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August 20, 2009 | David Kelly
Riverside County prosecutors have filed jury tampering charges against the brother-in-law of Raymond Lee Oyler, who was convicted and sentenced to death this summer for setting the 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters. Christopher Vaughn Hillman, 46, is charged with seven counts of jury tampering and remains at large, investigators said Wednesday. A warrant has been issued and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2009 | David Kelly
Riverside County prosecutors have filed jury tampering charges against the brother-in-law of Raymond Lee Oyler, who was convicted and sentenced to death this summer for setting the 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters. Christopher Vaughn Hillman, 46, is charged with seven counts of jury tampering and remains at large, investigators said Wednesday. A warrant has been issued and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1990
A federal juror removed for suspected tampering with the jury's deliberations just hours before Los Angeles businessman Michael R. Goland was convicted last May of making an illegal political donation pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single felony count of criminal contempt of court in a plea bargain with the government. Barry Kuhnke, 33, of Huntington Beach, a U.S. Defense Department employee, told U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Leonard is a Times staff writer.
A 20-year veteran Los Angeles police officer has been accused of jury tampering after he approached two alternate jurors during deliberations in a robbery trial and told them about the defendant's long criminal history, court records show. A Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman said the office is considering criminal charges against Officer Dominick Fuentes, who had testified in the trial a day before he allegedly spoke to the jurors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1993
A Santa Ana woman suspected of attempting to sway a juror in a death-penalty case was released Wednesday after spending a night in jail, but still faces a contempt charge. Kichecko Williams, 21, must appear in court Dec. 6 for a hearing to determine what took place Tuesday in a hallway outside the courtroom where the father of her 2-year-old son is on trial for the 1991 rape and murder of a Huntington Beach woman. A juror told Orange County Superior Court Judge David O.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990
A juror who contacted businessman Michael Goland during deliberations in his election-fraud trial did so in an attempt to get established in the real estate business and deserves at least a year in prison, prosecutors said in court documents released Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A professional football player in Southern California is charged with running a cross-country drug network. His girlfriend, a Ram cheerleader he recruited to shuttle suitcases filled with cocaine cross-country, turns state's witness to testify against him and four co-defendants. All five are eventually convicted. Before they are sentenced, however, allegations of jury tampering abound.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a second day of jury selection began in the trial of four police officers charged in the beating of Rodney G. King, allegations surfaced Thursday that a small group of prospective black jurors may have been improperly approached by a courthouse monitor affiliated with the NAACP. Superior Court Judge Stanley M. Weisberg ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to appear this morning before saying whether he will open an official inquiry into the incident.
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February 2, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the time former Mayor Roger Hedgecock's second political corruption trial went to the jury, the bailiff assigned to watch over jurors during their deliberations let it be known that he had already made up his mind. Hedgecock, the bailiff said, was guilty. Bailiff Al Burroughs then plied jurors with liquor. He reminded jurors that it was expensive to keep them secluded, so costly that they were expected to "do a good job."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1991 | MYRON LEVIN and RUSSELL BEN-ALI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In an unexpected twist in the "Alliance" legal corruption trial, a former lawyer for fugitive attorney Lynn B. Stites has been accused of jury tampering and ordered to show cause why he should not be held in criminal contempt. Century City lawyer Thomas A. Mesereau Jr. faces a contempt hearing after the conclusion of the trial, under an order by U.S. District Judge Clarence Newcomer after a hallway conversation between Mesereau and a juror Thursday.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2004 | From Reuters
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.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2003 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1999 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Louis "Skip" Miller, known as one of the most hard-nosed and aggressive attorneys in Los Angeles, is often hired to defend the city and its Police Department from accusations of wrongdoing. But did he engage in wrongdoing himself--possibly tampering with a jury--in a high-profile case involving missing photos of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination?
BUSINESS
May 11, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ad Disrupts Breast Implant Litigation: A full-page advertisement placed in newspapers by Dow Corning Corp. prompted a mistrial in one breast implant trial and sent shock waves through the parties involved in other cases. Texas District Judge Russell Lloyd stopped the trial during jury selection after plaintiffs' attorneys accused the Midland, Mich., company of jury tampering. Though the trial involved Baxter Health Care Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Riverside County Superior Court judge, citing misconduct by a prosecutor, excused all 280 members of a jury pool assigned to the case of Amy Leanne Prien, the Perris woman charged with murder in the methamphetamine-poisoning death of her 3-month-old son last year. Judge Edward Webster ruled Supervising Deputy Dist. Atty. Allison Nelson potentially contaminated the jury pool by discussing the possible testimony of a reluctant, jailed witness with the Riverside Press-Enterprise on Monday.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
The sentencing hearing for a rabbi convicted of having his wife killed was delayed for two hours Thursday as the judge angrily criticized the media for trying to contact the jury. Superior Court Judge Linda Baxter closed the courtroom and polled jurors to find out who had contacted them. "It is an outrage, frankly, that the media has so little respect for this court of law," Baxter said. She said representatives of ABC's "Good Morning America" had called seven people on the panel.
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