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June 15, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. says he and his colleagues "cringed" when they learned that the case of former Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt was being transferred to Orange County. The dominant perception in Los Angeles, Cochran says, is that judges and juries in Orange County deliver assembly-line justice and are hostile to minorities. But Pratt's case landed in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Everett W.
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April 2, 2005 | TIM RUTTEN
In one of the greatest of his late poems, "The Municipal Gallery Revisited," Yeats described coming suddenly upon one of his friends' portraits: "And here's John Synge himself, that rooted man." That was the line that came to mind this week, when, after a long illness, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. died at the untimely age of 67. We were friends for many years and collaborated on his bestselling memoir, "Journey to Justice." O.J.
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September 30, 1995 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The story behind Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.'s riveting and controversial closing argument--which compared a discredited LAPD detective to Hitler--begins with the family tragedy of Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Charles Lindner. "When Johnnie and I started talking about Fuhrman, I brought up my mother's experiences in Munich from 1925 to 1933 when her grandparents sent her to the United States after Hitler came to power," Lindner, former president of the Criminal Courts Bar Assn., said Friday.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2003 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. has himself a honey of a case. The lawyer who helped win O.J. Simpson's acquittal on murder charges made his debut Monday as a member of a new legal team for the family suing Walt Disney Co. over Winnie the Pooh royalties. And on the other side of the courtroom? Daniel Petrocelli, who persuaded a civil jury to hold Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was found shot to death on a sidewalk in the Jefferson Park area of central Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday. Police said the body of Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, 43, was found in a residential area in the 2600 block of South Manhattan Place at about 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim, known to his family and friends as "Phlecky," lived about five blocks away. Homicide investigators said he had been shot several times.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2005 | TIM RUTTEN
In one of the greatest of his late poems, "The Municipal Gallery Revisited," Yeats described coming suddenly upon one of his friends' portraits: "And here's John Synge himself, that rooted man." That was the line that came to mind this week, when, after a long illness, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. died at the untimely age of 67. We were friends for many years and collaborated on his bestselling memoir, "Journey to Justice." O.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1995 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors in the Snoop Doggy Dogg murder trial Monday dropped charges against a co-defendant who was in the rear seat of the rapper's Jeep at the time of the alleged 1993 drive-by killing. Although prosecutors Ed Nison and Bobby Grace said they will consider refiling murder charges against Sean Abrams later, the decision Monday removes from the courtroom--at least temporarily--a lawyer with whom the district attorney's office had some trouble in a recent unrelated case: Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
NEWS
December 20, 1992 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day or two after the March 3, 1991, beating of Rodney King, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.'s law firm got a call from the victim's family, wondering if the popular, but sometimes controversial, litigator would take the case. Cochran was in court at the time doing what some say he does best: convincing a jury to fork over taxpayer dollars--about $2 million in this instance--to a citizen who had been abused by a person with a badge.
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July 23, 1994 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. had agonized over an invitation to join the legal defense team for O.J. Simpson. The prominent Los Angeles attorney feared that their friendship might make it difficult for Cochran to represent the former football star in the double murder case against him. "I thought about that a lot because I've never defended a friend before," Cochran said Friday, several hours after he first appeared in court for Simpson. "But I think I can represent him objectively.
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December 21, 1990
The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Assn. will hold its 42nd annual installation dinner dance on Jan. 26 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Eugene W. Comroe will be installed as president of the association and the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to Johnnie L. Cochran. The black-tie-optional evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception preceding dinner, entertainment, dancing and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations: (213) 487-1212.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. on Thursday accused the Los Angeles Police Department and its civilian overseers of twisting evidence to support a police officer's version of events in the fatal shooting of an actor who allegedly pointed a replica handgun at the officer during a Halloween party last year. The LAPD concluded that the shooting was within department policy, and a divided Police Commission agreed. Cochran represents the family of the man who was shot, Anthony Dwain Lee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. filed a $100-million wrongful death claim Monday against the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the city of Moreno Valley on behalf of the family of an unarmed man who had his hands up when he was fatally shot by an officer. Dante Ramon Meniefield, 23, was shot once in the head by Officer Robert Marks early on March 10 as Meniefield stood with a friend in a vacant apartment in Moreno Valley, a city of 140,000 about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family of an unarmed grandfather shot in the back by El Monte police during a SWAT raid in Compton last August filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against those cities and the veteran officer who fired the deadly rounds. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also accuses police officers of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Mario Paz, 65, as well as compounding their fatal error with a cover-up and witness intimidation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was found shot to death on a sidewalk in the Jefferson Park area of central Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday. Police said the body of Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, 43, was found in a residential area in the 2600 block of South Manhattan Place at about 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim, known to his family and friends as "Phlecky," lived about five blocks away. Homicide investigators said he had been shot several times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1998 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday dismissed a libel suit that attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. had filed against a New York Post columnist who had written that Cochran "will say or do just about anything to win, typically at the expense of the truth." The statement, U.S. District Judge Kim M. Wardlaw ruled, was simply the columnist's opinion and, therefore, was protected by the 1st Amendment.
NEWS
June 8, 1998 | Associated Press
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who became a media star as O.J. Simpson's defense lawyer, said Sunday he was approached as a possible attorney for Monica S. Lewinsky but "indicated quickly" he wasn't interested. On ABC's "This Week," Cochran said someone outside Lewinsky's family telephoned to ask whether he would be interested in representing the former White House intern, whose alleged affair with President Clinton is the subject of a grand jury investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1993 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after coming under fire for contracts that paid millions of dollars to City Hall insiders, the Los Angeles Airport Commission is poised to approve a coveted parking lots contract that would benefit a longtime ally of Mayor Tom Bradley and cost substantially more than a competing proposal. The looming contract with AMPCO Parking would cost the city $2.4 million more over three years than an agreement with a company recommended by the airport's staff.
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September 24, 1995 | From the Washington Post
He entered to a rousing standing ovation, drew the Congressional Black Caucus audience to its feet two more times, was besieged by fans afterward who thrust their prayer breakfast programs up toward the dais seeking his autograph, and moved through the Washington Convention Center in a brisk flying-wedge cordon of hangers-on and security guards. No, it was not Colin L.
NEWS
December 10, 1997 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With six former teammates behind him and famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. at his side, fired pro basketball star Latrell Sprewell apologized publicly Tuesday to his former coach for choking him last week. Sprewell's first extended remarks, eight days after the attack, drew fresh attention to an incident that has not only rippled through the sports world but has also become the latest symbol of society's concern over respect for authority and the tarnished image of many high-paid athletes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. says he and his colleagues "cringed" when they learned that the case of former Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt was being transferred to Orange County. The dominant perception in Los Angeles, Cochran says, is that judges and juries in Orange County deliver assembly-line justice and are hostile to minorities. But Pratt's case landed in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Everett W.
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