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June 6, 1992
It's a sad day in sports when the articles in the Jurisprudence section begin to outnumber all others in the Newswire. K. LISA YOSHIDA Culver City
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March 2, 2008 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
In some ways, Sidney Lumet's "12 Angry Men" (1957), the beloved grandfather of the courtroom-drama genre, is already something of a relic. For one thing, its tidy, idealized depiction of the American justice system seems like a product of a more naive time. For another, the makeup of its famously divided jury -- all male, all white, mostly middle-aged -- reflects the now glaring biases of the period.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1985
Atty. Gen. Meese speaks for me and you don't. How dare you speak of accepted jurisprudence when murderers are released to talk shows or to walk the streets to murder, kidnap and molest repeatedly? If the public was forced to see the amount of true evidence withheld from jury scrutiny I'm sure your jurisprudence would be in the ashcan tomorrow. For your "Rule of Law" substitute "Bonanza for Defense Attorneys" or "convictions overturned." DANA ALBRIGHT Redondo Beach
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April 12, 2007 | Thane Rosenbaum, THANE ROSENBAUM, a novelist and law professor, edited the forthcoming anthology "Law Lit, From Atticus Finch to 'The Practice.' "
THEATERS ON both coasts are alive with the sound of gavels. A Broadway revival of "Inherit the Wind," the 1955 play (and 1960 film) that fictionalized the Scopes Monkey Trial, opens today, its larger-than-life attorneys once again battling over the Bible and the Big Bang. The staged version of "Twelve Angry Men," which originated as a 1954 teleplay (and became a 1957 film), is running at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre.
SPORTS
November 26, 1994
In an age of rich athletes bickering with even richer owners, Chris Webber, Andre Rison and an L.A. Times Newswire heading of "Jurisprudence," it is refreshing to be reminded of the positive side of professional sports. Thank you, Jerry Rice. DAVID BUTLER Orange
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992
So Weigel blames sexual harassment on Roe vs. Wade. Sexual harassment has been around for millennia; Roe vs. Wade since 1973. In his mind, apparently, this piece of jurisprudence is so powerful, it's retroactive. SUSAN FORTHMAN Northridge
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1990
Ivan Boesky was given a prison sentence of three years. Milken must "go behind bars" for a maximum of 10 years. The Rev. Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years. Ah, good old jurisprudence. I wonder whose crimes did the most damage to the citizenry? ELDON BURGESS Montrose
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1999
Re "Mexico Defends Handling of Crash," Nov. 10: Albeit a tragedy, the fatal crash involving American tourists in Mexico, including two from Orange County, should serve as a rude awakening to most Americans: The whole world does not operate under the American legal system. Just as any foreigner entering U.S. territory should know the basics of this country's laws, so should any American traveling to another country learn the basics of that country's jurisprudence. To accuse Mexico of being corrupt for the mere fact of having different laws is egocentric and chauvinistic.
BUSINESS
January 10, 1993
Recently, former financier Michael Milken was moved from the "country club" federal pen to a halfway house in Los Angeles. In March, after less than two years in custody, he will be free. Former television evangelist Jim Bakker will be free soon, too. But for the victims of their crimes--the small investors who lost so much money in the junk bond tragedy spawned by Milken, and the faithful followers who believed that the work of God was carried out faithfully by Bakker--they are not free.
SPORTS
April 29, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A driver who fatally injured Olympic swimming gold medalist Victor Davis in 1989 was sentenced to 10 months in jail by a Montreal judge who called the driver a "callous coward." Davis, who set an Olympic breaststroke record at the Games in 1984, died of brain injuries after being struck and hurled nearly 50 feet by a car driven by 21-year-old Glen Crossley.
SPORTS
December 28, 2002
I can think of no single act that will do more to underscore the ineptness of the Bud Selig regime than to allow Pete Rose entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But then, what could be more ridiculous than letting the owner of a team be the commissioner of baseball anyway? It's a little like letting the defendant be jury and judge in a trial. Kevin Holten Manhattan Beach
SPORTS
September 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
Randy Moss walked out of jail whistling, charged with two misdemeanors instead of a possible felony for allegedly pushing a traffic officer a half-block with his car. The Minnesota Viking star receiver won't even miss a game. Moss was released Wednesday from the Hennepin County jail after spending the night. He was charged with careless driving and failure to obey a traffic officer.
SPORTS
September 14, 2002 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Friday ordered Cal State Dominguez Hills to pay former NBA player Mack Calvin $210,000, ruling that he was the victim of discrimination based on race while coaching the school's men's basketball team during the 1996-97 season. Calvin, who is African American, had his one-year renewable contract terminated after one season as coach. The jury voted, 10-2, in Calvin's favor after four days of testimony and two days of deliberations.
SPORTS
September 12, 2002 | BILL SHAIKIN and CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County district attorney Wednesday declined to file sexual assault charges against Angel pitcher Jarrod Washburn, closing the matter within hours of receiving the case from Anaheim police investigators. "We have thoroughly reviewed the case, and we are rejecting the case based on a lack of sufficient evidence at this time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Randy Payne said. Washburn had been under investigation for 10 days.
SPORTS
September 11, 2002 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wee hours of a February morning in 1996, an expensive SUV driven by Michigan basketball player Maurice Taylor, and carrying teammates and a top recruit, rolled over on the way home from a night of partying in Detroit. The most serious injury was a broken arm.
SPORTS
September 11, 2002 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jarrod Washburn, the ace of the Angels' pitching staff, is under investigation for alleged sexual assault, Anaheim police said Tuesday. Washburn has not been charged or arrested. The Orange County district attorney's office is expected to receive the results of the investigation shortly and then decide whether to file charges. Sgt. Rick Martinez, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, said the investigation began Sept.
SPORTS
September 10, 2002 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Webber of the Sacramento Kings was indicted Monday in Detroit on charges he lied to a federal grand jury about money and other benefits he and his family received from an area booster while he was a player at Michigan and at a suburban Detroit high school.
SPORTS
August 23, 2002 | From Associated Press
A second man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he helped cover up Jayson Williams' role in the shooting death of a limousine driver and will testify against the former NBA star. John W. Gordnick told the judge he took the clothes Williams was wearing when the driver was shot, hid them in a car and didn't turn them over to authorities for several weeks. "I guess I just saw Jayson in a difficult situation. I wasn't thinking straight and I, I reacted," Gordnick said.
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