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April 28, 1990 | MARK STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Closing a bloody chapter in California history, Marin County Dist. Atty. Jerry Herman said Friday that he will not refile charges against "San Quentin Six" co-defendant Johnny L. Spain for participating in a 1971 prison escape attempt. Spain, a former Black Panther now free on bail to lecture college students and counsel troubled youths, had his double-murder conviction overturned by a federal appeals court because he was shackled before the jury during his 204-day trial in 1976. The U.S.
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August 20, 1996 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you didn't know better, you'd think Johnny Spain was running for political office. He starts the morning in suit and tie at a local television station, broad-jumping the milestones of his life to fit the 10-minute interview slot: black child born to a white woman in 1940s Mississippi . . . convicted killer doing time in prison . . . politicized Black Panther . . . life on the outside. . . .
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August 20, 1996 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you didn't know better, you'd think Johnny Spain was running for political office. He starts the morning in suit and tie at a local television station, broad-jumping the milestones of his life to fit the 10-minute interview slot: black child born to a white woman in 1940s Mississippi . . . convicted killer doing time in prison . . . politicized Black Panther . . . life on the outside. . . .
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September 12, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A nine-member panel of the California Board of Prison Terms has granted parole to former Black Panther leader John Spain for a murder he committed in 1966 when he was 17. Spain, 40, has been free for two years because of court orders. The board affirmed a decision issued last month by a three-member parole panel. The panel noted that Spain has been law-abiding since his release in 1988, has worked steadily, has lectured at universities and has gotten married.
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April 24, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opening a new chapter in what is already one of the state's longest and costliest legal cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the 1976 murder conviction of "San Quentin Six" co-defendant Johnny L. Spain. The court, without comment, let stand a federal appeals court ruling that a state Superior Court judge had violated Spain's rights by shackling him during the 204-day trial.
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April 8, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Former Black Panther leader Johnny Spain, a "San Quentin Six" defendant who spent 21 years behind bars, retained his freedom Thursday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused to overturn the order that brought his release from prison. Judge Kathleen Parker denied a motion by the state attorney general's office asking her to rescind her March 8 finding that ordered Spain's release from the California Medical Facility at Vacaville last month.
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August 23, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
Former Black Panther Johnny Spain should not have been compelled to wear shackles while on trial for murdering two San Quentin prison guards and is entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court in Pasadena ruled Tuesday. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A nine-member panel of the California Board of Prison Terms has granted parole to former Black Panther leader John Spain for a murder he committed in 1966 when he was 17. Spain, 40, has been free for two years because of court orders. The board affirmed a decision issued last month by a three-member parole panel. The panel noted that Spain has been law-abiding since his release in 1988, has worked steadily, has lectured at universities and has gotten married.
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March 15, 1988
The shackling of former Black Panther Johnny Spain at his murder trial stemming from a 1971 San Quentin prison breakout attempt was justified by the threat of violence, a prosecutor told an appeals court. As Spain, newly released from prison after 21 years, looked on, Deputy Atty. Gen. Ronald Niver argued that the trial judge "was confronted with six violent men" charged with murder. "It was reasonable for (the judge) to fear for the safety of those in the courtroom," Niver told the 9th U.S.
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March 10, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Johnny Spain, a one-time revolutionary who took part in California's worst prison riot but later became a model inmate, was ordered freed on bail Wednesday after 21 years behind bars. Spain, a former Black Panther who has since renounced radical politics, could be free as early as this morning. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson set bail at $350,000 while Spain awaits a new trial on murder and conspiracy charges stemming from the 1971 San Quentin prison riot that left six people dead.
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August 23, 1990 | From United Press International
The California parole board dangled a complete parole victory before ex-Black Panther radical John Spain on Wednesday but pulled back when one member of the panel asked for further review by the entire board in September. For now, however, Spain, who has been out of prison for two years, was found suitable for parole in the unprecedented hearing at Vacaville State Prison. At the request of one member of the three-person panel, the full nine-member board will review the decision Sept.
NEWS
April 28, 1990 | MARK STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Closing a bloody chapter in California history, Marin County Dist. Atty. Jerry Herman said Friday that he will not refile charges against "San Quentin Six" co-defendant Johnny L. Spain for participating in a 1971 prison escape attempt. Spain, a former Black Panther now free on bail to lecture college students and counsel troubled youths, had his double-murder conviction overturned by a federal appeals court because he was shackled before the jury during his 204-day trial in 1976. The U.S.
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April 24, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opening a new chapter in what is already one of the state's longest and costliest legal cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the 1976 murder conviction of "San Quentin Six" co-defendant Johnny L. Spain. The court, without comment, let stand a federal appeals court ruling that a state Superior Court judge had violated Spain's rights by shackling him during the 204-day trial.
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August 23, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
Former Black Panther Johnny Spain should not have been compelled to wear shackles while on trial for murdering two San Quentin prison guards and is entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court in Pasadena ruled Tuesday. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S.
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December 4, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
It's a long way from Vacaville state prison to Stanford University. But there was Johnny Spain--the convicted murderer, ex-Black Panther and survivor of the bloodiest riot in California prison history--enrapturing a class of Stanford undergraduates with tales of life behind bars.
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April 8, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Former Black Panther leader Johnny Spain, a "San Quentin Six" defendant who spent 21 years behind bars, retained his freedom Thursday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused to overturn the order that brought his release from prison. Judge Kathleen Parker denied a motion by the state attorney general's office asking her to rescind her March 8 finding that ordered Spain's release from the California Medical Facility at Vacaville last month.
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March 11, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
After 21 years behind bars, former Black Panther leader and "San Quentin Six" defendant Johnny Spain walked out of prison Thursday, but acknowledged that he may have to return. "I'm here to say I won't let anyone down who has supported me," Spain, 38, said upon leaving the state prison here. He was met by his attorney, Dennis Riordan, who worked 12 years to free him. Other supporters, including a private investigator who has worked on Spain's behalf since 1971, also were there. U.S.
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March 9, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Former Black Panther Johnny Spain, who has served 21 years for a murder he committed during a Los Angeles street robbery when he was 17, should be paroled immediately, a judge ruled Tuesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Parker said a panel of the state Board of Prison Terms erred last month when it calculated that Spain should not be freed before the spring of 1989.
NEWS
March 15, 1988
The shackling of former Black Panther Johnny Spain at his murder trial stemming from a 1971 San Quentin prison breakout attempt was justified by the threat of violence, a prosecutor told an appeals court. As Spain, newly released from prison after 21 years, looked on, Deputy Atty. Gen. Ronald Niver argued that the trial judge "was confronted with six violent men" charged with murder. "It was reasonable for (the judge) to fear for the safety of those in the courtroom," Niver told the 9th U.S.
NEWS
March 11, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
After 21 years behind bars, former Black Panther leader and "San Quentin Six" defendant Johnny Spain walked out of prison Thursday, but acknowledged that he may have to return. "I'm here to say I won't let anyone down who has supported me," Spain, 38, said upon leaving the state prison here. He was met by his attorney, Dennis Riordan, who worked 12 years to free him. Other supporters, including a private investigator who has worked on Spain's behalf since 1971, also were there. U.S.
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