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July 4, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Records uncovered in Mexico by defense lawyers in the Enrique Camarena murder trial appear to have further eroded the credibility of a key government-paid prosecution witness, Hector Cervantes Santos, who has given damaging testimony about all four defendants in the case. The documents, filed this week in U.S.
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February 6, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government witness who claimed that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles pressured him to falsely implicate suspects in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena has recanted his allegations against the prosecutors, the U.S. attorney's office said in a document filed in federal court Thursday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key prosecution witness in the trial of four men accused of involvement in the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena was caught in several significant contradictions Tuesday while under cross-examination by defense attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Records uncovered in Mexico by defense lawyers in the Enrique Camarena murder trial appear to have further eroded the credibility of a key government-paid prosecution witness, Hector Cervantes Santos, who has given damaging testimony about all four defendants in the case. The documents, filed this week in U.S.
NEWS
February 6, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government witness who claimed that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles pressured him to falsely implicate suspects in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena has recanted his allegations against the prosecutors, the U.S. attorney's office said in a document filed in federal court Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge announced Tuesday that he probably will throw out the conviction of Ruben Zuno Arce, the brother-in-law of former Mexican president Luis Echeverria, for conspiring in the 1985 murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. At what was expected to be a routine sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie ruled tentatively that Zuno, 61, should get a new trial.
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May 26, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A ranking Mexican police official "got loaded" on cocaine while he attended parties at the home of a Guadalajara narcotics cartel leader, a prosecution witness testified Friday during the federal trial of four men accused of murdering U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena.
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July 13, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecution witnesses fabricated testimony and government lawyers tried to create a political smoke screen to obtain convictions in the high-profile Enrique Camarena murder trial, three defense lawyers asserted Thursday in closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury Monday began deliberating the fate of four men accused in Los Angeles of involvement in the kidnaping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. The deliberations follow a nine-week trial and more than 8,000 pages of testimony given by about 75 witnesses. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie spent more than half an hour reading a lengthy set of instructions to the jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday upheld a lower court order granting a new trial to a prominent Mexican businessman convicted of involvement in the 1985 torture and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the May, 1991, decision of U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie, who threw out the conviction of Ruben Zuno Arce on grounds that a federal prosecutor misstated and "exploited" the testimony of a key government witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key prosecution witness in the trial of four men accused of involvement in the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena was caught in several significant contradictions Tuesday while under cross-examination by defense attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1991 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying the prosecution misstated and "exploited" testimony of a key witness, a federal judge Friday threw out the conviction of wealthy Mexican businessman Ruben Zuno Arce in the 1985 torture and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie ordered a new trial for Zuno, the brother-in-law of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria. "I am persuaded that the trial was unfair," Rafeedie said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first two defense witnesses in the Enrique Camarena murder trial gave testimony in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday that raised serious questions about the credibility of one of the most critical prosecution witnesses. Both witnesses are relatives of defendant Javier Vasquez Velasco, 38, who faces a life sentence if convicted of the charges against him.
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