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December 5, 1989
A federal judge in Santa Ana on Monday absolved the California Republican Central Committee of any liability stemming from a decision by local Republicans to station security guards at several polling places in Orange County on Election Day in November, 1988. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts said it would require "piling inference on inference" to conclude that the committee was responsible for actions it knew nothing about until afterward.
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September 4, 1991
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a suit by Azusa city officials who had complained that fish, birds and the region's ground water supply are threatened by an experimental project that has drained a reservoir in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. U. S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts in Los Angeles said the case is dominated by state issues, not federal ones. Letts also said the case had no merit.
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April 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man accused of participating in an international smuggling ring that brought rare Asian tortoises into the United States was sentenced Tuesday to 6 1/2 months in federal prison. Wai Ho Gin was also ordered to spend another 6 1/2 months in home detention by U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts. Gin, 32, of Diamond Bar had pleaded guilty to smuggling and conspiracy charges in October. In his plea agreement, Gin admitted to working with Umesh Tekani, an alleged accomplice in Singapore, in smuggling the endangered radiated and Indian star tortoises worth more than $30,000.
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April 7, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A Westminster man who admitted he has "a lot of problems with black people" was sentenced to 37 months in prison today for setting fire to a cross on the lawn of a black family in Westminster. Gary A. Skillman, 24, terrorized Alvin Heisser, his wife and two children by burning the cross in the family's yard July 28, 1988. It was the first in a series of hate crimes against blacks, Latinos, Asians and Jews in the Indian Village area of Westminster. Skillman was sentenced to prison by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1990
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of two Costa Mesa men who are challenging the constitutionality of a provision of the city's dayworker ordinance. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts agreed with the city's attorney that he had no jurisdiction to make a ruling on the constitutionality question while a similar challenge is proceeding in state court.
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August 8, 1992
The Los Angeles city attorney's office has decided not to appeal a $378,175 award of fees to a team of attorneys who were successful earlier this year in a police brutality suit against former Chief Daryl F. Gates and nine officers. Payment of the award must still be approved by the City Council, the city attorney's office said. After a three-month trial, a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992
The city of Los Angeles will appeal a ruling that stripped council members of immunity from being sued or personally paying damages in a police abuse case in which they voted to pay damages against former Chief Daryl F. Gates and nine officers, the city attorney's office told a federal judge Thursday. Deputy City Atty. Don Vincent said the appeal stops civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman from beginning depositions of the council members.
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October 29, 1994
A federal judge declared a mistrial in an excessive-force lawsuit that ultimately may determine if the Los Angeles City Council helped foster a policy of police brutality. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts dismissed the jury when he learned that a key plaintiff witness was unable to testify and that another did not have firsthand knowledge of what she going to be asked about.
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