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May 29, 2012 | By Alex Pham and Ben Fritz
Could a Call of Duty settlement be at hand? Key pre-trial motions in the high-stakes lawsuit involving Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Call of Duty game franchise abruptly ceased Tuesday morning, prompting speculation as to whether such talks are underway. The Santa Monica game publisher is being sued by two game developers, Jason West and Vincent Zampella, who headed the studio that created the company's multibillion-dollar Call of Duty game series. West and Zampella allege that Activision fired them in March 2010 to avoid paying them hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and royalties.
April 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
  Successfully prosecuting neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for second-degree murder will require an excruciatingly detailed timeline about the last few minutes of Trayvon Martin's life -- and finding jurors who haven't already made up their minds about the highly...
February 4, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
An El Dorado County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive for 18 years is competent to stand trial. Phillip Garrido, who was also charged with rape, fathered Dugard's two children while she was in captivity. His wife, Nancy Garrido, also faces charges in the case, which captured international attention when Dugard and her daughters were discovered in 2009 living in a ramshackle compound in the Garridos' Antioch backyard.
December 19, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Monday was supposed to be the day for a hearing in Orange County Superior Court matching lawyers for the CIF Southern Section against their counterparts representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on behalf of its client, Santa Ana Mater Dei High. I was hoping Mater Dei grads Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley could make an appearance to add to the spectacle. The honorable Judge Gregory H. Lewis was scheduled to preside. I doubt he's a Servite grad, so that's good for Mater Dei. The hearing, however, was postponed because the lawyers are reviewing amendments filed last week (probably at $150 an hour)
October 2, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who opposes legalization of marijuana for recreational use, has approved legislation downgrading possession of an ounce or less from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Supporters say the change will keep marijuana-related cases from becoming court-clogging jury trials, even though the penalty will remain a fine of up to $100, with no jail time. Violations will not go on a person's record as a crime. "I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name," Schwarzenegger wrote in a message released after he signed the bill.
September 20, 2010 | T.J. Simers
The Dodgers' trial resumes Monday, the courtroom is already abuzz because a few minutes earlier Jamie McCourt's car rolled back into a pedestrian. A woman has been hit, so first reports it's Frank McCourt are not true. The woman is hurt, but apparently not seriously. A witness says Jamie made no move to get out of the car to check on her. After all, it's not a jury trial. Later, Jamie is grilled about the incident by Page 2, by now everyone knowing it's her driver who hit the woman.
September 2, 2010 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
A former Orange County high school football star was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison this week for killing a Newport Beach liquor store owner while shoplifting an adult magazine. Weston Scott Kruger, 31, was sentenced Tuesday for the 2007 killing of Hao "Tony" Huynh, the longtime proprietor of Sportsman's Liquor Store on Newport Boulevard. A jury found Kruger guilty of first-degree murder in May. "We'll never see him out of prison," Kruger's maternal grandmother said before the sentencing.
August 5, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Two doctors and Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend conspired for three years, even crossing international borders, to "funnel" massive amounts of powerful, highly dangerous medication to the late model, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday during opening statements in their criminal trial. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Renee Rose said the defendants' efforts included using fake names and different pharmacies, including one specializing in supplying large quantities to nursing homes and board-and-care facilities.
March 28, 2010 | By David A. Nichols
President Obama gets it. So did President Eisenhower half a century ago. When you are breaking a decades-long legislative logjam, you take what you can get so you can do better later. Critics deplore the compromises Obama made on healthcare. And it's true that the bill he signed Tuesday doesn't accomplish everything reform advocates had hoped for. But give Obama credit for historical perspective. Covering the millions without health insurance is the civil rights issue of our time.
July 8, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out the murder conviction in the strangling death of Tracey Biletnikoff, daughter of NFL star Fred Biletnikoff, and ordered a new trial for the confessed killer. Mohammed Haroon Ali's conviction was overturned by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because prosecutors had dismissed the only two African Americans in the jury pool and made "wholly unpersuasive" arguments that the decisions weren't based on race. Ali admitted to strangling Biletnikoff, then 20, in 1999.
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