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May 27, 1985 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
This isn't Burger King. We don't do it your way here. --Judge Manuel L. Real's favorite saying. The courtroom confrontation took place more than 30 years ago, but the most controversial federal judge in Los Angeles remembers it today as an early lesson in judicial style. Chief U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real, then a young prosecutor, had decided that his only chance of winning a conviction before an unsympathetic judge was to demand a jury trial. But U.S. District Judge Pierson M.
June 25, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Five years ago, June Mincher, a 245-pound prostitute with a lavender Rolls-Royce, was shot to death on a Van Nuys sidewalk by a swift and efficient killer, setting off an investigation that unearthed a bizarre cast of characters and seamy tales, but convicted no one. This month some of the mystery appears to be unraveling in a court hearing into another killing a world away--the world of the "Cotton Club" slaying with its Hollywood celebrities and...
October 9, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH and DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writers
Long just a sleepy town in rural south-central Florida that swelled each winter with the influx of vacationers, Okeechobee in recent years has become a center for the lucrative drug-smuggling trade. Planes loaded with contraband land in isolated fields in the county or on the lake, which is almost 50 miles wide and covers a half-million acres. Still, it was a shock to learn about Larry Greenberger. Larry was the scion of an old and respected local family, and few, if any, residents suspected that he was a big-time cocaine dealer.
Eight years after the bullet-riddled body of New York impresario Roy Radin was found in a dry creek bed near Gorman, a jury Monday found onetime drug dealer and would-be Hollywood deal-maker Karen Greenberger and three bodyguards guilty of murder and kidnaping in what became known as the "Cotton Club" murder. Greenberger, 43, and Robert Lowe, 44, were convicted of second-degree murder and kidnaping, requiring an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole.
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Joseph Paul Franklin, a racist who targeted African Americans, Jews and tried to assassinate Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, was executed Wednesday morning in Missouri, officials said. The execution came after Flynt, who has used a wheelchair since the 1978 attack, unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy for his assailant. It also came after a string of failed last-moment legal appeals delayed the execution by several hours. Technically, Franklin, who was executed at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Mo., went to his death for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack on a St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
January 18, 1998 | Kenneth Turan
In its excesses and extravagances, its fascination with sex, religion, celebrity, bad taste and making a whole lot of money, there is no more American story than that of combative pornographer and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. Czech-born Milos Forman has had the clarity to turn it into a provocative and engrossing motion picture starring Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love (pictured) (HBO Saturday at 9 p.m.).
April 20, 1985 | United Press International
A federal judge Friday upheld a jury verdict ordering Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt to pay the Rev. Jerry Falwell $200,000 for emotional distress caused by a bogus advertisement accusing the evangelist of drunkenness and incest. A U.S. District Court jury ruled last December that the so-called "ad parody" was not libelous because no one would believe it, but awarded the damages anyway. Judge James Turk upheld the verdict Friday.
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