CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1994 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday denied Rodney G. King's request that U.S. District Judge John G. Davies be prevented from presiding over King's civil case against the city of Los Angeles and the police officers who beat him. However, one of the three appellate judges, Stephen Reinhardt, suggested that Davies voluntarily bow out.
March 28, 2003 |
While "Ordinary Sinner" manages to capture the sense of confusion and uncertainty a young man experiences at a crossroads in his life, it is a slack and preachy business that never comes to grips with its underlying theme of homophobia. It suffers further from the curse of many another awkward first film: an incessant hearts-and-flowers score that ordains every response. Peter (Brendan P.
October 27, 1987 |
"Positive I.D." (selected theaters) is a non-exploitive little psychological thriller springing off from two basic premises. It's an attack on the emotional carnage wreaked on a rape victim in a typical middle-class community and it's also an investigation into split identities--and the ways a fraudulent personality can be manufactured in our computerized culture. It's not quite successful on either level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1995 |
A federal judge has thrown out the death penalty for a convicted Ventura County killer and rapist who spent the last 14 years on Death Row. U.S. District Judge John G. Davies said Friday that a Ventura judge should have allowed a prison psychologist to testify during the 1981 sentencing of Robert McClain. The psychologist would have testified that McClain did not pose a threat to prison guards and could have adjusted to prison life, his attorneys said.
February 24, 1993 |
Five groups led by California Common Cause opened a campaign Tuesday to derail Gov. Pete Wilson's appointment of a close friend and large campaign donor to the University of California Board of Regents. At a news conference, the organizations charged that John G. Davies' appointment violates California's constitutional requirement that the Board of Regents must reflect the state's social, cultural and economic diversity.
September 8, 1996 |
Who has the real story? Is the devil in the conflicting details of Edward Klein's "All Too Human" and Christopher Andersen's "Jack and Jackie"? Did Jack propose by cablegram or during an overseas phone call? Did Jackie love Jack? Did Jack love Jackie? And why have I consumed each page of the Jack & Jackie books like some slightly stale bonbons gloriously tasty when found after a midnight chocoholic kitchen plundering? I can manage a knowledgeable answer only to the last question: I am addicted.
January 29, 1990 |
Judge Drops Unocal Suit Against Mesa Petroleum: Judge John Davies of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Mesa Limited Partnership in dismissing a lawsuit brought by Unocal Corp. stemming from Mesa's unsuccessful attempt to take over Unocal in 1985. Unocal had sought profits resulting from Mesa's disposal of 6.7 million shares of Unocal stock. (Filed June 3, 1986. Case No. CV86-3564 JGD)