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May 12, 1991
In response to "Let's See If Barbarism Truly Deters," by Richard Moran, and "The Victim Will Not Get Equal Time," by Harriet Salarno (Commentary, May 1): Moran's article proceeds upon the false premise that the deterrence factor is the rationale employed to justify the death penalty. In California there is no single moral foundation upon which the death penalty rests. In fact, the Penal Code, and the case law interpreting it, prohibits any penalty phase argument and consideration of the deterrence factor.
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March 17, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who made an "offensive and inappropriate" reference to the Ku Klux Klan while presiding over a robbery trial involving two African American defendants was publicly admonished Wednesday by a state agency overseeing judges' discipline. Judge Harvey Giss of the San Fernando Courthouse made the comments in July during an off-the-record discussion with attorneys about a possible plea agreement in the case, according to the state Commission on Judicial Performance.
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October 20, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A security guard currently in jail awaiting trial in the murder of a Brentwood high school student has been plotting the assassinations of a judge, a prosecutor and a police detective involved in the case, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner said Wednesday. Reiner said he was announcing the alleged "unprecedented" multiple-murder plot because the would-be contract killers are still at large.
OPINION
May 12, 1991
In response to "Let's See If Barbarism Truly Deters," by Richard Moran, and "The Victim Will Not Get Equal Time," by Harriet Salarno (Commentary, May 1): Moran's article proceeds upon the false premise that the deterrence factor is the rationale employed to justify the death penalty. In California there is no single moral foundation upon which the death penalty rests. In fact, the Penal Code, and the case law interpreting it, prohibits any penalty phase argument and consideration of the deterrence factor.
MAGAZINE
July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who made an "offensive and inappropriate" reference to the Ku Klux Klan while presiding over a robbery trial involving two African American defendants was publicly admonished Wednesday by a state agency overseeing judges' discipline. Judge Harvey Giss of the San Fernando Courthouse made the comments in July during an off-the-record discussion with attorneys about a possible plea agreement in the case, according to the state Commission on Judicial Performance.
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February 10, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is believed to be the first murder prosecution in American history for oleander poisoning, authorities filed charges Friday against a former Pasadena funeral home worker accused of using the lethal plant's leaves to poison a rival mortician. David Wayne Sconce, 33, was charged with poisoning Timothy R. Waters, 24, a rival Burbank mortician, in 1985. The motive, according to Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Deputy Dist. Atty.
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August 31, 1995
A Beverly Hills personal injury attorney and a dozen other people have been charged with fraud or other felonies for a complicated scheme that involved staging auto accidents and filing bogus insurance claims, county prosecutors said Wednesday. Lawyer E. Andrew Matyas, 45, is due to surrender today to authorities, Deputy Dist. Atty. Harvey Giss said. During a yearlong investigation, Giss said, detectives made videotapes of staged accidents.
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June 15, 1991
Two New Mexico teen-agers were charged with murder and robbery Friday in the death of a woman stabbed at a Zuma Beach restroom. The filing of the charges in Malibu Municipal Court triggered extradition proceedings against the two youths, both in the custody of juvenile authorities in New Mexico. The defendants, Michael Loretto, 17, and Guillermo Bustos, 16, are accused in the May 28 slaying of Jacqueline Kirkham, 43, of Northridge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1991
Two New Mexico teen-agers accused of fatally stabbing a Northridge woman at Zuma Beach were arraigned Friday on murder charges and face juvenile court hearings to determine whether they should be tried as adults. Guillermo Bustos, 16, and Michael Loretto, 17, were charged with the May 28 slaying of Jacqueline Kirkham, 43, before Judge Lawrence J. Mira in Malibu Municipal Court.
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October 20, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A security guard currently in jail awaiting trial in the murder of a Brentwood high school student has been plotting the assassinations of a judge, a prosecutor and a police detective involved in the case, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner said Wednesday. Reiner said he was announcing the alleged "unprecedented" multiple-murder plot because the would-be contract killers are still at large.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1991
Three New Mexico teen-agers suspected of the fatal stabbing of a Northridge woman at Zuma Beach were arraigned Monday in Santa Fe for local crimes, while Los Angeles County prosecutors prepared to file homicide charges and seek their extradition. Deputy Dist. Atty. Harvey Giss said he expects to file today or Wednesday a "special circumstance" homicide charge against the youth who is believed to have stabbed Jacqueline Kirkham, 43.
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November 23, 1991
Two New Mexico teen-agers will stand trial in the fatal stabbing of a Northridge woman in a Zuma Beach restroom last May, officials said Friday. Sylmar Juvenile Court Commissioner Jack Gold ruled that there was sufficient evidence to try Michael Loretto and Guillermo Bustos, both 17, in the death of Jacqueline Kirkham, 43, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Harvey Giss.
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