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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 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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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. . . .
NEWS
March 22, 1988
A state board, tangled in an unusual legal web, delayed a decision on whether to parole former Black Panther member Johnny Spain, whom a court already has freed after 21 years in prison for murder. The full state Board of Prison Terms voted unanimously to have one of its smaller three-member panels reconsider parole of the "San Quentin Six" member, even though he was released from Vacaville state prison March 10 on court orders that required $350,000 bail.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1988
A state board, tangled in an unusual legal web, delayed a decision on whether to parole former Black Panther member Johnny Spain, whom a court already has freed after 21 years in prison for murder. The full state Board of Prison Terms voted unanimously to have one of its smaller three-member panels reconsider parole of the "San Quentin Six" member, even though he was released from Vacaville state prison March 10 on court orders that required $350,000 bail.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from a federal judge, a divided state parole panel Thursday ordered the release of former Black Panther Johnny Spain, the only person convicted of murder in a bloody 1971 San Quentin prison riot that left three inmates and three guards dead. The panel voted 2 to 1 that Spain should be freed within two years, with the specific parole date determined by Spain's prison behavior. He could be free as early as 16 months from Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
NEWS
February 12, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from a federal judge, a divided state parole panel Thursday ordered the release of former Black Panther Johnny Spain, the only person convicted of murder in a bloody 1971 San Quentin prison riot that left three inmates and three guards dead. The panel voted 2 to 1 that Spain should be freed within two years, with the specific parole date determined by Spain's prison behavior. He could be free as early as 16 months from Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
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