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August 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
4th District Appellate Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary has been named this year's winner of the Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award, which honors judges who demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving access to justice. Among other accomplishments, she was honored for her role in obtaining $8.7 million in ongoing funding for self-help centers in the courts.
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November 22, 1986
Insanity Defense to Continue A former assistant dean at Saddleback College, Donald E. Dawson, convicted of first-degree murder in the 1984 shooting of his ex-wife, told a Superior Court judge on Friday that he wanted to proceed with the sanity phase of his trial. Dawson had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but a jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday. Dawson was arrested immediately after shooting Dona Mae Dawson, 46, five times on the sidewalk near her El Toro home on Sept. 15, 1984.
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June 20, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
The first woman to serve as presiding judge of Orange County Superior Court has won a second term. In a recent election, Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary received the unanimous endorsement of 61 judges for the term that begins in January. "She is very well-respected by the court," said Mary Lou Des Rochers, an assistant executive officer. Presiding duties include making judicial assignments and schedules for judges, commissioners and court referees and working with committees.
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October 7, 1986 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A corporal stationed at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station was sentenced Monday to 27 years to life in prison for the murder of a Los Angeles woman who was found dead on railroad tracks in Anaheim last year. James Lee Parker, 24, was given a 25-year sentence--plus an additional two years because he used a gun--for the Oct. 27, 1985, slaying of Kelly Devon Tucker, 22. Parker, who is from Texas, admitted in a videotaped conversation with Anaheim police that he had shot Tucker.
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September 28, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Four teen-agers charged with murdering honor student Stuart A. Tay were ordered Monday to stand trial in January, about a year after the 17-year-old was bludgeoned and buried in a Buena Park back yard. Orange County Superior Court Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary set a trial date of Jan. 10. Tay, of Orange, was beaten with a sledgehammer and baseball bats. Rubbing alcohol was poured down his throat and he was buried in the back yard with his mouth taped shut, police say.
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August 12, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
The county municipal courts and superior courts united officially Monday, changing the face--and name--of the system. The new system is now known as the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. The county's six former municipal and branch courts are now called justice centers.
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May 23, 1991 | JERRY HICKS
The state Supreme Court has stayed a judge's decision to fire Joanne Harrold as attorney for murder defendant Thomas Maniscalco. Maniscalco's capital murder trial ended in a mistrial last year after two jurors voted him not guilty. He is charged in an alleged biker feud that resulted in the slaying of three people in Westminster. Maniscalco, a lawyer himself and a longtime friend of Harrold's, told The Times that he wants her to remain his attorney. The stay order came at 5:05 p.m.
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August 5, 1987
An Orange County preliminary hearing for Night Stalker suspect Richard Ramirez was postponed a third time Tuesday, once more so his lawyers could appeal a decision to close the hearing to the public. Ramirez, accused of 14 murders in Los Angeles County, is also charged with attempted murder and rape in Orange County in an attack in Mission Viejo on Aug. 25, 1985. On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary upheld a Municipal Court ruling favoring the news media.
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September 3, 1987
The wife of convicted killer Willie Ray Wisely pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of smuggling drugs to another inmate at the Orange County Jail. Gail Marie Harrington, 25, whose visits to the jail have been cut back since her arrest on Aug. 12, is free on $25,000 bail. An Oct. 26 preliminary hearing date was set in her case. Harrington may be back in court as a witness in a hearing scheduled today before Superior Court Judge Kathleen E.
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June 24, 1997
After overseeing several high-profile murder cases, Kathleen E. O'Leary has been named presiding judge of Orange County Superior Court, the first woman to hold the office. She was selected to head the court by a panel of her peers Friday. The year term begins Jan. 1. Appointed to the Superior Court bench in 1986, she has presided over the People vs. Thomas F. Maniscalco, the former head of the Hessians biker gang who was convicted of a 1994 triple homicide, and other well-known cases.
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