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February 2, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unlike the British, who have seen the House of Windsor publicly stripped of its last strands of dignity, Asians still tend to respect their royalty. In Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is so widely revered that a brief speech from the throne last year was all it took to end months of clashes between the government and pro-democracy demonstrators.
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November 4, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Irom Sharmila's mother has a simple dream: sitting down to a meal with her daughter. Irom hasn't willingly ingested food or water for 11 years, in protest of a law granting legal immunity to the armed forces for human rights abuses. As the anniversary of her hunger strike nears, her mother imagines what might be. "I'm still waiting for her to come home," said Shakhi Devi, 78, holding an album of her daughter's photos. She rarely visits the 39-year-old, the world's longest-serving hunger striker, because it's too painful.
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NEWS
November 4, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Irom Sharmila's mother has a simple dream: sitting down to a meal with her daughter. Irom hasn't willingly ingested food or water for 11 years, in protest of a law granting legal immunity to the armed forces for human rights abuses. As the anniversary of her hunger strike nears, her mother imagines what might be. "I'm still waiting for her to come home," said Shakhi Devi, 78, holding an album of her daughter's photos. She rarely visits the 39-year-old, the world's longest-serving hunger striker, because it's too painful.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo and Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
An effort by state attorneys general to take big mortgage servicers to task over faulty foreclosure practices has stalled as financial institutions demand broad legal immunity from other mortgage-related probes. The nationwide effort looking into faulty foreclosures, which involves attorneys general from all 50 states as well as some federal agencies, was expected to have produced a settlement of more than $20 billion by now. But talks have stumbled over how much the banks should pay as well as to what degree they will be released from liability from future investigations.
WORLD
December 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity to face charges of diverting public funds to personal bank accounts. Judge Juan Escobar, president of the Santiago Court of Appeals, said his tribunal had voted 21 to 3 to remove Pinochet's immunity.
NEWS
June 13, 1997 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate's investigation into campaign fund-raising improprieties stalled Thursday night as Democrats blocked a bid to grant partial legal immunity to 18 persons until Republicans agree to concessions aimed at ensuring that the inquiry is bipartisan. The tactical move by Democrats on the Governmental Affairs Committee clearly frustrated the panel's chairman, Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
NEWS
February 23, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, attempting to resolve a constitutional clash between Congress and the White House, announced Monday that it will decide whether the independent counsel law is a legal way to attack high-level government corruption or an unconstitutional infringement on the President's power. The court will examine the crucial question of how the counsels are appointed--by a special three-judge panel, as directed by the 1978 Ethics in Government Act, rather than by the executive branch.
NEWS
May 27, 1988 | Associated Press
The judge in the Iran-Contra case questioned Thursday whether congressional immunity given to Oliver L. North and two co-defendants would make it a "practical impossibility" to try them on conspiracy charges. The limited immunity granted North, a fired National Security Council aide and retired Marine lieutenant colonel; former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter and arms dealer Albert A. Hakim might interfere with their getting a fair trial on the most serious charges in the case, U.S.
BUSINESS
January 13, 1990 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "Los Angeles lockbox," a special system allowing tax evaders to make anonymous payments and keep their tax returns secret in safe deposit boxes, has been suspended, Internal Revenue Commissioner Fred T. Goldberg said Friday. Dozens of tax evaders had received promises of protection against prosecution under a program apparently unique to Los Angeles for the past 15 years.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court said Monday that former Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos has no legal immunity from prosecution in U.S. courts, clearing the way for legal action against Marcos and his wife, Imelda, in Los Angeles and New York. The high court action leaves intact court orders freezing an estimated $1.5 billion in assets controlled by the ailing Marcos and his wife while two massive lawsuits against them proceed. Also, it resolves legal questions over whether U.S. courts have the authority to rule on actions taken by foreign leaders in their official capacities.
WORLD
December 2, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
The security contractor settled into the back of the armored Mercedes parked under the crossed-swords monument, and contemplated the question: If the Iraqi government follows through with its plan to withdraw legal immunity for private guards operating in the country, would he continue to work here? "I can tell you there's a lot of guys that are worried about it," said the burly former policeman, now in his fourth year in Iraq. He works for an American company that guards high-level U.S.
WORLD
December 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity to face charges of diverting public funds to personal bank accounts. Judge Juan Escobar, president of the Santiago Court of Appeals, said his tribunal had voted 21 to 3 to remove Pinochet's immunity.
NEWS
June 28, 1997 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Senate panel on Friday granted legal immunity to four women--including two Buddhist nuns--suspected of making illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee during last year's presidential campaign, resolving an impasse that threatened to scuttle scheduled hearings on campaign finance abuses.
NEWS
June 13, 1997 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate's investigation into campaign fund-raising improprieties stalled Thursday night as Democrats blocked a bid to grant partial legal immunity to 18 persons until Republicans agree to concessions aimed at ensuring that the inquiry is bipartisan. The tactical move by Democrats on the Governmental Affairs Committee clearly frustrated the panel's chairman, Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
NEWS
February 2, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unlike the British, who have seen the House of Windsor publicly stripped of its last strands of dignity, Asians still tend to respect their royalty. In Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is so widely revered that a brief speech from the throne last year was all it took to end months of clashes between the government and pro-democracy demonstrators.
BUSINESS
January 13, 1990 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "Los Angeles lockbox," a special system allowing tax evaders to make anonymous payments and keep their tax returns secret in safe deposit boxes, has been suspended, Internal Revenue Commissioner Fred T. Goldberg said Friday. Dozens of tax evaders had received promises of protection against prosecution under a program apparently unique to Los Angeles for the past 15 years.
NEWS
June 28, 1997 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Senate panel on Friday granted legal immunity to four women--including two Buddhist nuns--suspected of making illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee during last year's presidential campaign, resolving an impasse that threatened to scuttle scheduled hearings on campaign finance abuses.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court said Monday that former Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos has no legal immunity from prosecution in U.S. courts, clearing the way for legal action against Marcos and his wife, Imelda, in Los Angeles and New York. The high court action leaves intact court orders freezing an estimated $1.5 billion in assets controlled by the ailing Marcos and his wife while two massive lawsuits against them proceed. Also, it resolves legal questions over whether U.S. courts have the authority to rule on actions taken by foreign leaders in their official capacities.
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