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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
NEWS
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.
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
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The four men convicted of participating in a drug smuggling ring with former Los Angeles Rams defensive back Darryl Henley may be entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a lower court to review whether the four men's convictions, including that of Henley's uncle, Rex, were the result of a prejudiced jury after the football player attempted to bribe at least one juror with $50,000. The appeals court is following U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A North Hollywood man was sentenced Monday to 56 years to life for the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man in 1999, and his prison privileges were restricted by the judge, who accused him of jury tampering. Shawn Probst, 36, was convicted of second-degree murder in a June retrial in Van Nuys Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury in March, but new physical evidence introduced in the second trial resulted in a guilty verdict.
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.
SPORTS
April 28, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday to investigate a juror's allegations that Ram cornerback Darryl Henley offered him money through a former juror to vote "not guilty" in the football player's cocaine trafficking trial. U.S. District Judge Gary L.
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?
NEWS
May 5, 1999 | From Reuters
Charles Ng, facing the death penalty for 11 murders, may have contacted one of the jurors weighing his fate to tell her she was "very nice," court transcripts released Tuesday showed. But the judge in the case decided he could not establish that Ng, 38, was the man named "Charles" who called the shaken juror at home last week, and let the case proceed. The nine-woman, three-man jury recommended Monday that the former U.S.
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