December 5, 2007 |
The O.J. Simpson case made it to the Supreme Court on Tuesday -- not to review the double murder trial from Los Angeles but to consider how a white prosecutor used the outcome to play the race card with an all-white jury in Louisiana.
December 3, 2007 |
Jim Williams had a reputation as a highly skilled, tenacious prosecutor -- maybe even a little bloodthirsty. After scoring convictions in dozens of murder cases, he told a reporter: "It got to the point where there was no thrill for me unless there was a chance for the death penalty." In the mid-'90s, Williams posed for Esquire magazine standing behind a miniature electric chair with mug shots of five African American men he sent to death row.
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September 11, 2007 |
A federal appeals court Monday refused to overturn the death sentence of convicted murderer Stevie Lamar Fields, rejecting claims that the jury foreman had tainted penalty deliberations by reciting Bible verses, including "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth." Fields was convicted in the 1978 rape, robbery and murder of Rosemary Carr Cobb, a USC student librarian. At the time, he was on parole for a manslaughter conviction.
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May 5, 2007 |
A freelance journalist affiliated with the Los Angeles Times contacted a person believed to be a juror in the Phil Spector murder trial, the newspaper said Friday. In a letter to the judge, a lawyer representing The Times said the writer for the newspaper's Calendar section asked New Line Cinema to identify a company executive who is on the jury.
April 9, 2004 |
An investigation into possible jury tampering in the trial of two former Tyco International Ltd. executives suffered a potential setback Thursday when sealed court documents were mistakenly made public. At the request of prosecutors, New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus ordered this week that records of some discussions leading up to his decision to declare a mistrial in the case against L. Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz be kept from the public for a short time.
September 26, 2003 |
When the trial of Frank Quattrone begins in a Manhattan courtroom Monday, the biggest criminal case against a Wall Street figure in some 15 years will hinge on a two-line e-mail. The government has charged the once-powerful Silicon Valley investment banker with obstruction of justice and witness tampering, alleging that Quattrone wrote the brief electronic message to prod his staff to destroy incriminating documents.