August 4, 1987 |
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.
September 25, 1994 |
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.
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.
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October 14, 1989 |
"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.
May 13, 2001 |
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."
May 10, 1987 |
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.'