Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJohn Macardican
IN THE NEWS

John Macardican

FEATURED ARTICLES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Businessman John Macardican smiled broadly as he strode into a federal courtroom two weeks ago and took the stand as the government's key witness in the extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III (D-Compton). After working undercover for the FBI for four years, after wearing a concealed body recorder 450 to 500 times, he now was ready to tell his story--how his dream of building a $250-million waste-to-energy plant in Compton was killed because he repeatedly resisted demands for bribes.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With trial testimony drawing to a close, the prosecution and defense battled Wednesday over whether gaps exist in secretly recorded FBI tapes incriminating Rep. Walter R. Tucker III in an extortion scheme. Testifying in his own defense, Tucker contended that the FBI audiotapes and videotapes documenting his dealings with an undercover informant are incomplete.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With trial testimony drawing to a close, the prosecution and defense battled Wednesday over whether gaps exist in secretly recorded FBI tapes incriminating Rep. Walter R. Tucker III in an extortion scheme. Testifying in his own defense, Tucker contended that the FBI audiotapes and videotapes documenting his dealings with an undercover informant are incomplete.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Businessman John Macardican smiled broadly as he strode into a federal courtroom two weeks ago and took the stand as the government's key witness in the extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III (D-Compton). After working undercover for the FBI for four years, after wearing a concealed body recorder 450 to 500 times, he now was ready to tell his story--how his dream of building a $250-million waste-to-energy plant in Compton was killed because he repeatedly resisted demands for bribes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally and two former members of the Compton City Council were accused Wednesday of soliciting bribes from a businessman-turned-FBI informant who tried to build a $250-million waste-to-energy conversion plant in Compton. The accusations came during defense cross-examination of businessman John Macardican, the government's chief witness in the federal extortion trial of Dymally's successor, Walter R. Tucker III.
NEWS
September 5, 1994 | RON RUSSELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
John Macardican came to Compton with lofty promises. The sleek incinerator he wanted to build would transform garbage to energy, put Compton on the cutting edge of waste technology and create jobs for a city in dire need of an economic boost. Instead, the San Gabriel Valley businessman prompted a federal probe resulting in the indictment of a congressman and an investigation of Compton officials, according to sources. It was Macardican, the sources said, who turned in Rep. Walter R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief prosecution witness in the extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III on Thursday introduced a new name to the government's account of political corruption in Compton: retired City Council member Maxcy Filer. John Macardican, taking the witness stand for the first time, said Filer sought a $3,000 payoff in return for supporting his proposed $125-million refuse treatment plant in Compton. In the end, Filer and the four other City Council members voted to kill the plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1995
The prosecution in the federal extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III expressed concern Thursday about a juror whose tardiness has reportedly angered fellow members of the panel, now in their second week of deliberations. During a hearing on an unrelated matter before Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven G. Madison said he worried that the juror's persistent tardiness could possibly indicate "an unwillingness to deliberate."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1995
The jury in the federal extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III on Wednesday asked for clarification of the court's instructions on entrapment. In a memo to Judge Consuelo B. Marshall after seven days of deliberations, the jurors asked what it means to be a "government agent" and whether the prosecution's star witness, John Macardican, fits the definition. The government has accused Tucker of extorting $30,000 in bribes from Macardican while serving as mayor of Compton in 1991 and 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors might have wondered Thursday who was on trial in federal Judge Consuelo B. Marshall's Los Angeles courtroom. Was it U.S. Rep. Walter R. Tucker III, who stands accused of extorting bribes from businesses while serving as mayor of Compton, or was it the U.S. attorney's office, which brought the charges against the two-term Democratic congressman?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally and two former members of the Compton City Council were accused Wednesday of soliciting bribes from a businessman-turned-FBI informant who tried to build a $250-million waste-to-energy conversion plant in Compton. The accusations came during defense cross-examination of businessman John Macardican, the government's chief witness in the federal extortion trial of Dymally's successor, Walter R. Tucker III.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1995 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief prosecution witness in the extortion trial of Rep. Walter R. Tucker III on Thursday introduced a new name to the government's account of political corruption in Compton: retired City Council member Maxcy Filer. John Macardican, taking the witness stand for the first time, said Filer sought a $3,000 payoff in return for supporting his proposed $125-million refuse treatment plant in Compton. In the end, Filer and the four other City Council members voted to kill the plan.
NEWS
September 5, 1994 | RON RUSSELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
John Macardican came to Compton with lofty promises. The sleek incinerator he wanted to build would transform garbage to energy, put Compton on the cutting edge of waste technology and create jobs for a city in dire need of an economic boost. Instead, the San Gabriel Valley businessman prompted a federal probe resulting in the indictment of a congressman and an investigation of Compton officials, according to sources. It was Macardican, the sources said, who turned in Rep. Walter R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1996 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to show that former Compton Councilwoman Patricia Moore was entrapped in a racist plot, her defense lawyer on Friday played for a federal court jury a tape-recording, accidentally made, in which the government's star witness talked about African Americans. In the rambling recording, which was turned over to the defense by the government, businessman-turned-FBI operative John Macardican can be heard telling an FBI agent, "Every black (sic) one's coming from everywhere."
NEWS
December 9, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The troublesome events, the bad and burdensome news, just keep happening in Compton. On Friday, it was the extortion conviction of one of the city's rising political stars, U.S. Rep. Walter R. Tucker III. And even as the verdict was being handed down, there were worries that more troubles may lie ahead. A former city councilwoman, Patricia Moore, also faces extortion charges.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|