April 30, 1987
The defense's final arguments in the "Twilight Zone" involuntary manslaughter trial have been postponed until next week because of the illness of a defense attorney. The action was taken after Eugene L. Trope, who represents helicopter pilot Dorcey Wingo, became ill with an inner-ear infection. Trope, along with attorneys for three other defendants, are scheduled to deliver their arguments after James F. Neal, who represents film director John Landis, concludes.
August 29, 1986
A 12-member jury--made up mainly of blue-collar workers, hospital employees and homemakers--was selected Thursday to decide the fate of film director John Landis and four associates in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter case. The panel of seven men and five women, will return to court Wednesday for opening statements. "I'm very happy," said the prosecutor Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1987 |
A cameraman on the "Twilight Zone" film set testified Tuesday that when he warned director John Landis of the possible dangers of filming a mock Vietnam battle scene, Landis replied, "We may lose the helicopter." The cameraman, Stephen Lydecker, 45, added that he was "a bit shocked" by the statement.
January 8, 1987 |
A cameraman on the "Twilight Zone" film set maintained Wednesday that when he warned director John Landis of the possible dangers of filming a mock Vietnam battle scene, Landis replied, "We may lose the helicopter." But the cameraman, Stephen Lydecker, 45, gave various interpretations of Landis' remark inside and outside the courtroom as he concluded a two-day appearance on the witness stand in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Landis and four associates.
September 13, 1986 |
Director John Landis' motive for staging the climactic, special effects-laden "Twilight Zone" scene that resulted in the deaths of three actors was to outdo Steven Spielberg, who produced the film and directed another segment, the prosecutor in Landis' manslaughter trial said witnesses have told her. In a closed court session, Deputy Dist. Atty.
September 20, 1997 |
Vice President Al Gore, acknowledging the seriousness of the legal and political controversy facing him, has retained two private defense lawyers, his aides said Friday. Gore's hiring of the lawyers--both politically seasoned former prosecutors--comes as Atty. Gen. Janet Reno is reviewing whether to seek appointment of an independent counsel to investigate aspects of the vice president's fund-raising for the 1996 campaign. Reno has until Oct.