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February 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man accused of murdering his ex-wife after she won $727,000 in the California Lottery has waived a jury trial and will allow a judge to decide the case. David Scott Harrison, 33, who already has been sentenced in federal court for a car bombing, arson and an insurance fraud scheme, is charged in the strangulation of Anne Jenkins, whose body was found in her San Marcos home in February, 1988.
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March 12, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman is set to spend a year behind bars and pay roughly $305,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to three felonies related to embezzling from a local farmers market. He also agreed to pay about $14,000 in restitution to the California Franchise Tax Board. He is scheduled to return to Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 7 and will likely serve his sentence in County Jail. He will also be given five years' probation. In September, Judge Stephen Marcus rejected Drayman's proposition that included 300 hours of community service and restitution, but no time behind bars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1999 | CITY NEWS SERVICE
In a move a prosecutor called "tantamount" to pleading guilty, a Vietnamese gang leader accused of killing a highway patrolman asked a judge today to decide his fate based on testimony from an earlier hearing. Hung Thanh Mai waived his right to a jury trial, and his lawyers submitted transcripts of testimony from his preliminary hearing to Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Weatherspoon. The judge will issue a ruling next Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A convicted child molester facing a life sentence in prison was found dead in Carlsbad, officials said Tuesday. Suicide was suspected. Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, was free on $500,000 bail during his jury trial. But when he did not appear in court to hear the Nov. 14 verdict, detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department began looking for him. McCarron was convicted of 11 felony counts, with each count involving more than one victim. He was facing a sentence of 165 years in prison, officials said.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | Times Wire Services
A man accused of murdering his former wife after she won $727,000 in the California Lottery has waived a jury trial and will allow a judge to decide the case. David Scott Harrison, 33, who already has been sentenced in federal court for a car bombing, arson and an insurance fraud scheme, is charged in the strangulation of Anne Jenkins, whose body was found in her San Marcos home in February, 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1992 | GARY GORMAN
In a surprise decision less than an hour before jury selection was to begin, the Ventura County district attorney's office agreed Monday to a non-jury proceeding in the murder trial of Kevin Kolodziej. "I'm blown away that they did it," said Steve P. Lipson, one of two deputy public defenders representing Kolodziej in the slaying of 90-year-old Velasta Johnson of Ventura on Jan. 17.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2004 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
Enron Corp. founder Kenneth L. Lay, facing federal fraud charges, asked a judge Monday for a speedy trial, even if it meant giving up his right to have his fate decided by a jury. "We are so confident in Ken Lay's innocence that we have taken the bold step to waive his right to a jury trial," said Lay's attorney, Michael Ramsey. "While we would strongly prefer to go before a jury, we believe that a speedy trial is so important that we are willing to waive this right."
NEWS
May 24, 1994 | Reuters
The son of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders waived his right to a jury trial, and the felony drug charge against him will be decided solely by a judge. Kevin Elders, 26, appeared Monday at a preliminary hearing. Elders was arrested in December on charges of selling one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine to an undercover agent here.
NEWS
February 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Brian Patrick Regan, who is accused of conspiring to spy for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, pleaded not guilty to federal charges and his lawyer asked for a jury trial. Attorney Nina Ginsberg entered the plea on behalf of Regan, 39, at a brief hearing in Alexandria before U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton. In the 10-count indictment made public this week, Regan was accused of attempting to hand over U.S. secrets, not only to Hussein but also to China and Libya.
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October 25, 1988 | Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Associated Press and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, at work on a study of state legislative leadership, writes on issues of California government and politics
Rep. Pat Swindall today offered to give up his right to a jury trial on federal perjury charges in order to obtain a verdict by Election Day, but U.S. District Judge Robert Vining immediately rejected the idea. With jury selection entering its third day, Republican Swindall told Vining, "I'm just real concerned as to whether or not we can get this case tried this week and next week. I am prepared to waive my right to be tried by a jury."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By James Barragan
The fate of the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry depends on the answer to one question: Who had the tire iron? Young Lee, 48, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating Donald Bolding with a tire iron in June 2011 while Bolding was panhandling on the side of an east Hollywood street. After becoming upset that Bolding flashed a tattoo to people in Lee's car - including his fiancee - showing a stick-figure couple having sex, Lee drove away - but he returned with another man and beat Bolding, prosecutors say. During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor alike said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- People close to the movement to oust Mayor Bob Filner over sex harassment allegations are looking at a rarely used statute that can remove a politician for malfeasance or intentional misuse of the office. In Filner's case, the process would work like this: State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris would have to get involved since Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis, who ran against Filner for mayor, has declared that her office has a conflict. Harris would have to impanel a grand jury.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The husband of a state legislator and his Orange County real estate lending company were found liable for $10 million in damages after a jury found they acted with "malice, oppression or fraud" in breaching their fiduciary duties to investors. Dan Harkey, the husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), was accused of making ill-advised loans through his company, Point Center Financial in Aliso Viejo, and pocketing fees and commissions from the doomed loans. Diane Harkey was removed as a defendant in the first jury trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has apologized for calling the jury that found him guilty "retarded. " Francis, who was recently found guilty of imprisoning three women in his home, issued an apology on the heels of an interview published by The Hollywood Reporter that quoted him as saying his jurors were "mentally ... retarded" and "should be euthanized. " "Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries, you know? I've never met a smart person who's done jury duty," he said in the article.  PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots But now he's singing a different tune, apologizing to the jury, court, city attorney and his attorneys for the harsh comments and still maintaining his innocence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Phil Willon
A camp ranger who was carjacked by fugitive former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner and who called 911 plans to sue Los Angeles to collect the entire $1-million reward offered for the now-deceased ex-L.A. police officer, his attorney said Friday. Attorney Allen L. Thomas said his client, Rick Heltebrake,  filed a proper claim to collect the reward offered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and funded by various entities and accused the city of trying to “walk away” from considering that request.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Randy Travis said he didn't do it - the country star on Friday pleaded not guilty to a simple assault charge stemming from an August dust-up in a church parking lot. Travis, appearing in a Plano, Texas, courtroom, requested a jury trial in the matter. He was cited in late August after he allegedly got involved in an argument between his girlfriend and her estranged husband. A court date's been set for March 11. Travis' attorney, Larry Friedman, tells the story a little differently than it appeared in media reports at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to swiftly resolve his long-standing case, former FBI agent Richard W. Miller on Friday waived his right to a jury trial on charges that he passed U.S. secrets to Soviet spies. The unexpected move means that U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi in Los Angeles will decide the guilt or innocence of Miller, who had his previous espionage conviction overturned by a federal appeals court last year. Takasugi set a new trial date for Aug. 21. This will be his third trial for Miller, 52.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1992 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Barbara man, charged with assault for knowingly spreading the AIDS virus, forfeited his right to a jury trial Friday in an unusual legal move aimed at forcing a speedy appellate court ruling on whether he can be legally prosecuted as a criminal. David Scott Crother, 46, agreed to have his case heard by Ventura County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | Bloomberg News
A California judge has ruled that Oracle Corp. is contractually obligated to continue developing software for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Itanium-based servers. The decision Wednesday by Judge James P. Kleinberg in San Jose advances Hewlett-Packard's lawsuit to a jury trial to determine whether Oracle broke the contract and what, if any, damages should be awarded. Both sides have 15 days to file an objection to the decision, the judge said. The judge agreed with Hewlett-Packard that Oracle made a commitment to support Intel Corp.
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