CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1992 |
An 18-year-old New Mexico youth told sheriff's investigators in a taped statement played Monday in Santa Monica Superior Court that he stabbed a Northridge woman twice with an eight-inch knife last year at Zuma Beach because he panicked when he heard her scream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2002 |
Just moments before a Ventura County judge was to rule on his guilt or innocence Tuesday, county school trustee Albert Rosen halted court proceedings and requested that a jury decide the child molestation charges pending against him. "Mr. Rosen has had second thoughts," said Oxnard attorney Joseph O'Neill, who told reporters his client was confused when he waived his trial rights last week.
December 23, 1994 |
Fran and Keith Gochmanosky wanted justice. Their 9-year-old son had undergone surgery to have 70% of his tongue removed because his pediatrician had overlooked a tumor in the boy's mouth. Distraught over the realization that their son would be haunted throughout his life--every time he speaks, interviews for a job or kisses a girl--the Gochmanoskys decided to take the doctor to court.
November 23, 1989 |
The throne of the Exalted Ruler was empty. The Esteemed Leading Knight was nowhere to be found. And the rest of the brothers from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 1378 in Redondo Beach, were not to meet until Tuesday night. But, despite the pronounced absence of the native species, the Elks Lodge in Redondo Beach was alive with activity every workday this week. Holding forth in the lodge room for up to four months will be the judge, jury and combatants in a civil lawsuit.
March 6, 1989 |
The Supreme Court ruled today that most defendants charged with drunk driving do not have a constitutional right to a jury trial. In a unanimous decision, the justices upheld a Nevada high court ruling that the right to a jury trial does not extend to drunk driving because the offense carries only a maximum penalty of six months' incarceration.
July 15, 2013 |
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.
June 21, 2008 |
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that juveniles have a constitutional right to a jury trial, a surprise decision that could influence courts in other states and force local prosecutors to retry hundreds of open cases. In a 6-1 decision, the court based its ruling partly on a provision of the Kansas Constitution that states defendants "in all prosecutions" are guaranteed a speedy jury trial. Courts generally have said for several decades that states aren't required to have jury trials for juveniles as they are for adult defendants.