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March 15, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Judge Armand Arabian opened the San Fernando Courthouse in 1983 he dubbed it "Fort San Fernando" amid hopes that it would gain a reputation where justice would be "swift, certain and substantial." In the nearly 10 years since, justice in the North Valley District, if not always swift, has certainly been substantial. It has meant tougher sentences than in most other courthouses in the county.
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March 15, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Judge Armand Arabian opened the San Fernando Courthouse in 1983 he dubbed it "Fort San Fernando" amid hopes that it would gain a reputation where justice would be "swift, certain and substantial." In the nearly 10 years since, justice in the North Valley District, if not always swift, has certainly been substantial. It has meant tougher sentences than in most other courthouses in the county.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1992
A Studio City man admitted in court Wednesday that he torched three Ventura Boulevard hair salons, apparently out of anger about haircuts he got at the shops. Jacob Mandel, 19, pleaded no contest to setting fire to the shops in Encino and Tarzana, causing about $3.5 million in damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1990
A Van Nuys baby-sitter was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison for shaking an 18-month-old girl so violently that the child died. Nova Marcia Thompson, 35, sat quietly as Judge Judith Meisels Ashmann sentenced her for the June 9, 1989, death of Jasmine Lynn Sanders, who lapsed into a coma after being shaken and scalded with water. Prosecutors said Thompson shook the toddler because she was not chewing her food properly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1989
A Long Beach man was convicted Tuesday of murdering a Van Nuys man and trying to kill the man's girlfriend in retaliation for a burglary. A Van Nuys Superior Court jury deliberated one day before finding Dean Kennedy, 30, guilty of all charges against him. The charges, first-degree murder for financial gain and attempted murder, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Judith Meisels Ashmann scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1990
A 35-year-old Arleta man was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for causing a five-car accident that killed a Bakersfield couple and injured three other people. Saying he was "a danger to society," Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Judith Meisels Ashmann sentenced Michael Augustine Mares to the maximum possible term in jail. Mares was convicted last month of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in the April 17, 1989, deaths of Charlotte Knowlden, 66, and her husband, James, 69.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1988
A 25-year-old Canoga Park woman who prosecutors say killed her infant daughter by slamming her into a shower door to keep her from crying pleaded no contest Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter. Pamela Maria Herrera was originally charged with one count each of murder and felony child-endangering in the Dec. 26, 1986, death of her 6-month-old daughter, Melissa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1993 | JULIO MORAN
A 46-year-old Sylmar woman charged with murder in the arson death of a 5-month-old boy Monday was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial and sent to a state mental facility. After a brief hearing, San Fernando Superior Court Judge Judith Meisels Ashman ordered Raquel Lopez sent to Patton State Hospital. A report on Lopez will be issued in 90 days, after which she will be evaluated every six months to determine if her condition has changed enough for her to stand trial.
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February 27, 1986
Robbery charges were dismissed Wednesday in a Van Nuys court at the preliminary hearing of a 20-year-old Westlake Village man because the alleged victim died last week from cancer. Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephen Baron said he was unable to proceed on the two purse-snatching robbery counts against Mark Daniel Klein because of insufficient evidence. Beverly Riley, 59, of Simi Valley identified Klein in police photos and a videotaped lineup as the man who took her purse Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1988
A 33-year-old North Hollywood man convicted last week of killing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer will be allowed to serve as co-counsel during the penalty phase of his trial, a judge has ruled. Daniel Steven Jenkins, who was convicted July 27 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1985 shooting of Detective Thomas C.
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April 19, 1990
A 27-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced Wednesday to 44 years in prison for a series of residential robberies, including one in which guests at a dinner party were robbed of their money and jewels. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Judith Meisels Ashmann called Gregory Glenn Evans a "menace to society" as she sentenced him to the maximum term for the crimes. Ashmann also ordered Evans to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims.
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