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January 31, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Thursday ordered an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil case involving a police shooting to be jailed, but then allowed the agent to remain free pending an appeal. The order was a technical maneuver needed to speed federal prosecutors' appeal of a contempt order U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts issued against FBI Agent Richard Boeh last week. Boeh has been investigating a Los Angeles police shooting that occurred after a holdup in Sunland in 1990.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles federal judge has been removed from a criminal case because of a remark he made questioning the credibility of defendants who choose to take the witness stand. During a pretrial conference in his chambers Feb. 1, U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts told defense lawyers and prosecutors: "In my experience, innocent people, such as there are, don't testify. Guilty people do often. Innocent people don't because, by definition, there is a hole in the government's case."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Justice Department's emergency appeal of a contempt order against an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil rights trial about a Los Angeles police shooting was denied Wednesday on an unusual technicality--the judge did not punish the agent for failing to testify. The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sets the stage for the possible fining or jailing of FBI Agent Richard Boeh today because the appeals court can only review Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles city officials Tuesday lost their bid to bar a federal court judge, who they allege is biased, from handling lawsuits against the LAPD's elite undercover squad. The legal setback for city officials means that U.S. District Court Judge J. Spencer Letts will continue hearing cases against the LAPD's controversial Special Investigations Section.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles city officials Tuesday lost their bid to bar a federal court judge, who they allege is biased, from handling lawsuits against the LAPD's elite undercover squad. The legal setback for city officials means that U.S. District Court Judge J. Spencer Letts will continue hearing cases against the LAPD's controversial Special Investigations Section.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court judge is so biased against police he should be barred from handling any lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department's elite undercover squad, attorneys for top city officials alleged in court documents filed Friday. The risky legal maneuver to remove U.S. District Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Complaining that the Justice Department is putting "its own interest above the interest of justice," a federal judge held an FBI agent in contempt Thursday for refusing to testify about a federal investigation of a Los Angeles police shooting that left three suspected robbers dead. U.S. District Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge ordered an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil case involving a police shooting to be jailed Thursday, but then allowed the agent to remain free pending an appeal. The jail order was a technical maneuver needed to speed federal prosecutors' appeal of a contempt order that U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts issued against FBI Agent Richard Boeh last week. Boeh has been investigating a Los Angeles police shooting that occurred after a holdup in Sunland in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles federal judge has been removed from a criminal case because of a remark he made questioning the credibility of defendants who choose to take the witness stand. During a pretrial conference in his chambers Feb. 1, U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts told defense lawyers and prosecutors: "In my experience, innocent people, such as there are, don't testify. Guilty people do often. Innocent people don't because, by definition, there is a hole in the government's case."
BUSINESS
November 13, 1985
Semtech, a Newbury Park-based maker of power equipment, said its chairman, J. Spencer Letts, 50, resigned. He was nominated last week by President Reagan to fill a newly created federal judgeship in Los Angeles. The company said it did not know whether Letts will be replaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court judge is so biased against police he should be barred from handling any lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department's elite undercover squad, attorneys for top city officials alleged in court documents filed Friday. The risky legal maneuver to remove U.S. District Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge ordered an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil case involving a police shooting to be jailed Thursday, but then allowed the agent to remain free pending an appeal. The jail order was a technical maneuver needed to speed federal prosecutors' appeal of a contempt order that U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts issued against FBI Agent Richard Boeh last week. Boeh has been investigating a Los Angeles police shooting that occurred after a holdup in Sunland in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Thursday ordered an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil case involving a police shooting to be jailed, but then allowed the agent to remain free pending an appeal. The order was a technical maneuver needed to speed federal prosecutors' appeal of a contempt order U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts issued against FBI Agent Richard Boeh last week. Boeh has been investigating a Los Angeles police shooting that occurred after a holdup in Sunland in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Justice Department's emergency appeal of a contempt order against an FBI agent who refused to testify in a civil rights trial about a Los Angeles police shooting was denied Wednesday on an unusual technicality--the judge did not punish the agent for failing to testify. The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sets the stage for the possible fining or jailing of FBI Agent Richard Boeh today because the appeals court can only review Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Complaining that the Justice Department is putting "its own interest above the interest of justice," a federal judge held an FBI agent in contempt Thursday for refusing to testify about a federal investigation of a Los Angeles police shooting that left three suspected robbers dead. U.S. District Judge J.
NEWS
December 17, 1985
Nominations of four federal court judges were confirmed by the U.S. Senate in its pre-adjournment clearing of the calendar. Judges John Noonan and David Thompson were confirmed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Dickran M. Tevizian Jr. and J. Spencer Letts were confirmed as judges of the U.S. Central District of California.
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