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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imploring a jury to spare his client's life, a defense attorney portrayed Mary Ellen Samuels, who masterminded the murders of her husband and another man, as a cookie-baking jailhouse "den mother" who should not be sentenced to death. To the prosecutor, though, Samuels is a remorseless, money-grubbing killer who deserves to be executed. Now, the decision whether Samuels lives or dies is in a jury's hands.
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NEWS
September 22, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recorded on videotape for all of San Diego to see, there was La Jolla socialite Elisabeth Anne (Betty) Broderick in green underwear and a gray jail sweat shirt, perched on an upper bunk in her jail cell. No, she said to inquiring deputies, she was not about to move. So here came a swarm of guards, scrambling into the cell and onto the bed, determined to move Betty Broderick to another cell whether she liked it or not. She didn't, and a wrestling match ensued. The guards grabbed for her limbs.
NEWS
February 24, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-profile murder proceeding ended in an uproar Friday after a judge issued a surprise ruling that his own jury instructions were inadequate and that the defendant--charged with killing a teenager over a stolen Halloween pumpkin display--deserves a new trial. The decision in the case of Buena Park homeowner Peter Solomona prompted an angry exchange between the families of the suspect and the victim, Brandon Ketsdever, who was 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1993
The juries have spoken and what they have said to law enforcement is: "Do your job, go to jail. Use a brick, it's a misdemeanor." JOHN J. VALENCIA San Dimas
OPINION
November 18, 2006
Re "Expose a scandal, face a prison term," Nov. 14 Prosecutors have been abusing the enormous power of federal grand juries for quite some time, yet no one seems to care much. The American Bar Assn., the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, among others, have called for reform, but Congress has refused. Arnold Burns, former U.S. deputy attorney general, has said that federal grand juries can be used as a "vicious tool." They can be used to violate Constitutional rights and basic standards of fairness, while all records are secret forever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2009 | Associated Press
A Riverside couple have been found guilty of torturing their 11-year-old nephew to death. Two juries, one for each defendant, Thursday found Raul and Cathy Sarinana guilty of first-degree murder. Police found the body of Ricky Morales in the Sarinana's bedroom closet the day after Christmas in 2005. Prosecutors said he had been beaten for not eating his breakfast. The body of his brother, Conrad, 13, was later found encased in concrete in a trash can. Investigators believe he was killed in Randle, Wash.
NEWS
October 19, 2004
Regarding "Going Overboard" [Oct. 12]: My working hours are spent as captain of a sailboat. I've never been knocked over the side nor fallen in the ocean. Yet I wear, and make each of my clients wear, a life jacket. We can only hope that juries confronted with unjacketed drowning victims conclude that those deaths were caused by gross negligence on the part of the skipper. Dan Ryder Oxnard
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