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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Times filed a motion Friday opposing a court order that would bar public access to records in a sexual harassment case involving Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar. The newspaper said it is seeking to be heard on the public's right to access records in the lawsuit filed last year by former Huizar Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy because the case involves "matters of substantial public interest. " Huizar attorney Dennis Walsh filed paperwork four weeks ago seeking a protective order to prohibit disclosure of "private and sensitive information" until it becomes evidence at trial.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
'The Lincoln Lawyer' MPAA rating: R for some violence, sexual content and language Running time: 1 hour, 59 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
More civil lawsuits may be on the way against major Hollywood players in connection with sexual abuse allegations that have ensnared director Bryan Singer and other top entertainment industry figures. Jeff Herman, the attorney for the man who has accused Singer of abusing him as a teenager, told The Times that he's heard from other alleged victims. He said he's investigating these potential new cases and hopes to expose more illegal activity. “I've heard from dozens and dozens alleging they were abused in Hollywood as minors,” Herman said.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2011 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Defense lawyer Elvin Gentry was walking into the El Paso County courthouse this year as an assistant district attorney was walking out. The prosecutor stopped Gentry to chat about the news that outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter had just commuted the life sentence of one of Colorado Springs' most notorious killers, a woman named Jennifer Reali. "Did you have a hand in that?" the prosecutor asked. Gentry, a fixture in state legal circles since 1970, said he did indeed. The other lawyer was incredulous: "Must be nice to have a lawyer stick with you for 20 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the first step toward a "Modern Family" of his own Saturday night in New York, marrying lawyer Justin Mikita. "Top of the world. Top of the cake!" Ferguson, 37, tweeted Monday morning, including a photo of what we assume was his adorably customized cake topper.  Playwright-screenwriter Tony Kushner, the man behind "Angels in America" and "Lincoln," officiated, Ferguson's rep told People in confirming the wedding. The two got engaged in September after dating for about two years.
OPINION
November 10, 2013
Re "Justices suggest disgraced writer unfit to be lawyer," Nov. 7 Ever since I was admitted to the state bar and started practicing in 1979, I have had to put up with a lot of lawyer jokes and animosity. Let's face it: Our reputation is somewhere between tow-truck drivers and used-car salesmen. I have always held myself to the highest moral and legal principles, and have been shocked by some of the unethical and dishonest conduct of opposing counsel. I don't know Stephen Glass, so I feel it would be inappropriate to comment on his rehabilitation from his earlier prevaricative ways.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Steve Padilla
SANFORD, Fla. -- For weeks and weeks they talked, and when the verdict was finally rendered - not guilty - in the George Zimmerman murder trial, the attorneys had yet more to say. “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense,” said Mark O'Mara, one of Zimmerman's attorneys. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth Zimmerman shot to death, spoke of lessons that could be learned from the incident.
OPINION
September 8, 2013
Re "Case dims for would-be lawyer," Sept. 5 If anyone wants a case of a government in disarray, the article about immigrant Sergio C. Garcia's 18-year wait for his green card to be granted should be a prime example. Living most of his life in California and passing the state bar exam on the first try should prove sufficient reason to qualify for a green card, especially since his application was approved long ago. What's really going on here? Oh, yes - there's always "disarray.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Citing “a relentless flood of rumors, misinformation and false reports in the media,” the lawyer for embattled New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has issued an email defending his client. Attorney Michael K. Fee said in a widely distributed email that a “supposedly confirmed” report that an arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez was “exposed as untrue.” Authorities have conducted several searches of Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass., as part of a homicide investigation, but they have not named the Patriots player as a suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teacher had alerted her principal about sexual misconduct by Mark Berndt, who was subsequently arrested and later convicted of lewd conduct. The Los Angeles Unified School District has sought broad confidentiality over documents related to the trial, including some depositions from key witnesses and records from the law-enforcement investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
A spokesman for a private law firm representing Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Friday that a city investigation into sexual harassment claims against the councilman concluded that the allegations were "baseless. " The investigative report by Batza and Associates, a confidential document provided to the council, has not been released by Huizar to The Times. Huizar's former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, sued him last year, alleging she faced retaliation and discrimination after refusing to provide “sexual favors.” Huizar has said that he and Godoy had a consensual affair and called the accusations “malicious and false.” Godoy initially filed a complaint against Huizar last summer, prompting council President Herb Wesson to convene an investigative committee to look into the allegations and, if necessary, produce a report.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers have told the Supreme Court they will strongly defend the 29-foot-tall cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego as a memorial to the nation's war veterans and not an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity by the government. But they also said the 9th Circuit court in San Francisco should be given “additional time for reflection” to correct its mistake and uphold the constitutionality of the cross. The administration's position, sent to the court this week, means the high court will likely have to decide the fate of the San Diego cross, but not this year.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. At a hospital news conference, one of the wounded, Brett Hurt, summed up the actions of his friend Gracey Evans, who was with him Wednesday as the assailant plunged...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it," the actress-turned-fashion student's lawyer told People on Wednesday. Bynes was hospitalized on a 72-hour psychiatric hold last summer after setting a small fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home, then stayed in treatment for months afterward.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - It's not as if Egypt's presidential race is a crowded one. But firebrand pro-army lawyer Mortada Mansour, who declared his candidacy over the weekend, is denying - vehemently - that he is only running in order to stage proxy attacks on former Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi's main opponent. Until Mansour jumped into the race, Sisi, who is heavily favored to win, had only one declared challenger, liberal politician Hamdeen Sabahi. That has led many to suggest that Mansour's main function as a candidate will be to smear Sabahi, allowing the former army chief to remain above the fray.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | David Lazarus
If you live in Southern California, you've gotten - or will get - a parking or speeding ticket. It's an immutable law of nature. And in tandem with this natural phenomenon, a cottage industry of legal professionals has taken root to assist people in navigating and, possibly, beating the system. Take, for example, a company called the Ticket Clinic, which has offices throughout the region and boasts that it "may be your best bet for getting your traffic ticket dismissed. " Among other services, the Ticket Clinic says, it can "keep additional points off of your driving record" and "prevent skyrocketing insurance rates resulting from a traffic ticket.
WORLD
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIRUT -- A prominent Syrian opposition activist lawyer, Razan Zeitouneh, and three of her colleagues have been kidnapped in a mostly rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, according to fellow activists and media accounts Tuesday. Also Tuesday, relatives of a pair of Spanish journalists revealed that the reporter-photographer team had been kidnapped by Islamist rebels in northern Syria, adding to a string of abductions of journalists inside the war-torn nation. Kidnapping of Syrians and foreigners has become a common occurrence in rebel-held swaths of the country, where power is wielded by various armed groups, some linked to Al Qaeda.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Last week I blogged about a middle school dress code in Illinois that bars girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school. All too predictably, the dress code has drawn the wrath of feminists, whose credo is that females of all ages should be allowed to wear whatever they like whenever and wherever they like, and if you've got a problem with that, you're promoting "rape culture. " Now, a federal judge in Nebraska has blogged a version of a dress code for young female lawyers, pointing out that it's not really a good idea for them to sport revealing necklines and hemlines while they're arguing cases in courtrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Chris Brown's lawyer is attempting to block an order to transfer the singer into U.S. marshal custody for a Washington, D.C., assault trial. Brown is being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail under a judge's order after he was ejected from a Malibu rehab facility. He had been ordered to rehab after violating terms of his probation in connection with a 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge in the nation's capital after he was accused of striking a man trying to take a picture of him outside the W Hotel.
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