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November 9, 1987
I would like to comment upon Howard Rosenberg's review ("The 'Boys Club' and Trial by TV," Calendar, Nov. 6). Rosenberg points out that Jim Pittman, the bodyguard of convicted murdered Joe Hunt, the central character in "The Billionaire Boys Club," attempted to stop the broadcast of NBC's program. Without explaining why, Rosenberg concludes, "If there is a third Pittman trial, it may be hard to find jurors who might not have seen the miniseries and been influenced by it. Anyone watching the miniseries almost certainly will be convinced of the guilt of Pittman."
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December 2, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Calling the request an instance of "buyer's remorse," a judge on Tuesday refused to allow alleged Billionaire Boys Club triggerman Jim Pittman to withdraw his guilty plea. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht sentenced Pittman to concurrent sentences of three years and six months for having been an accessory to murder after the fact and possession of a concealed weapon, a pen gun.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Calling the request an instance of "buyer's remorse," a judge on Tuesday refused to allow alleged Billionaire Boys Club triggerman Jim Pittman to withdraw his guilty plea. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht sentenced Pittman to concurrent sentences of three years and six months for having been an accessory to murder after the fact and possession of a concealed weapon, a pen gun.
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November 27, 1987 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
Arguing that he made "a big mistake" in pleading guilty earlier this month to charges related to the 1984 slaying of a Beverly Hills con man, Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard James Pittman wants to withdraw his plea and ask for a new trial. In a court motion filed earlier this week, Pittman's lawyers argue that their client very reluctantly pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact in the slaying of Ron Levin only after "the repeated urgings" of his lawyers.
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November 4, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder case against Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman after jurors deadlocked 8 to 4, leaning toward acquittal. Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht dismissed the jury after the foreman sent him a note saying jurors were unable to reach a decision and they told him that there had been no change in their individual positions in nine days of deliberations and six ballots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact Tuesday when the district attorney's office agreed to drop murder and robbery charges against the suspected triggerman in the 1984 slaying of Beverly Hills con man Ron Levin. Pittman, 34, also pleaded guilty to a second felony, possession of a concealed weapon, a pen gun. The plea bargain means that he will, technically, be a free man after sentencing on Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1987 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
Arguing that he made "a big mistake" in pleading guilty earlier this month to charges related to the 1984 slaying of a Beverly Hills con man, Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard James Pittman wants to withdraw his plea and ask for a new trial. In a court motion filed earlier this week, Pittman's lawyers argue that their client very reluctantly pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact in the slaying of Ron Levin only after "the repeated urgings" of his lawyers.
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May 21, 1993 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman, who twice eluded conviction on charges that he killed Beverly Hills con man Ron Levin, admitted in a television interview that he did commit the crime. "Yes, I did kill Ron Levin, but I can't be tried for it twice," Pittman said in an interview aired Thursday on "A Current Affair."
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May 12, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
The penalty phase in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt--in which jurors will recommend either death or life in prison without parole for the former boy tycoon--began Monday with the defense arguing that sending Hunt to the gas chamber would be unfair because his victim's body has never been found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A jury beginning its second day of deliberations in the murder trial of Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt was admonished Tuesday to "disregard completely" media reports about the case amid new claims that the victim has been seen alive by at least three people.
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November 11, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact Tuesday when the district attorney's office agreed to drop murder and robbery charges against the suspected triggerman in the 1984 slaying of Beverly Hills con man Ron Levin. Pittman, 34, also pleaded guilty to a second felony, possession of a concealed weapon, a pen gun. The plea bargain means that he will, technically, be a free man after sentencing on Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1987
I would like to comment upon Howard Rosenberg's review ("The 'Boys Club' and Trial by TV," Calendar, Nov. 6). Rosenberg points out that Jim Pittman, the bodyguard of convicted murdered Joe Hunt, the central character in "The Billionaire Boys Club," attempted to stop the broadcast of NBC's program. Without explaining why, Rosenberg concludes, "If there is a third Pittman trial, it may be hard to find jurors who might not have seen the miniseries and been influenced by it. Anyone watching the miniseries almost certainly will be convinced of the guilt of Pittman."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder case against Billionaire Boys Club bodyguard Jim Pittman after jurors deadlocked 8 to 4, leaning toward acquittal. Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht dismissed the jury after the foreman sent him a note saying jurors were unable to reach a decision and they told him that there had been no change in their individual positions in nine days of deliberations and six ballots.
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August 23, 1987 | Rick Sherwood
In the now-filming "Billionaire Boys Club" miniseries, one of the characters depicted is up on charges in two separate murder cases. So how is NBC handling it? Well, Jim Pittman (real name), bodyguard for convicted murderer/BBC leader Joe Hunt, will be known in the program as Frank Booker. Pittman is about to be retried in the celebrated Ron Levin murder case (the first trial resulted in a hung jury) and is up on kidnap/murder charges in a separate case in Northern California.
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November 2, 1986 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
They were hardly errand lists, the yellow legal pad pages that turned up in Ron Levin's Beverly Hills duplex two months after his disappearance. On the top sheet, below the heading, "At Levin's TO DO," were listed 15 numbered items: "close blinds, scan for tape recorder, tape mouth, handcuff, put gloves on, explain situation, kill dog." The lists puzzled Levin's stepfather, who found and gave them to Beverly Hills detectives during a search of the apartment, he would later testify.
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