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February 25, 1997 | LEN HALL
A teenager arrested by Laguna Beach police on suspicion of felony vandalism is not, as the youth had claimed to police, the nephew of television's Judge Joseph A. Wapner, the judge's daughter said Monday. Sarah Wapner of Santa Monica said her family has no relatives in Orange County. Joseph Christopher Wapner, 18, of Dana Point, was one of two males arrested Saturday on suspicion of shooting out at least 63 windows with BB guns during the early morning hours of Feb. 16.
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May 13, 2001 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
Among the inevitabilities of being a judge, especially a celebrated TV judge, is this: People give you gavels. During his 11-year tenure on "The People's Court," Judge Joseph A. Wapner received about a dozen. But Wapner, now retired, insists that most judges don't use them. As a Superior Court judge, he says, "I never once used a gavel in 20 years. Even on 'People's Court,' I used it mainly as a prop. You don't need that if you have a bailiff to make order in the court."
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NEWS
August 6, 1987 | GARY LIBMAN
If you needed a doctor, would you call Robert Young because he played Marcus Welby in the long-running television series? No? So why did attorneys for Malibu homeowners choose TV's "People's Court" Judge Joseph A. Wapner to disburse up to $75 million won by the homeowners in a suit against the California Department of Transportation? Wapner's 20 years on the Superior Court bench before he retired in 1979 helped. So did the fact that last year he handled the disbursement of $8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997 | LEN HALL
A teenager arrested by Laguna Beach police on suspicion of felony vandalism is not, as the youth had claimed to police, the nephew of television's Judge Joseph A. Wapner, the judge's daughter said Monday. Sarah Wapner of Santa Monica said her family has no relatives in Orange County. Joseph Christopher Wapner, 18, of Dana Point, was one of two males arrested Saturday on suspicion of shooting out at least 63 windows with BB guns during the early morning hours of Feb. 16.
NEWS
August 4, 1987 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
The California Department of Transportation has agreed to pay at least $25 million, and potentially as much as $75 million, to settle more than 200 lawsuits brought by owners of homes on Malibu's Big Rock Mesa that were damaged during a massive 1983 landslide. Litigation against Los Angeles County will continue, attorneys said. In October, 1985, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered the county to pay $2 million to a Big Rock couple whose home was destroyed by the slide.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Presented with the case of the judges judging other judges, Judge Joseph A. Wapner of "People's Court" fame has, of course, reviewed the evidence carefully: Proposition 190, on the Nov. 8 ballot, would dramatically overhaul the Commission on Judicial Performance, the judge-dominated state agency that is supposed to discipline wayward judges. Virtually every legal group in California has been pressing for reform of the commission, an agency widely criticized as ineffective and overly secretive.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1989
The United States has an identify crisis. Do we have a culture of our own or do we constantly "update" our social mores to accommodate new arrivals from other cultures? I think it's time we take a stand against dog and cat eaters. Yes, we do have a culture and it does not include slaughtering pets for human consumption. All societies have taboos (i.e., incest) and perhaps the eating of animals considered as pets (cats and dogs) qualifies as an inviolable taboo in our society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner, the silver-haired figure behind America's most-watched small-claims court, brought himself, his son and his profession before the public Friday. This time it was for the audience in the Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse who turned out for ceremonies to bring into the fold three newly appointed judges, including Wapner's son, Frederick.
MAGAZINE
May 13, 2001 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
Among the inevitabilities of being a judge, especially a celebrated TV judge, is this: People give you gavels. During his 11-year tenure on "The People's Court," Judge Joseph A. Wapner received about a dozen. But Wapner, now retired, insists that most judges don't use them. As a Superior Court judge, he says, "I never once used a gavel in 20 years. Even on 'People's Court,' I used it mainly as a prop. You don't need that if you have a bailiff to make order in the court."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1987 | Barbara Miller
Thirty lashes with a wet noodle! Simon & Shuster's promoting Judge Joseph A. Wapner's book "View from the Bench" (due in November) in the May 1 issue of Publisher's Weekly by claiming the "People's Court" judge is "the single most popular guest in the history of 'The Tonight Show.' " But exec producer Fred de Cordova told us: "I'd say he's an always welcome guest. But there's no such thing as the 'single most popular.'
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Presented with the case of the judges judging other judges, Judge Joseph A. Wapner of "People's Court" fame has, of course, reviewed the evidence carefully: Proposition 190, on the Nov. 8 ballot, would dramatically overhaul the Commission on Judicial Performance, the judge-dominated state agency that is supposed to discipline wayward judges. Virtually every legal group in California has been pressing for reform of the commission, an agency widely criticized as ineffective and overly secretive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"People's Court" Judge Joseph Wapner, the silver-haired figure behind America's most-watched small-claims court, brought himself, his son and his profession before the public Friday. This time it was for the audience in the Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse who turned out for ceremonies to bring into the fold three newly appointed judges, including Wapner's son, Frederick.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1989
The United States has an identify crisis. Do we have a culture of our own or do we constantly "update" our social mores to accommodate new arrivals from other cultures? I think it's time we take a stand against dog and cat eaters. Yes, we do have a culture and it does not include slaughtering pets for human consumption. All societies have taboos (i.e., incest) and perhaps the eating of animals considered as pets (cats and dogs) qualifies as an inviolable taboo in our society.
NEWS
August 6, 1987 | GARY LIBMAN
If you needed a doctor, would you call Robert Young because he played Marcus Welby in the long-running television series? No? So why did attorneys for Malibu homeowners choose TV's "People's Court" Judge Joseph A. Wapner to disburse up to $75 million won by the homeowners in a suit against the California Department of Transportation? Wapner's 20 years on the Superior Court bench before he retired in 1979 helped. So did the fact that last year he handled the disbursement of $8.
NEWS
August 4, 1987 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
The California Department of Transportation has agreed to pay at least $25 million, and potentially as much as $75 million, to settle more than 200 lawsuits brought by owners of homes on Malibu's Big Rock Mesa that were damaged during a massive 1983 landslide. Litigation against Los Angeles County will continue, attorneys said. In October, 1985, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered the county to pay $2 million to a Big Rock couple whose home was destroyed by the slide.
NEWS
April 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
It's a dog's life, sometimes, for Doug Llewelyn, who interviews litigants on "The People's Court" and had one bite him on the knee. Celebrity magistrate Joseph A. Wapner had just heard the case of Anthony and Cynthia Patti of Highland, who said a neighbor boy had shot their dog, a Doberman-pit bull mix named Dee-Oh-Gee, in the eye with a pellet gun. As Llewelyn had his customary chat with the adversaries after the court battle, Dee-Oh-Gee sunk his fangs into Llewelyn's right knee.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1988
- Joseph A. Wapner, the "TV judge" who resides over the popular syndicated show "People's Court," will speak at the Voices for Children benefit at the San Diego Bar Assn.'s fourth annual Author's Luncheon Thursday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Wapner, a real-life judge before putting on the makeup and going for the really big lawyerly bucks under the TV lights, will discuss his book, "View From the Bench," an accumulation of experiences and stories during 20 years on the bench.
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