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January 10, 1995 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Bellflower judge who drew national attention for using anonymous juries in all criminal trials has decided to stop the practice, acknowledging that he is unlikely to persuade appeals courts to endorse the controversial policy. Philip K. Mautino, presiding judge of Los Cerritos Municipal Court in Bellflower, said he ended his yearlong experiment with nameless panels last week after judges in three higher courts disapproved. "I'm very saddened by this," Mautino said.
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September 29, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Jurors at the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician heard a 911 call Thursday that prosecutors allege was delayed by nearly half an hour by the doctor's attempts at a cover-up. "I need an ambulance as soon as possible," a Jackson security guard, Alberto Alvarez, told an emergency operator in the recording played at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial . Alvarez, who took the stand for prosecutors Thursday, told the operator a 50-year-old man had stopped breathing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The summons to jury duty seemed to Richard Olvera like a harmless call to civic service--until his uncle warned him of perils lurking in the Downtown Criminal Courts Building. "If you vote guilty, the [convicted] guy will get revenge," Olvera said his uncle predicted. The more Olvera thought about it, the more sense his uncle made.
NEWS
April 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
The judge in the Oklahoma City bombing case refused Saturday to tear down a custom-built wall that partially obscures the jury from courtroom spectators. He also refused news media bids for more information on the jurors, but delayed ruling on challenges to a strict gag order on lawyers. The motions were presented by media attorney Kelli Sager, representing more than 70 news organizations. U.S. District Judge Richard P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1994
A state appeals court has ordered that a Downey trial be postponed until the justices can decide whether an anonymous jury should be used. In a brief order, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said that the use of anonymous juries raises a "novel and important issue of law." The court asked that additional written briefs be submitted and scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 21.
SPORTS
March 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Marion County prosecutor's office has objected to a request by Mike Tyson's attorneys to have the court reveal the names of jurors who expressed concern for their safety during Tyson's rape trial at Indianapolis. Tyson, 25, was found guilty on Feb. 10 of rape and criminal deviate conduct in connection with an assault last summer of Desiree Washington, then an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant. He is to be sentenced March 26. Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford said in an order Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1994
Two judges who are waging a legal fight to use anonymous juries in criminal trials lost the latest round this week when a state appeals court said they do not have the right to pursue the issue in court. Philip K. Mautino and John David Lord, presiding judges of the Bellflower and Downey Municipal Courts, had asked the appeals court to overturn Superior Court rulings forbidding the use of anonymous juries in two cases.
NEWS
April 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
The judge in the Oklahoma City bombing case refused Saturday to tear down a custom-built wall that partially obscures the jury from courtroom spectators. He also refused news media bids for more information on the jurors, but delayed ruling on challenges to a strict gag order on lawyers. The motions were presented by media attorney Kelli Sager, representing more than 70 news organizations. U.S. District Judge Richard P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1994 | BILL BOYARSKY
Many people wonder how much more of a circus the Simpson case could become. If the Los Angeles Superior Court's 22-page "media plan" for the O.J. Simpson murder trial is any indication, the folks who prepared it are expecting the overblown coverage to explode in size and intensity. Generally, the guide is an attempt to impose discipline on traditionally anarchic reporters.
NEWS
October 3, 1989
The U.S. Court of Appeals reopened to the public the Washington, D.C., cocaine conspiracy trial of alleged drug boss Rayful Edmond III and 10 associates, blocking an order by the trial judge barring the public's attendance, the Washington Post reported. In overturning the apparently unprecedented order by U.S.
NEWS
January 14, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An effort to protect the identities of jurors in trials involving gang members is under fire at the Capitol for going too far and for expanding such protection to all criminal trials in California. The battle pits a veteran conservative Republican from Arcadia and at least one municipal judge against prosecutors, defense attorneys, civil libertarians and newspaper publishers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The summons to jury duty seemed to Richard Olvera like a harmless call to civic service--until his uncle warned him of perils lurking in the Downtown Criminal Courts Building. "If you vote guilty, the [convicted] guy will get revenge," Olvera said his uncle predicted. The more Olvera thought about it, the more sense his uncle made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1995 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Bellflower judge who drew national attention for using anonymous juries in all criminal trials has decided to stop the practice, acknowledging that he is unlikely to persuade appeals courts to endorse the controversial policy. Philip K. Mautino, presiding judge of Los Cerritos Municipal Court in Bellflower, said he ended his yearlong experiment with nameless panels last week after judges in three higher courts disapproved. "I'm very saddened by this," Mautino said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1994
Two judges who are waging a legal fight to use anonymous juries in criminal trials lost the latest round this week when a state appeals court said they do not have the right to pursue the issue in court. Philip K. Mautino and John David Lord, presiding judges of the Bellflower and Downey Municipal Courts, had asked the appeals court to overturn Superior Court rulings forbidding the use of anonymous juries in two cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1994
A state appeals court has ordered that a Downey trial be postponed until the justices can decide whether an anonymous jury should be used. In a brief order, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said that the use of anonymous juries raises a "novel and important issue of law." The court asked that additional written briefs be submitted and scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 21.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1994 | BILL BOYARSKY
Many people wonder how much more of a circus the Simpson case could become. If the Los Angeles Superior Court's 22-page "media plan" for the O.J. Simpson murder trial is any indication, the folks who prepared it are expecting the overblown coverage to explode in size and intensity. Generally, the guide is an attempt to impose discipline on traditionally anarchic reporters.
NEWS
July 25, 1994 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the five municipal courtrooms in Bellflower, there is no crush of news media covering high profile cases. There are no mobsters, drug lords or murderers on trial. Here, all the cases involve misdemeanors for crimes such as drunk driving, domestic violence and petty theft. It is hardly the type of caseload to warrant special protection for jurors. But this small gray courthouse may be the only one in the country where every juror in every criminal case gets the protective robe of anonymity.
NEWS
January 14, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An effort to protect the identities of jurors in trials involving gang members is under fire at the Capitol for going too far and for expanding such protection to all criminal trials in California. The battle pits a veteran conservative Republican from Arcadia and at least one municipal judge against prosecutors, defense attorneys, civil libertarians and newspaper publishers.
NEWS
July 25, 1994 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the five municipal courtrooms in Bellflower, there is no crush of news media covering high profile cases. There are no mobsters, drug lords or murderers on trial. Here, all the cases involve misdemeanors for crimes such as drunk driving, domestic violence and petty theft. It is hardly the type of caseload to warrant special protection for jurors. But this small gray courthouse may be the only one in the country where every juror in every criminal case gets the protective robe of anonymity.
SPORTS
March 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Marion County prosecutor's office has objected to a request by Mike Tyson's attorneys to have the court reveal the names of jurors who expressed concern for their safety during Tyson's rape trial at Indianapolis. Tyson, 25, was found guilty on Feb. 10 of rape and criminal deviate conduct in connection with an assault last summer of Desiree Washington, then an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant. He is to be sentenced March 26. Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford said in an order Feb.
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