December 20, 1988
A federal jury in New York ended its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the alimony-fixing trial of former Miss America Bess Myerson and two others. U.S. District Judge John Keenan said the six men and six women on the panel, who were sequestered, would resume deliberations this morning. The jurors deliberated about 4 1/2 hours. Prosecutors charge that Myerson, 64, as city cultural affairs commissioner, hired the daughter of former state Supreme Court Justice Hortense W.
October 5, 1988 |
The trial that New York's tabloids have labeled the "Bess Mess" began Tuesday with all the elements of a TV miniseries. There was the former Miss America who, prosecutors charged, deliberately lied to the mayor of New York City. There was the defense lawyer who countered that the government simply had been sold a bill of goods by a vindictive wife.
July 21, 1990 |
The film industry movie-rating system, which was severely criticized on Thursday in a 15-page opinion issued by the New York judge presiding over a ratings suit, faces two more challenges next week. Miramax Films said on Friday that it will appeal the decision upholding the X rating given to "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
April 2, 1996 |
A federal judge who had been roundly criticized for invalidating a confession and seizure of 80 pounds of heroin and cocaine reversed himself Monday, ruling that police had properly seized the drugs from a suspected courier and that the evidence could be used against her. U.S. Dist. Judge Harold Baer Jr. said that additional testimony from the defendant and police during an unusual second hearing he conducted convinced him to change his mind.
July 21, 1990 |
For the last 10 years, critics have been saying that any rational person who takes a serious look at the movie rating system will see it for the sham it has become. On Thursday, a rational New York judge named Charles E. Ramos did just that. "The present system of rating motion pictures is an effective form of censorship," Ramos wrote in a 15-page opinion announcing his decision in a suit brought against the Motion Picture Assn.
June 18, 1998 |
A Bronx judge apologized for ordering a prospective juror to spend 15 days in jail for contempt after telling the judge he didn't like his attitude. John Wichmann was handcuffed and placed in a holding cell. A higher-ranking judge set him free within an hour, calling the sentence excessive. "I wish to acknowledge that I may have overreacted," state Supreme Court Judge Alexander Hunter said at a news conference.