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April 10, 1992 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the last 18 months, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito has kept a poker face. Moving with care and consideration, he has never given prosecutors or defense lawyers a clue about what he thinks of Charles H. Keating Jr. or his role in the collapse of Lincoln Savings & Loan and its parent company three years ago. Today, his sentencing of Keating on 17 counts of state securities fraud should speak for itself. Keating faces up to 10 years in state prison and a $250,000 fine.
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September 20, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like another reporting coup for TMZ.com. The celebrity website posted a video of "Judge Lance Ito," who presided over O.J. Simpson's 1995 murder trial, declaring the former football great "guilty as sin" of the crimes he is accused of in Las Vegas. One problem: It wasn't Ito. Officials at Los Angeles County Superior Court quickly informed the website about the error. "The video does not depict Judge Ito. He is not in the video, and he did not, and has not, commented in any way to TMZ.
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October 30, 1994 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was like offering a team of Little Leaguers a chance to play in the World Series. When Bernard Kamins asked the 10 students in his trial advocacy class which of them wanted to help out on the O. J. Simpson case, 10 hands shot eagerly into the air. Two months later, three of the students, along with a gutsy young woman from Arcadia, are players in what some have called the "trial of the century."
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February 11, 1997
It has been 16 months since the close of the criminal case against O.J. Simpson--time enough for the players who helped shape it to sign TV talk show deals, embark upon nationwide book tours and, in some cases, mark a return to something approaching normalcy. Here's an update: Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito The 46-year-old judge in the criminal trial is still based in the downtown Criminal Courts Building.
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August 16, 1995 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was disqualified from presiding over the Rodney G. King beating trial. He got pushed off the Reginald Denny case. But Superior Court Judge John H. Reid now has a piece of the O.J. Simpson saga. On Tuesday, the 47-year-old jurist was given the task of deciding the admissibility of audio taped interviews with Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman. He was assigned to the matter after Superior Court Judge Lance A.
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April 11, 1995
The dismissed O.J. Simpson juror who predicted a hung jury and charged that black panelists were treated unfairly by sheriff's deputies was ordered to appear in Judge Lance A. Ito's private chambers on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said Monday. Jeanette Harris was served with a subpoena Saturday from Ito, who began an investigation into alleged juror misconduct after Harris' live TV interview last Wednesday, just hours after she was dismissed from the jury. Harris was ordered to appear at 4 p.
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December 23, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The judge in the O.J. Simpson case Thursday paid a visit to the jail housing the accused double-murderer, the judge's second tour since a deputy allegedly overheard an outburst by Simpson. Sgt. Larry Lincoln, a sheriff's spokesman, said Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito arrived at the Men's Central Jail with a bailiff about 2 p.m. to "inspect changes to the visiting area." He left about 45 minutes later, Lincoln said. On Nov.
NEWS
August 4, 1995
Judge Lance A. Ito's acceptance of a $75 birthday cake Wednesday from NBC "Today Show" host Katie Couric has generated a bit of controversy. The cake arrived at the same time Ito was considering whether to make KNBC reporter Tracie Savage reveal confidential sources in her coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case. KNBC is owned and operated by NBC, but KNBC executives said they knew nothing about the cake.
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June 30, 1995 | HENRY WEINSTEIN
One of the many satellite dramas in the O.J. Simpson case ended Thursday with a decision that strikes a blow for summer reading material everywhere. Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito ruled that two jurors could continue to read John Grisham's novel "The Rainmaker," which has a recurring theme of domestic violence. The book's narrator, an attorney, attempts to persuade a young woman to leave her wife-battering husband, an over-the-hill baseball player.
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April 6, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedians often say that ethnic humor--especially done in exaggerated accents--is tough to pull off. That may be so even for that most glib of legislative quipsters, Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.), whose parodied imitation of Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito has caused such a fuss he has apologized.
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April 4, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing flawed jury instructions from Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday overturned the state securities fraud conviction of former Lincoln Savings & Loan operator Charles H. Keating Jr., handing state prosecutors a devastating defeat. U.S. District Judge John G. Davies ruled that Keating was denied his constitutional due process rights because his conviction was based on "nonexistent and erroneous legal theory" and "erroneous" jury instructions.
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December 14, 1995 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During her long months as a juror in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Anise Aschenbach was happy to call Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito "Your Honor." He was nice enough to her, Aschenbach thought, and seemed to be an honorable man. But on Wednesday, when a visitor to her Norwalk bungalow merely mentioned Ito's name, Aschenbach's response was quick and bitter. "That jerk," she said.
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November 25, 1995 | Associated Press
A Canadian has been ordered to stand trial on charges he sent death threats by fax to Judge Lance Ito, prosecutor Marcia Clark and others connected to the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Gerald Lavictoire, 48, of Toronto was arrested Aug. 18 after the Los Angeles district attorney's office asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to investigate faxes sent during the Simpson trial. Lavictoire's trial is set to begin Dec. 4.
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November 3, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No cameras. No autograph hounds. No bellowing lawyers. Judge Lance A. Ito surveyed his courtroom, post-O.J., and found: a deputy district attorney who stumbled over his witness's name. A public defender who confined his strategy to a single, slim binder. And empty courtroom pews signaling the lack of interest in a "three strikes" robbery case called The People vs. Cordelius Humphries. It had to be a bit of a letdown.
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November 1, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
O.J. Simpson will have to wait at least two weeks to get back his fake mustache, Frank Sinatra tape, Blockbuster membership card and other property seized from him in the days just before and after he was arrested on charges of murdering his ex-wife and Ronald Lyle Goldman. Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito ruled Tuesday that the eclectic assortment of personal property should remain in custody until Nov. 15.
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October 24, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito gave what is believed to be his first interview since the end of the O.J. Simpson murder trial to a college journalism student, and he defended his decision to allow Simpson's trial to be televised. In a five-minute segment videotaped Friday at the Downtown Criminal Courts Building, Ito told Cal State Northridge senior Gayle Gomer that the public benefited from viewing the trial on television. "My gut reaction . . .
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May 12, 1995 | JIM NEWTON and ANDREA FORD
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito has tried again and again to control the courtroom behavior of lawyers in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. He has scolded them in front of the jury and has spelled out his rules of decorum in painstaking detail. But Thursday, his response to yet another outburst was to slam his hands down on his desk, glare and take some money out of their pockets. When defense lawyer Peter Neufeld and Deputy Dist. Atty.
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July 20, 1995 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An off-duty bailiff for Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito died Wednesday after being shot by a prowler he chased from his neighbor's front yard in Pasadena. Antranik Geuvjehizian, a 32-year-old sheriff's deputy who lived in Ito's neighborhood, died about 4 a.m. at Huntington Memorial Hospital despite two surgeries, said Pasadena Police Lt. Gene Gray. His voice audibly breaking, Ito adjourned the O.J. Simpson trial Wednesday afternoon in Geuvjehizian's memory.
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October 24, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three questions. That's all Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito would answer, but it became the scoop of Gayle Gomer's still-budding career Monday. The Cal State Northridge journalism student was preparing a story on cameras in the courtroom when the bearded jurist made famous by the O.J. Simpson double murder trial agreed last week to give his first post-verdict interview. On camera. In a courtroom.
NEWS
October 8, 1995
No lawyers were thrown in jail during the O.J. Simpson trial, but few escaped with their wallets intact. Here are some of the sanctions imposed during the "Trial of the Century." 1995 * Feb. 23: Judge Lance A. Ito holds Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher A. Darden in contempt of court for refusing to apologize for a remark during a sidebar conference. Darden had become agitated when lead defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. suggested that the prosecutors did not know how to try a case.
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