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January 21, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG
Argentine rock star Miguel Mateos was puzzled last summer when he began receiving dozens of fan letters postmarked far from his Buenos Aires home--places like Chicago, New York, Miami and Fresno. Mateos, whose recordings have sold more than 1.2 million copies in Latin America and who has shared concert billing in his country with such international rock acts as Queen and INXS, had never stepped on stage in the United States and his records were barely known here. So why these fan letters?
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January 21, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG
Argentine rock star Miguel Mateos was puzzled last summer when he began receiving dozens of fan letters postmarked far from his Buenos Aires home--places like Chicago, New York, Miami and Fresno. Mateos, whose recordings have sold more than 1.2 million copies in Latin America and who has shared concert billing in his country with such international rock acts as Queen and INXS, had never stepped on stage in the United States and his records were barely known here. So why these fan letters?
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November 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A San Leandro sausage maker, charged with killing three meat inspectors, has been denied a request for a new lawyer. Stuart Alexander wanted his public defenders replaced by private attorneys Jack Leavitt and Jim Crew at the county's expense. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson refused the request after Leavitt argued for the change. Alexander inherited the successful Santos Linguisa Factory in San Leandro from his parents, but he is now in poor financial shape.
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June 26, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Bradford, an amateur photographer with a long history of violence toward women, on Thursday asked for and received a Los Angeles judge's signature on death warrants ordering his execution for the 1984 strangling murders of two aspiring models. It was exactly what Bradford wanted, his lawyer said.
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July 16, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite a court ruling that once again gives death row inmates the option of dying by cyanide gas, the lawyer for the first man scheduled to be executed under the new system says the inmate will choose lethal injection. "The lethal injection is basically a painless approach, and the gas chamber is torture. [The choice] was essentially a nonissue," said Jack Leavitt, attorney for Bill Bradford, who is scheduled to be executed Aug. 18 for two Southern California murders a decade ago.
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July 22, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Condemned killer Bill Bradford seems perfectly willing to face his execution next month, but don't talk to him about moving out of his cell. At least not yet. The man who killed two aspiring models in 1994, and previously told judges he was ready to die, briefly sought late last week to halt his Aug. 18 execution. The reason: Guards were preparing to move him closer to the execution chamber from his cell on San Quentin prison's death row.
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August 13, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With just five days standing between condemned killer Bill Bradford and the execution he once wanted but now fears, his case has descended into unseemly legal chaos. Two attorneys are fighting over the death row inmate. Each insists that he is Bradford's sole legal representative. Both have filed separate documents before separate federal judges in Los Angeles. Both--in case files bearing different numbers--request stays of execution.
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August 14, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The execution that Bill Bradford wanted and then feared was postponed indefinitely on Thursday, two hours after officials at San Quentin State Prison moved the condemned man to Cell No. 1--the cell closest to the death chamber. U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W. Lew granted a stay of execution in response to court papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles by Bradford's new lawyer, Robert R. Bryan.
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July 8, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's gas chamber, idled for nearly four years after a judge declared it inhumane, could be back in operation as early as next month after an appellate court ruling that death row inmates can choose between gas or lethal injection, state officials said Tuesday. The ruling, by the U.S.
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August 22, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Two gun dealers and three firearms distributors have agreed to do more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, ending four years of litigation against them by lawyers for 12 California cities and counties, officials said Thursday. This is the first time that members of the gun industry have settled a lawsuit by agreeing to changes in their business practices, according to Dennis Henigan, director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
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November 25, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Serial wife-killer Jerry Stanley wants to die. Imprisoned on death row for the past 28 years, Stanley insists he deserves execution for the cold-blooded killing of his fourth wife in 1980 and for shooting to death his second wife five years earlier in front of their two children. Despairing of the isolation and monotony of San Quentin's rooftop fortress for the purportedly doomed, Stanley earlier this year stepped up his campaign for a date with the executioner by offering to solve the cold case of his third wife's disappearance 31 years ago — by disclosing where he buried her body.
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