August 11, 1988
The Senate Rules Committee reversed itself for the second time and agreed on a 3-2 vote to pay $20,000 to settle a libel suit filed against former Sen. John Schmitz. The settlement stemmed from a 1981 press release in which the one-time Republican legislator from Corona del Mar characterized feminist attorney Gloria Allred as a "slick, butch lawyeress." Allred sued and won an apology and the out-of-court settlement from Schmitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1988
Thank you for the article (Jan. 24) concerning Orange County's state legislators. For many years, the county has been treated unfairly because of the reputation and antics of legislators such as John Briggs and John Schmitz. Fortunately, today's Orange County delegation is more pragmatic and effective. Also, as your article points out, the presence of state Sen. Cecil Green has helped Orange County immensely. For example, it was he who persuaded the Democratic legislators in Sacramento to approve the recent toll-road bill.
July 15, 1987
The state and not former state Sen. John Schmitz should pay Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred $20,000 because he called her a "slick butch lawyeress," Superior Court Judge Leon Savitch ruled. Allred, who said the taxpayers should not have to make the payment in settlement of her 1982 suit against the former Newport Beach legislator, said she will ask the state controller not to issue the check. She said she plans to ask members of the state Senate Rules Committee to support her request.
August 21, 1986 |
Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred today won $20,000 and a public apology from former state Sen. John Schmitz, who conceded that the feminist lawyer is "not a slick butch lawyeress" as he described her in a 1981 press release. "It's always been my position that if I could force Sen.
August 23, 1986 |
Taxpayers will pay a $20,000 libel suit settlement against former state Sen. John Schmitz, who was taken to court for calling a feminist attorney a "slick, butch lawyeress," state legislative officials said Friday. The Senate Rules Committee agreed to pay the settlement costs in an executive session Wednesday, according to a memo from Legislative Counsel Bion Gregory. The settlement "falls within the parameters approved by the Rules Committee on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1997 |
A Washington schoolteacher who pleaded guilty last month to having sex with a 13-year-old student, whose child she bore in May, said she had hoped to hide her family identity throughout the ordeal because her father, former Orange County Rep. John Schmitz, is dying of cancer. "It's a tragedy that this came out about me before his death," Mary Kay LeTourneau, one of Schmitz's eight children, told the Seattle Times in an emotional interview from jail in Kent, Wash. "He has cancer.