May 27, 1985 |
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.
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June 25, 1989 |
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...
August 20, 2000 |
Oh this age! How tasteless and ill-bred it is!" wrote the Roman poet Catullus in the 1st century BC. He wasn't complaining, mind you, so much as reveling: He was one of the most astonishingly rude and crude literati of all time, a guy whose verses were so explicitly raunchy and full of scatological insults toward his rivals that they make Howard Stern seem like a Care Bear.
September 15, 2002 |
Soon after the news raced through the Rancho Cordova neighborhood of modest ranch-style houses, a street corner memorial cascaded across the sidewalk. Bouquets. Votive candles. Teddy bears. The street sign was festooned with ribbons and cards drawn by children. "I'll remember you like family . . . ." said one.
July 23, 1991 |
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.
April 20, 1985 |
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.
January 18, 1998 |
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.).