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October 3, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of fatally stabbing the son of a Japanese filmmaker in a Beverly Hills carport in 2010, a crime that prosecutors claim was fueled by the belief that the victim had forced the man's girlfriend into prostitution and pornography shoots. Scott Barker was also convicted Tuesday, after less than a day of deliberations, of two sentencing enhancements: lying in wait and using a knife in the commission of a crime. Barker faces life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 9. "I'm really disappointed," said Barker's attorney, Bradley Brunon, moments after the verdict.
June 24, 2012 | Adam Clark and Nicole Radzievich
Powerful and convincing testimony from all eight victims was the fulcrum of the jury's decision to find former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, one juror said Saturday. "I didn't find anything -- that the way they spoke, the way they gave their testimony -- that they were lying," Joshua Harper said in an interview at his home in Boalsburg. "They were honestly telling us the truth. " Jurors, who were sequestered and deliberated for 21 hours, were careful and patient, Harper said.
June 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County jury Wednesday rejected a controversial "Zoloft" defense presented by a former Westminster police detective accused of kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010, finding the defendant guilty of all eight charges. Anthony Nicholas Orban's attorney acknowledged from the outset that his client attacked the woman, but argued that the former detective was rendered mentally "unconscious" by a powerful dose of the prescription antidepressant and was not responsible for his actions.
May 16, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- The case against Steven Powell is over: A jury has convicted him of 14 counts of voyeurism stemming from photos of two young neighbor girls found in his bedroom. But police appear no closer to zeroing in on the bigger question of what happened to his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, who was captured in various stages of undress in the furtively collected photos. The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated less than a day before convicting the 62-year-old Puyallup, Wash., resident Wednesday of all 14 charges against him, a case that could bring a maximum of five years in prison on each count.
March 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Like a grandma dogged by bad luck at the bingo table, federal prosecutors in Alabama have failed for a second time to score any courtroom convictions in the state's high-profile political corruption and gambling case. On Wednesday, a jury found six defendants -- including Milton McGregor, owner of the VictoryLand casino; two former state senators and a sitting senator -- not guilty of charges stemming from accusations that they either offered or accepted bribes related to a 2010 gambling bill, according to the Birmingham News . A casino developer, two lobbyists and a state representative pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges after an extensive federal investigation and testified against the defendants in court.
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.
September 21, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Georgia's pardon and parole board Tuesday denied clemency to Troy Davis, a Savannah man convicted of the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer, paving the way for his execution despite critics' concerns that the state may be putting an innocent man to death. The decision was probably welcomed by the family of Mark MacPhail, the Savannah police officer who, while working as a security guard, was gunned down as he sought to aid a beating victim in a downtown parking lot. MacPhail's widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, and other family members contend that the jury was correct in convicting Davis in 1991, and that the death penalty was warranted.
August 16, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Kevin Brown, a South Los Angeles physician and son of a former premier of Bermuda, was found guilty Monday on 21 charges related to sexual assaults on nine female patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover police officer. Brown was found guilty on counts that included sexual battery by fraud, sexual exploitation by a physician and lewd act upon a child. The jury deadlocked on eight other charges. As Los Angeles County Superior Judge Michael E. Pastor read the verdicts, Brown shook his head incredulously and looked back several times at family members seated in the second row, including his father, former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown.
March 16, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A British national was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of murder in the stabbing death of a woman and the decapitation of her boyfriend in what a prosecution witness said was a drug-fueled, paranoid slaughter at a Tujunga condominium. Jurors deliberated for about a week before returning the guilty verdicts against Neil Revill, 38, a small-time drug dealer, nearly a decade after the October 2001 killings of Arthur Davodian and Kimberly Crayton. A jailhouse informant told jurors in the six-week trial that Revill confessed to murdering the pair, believing that Davodian was involved in a plot with Israeli organized crime figures who planned on killing him. Revill was convicted of second-degree murder for Davodian's death and first-degree murder for Crayton's slaying.
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.
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