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August 10, 1994 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Compton Municipal Court judge convicted in a drunk driving accident that left his female companion dead was sentenced Tuesday to a year in county jail. Defense attorneys had argued for a unique sentence--one without jail time--for Albert Garcia, 46. Garcia surrendered to police four hours after leaving the scene of the Feb. 21 crash in Eagle Rock in which Josie Smith, a 35-year-old mother of three, was killed.
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July 22, 1992 | JEFF KRAMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beverly Hills to driving under the influence of alcohol, less than a week after his car crashed and rolled over in Agoura Hills. In a statement issued through his office, Mira acknowledged guilt. "I would never have driven the car if I felt I was impaired," he said, "but it is clear to me now from the officers' investigation and chemical test results that I was impaired. "Judges are not above the law," he said. "I'm guilty.
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May 1, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From his bench at Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina, Judge Patrick B. Murphy has often heard the results of prosecutors' criminal investigations. Now officials say Murphy is the subject of such a probe into alleged financial fraud. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed Thursday that it is investigating allegations that the judge helped a wealthy physician friend conceal more than $1.8 million in assets from creditors.
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July 18, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL and PETER HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
All the candidate wanted to do was invite the judge to his party. But one man's gimmicky party invitation is another man's "suspicious package." And so it was that sheriff's arson investigators blew up district attorney candidate Steve Cooley's talking greeting card to Superior Court Judge Patrick T. Meyers in the parking lot of the Norwalk courthouse. Law enforcement types who neutralized the potential threat reported only that the packet had been "rendered safe." "I can confirm that Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
A Glendale Superior Court judge who dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a company he owns stock in said Wednesday he erred in not disclosing his financial interest, but insisted it had no influence on his decision. Judge Charles W. Stoll owns about $53,000 worth of stock in the Walt Disney Co., which he purchased several decades ago as part of an IRA account.
NEWS
April 13, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Francis Cavanaugh Hayden, a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who co-created the "Bench Book" of procedure used by all California criminal court judges, has died. He was 73. Hayden, who retired in 1981 after 20 years on the bench, died April 3 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of cancer. As a judge, Hayden was known for his innovative sentencing, such as ordering two pickpockets to wear heavy mittens as a condition of probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin, who has been at the center of a storm of protest since her controversial decision to give a Korean-born grocer probation in the killing of a black girl, has been transferred from the Compton courthouse to a new assignment with the Juvenile Court. The reassignment was announced Friday afternoon by Superior Court Presiding Judge Ricardo A. Torres, who just two months ago refused to move Karlin off the criminal bench.
NEWS
June 4, 1992 | ANDREA FORD and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a ruling that outraged many in the area's Samoan community, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday refused to order a new trial for a former Compton police officer accused of fatally shooting two Samoan brothers a total of 19 times, mostly in their backs. A jury deadlocked last month 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Albert Skiles Jr., 44, after deliberating for seven days.
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April 13, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
He has been known to rule before hearing the evidence and to show his disdain for a written motion by tossing it in the wastebasket. He makes--and sustains--his own objections. He grills witnesses when he thinks they have not been thoroughly questioned. He sometimes tells lawyers appearing before him to "shut up" or "get on with it." He frequently evicts a defense attorney he dislikes from his Santa Monica courtroom.
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