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April 13, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
He has been known to rule before hearing the evidence and to show his disdain for a written motion by tossing it in the wastebasket. He makes--and sustains--his own objections. He grills witnesses when he thinks they have not been thoroughly questioned. He sometimes tells lawyers appearing before him to "shut up" or "get on with it." He frequently evicts a defense attorney he dislikes from his Santa Monica courtroom.
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July 14, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Swiss government's decision not to extradite Roman Polanski to Los Angeles means the famed director can travel freely in France, Switzerland, Poland and other countries without extradition agreements with the United States. But some legal experts said the Swiss justice ministry's legal rationale for rejecting the extradition request could make even countries with extradition treaties think twice before arresting Polanski. The Swiss government on Monday, in explaining its decision, cited the way Polanski's case was handled in 1977 when he had sex with a 13-year-old girl.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1989
The Los Angeles judge who once vowed to remain on the bench until Roman Polanski returned for sentencing retired Friday, saying, "I can't wait that long," and turned in his gavel. Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, the 83-year-old "judge of the stars" whose legal career spanned 60 years, presided over Elvis Presley's divorce, Marlon Brando's child custody battle, a paternity suit against Cary Grant and the "Billionaire Boys Club" murder trial of Joe Hunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Tuesday rejected claims by Roman Polanski's attorneys that the office hid communications between a judge and supervising prosecutors in the director's 1977 sexual assault case. Polanski's lawyers described "communications" that involved Laurence J. Rittenband, the original judge in the case, and two officials at the district attorney's office, Michael Montagna and Stephen Trott. After the discussions, Trott and Montagna then blocked an effort by the prosecutor on the case, Roger Gunson, to have Rittenband removed, according to the 68-page court filing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Tuesday rejected claims by Roman Polanski's attorneys that the office hid communications between a judge and supervising prosecutors in the director's 1977 sexual assault case. Polanski's lawyers described "communications" that involved Laurence J. Rittenband, the original judge in the case, and two officials at the district attorney's office, Michael Montagna and Stephen Trott. After the discussions, Trott and Montagna then blocked an effort by the prosecutor on the case, Roger Gunson, to have Rittenband removed, according to the 68-page court filing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Swiss government's decision not to extradite Roman Polanski to Los Angeles means the famed director can travel freely in France, Switzerland, Poland and other countries without extradition agreements with the United States. But some legal experts said the Swiss justice ministry's legal rationale for rejecting the extradition request could make even countries with extradition treaties think twice before arresting Polanski. The Swiss government on Monday, in explaining its decision, cited the way Polanski's case was handled in 1977 when he had sex with a 13-year-old girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
Attorneys for Roman Polanski petitioned a state appellate court Thursday to drop the criminal case against the director, citing secret discussions between high-ranking prosecutors and the judge during the director's 1977 case. Polanski's lawyers described "communications" that involved Laurence J. Rittenband, the original judge in the case, and two top officials at the district attorney's office, Michael Montagna and Stephen Trott. After the discussions, Trott and Montagna then blocked an effort by the prosecutor on the case to have Rittenband removed, according to the 68-page court filing.
NEWS
June 19, 1987
Jurors today recommended the death penalty for a man who pleaded guilty to three counts of murder after a botched jewelry heist turned to a daylong siege on Beverly Hills' posh Rodeo Drive. The decision is a recommendation to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, who will pronounce formal sentence on Steven Livaditis, 23. There were only two alternatives: death in the gas chamber or life in prison without possibility of parole.
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April 24, 1987 | From Associated Press
Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband agreed today to reinstate a defense lawyer for convicted killer and Billionaire Boys Club leader Joe Hunt, just two days after kicking the attorney off the case. Arthur H. Barens, chief attorney for Hunt, had said he could not proceed with the trial's penalty phase if co-counsel Richard C. Chier was not also permitted to represent Hunt, who faces a possible death sentence. "I made an impassioned plea to the court to reinstate Mr.
NEWS
August 1, 1988
A registered nurse who tried to kill an AIDS patient by prescribing insulin was sentenced today to nine years in state prison. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband imposed the sentence on Hal Rachman, 42, who had pleaded no contest to attempted murder and five counts of forgery in prescribing insulin for Edward Lebowitz, 49. A man pretending to be a doctor telephoned St. John's Hospital and Health Center last Sept. 20 and ordered an insulin injection for Lebowitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
Attorneys for Roman Polanski petitioned a state appellate court Thursday to drop the criminal case against the director, citing secret discussions between high-ranking prosecutors and the judge during the director's 1977 case. Polanski's lawyers described "communications" that involved Laurence J. Rittenband, the original judge in the case, and two top officials at the district attorney's office, Michael Montagna and Stephen Trott. After the discussions, Trott and Montagna then blocked an effort by the prosecutor on the case to have Rittenband removed, according to the 68-page court filing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1989
The Los Angeles judge who once vowed to remain on the bench until Roman Polanski returned for sentencing retired Friday, saying, "I can't wait that long," and turned in his gavel. Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, the 83-year-old "judge of the stars" whose legal career spanned 60 years, presided over Elvis Presley's divorce, Marlon Brando's child custody battle, a paternity suit against Cary Grant and the "Billionaire Boys Club" murder trial of Joe Hunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
He has been known to rule before hearing the evidence and to show his disdain for a written motion by tossing it in the wastebasket. He makes--and sustains--his own objections. He grills witnesses when he thinks they have not been thoroughly questioned. He sometimes tells lawyers appearing before him to "shut up" or "get on with it." He frequently evicts a defense attorney he dislikes from his Santa Monica courtroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1987
The death penalty will be sought in the trial of Steven Livaditis, who is charged with the murders of three hostages during a 13 1/2-hour siege at a Beverly Hills jewelry shop last June, the district attorney's office announced Friday. "There was robbery, some planning in it, a hostage-taking and an intentional killing of the victims," said Assistant Dist. Atty. Curt Livesay, who was responsible for making the decision.
NEWS
July 6, 1987
Joe Hunt, leader of the wealthy young men who formed the Billionaire Boys Club, was sentenced today to life in prison without possibility of parole for killing Ron Levin, an entrepreneur Hunt suspected of duping him in an investment scheme. Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband told Hunt he believed it would be a greater punishment to spend life in prison than to be executed, "which also would have been appropriate."
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