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December 31, 1990 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juanita St. John, a former business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley who faces trial on charges of stealing money from a city-funded trade task force, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said Sunday. A California Highway Patrol officer arrested St. John on the Pasadena Freeway about 11:42 p.m. Saturday and booked her at the Los Angeles Police Department's Parker Center. After her release without bond, highway patrol officers drove St.
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June 12, 1992
Juanita St. John, a friend and former business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, was freed on bail Thursday, the day she was scheduled to begin a 90-day jail term for embezzlement and tax evasion. St. John posted the $2,500 bail imposed by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Michael Harwin. She was convicted in September of stealing $5,000 from Global Alert, a UCLA-based anti-genocide group for which she served as treasurer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday denied the latest attempt by lawyers for Juanita St. John to head off a trial of the embattled head of a city-funded Africa trade task force. Judge Ronald Swearinger denied an appeal by St. John that sought to throw out an earlier court ruling that St. John stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of violating a city subpoena. The subpoena seeks records and information on how St. John spent $180,000 in city funds.
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May 22, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys Superior Court judge Thursday sentenced Juanita St. John, a longtime friend and business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, to 90 days in County Jail for felony embezzlement and tax evasion. St. John's attorney, Victor Sherman, had asked Judge Michael Harwin to impose a sentence now rather than require St. John to undergo a 90-day state prison evaluation to determine her suitability for prison. In February, Harwin ordered St.
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October 25, 1990
A hearing on whether Juanita St. John should stand trial for allegedly stealing $178,000 from a city-funded Los Angeles-Africa trade program was continued until Nov. 27 to give the defense time to prepare final arguments. St. John's attorney, who has sought several delays, is attempting to persuade Municipal Judge David Doi that a trial is unwarranted, despite prosecution evidence that St. John withdrew large sums of task force money for house payments and other personal expenses.
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September 25, 1991
Jurors deliberating in the trial of Juanita St. John, accused of embezzling money from a Los Angeles city-funded Africa trade task force, notified the judge Tuesday that they had reached verdicts on three counts but are unable to agree on two others. No details were announced. Superior Court Judge Michael Harwin scheduled a session today to determine how to proceed, said Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney's office spokeswoman.
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April 19, 1990
Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle testified Wednesday that political pressures at City Hall and persistent media inquiries "had nothing to do" with his decision last July to seek criminal prosecution of Juanita St. John for violating a subpoena issued by his office. "It was one of those times where I was going to go forward on this and do my duty regardless of what any politician said," Tuttle said during the second day of St. John's Municipal Court trial. "Also . . .
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October 19, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated by its inability to recover nearly $260,000 in grants to the troubled Task Force for Africa/Los Angeles Relations, the City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ask City Atty. James K. Hahn to take any legal action necessary to recover the missing money.
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August 18, 1989 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Funds for a city-financed Africa trade group that figures in the investigation of Mayor Tom Bradley were commingled in the personal checking account of a mayoral aide, city officials revealed Thursday. Tony DeGuzman, chief auditor in the city controller's office, said records he has obtained and interviews with Juanita St.
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April 10, 1990
Juanita St. John, a friend and former business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, pleaded not guilty Monday to five felony counts, including a charge that she embezzled $180,000 from a city-funded task force created to promote trade with Africa. St. John, 59, entered her pleas at a brief Los Angeles Municipal Court arraignment and was ordered by Judge Candace Beason to return to court May 16 for a preliminary hearing. St. John remains free on $10,000 bail. St.
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May 15, 1992
Juanita St. John, a longtime friend and business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, has not turned herself in for a court-ordered evaluation to determine sentencing for her conviction of felony embezzlement and tax evasion. St. John was to have been sentenced Thursday in Van Nuys Superior Court, where the case was transferred from Los Angeles when Judge Michael Harwin was transferred. But the matter was continued to June 11 after St. John said she had not turned herself in for the prison testing.
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February 15, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juanita St. John--a longtime friend and business associate of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley--was ordered Friday to state prison for a 90-day evaluation that includes psychiatric testing, but the order was postponed pending an appeal of her conviction for felony embezzlement and tax evasion. The decision by Superior Court Judge Michael Harwin to delay St. John's sentencing came after defense attorney Victor Sherman delivered an impassioned plea on his client's behalf. Sherman described St.
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October 13, 1991 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the last three years, scandals swirling around Mayor Tom Bradley's Administration have exposed fundamental weaknesses in a local political system once touted as a model of clean government, according to ethics experts, political scientists and elected officials. "It was mythology . . . sold to generations of Angelenos," said Eric Shockman of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics. "We are not 'the city on the hill.'
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September 28, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juanita St. John, a longtime friend and business associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, was hospitalized for an apparent suicide attempt a few hours after she was convicted of felony embezzlement and tax evasion charges, San Marino police said Friday. Officials at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia confirmed Friday that St. John was hospitalized there, but declined to give any information about her condition. However, her attorney, Victor Sherman, said he had talked to St.
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September 27, 1991 | RICH CONNELL and DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A longtime friend and business associate of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was convicted of felony embezzlement and tax evasion charges Thursday, but a mistrial was declared on a central allegation that she stole $178,000 from a city-funded Africa trade group. After five days of deliberations, a Superior Court jury found Juanita St. John guilty of stealing $5,000 from a UCLA-based anti-genocide group, which she served as treasurer. St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
Jurors deliberating in the trial of Juanita St. John, accused of embezzling money from a Los Angeles city-funded Africa trade task force, notified the judge Tuesday that they had reached verdicts on three counts but are unable to agree on two others. No details were announced. Superior Court Judge Michael Harwin scheduled a session today to determine how to proceed, said Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney's office spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991
Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Juanita St. John, the longtime associate of Mayor Tom Bradley accused of embezzling $178,000 from a city-funded African trade program. St. John, 59, is charged with stealing the money from the UCLA-based Task Force for Africa/Los Angeles Relations, which she headed. She also is accused of stealing $5,000 as treasurer of an anti-genocide group and of filing false state tax returns from 1985 through 1987.
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January 11, 1990
More than $55,000 in public funds granted to a Sister Cities program overseen by Juanita St. John were properly spent, despite some contract and accounting irregularities, Los Angeles city auditors said Wednesday. The money, approved by the City Council under two contracts, was intended to help fund a July, 1986, international conference of city representatives at Universal City, according to an audit released by City Controller Rick Tuttle. The audit was ordered in part because St.
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September 13, 1991 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Tom Bradley, taking the witness stand in the felony embezzlement trial of a longtime associate, testified Thursday that he never reviewed the finances of her city-funded African task force, which he helped establish. Appearing as a defense witness in Los Angeles Superior Court, Bradley said he did not know how much Juanita St. John was paid when she was executive director of the city-funded Task Force for Africa/Los Angeles Relations, a pet project of the mayor's.
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August 29, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of a city-funded African trade program used its bank account "as her own personal piggy bank," a prosecutor said Wednesday. Juanita St. John, a longtime associate of Mayor Tom Bradley, took $177,000 from the account "and spent it on her own personal life, her own personal debts," Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephen S. Licker told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury during opening statements in St. John's trial on embezzlement charges.
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