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November 10, 1993 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe (Pegleg) Morgan, a Slavic-American street kid from the Eastside who grew up to become the Mexican Mafia's reputed godfather, has died of cancer while serving a life sentence in state prison, correctional officials said Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An admitted member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang testified Wednesday that a 1991 attack against him at the Los Angeles County Jail--in which he was stabbed 26 times--wasn't part of any murder conspiracy hatched by the group as federal prosecutors contend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Edward James Olmos, whose film "American Me" angered the Mexican Mafia, was allegedly extorted for money and property by prison gang members. The disclosures are contained in a defense motion filed in a federal racketeering case against reputed Mexican Mafia members. The revelations represent the first time a public document has named the actor as an alleged victim of the group. There have been long-standing suspicions that Olmos was targeted by the prison gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The prosecution's chief witness in the Mexican Mafia trial in Los Angeles federal court admitted Wednesday that he had said that actor Edward James Olmos was "fair game" if someone "wanted to do whatever" to him, but denied that he was advocating violence. The admission by Ernest "Chuco" Castro helped bolster defense arguments that Castro, and not the 13 defendants, instigated many of the misdeeds detailed in the federal government's case against the Eme, the street nickname for the prison gang.
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June 13, 1993 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a discreet corner booth of the Colima Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, while armed marshals stood watch outside, a former Mexican Mafia hit man confirmed what actor Edward James Olmos feared. Since the release of the movie "American Me," his harsh tale of Chicano prison gangs, Olmos had been shaken by rumblings that the Mexican Mafia wanted him killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1994
From "dancing landmark" Eileen Anderson to groundbreaking musician Frank Zappa, Los Angeles lost some of its legends in 1993. Some were born here, others died here, and still others made their mark in the entertainment industry that calls Hollywood home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1996 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the midst of an otherwise uneventful first month of trial for 13 reputed members and associates of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, convicted murderer Johnny Torres provided the first hint of the dramatic testimony that is expected in this case. Unlike the law enforcement types in business suits who have testified so far, Torres, wearing a sweater, came to court and candidly spoke about his violent past, one that included ripping off drug dealers, assaults, robberies and murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the prosecution's chief witness in the Mexican Mafia trial finally completed his testimony, it wasn't soon enough for the supporters of the 13 defendants on trial. "Get out of here," muttered one relative in the audience as Ernest (Chuco) Castro left the Los Angeles courtroom Friday after spending nearly two months on the witness stand, testifying against his former brethren in the Mexican Mafia prison gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
It looks like the kind of police station that Hollywood would design for a period-piece cop series, but it's a real police station with a real pokey, a place where some big cases came down, and where a future Los Angeles police chief once cooled his heels as a juvenile delinquent. And now Police Station No.
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