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December 8, 1994 | TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John E. Ryan, the federal judge selected to preside over the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history, is a 53-year-old former corporate attorney and decorated Navy fighter pilot with a background in securities cases. Ryan, who sits in the Santa Ana branch of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's hectic Central Division of California, has built a reputation for cost-consciousness and efficiency in eight years on the bench.
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April 30, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, John Edward Ryan began each work day by reciting a bit of verse. "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it . . . or use it for good," the federal judge with a Boston Irishman's accent would remind the crop of lawyers funneling through his courtroom for mundane motions on bankruptcy cases. "But what I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."
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April 1, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John E. Ryan on Friday warned lawyers in Orange County's increasingly complex bond pool bankruptcy case not to expect excessive fees at a time when county employees are being laid off and public services are being slashed. "The county is going through dramatic days," Ryan said. "It is not going to be said that the only group that benefited from this (bankruptcy) are the attorneys.
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April 1, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John E. Ryan on Friday warned lawyers in Orange County's increasingly complex bond pool bankruptcy case not to expect excessive fees at a time when county employees are being laid off and public services are being slashed. "The county is going through dramatic days," Ryan said. "It is not going to be said that the only group that benefited from this (bankruptcy) are the attorneys.
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April 30, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, John Edward Ryan began each work day by reciting a bit of verse. "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it . . . or use it for good," the federal judge with a Boston Irishman's accent would remind the crop of lawyers funneling through his courtroom for mundane motions on bankruptcy cases. "But what I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."
NEWS
December 9, 1994
Key Dates Dec. 12: Federal Bankruptcy Judge John E. Ryan returns from vacation to take over bankruptcy case in Santa Ana from Judge Calvin K Ashland in Los Angeles. First installment of property taxes due. Dec. 23: 30 days after Peer Swan put in official request with county to withdraw all Irvine Ranch money from the fund. Swan says if he doesn't have written approval of oversight committee, he wants out. State law says county has 30 days to give them money.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1995 | Times Staff Reports
Debt Extension Deadline: Friday is the deadline for holders of $800 million in Orange County short-term notes to determine if they'll allow the county to delay payment on the debt, a move that county officials describe as necessary if the county is to avoid an immediate default. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John E. Ryan approved the proposed compromise last week.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Investors Win Case Against Hill Williams: A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ordered former real estate developer Donald Hill Williams to pay $20 million to the investors, who lost about $90 million in the now defunct Hill Williams Development Corp. of Anaheim. Judge John E. Ryan's decision settled a lawsuit filed by about 900 mostly elderly plaintiffs who said Williams defrauded them in land investment schemes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1997 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER
Community activists challenging the constitutionality of legislation that helped bail Orange County out of bankruptcy oppose county efforts to have the suit heard in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, their lawyer said Wednesday. Richard I. Fine filed a motion to remand the action to Orange County Superior Court, where he first filed it Dec. 18. It wound up before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John E. Ryan when Bruce Bennett, the county's bankruptcy lawyer, filed a motion asking that Ryan hear the case.
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December 8, 1994 | TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John E. Ryan, the federal judge selected to preside over the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history, is a 53-year-old former corporate attorney and decorated Navy fighter pilot with a background in securities cases. Ryan, who sits in the Santa Ana branch of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's hectic Central Division of California, has built a reputation for cost-consciousness and efficiency in eight years on the bench.
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