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December 12, 1988 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
The prospect of six hours without a cigarette still gives James J. Tabacca a twinge--even though his craving for nicotine may mean going to jail. Tabacca, whose last name is the Italian word for tobacco, is the 34-year-old Los Angeles mortician who flew into a legal tangle last Dec. 30 when he became embroiled in a plane-wide dispute over a smoking ban on a transcontinental flight.
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December 12, 1988 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
The prospect of six hours without a cigarette still gives James J. Tabacca a twinge--even though his craving for nicotine may mean going to jail. Tabacca, whose last name is the Italian word for tobacco, is the 34-year-old Los Angeles mortician who flew into a legal tangle last Dec. 30 when he became embroiled in a plane-wide dispute over a smoking ban on a transcontinental flight.
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July 27, 1991
A mistrial was declared Friday in federal court proceedings against a Studio City hairdresser accused of cursing and manhandling an airline stewardess who ordered him to put out his cigarette on a cross-country flight. After a day of deliberations, jurors said they were hopelessly split 7 to 5 in favor of convicting James J. Tabacca, 37, on a charge of interfering with the duties of a flight crew.
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November 14, 1988 | From Associated Press
A North Hollywood undertaker who intimidated an airline stewardess when he was ordered to stop smoking on a TWA flight from Boston to Los Angeles last Dec. 31 was sentenced today to spend 15 days in prison as part of a sentence the judge said was designed to protect the flying public. U.S. District Judge A.
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January 30, 1991
A federal appeals court Tuesday granted a new trial to a Hollywood mortician who allegedly lit up in a nonsmoking section on a cross-country flight and shoved a flight attendant who tried to stop him. James J. Tabacca, 36, was convicted two years ago of interfering with a flight attendant. He has not yet served his sentence of 15 days in prison, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine. A three-judge panel of the U.S.
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November 15, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A mortician whose outburst was part of an angry free-for-all that erupted aboard a cross-country TWA flight when smoking was unexpectedly banned was sentenced Monday to serve 15 days in jail and pay a $500 fine. James J. Tabacca, 34, was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for his conviction on one count of interfering with the duties of a flight crew member stemming from his noisy tirade against a flight attendant who ordered him to extinguish his cigarette.
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July 27, 1991 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Friday in federal court proceedings against a Studio City hairdresser accused of cursing at and manhandling an airline stewardess who ordered him to put out his cigarette on a cross-country flight. After a day of deliberations, jurors said they were hopelessly split 7 to 5 in favor of convicting James J. Tabacca, 37, on a charge of interfering with the duties of a flight crew. After dismissing the jury, U. S. District Judge David W.
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August 31, 1988 | GUY MAXTONE-GRAHAM, Staff Writer
A mortician on a cross-country flight became enraged, twisted a flight attendant's arm behind her back and shoved her across the aisle of the airplane when he was told he could not smoke, a prosecutor said Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court. Assistant U.S. Atty. Robin R. Scroggie said in his opening argument that James J. Tabacca began hurling profanities and assaulted the TWA flight attendant when she tried to enforce a smoking ban on the flight from Boston to Los Angeles last December.
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