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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001
In the letters section of your Aug. 12 edition, Debra St. Germain of Thousand Oaks commented on Justice Steve Perren's nomination to the California Supreme Court. In her letter, Ms. Germain opines that Perren's nomination must be due to some "back-room dealing" and that he would be a "mediocre appointment." Ms. Germain then castigates the local press for failing to investigate how the appointment came about. Ms. Germain is singularly misinformed on the subject of Justice Perren.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1991
Since Justice Allen E. Broussard of the state Supreme Court announced plans for retirement, we have heard calls for Gov. Pete Wilson to appoint a successor who will maintain "balance" on the court (e.g., editorial, "The Chance to Make a Great Appointment," Feb. 11). In this situation, "balance" is a code word for the appointment of a liberal judge. The editorial refers to a period 25 years ago when the California Supreme Court is said to have been "widely regarded as the nation's most respected state court."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
How perfectly welcome a judicial intervention might have been had Jaleesa Martin and her baby's father decided to name their little boy Idiotface or Stupidhead. Any responsible family court judge would have recognized the emotional abuse inherent in bestowing such a derogatory name upon a child. But Messiah? Dear God. You've got to be joking. As my colleague Matt Pearce reported , 7-month-old Messiah Deshawn Martin, who lives in Newport, a small town in Eastern Tennessee, was the subject of a dispute between his parents over his last name, not his first name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Before sunrise, a troubled 10-year-old Riverside boy quietly crept downstairs with a loaded revolver, held it at his sleeping father's head and, using two fingers, squeezed the trigger. That's not in dispute. Neither is this: The youngster will be a free man before his 23rd birthday, if not sooner. A Riverside County judge will make the difficult decision Monday about whether the boy, now 12, possessed the mental capacity to know it was wrong to kill his father, an abusive neo-Nazi activist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
After fatally shooting his unwanted houseguest in the head, Robert Charles Redd stuffed the man's body into a recycling bin and wheeled it into a room of his Pico Rivera home. When the stench of death grew too overpowering a couple of days later, Redd wheeled the bin out into the backyard and tipped Joseph Rubalcaba's corpse into a shallow grave that he topped with plants. Last month, a Norwalk jury convicted Redd, 53, of second-degree murder. But in an unusual move, a judge recently reduced Redd's conviction to voluntary manslaughter, finding that Redd feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised a San Francisco's judge decision throwing out California's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it "affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves." "He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I am glad that all viewpoints were respected throughout the proceedings," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A judge Thursday upheld her order barring the Los Angeles Times from publishing images of a man accused of killing four people —- including three members of the same family — after a photographer shot several dozen pictures that the court had granted him permission to take. The ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merritt came during a hearing in which The Times asked the judge to vacate a decision she made Wednesday, saying the order constituted a prior restraint on publication in clear violation of the 1st Amendment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2011 | Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Robert Boochever, a judge who honed his legal skills in the wilds of pre-statehood Alaska before his elevation to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 94. Boochever died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena on Sunday, the court announced Tuesday. He was one of 10 judges added to the powerful Western appeals court in the last years of President Carter's term, the last significant expansion of the court that carries the largest caseload in the federal judiciary.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
As a 1st Amendment matter, it's an easy call. A judge in Tennessee was engaging in a forbidden “establishment of religion” when she refused to allow a couple to name their baby Messiah. “The word 'Messiah' is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew told the parents of the 7-month-old boy. The judge came up with a non-messianic alternative: “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” The only reason the judge was involved at all was that the parents couldn't agree on Messiah's last name.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair broke down in tears Wednesday at his sentencing hearing, asking the judge to allow him to retire at a reduced rank instead of dismissing him from the Army, which would deprive him of military benefits and "punish" his family for his adulterous affair with an captain. "I have squandered a fortune of life's blessings, blessings of family, work and friendship," the one-star general said in court. "I have put myself and [the] Army in this position with my selfish, self-destructive and hurtful acts.
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