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February 3, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
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.
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August 29, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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February 24, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993
Unbeknown to his lawyer, Los Angeles police Sgt. Stacey C. Koon sent a short note to U.S. District Judge John G. Davies just after verdicts in the Rodney G. King civil rights case were read. In the note, Koon referred to Davies' appreciation of clear and concise language and thanked the judge for a "fair trial," an unusual compliment given that the sergeant and his lawyer are planning to appeal his conviction in the federal trial.
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August 8, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first reunion of jurors in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial was punctuated Saturday by complaints from five jurors that Officer Laurence M. Powell and Sgt. Stacey C. Koon should have received longer prison sentences than the 2 1/2-year terms handed down Wednesday. One in the group, who wished to only be identified as Juror No. 3, had tears well in his eyes as he denounced the sentence by U.S. District Judge John G.
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April 19, 1993 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. District Judge John G. Davies, who will decide the fates of the two police officers convicted of the beating of Rodney G. King, is a political moderate who over the years has increasingly handed down moderate to light sentences. "The only thing that causes me worry is sentencing," the Australian native once told a reporter. "That is a heavy responsibility. When you look across at someone whose freedom you have in your hands. . . ."
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March 19, 1993 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over protests that he would perpetuate the status quo, the Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed a wealthy longtime friend and political supporter of Gov. Pete Wilson as a regent of the troubled University of California. Approval of San Diego attorney John G. Davies for a 12-year term followed an impassioned floor fight over whether Davies could provide the leadership needed as UC confronts swiftly shifting economic and social challenges.
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March 4, 1993 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday narrowly approved the appointment of Gov. Pete Wilson's personal attorney to the UC Board of Regents, rejecting opposition that the governor's pick was based on gender, wealth and political connections. A 3-1 vote of the five-member committee sent the appointment of John G. Davies to the full Senate for confirmation, where Senate leader David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys) forecast Davies probably will be approved later in the month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has denied an effort by Rodney G. King's lawyer to prevent U.S. District Judge John G. Davies from presiding over King's civil case against the city of Los Angeles. In a two-page order received by lawyers in the case Monday, U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. said King's lawyers had failed to show that Davies was biased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has denied an effort by Rodney G. King's lawyer to prevent U.S. District Judge John G. Davies from presiding over King's civil case against the city of Los Angeles. In a two-page order received by lawyers in the case Monday, U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. said King's lawyers had failed to show that Davies was biased.
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September 28, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The two Los Angeles police officers convicted of violating Rodney G. King's civil rights were abruptly released from prison Monday--shortly after they checked in--by a federal judge who, in a surprising reversal of his earlier decision, granted them two weeks of freedom while they appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision came as Sgt. Stacey C. Koon was turning himself in at the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp at Dublin, Calif., 40 miles east of San Francisco. Officer Laurence M.
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August 19, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. District Judge John G. Davies, whose 2 1/2-year prison sentences for Officer Laurence M. Powell and Sgt. Stacey C. Koon have been sharply criticized in some quarters, defended his sentences in a rare interview Wednesday. "The application of the guidelines is a very complicated process, and the search for a just result was my entire mission," Davies said in an interview with The Times. "I did my best to be fair."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With lawyers on both sides of Rodney G. King's lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles expressing optimism that a settlement might be in the offing, a federal judge Monday gave the parties 30 days to strike a deal but set a trial date for early next year in case the talks prove fruitless. If no settlement is reached, the trial is scheduled to begin March 22. That would make it the third high-profile trial in three years to grow out of the March 3, 1991, police beating of King.
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August 8, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first reunion of jurors in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial was punctuated Saturday by complaints from five jurors that Officer Laurence M. Powell and Sgt. Stacey C. Koon should have received longer prison sentences than the 2 1/2-year terms handed down Wednesday. One in the group, who wished to only be identified as Juror No. 3, had tears well in his eyes as he denounced the sentence by U.S. District Judge John G.
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August 6, 1993 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated and angered by what they view as excessively lenient sentences imposed this week on two LAPD officers in the Rodney G. King civil rights case, leaders in Los Angeles' African-American community are facing troubling questions as another racially charged trial looms on the horizon. In recent months, most of these mainstream church and political leaders have sought to portray the King beating and the assault on truck driver Reginald O.
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August 6, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As U.S. District Judge John G. Davies meticulously laid out his version of what happened during the beating of Rodney G. King, he minimized the illegal conduct of Stacey C. Koon and Laurence M. Powell. But, at the same time, Davies' controversial factual findings also cast a shadow across one of their acquitted colleagues--Officer Theodore J. Briseno, the only one of the four accused officers who has any chance of getting his job back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With lawyers on both sides of Rodney G. King's lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles expressing optimism that a settlement might be in the offing, a federal judge Monday gave the parties 30 days to strike a deal but set a trial date for early next year in case the talks prove fruitless. If no settlement is reached, the trial is scheduled to begin March 22. That would make it the third high-profile trial in three years to grow out of the March 3, 1991, police beating of King.
NEWS
August 6, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As U.S. District Judge John G. Davies meticulously laid out his version of what happened during the beating of Rodney G. King, he minimized the illegal conduct of Stacey C. Koon and Laurence M. Powell. But, at the same time, Davies' controversial factual findings also cast a shadow across one of their acquitted colleagues--Officer Theodore J. Briseno, the only one of the four accused officers who has any chance of getting his job back.
NEWS
August 5, 1993 | TED ROHRLICH and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
En route to his relatively lenient finding that two Los Angeles police officers should serve 2 1/2 years in prison for beating Rodney G. King, a federal judge Wednesday made three key judgment calls: The beating was severe. King provoked it. And the officers have already suffered substantial punishment. U.S. District Judge John G.
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