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October 31, 2009
One of the chief arguments for Roman Polanski in his otherwise not-very-defensible case is that his victim -- the girl he allegedly drugged, raped and sodomized when she was 13 in 1977 -- doesn't seem to be holding a grudge. Samantha Geimer has said repeatedly that she doesn't want Polanski prosecuted. She went so far as to file a statement in the state 2nd District Court of Appeal last week asking that the case be dismissed, arguing that as a crime victim she has a right to "finality" under the California Constitution.
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OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001
Re "New Model in Capital Crime Cases," editorial, Jan. 29: The model California should be following in death row punishments is that of Texas, not as you advocate, Illinois. Let's reduce the more than 500 inmates on death row by executing them. They committed their crimes, were found guilty by a jury, sentenced by a judge and jury to death, now let's get on with it. TODD SANDS Camarillo
OPINION
October 31, 2009
One of the chief arguments for Roman Polanski in his otherwise not-very-defensible case is that his victim -- the girl he allegedly drugged, raped and sodomized when she was 13 in 1977 -- doesn't seem to be holding a grudge. Samantha Geimer has said repeatedly that she doesn't want Polanski prosecuted. She went so far as to file a statement in the state 2nd District Court of Appeal last week asking that the case be dismissed, arguing that as a crime victim she has a right to "finality" under the California Constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1988
Let me get this straight: Mother of child has a court order granting custody; father of child (never married to mother) abducts child to California; mother (legal custodian) regains child; father sues Police Department; jury gives father $3.5 million. Would the judge and jury in this case (July 21) be interested in some prime oceanfront property? It has a few drainage problems, but I'm sure that won't bother them. I also have this bridge for sale. . . . DARREL E. INGERS Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988
Many years ago when I was in grade school, I was taught the difference between a free society and an oppressed society. One of the examples usually given was that in a free society, there is no cruel and unjust punishment. But the textbook example is that you are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of your peers. However, the recent actions taken by the Santa Ana Police Department have twisted these fundamental principles. Where else in the free world does the police department, without due process, confiscate and sell your property (in this case your car)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1997
Re "Bennett Tells Gingrich to 'Change Course,' " Feb. 6: William Bennett supported Speaker Newt Gingrich in breaking tax codes and lying to Congress but thinks he should "step down" if he cannot stomach the term "race-hustling poverty pimp" applied to Jesse Jackson and other black leaders? No wonder our mass culture has drifted so far from traditional ethics and standards of conduct. Sports figures aren't the only role models. The lack of statesmanship displayed by Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009 | Sam Adams
Gerard Butler narrowly escaped being a lawyer twice over. Before he began his acting career in earnest, Butler spent years studying to be a lawyer in his native Scotland and landed a job as a civil solicitor that lasted long enough to convince him he had no passion for the profession. Devoting less time to his apprenticeship than to the drink he has since sworn off, he was fired before he had a chance to practice and moved to London the next day, where he landed the part of Renton in the stage version of "Trainspotting."
SPORTS
December 10, 2006 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
The worldwide sports anti-doping program, created to fight performanceenhancing drug use in international athletics, imposes severe punishments for accidental or technical infractions, relies at times on disputed scientific evidence and resists outside scrutiny, a Times investigation has found.
SPORTS
February 14, 2002 | J.A. ADANDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is one sport where the Canadian skaters will beat the Russians every time. Hockey uses a scoreboard, not judges, but even the most biased observer would have to agree that the Canadian women's team was clearly superior to Russia in a 7-0 victory at the E Center on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009 | Sam Adams
Gerard Butler narrowly escaped being a lawyer twice over. Before he began his acting career in earnest, Butler spent years studying to be a lawyer in his native Scotland and landed a job as a civil solicitor that lasted long enough to convince him he had no passion for the profession. Devoting less time to his apprenticeship than to the drink he has since sworn off, he was fired before he had a chance to practice and moved to London the next day, where he landed the part of Renton in the stage version of "Trainspotting."
NEWS
October 12, 2008 | Ken Ritter, Associated Press
O.J. Simpson's lawyers cited judicial errors and insufficient evidence Friday in seeking a new trial for the former football star, who was convicted of kidnapping and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a casino hotel room. "Simpson should be granted a new trial," attorney Gabriel Grasso wrote in a motion faulting Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass' decisions during jury selection, her limitations on cross-examination of witnesses during trial and her instructions to jurors before deliberations.
SPORTS
December 10, 2006 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
The worldwide sports anti-doping program, created to fight performanceenhancing drug use in international athletics, imposes severe punishments for accidental or technical infractions, relies at times on disputed scientific evidence and resists outside scrutiny, a Times investigation has found.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned more than 100 death sentences in Arizona, Idaho and Montana because judges -- rather than juries -- had sent the inmates to death row. "Fact-finding by a jury, rather than by a judge, is more likely to heighten the accuracy of capital sentencing proceedings," Judge Sidney R. Thomas wrote for the majority in the 8-3 decision. The ruling knocked out more death sentences "in one swoop" than any other court action since the U.S.
SPORTS
February 14, 2002 | J.A. ADANDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is one sport where the Canadian skaters will beat the Russians every time. Hockey uses a scoreboard, not judges, but even the most biased observer would have to agree that the Canadian women's team was clearly superior to Russia in a 7-0 victory at the E Center on Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001
Re "New Model in Capital Crime Cases," editorial, Jan. 29: The model California should be following in death row punishments is that of Texas, not as you advocate, Illinois. Let's reduce the more than 500 inmates on death row by executing them. They committed their crimes, were found guilty by a jury, sentenced by a judge and jury to death, now let's get on with it. TODD SANDS Camarillo
NEWS
October 12, 2008 | Ken Ritter, Associated Press
O.J. Simpson's lawyers cited judicial errors and insufficient evidence Friday in seeking a new trial for the former football star, who was convicted of kidnapping and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a casino hotel room. "Simpson should be granted a new trial," attorney Gabriel Grasso wrote in a motion faulting Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass' decisions during jury selection, her limitations on cross-examination of witnesses during trial and her instructions to jurors before deliberations.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
NEWS
May 24, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a botched operation left Helen Evers' Rottweiler, Lonnie, with mangled nails and a set of broken teeth, the dog was inconsolable--and so was Evers. Night after night, Lonnie wailed in pain--and Evers cried right alongside her. So the Costa Mesa woman took Lonnie's veterinarian to court and earlier this year won a $20,000 emotional-distress judgment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1997
Re "Bennett Tells Gingrich to 'Change Course,' " Feb. 6: William Bennett supported Speaker Newt Gingrich in breaking tax codes and lying to Congress but thinks he should "step down" if he cannot stomach the term "race-hustling poverty pimp" applied to Jesse Jackson and other black leaders? No wonder our mass culture has drifted so far from traditional ethics and standards of conduct. Sports figures aren't the only role models. The lack of statesmanship displayed by Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.
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