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June 5, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Riverside jurors ordered the death penalty Tuesday for Earl Ellis Green, who was convicted of fatally shooting Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio at point-blank range as the officer pleaded for his life. After 3 1/2 hours of deliberations, the panel returned the decision, agreeing with prosecutors who argued that the penalty should fit the crime. The 46-year-old convicted felon, who was on parole at the time of the November 2010 killing, smiled as the jury announced the verdict, witnesses said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors told a Vista jury Thursday that putting to death Rudolph Jose Roybal, the "coldblooded killer" of a 65-year-old Oceanside woman, would be "morally right." Quoting the Old Testament during closing arguments in the penalty phase of Roybal's trial, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jack Koerber implored the jury to sentence Roybal to die for killing Yvonne Weden in June, 1989, while burglarizing her home. "Don't let him hide behind your conscience, because he has no conscience," Koerber said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2004
Deanne STILLMAN complains that fame and celebrity "corrode every aspect of American life" and warns that this may impact fairness to Robert Blake in his upcoming murder trial ("For Mickey Gubitosi, It's the Role of a Lifetime," Dec. 5). She then goes on to write a two-page Valentine to the accused wife slayer. Unlike Stillman, who seems more of a defense team publicist than a journalist, I have faith in the legal system and believe the jury will not focus on what doesn't matter, i.e. Blake's celebrity and career, but will evaluate the evidence to determine whether this man indeed shot his wife to death and left four children without a mother.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2010 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
A federal jury in Riverside has dealt what could be a severe blow to how Hollywood studios report profits in television shows and movies, in a decision Wednesday that orders Walt Disney Co. to pay nearly $270 million in damages to the creator of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." The decision, if upheld on appeal, potentially undercuts the rationale that drove a wave of consolidation that swept the entertainment industry over the last two decades, in which media giants contended that it was economically advantageous to control both the production and distribution of TV programming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2000
Though Timothy Lynch's Jan. 24 commentary, "We All Lose When Judges Overreach," is accurate, such brevity bypasses what may be a greater threat to our venerable jury system. I was elected foreman of a jury deliberating the fate of an individual accused of a "cocaine buy." One juror brought a pocket Bible to the table, which she kept in front of her during the deliberations. At one point, 10 of us were certain that a particular witness had lied during his testimony, another one was not sure, but this particular juror was adamant that he had told the truth.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Florida jury weighing the fate of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, told officials Friday that it had hit a wall in its deliberations and then broken for the night. Deliberations were to resume Saturday morning. Jurors have deliberated for more than 181/2 hours since receiving the case Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the jury asked the judge whether it could hand in a verdict on some charges even if it could not reach a unanimous agreement on one charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
A federal jury has found Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally liable in a case involving abuse of an inmate in the Men's Central Jail, meaning the sheriff could be required to pay $100,000 out of pocket. It is the first time a jury has held Baca personally at fault in a deputy use-of-force case. Sheriff's officials called the verdict a "huge mistake" and said they would appeal. Plaintiff Tyler Willis filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in October 2010 against L.A. County and several deputies and sheriff's officials, alleging that deputies severely beat him in 2009 while he was a 23-year-old inmate awaiting trial on charges of lewd acts with a child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Antonio Lopez Chaj's skull looks a pie chart with a quarter missing. He cannot speak, needs help to walk and needs 24-hour care after being severely beaten by a security guard in a Los Angeles bar three years ago, his attorneys say. After hearing evidence about the horrific April 2010 attack, a Torrance jury awarded the 43-year-old immigrant painter nearly $58 million in economic and medical losses. The Los Angeles resident's injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove a portion of his brain and skull.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1989
The Los Angeles County Grand Jury has charged that the county is failing to meet state standards to inspect restaurants four times a year. In a written statement released this week, the jury put most of the blame on the county's inability to retain qualified staffers. A report by the jury indicated that the actual frequency of county inspection is 1.6 times per year, less than half the state standard. "We recognize that the county has a staffing problem, but we feel that there are reasonable solutions," said jury foreman Robert Leland.
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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.
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