knox, 26, shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
July 14, 2013 | By Jack Dolan and Benjamin Mueller
Organizers of Occupy Los Angeles are planning a 4 p.m. rally at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards in South L.A. to protest the not guilty verdicts in the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year, was found not guilty on Saturday night of second-degree murder and manslaughter. The verdicts touched off rallies across the country Saturday night. A demonstration in Leimert Park in Los Angeles remained peaceful, but protesters in Oakland reportedly smashed windows, spray-painted cars and buildings and vandalized at least one police vehicle.
July 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. - A day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, this city and the nation tried to come to grips with the aftermath of a trial that exposed strained race relations and raised questions about the use of guns. For the first time since the Feb. 26, 2012, incident, Zimmerman on Sunday was free of any criminal implications in the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager.   After deliberated more than 16 hours, a jury of six women returned its verdict Saturday night, finding Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.  PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures But that doesn't mean Zimmerman's woes are over.
July 13, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Carolyn Cole
SANFORD, Fla. - Not guilty. The jury verdict ended a case that has gripped America for weeks, sending a clamor of outrage through those who were convinced that George Zimmerman committed murder when he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a confrontation at a gated community in Florida. For others, there were proclamations that justice had been done. The prosecution, they said, never proved that the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer set out to kill Martin that night in February 2012.
July 13, 2013 | By Devin Kelly and Robert Faturechi
As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when  George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin's family.  The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.
May 9, 1992
Once again, we blacks have been outsmarted by whites. The members of the King jury knew exactly what they were doing when they returned those not guilty verdicts. They knew exactly what was going to happen. They also knew that none of the destruction, killings or injuries would occur in their neighborhoods or to them or to their relatives or friends. They knew that they could all sit back and laugh at us blacks for making fools of ourselves by falling into their insidious trap, in destroying our own neighborhoods and not theirs--and in also killing and injuring our own people plus a few insignificant (to them)
December 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For years, ratting on your neighbors was a good way to get killed in the tough, blue-collar section of Boston known as Charlestown. When crimes happened, police ran into a code of silence. That code was broken--some say shattered--when prosecutors won the conviction of five men accused in a series of bank and armored-car robberies around New England. A federal jury in Concord, N.H., delivered guilty verdicts on 54 of 55 counts, including ones charging the five in an Aug.
May 29, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
More than two months after a jury deadlocked on nearly half the counts and handed a mixed verdict to five ex-Bell City Council members, prosecutors announced plans Wednesday to retry the corruption case. News of the retrial surfaced last week, but prosecutors met Wednesday with L.A. County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy to officially begin proceedings to retry Victor Bello, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal. The five were found guilty in March on multiple felony counts of misappropriating public funds by overpaying themselves for sitting on city boards and authorities that rarely met. Luis Artiga was the only defendant to win full acquittal; he cannot be retried.
March 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Once the rape occurred, the crime never left the Web -- and that remains true after a high-profile prosecution returned guilty verdicts for a pair of Ohio high-school football players on Sunday. Their trial is over, yet their crime remains under debate within multiple courts of public opinion. Steubenville, Ohio, found itself in the national spotlight after pictures and messages on social media implicated Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays , 17, in the rape of a drunk 16-year-old girl.
Los Angeles Times Articles