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May 12, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the death sentence of the killer of a Long Beach flight attendant, although the court found that the sentencing judge had erroneously cited a "long and distinguished" criminal record of the defendant, who never before had been convicted of a felony. The court held 5 to 2 that despite the error there were other legally sufficient grounds for the judge, now deceased, to uphold the jury's verdict of death in the case of Watson Allison, 30, convicted in the murder of Leonard Wesley Polk, 23, in a November, 1982, robbery.
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July 29, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. George Deukmejian announced Saturday that he will nominate Appellate Justice Marvin R. Baxter, a key former aide who helped the governor make more than 600 state judicial appointments, to a forthcoming vacancy on the California Supreme Court. Baxter, a lifelong resident of Fresno now serving there on the state Court of Appeal, would become the first justice from the San Joaquin Valley to serve on the state high court since 1859.
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May 27, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
In a rare public defense of the state Supreme Court, Justice David N. Eagleson has vigorously denied that the court is overwhelmed with death-penalty cases and is being forced to neglect important civil law issues. Eagleson cited statistics showing a reduction in the court's backlog and offered a detailed response to widespread assertions by commentators that the justices appeared preoccupied with capital cases and may be suffering from professional "burnout." "I respectfully submit that the only experts concerning the processes of the Supreme Court are the seven justices . . . ," he said.
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June 9, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, reinstating a sentence that had been overturned under Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, upheld the death penalty Thursday for a man convicted in the 1978 killings of three USC film students. The court held 4 to 3 that even though a new death sentence was erroneously imposed at retrial under a law that did not apply, the error could not have affected the jury's death verdict against the defendant, David Leslie Murtishaw. Murtishaw, now 31, was convicted in a bizarre and unprovoked shooting attack on the students as they were making a movie for their cinema class in the desert near Mojave in Kern County.
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April 28, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court sharply limited emotional distress suits Thursday, ruling over a harsh dissent that a mother who did not actually see her child hit by a car cannot collect money damages. The court by a 5-2 vote said direct family members can collect damages for emotional distress only if they actually witness an injury-producing event and suffer emotional distress "beyond that which would be anticipated in a disinterested witness." Writing for the majority in a closely watched case, Justice David N. Eagleson said he was seeking to draw a clear line to govern emotional distress suits in the future and avoid "limitless liability out of all proportion to the degree of the defendant's negligence."
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, reinstating a sentence that had been overturned under Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, upheld the death penalty Thursday for a man convicted in the 1978 killings of three USC film students. The court held 4 to 3 that even though a new death sentence was erroneously imposed at retrial under a law that did not apply, the error could not have affected the jury's death verdict against the defendant, David Leslie Murtishaw. Murtishaw, now 31, was convicted in a bizarre and unprovoked shooting attack on the students as they were making a movie for their cinema class in the desert near Mojave in Kern County.
NEWS
July 29, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. George Deukmejian announced Saturday that he will nominate Appellate Justice Marvin R. Baxter, a key former aide who helped the governor make more than 600 state judicial appointments, to a forthcoming vacancy on the California Supreme Court. Baxter, a lifelong resident of Fresno now serving there on the state Court of Appeal, would become the first justice from the San Joaquin Valley to serve on the state high court since 1859.
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April 18, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
State Supreme Court Justice David N. Eagleson, one of three conservatives appointed after voters ousted Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and two other liberals in 1987, will retire in November, a court spokesman said today. Eagleson's retirement marks the last departure of the three justices appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to replace Bird and Justices Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso after a bitter confirmation election in November, 1986. Justice John A.
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August 29, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court, upholding the power of state regulatory agencies, ruled Monday that an employer's payroll records may be obtained by labor investigators and used against him in a criminal prosecution. In a 4-3 decision, the court, sharply divided on constitutional issues, rejected contentions that an employer may prevent use of such information as a violation of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
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August 29, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Appellate Justice Marvin R. Baxter of Fresno, a former aide who helped Gov. George Deukmejian make hundreds of judicial appointments, was confirmed unanimously Tuesday by a state commission to fill an upcoming vacancy on the California Supreme Court.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
In a rare public defense of the state Supreme Court, Justice David N. Eagleson has vigorously denied that the court is overwhelmed with death-penalty cases and is being forced to neglect important civil law issues. Eagleson cited statistics showing a reduction in the court's backlog and offered a detailed response to widespread assertions by commentators that the justices appeared preoccupied with capital cases and may be suffering from professional "burnout." "I respectfully submit that the only experts concerning the processes of the Supreme Court are the seven justices . . . ," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the death sentence of the killer of a Long Beach flight attendant, although the court found that the sentencing judge had erroneously cited a "long and distinguished" criminal record of the defendant, who never before had been convicted of a felony. The court held 5 to 2 that despite the error there were other legally sufficient grounds for the judge, now deceased, to uphold the jury's verdict of death in the case of Watson Allison, 30, convicted in the murder of Leonard Wesley Polk, 23, in a November, 1982, robbery.
NEWS
April 28, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court sharply limited emotional distress suits Thursday, ruling over a harsh dissent that a mother who did not actually see her child hit by a car cannot collect money damages. The court by a 5-2 vote said direct family members can collect damages for emotional distress only if they actually witness an injury-producing event and suffer emotional distress "beyond that which would be anticipated in a disinterested witness." Writing for the majority in a closely watched case, Justice David N. Eagleson said he was seeking to draw a clear line to govern emotional distress suits in the future and avoid "limitless liability out of all proportion to the degree of the defendant's negligence."
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December 30, 1986 | United Press International
Gov. George Deukmejian today named six judges, including a woman and a Latino, as his top choices to fill three positions on the California Supreme Court. On the list was Associate Justice John A. Arguelles, 59, of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, a Deukmejian appointee in 1984. Arguelles' father was an immigrant from Mexico, and he was reared in East Los Angeles. Also listed was San Diego County Superior Court Judge Patricia Benke, 37, who was appointed by Deukmejian in 1985.
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