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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A priest formerly based in Los Angeles has taken an unusual approach in defending himself against an allegation that he molested a girl three decades ago: He has sued his accuser. A dozen or so such lawsuits have been filed nationally in recent years as the child sexual abuse scandal has spread across the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, according to experts who monitor clergy sexual abuse litigation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2004 | Maura Dolan and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
The strategy was methodical. For more than a dozen years, lawyers for gay and lesbian causes had carefully selected their battlefields, identifying key states for constitutional challenges aimed at broadening their rights. California was not to be one of them -- at least not any time soon -- and marriage was not supposed to be the central legal issue, at least not yet. But over the last two weeks, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dramatically accelerated the legal strategy.
SPORTS
January 24, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Race for the first time was addressed in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case Friday when an attorney for the Laker star complained, "There is lots of history about black men being falsely accused of this crime by white women." Pamela Mackey made the comment during a pretrial motions hearing in Eagle County Court while arguing for access to notes taken by a rape crisis center employee during a police interview with the 19-year-old woman who has accused Bryant of rape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2004 | Jessica Garrison and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Over the last week, Los Angeles County Public Defender Michael Judge has sought to have hundreds of cases filed by Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo dismissed on the grounds that Delgadillo is not a qualified for the job. The argument, which judges have rejected more than 600 times in the last three days, is based on the fact that Delgadillo let his membership in the State Bar of California lapse while he worked for former Mayor Richard Riordan.
SPORTS
November 6, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Publicity generated by the legal proceedings involving Kobe Bryant has not been kind to the Laker star or to the woman who has accused him of rape. A trial is certain to expose more embarrassing details, giving both parties reason to seek an alternative. But experts say a plea bargain is highly unlikely. There does not appear to be a diminished charge available under Colorado law that would be acceptable to Bryant, his accuser and Eagle County Dist. Atty.
SPORTS
October 11, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors are ambivalent about arguing that the rest of Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges be closed to the public. After five hours of testimony Thursday ended with defense attorney Pamela Mackey questioning the credibility of the woman who accused the Laker star of rape, Dist. Atty. Mark Hurlbert asked Judge Frederick Gannett to close a portion of the hearing when it resumes Wednesday.
SPORTS
October 8, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The aspen trees that cover the hills throughout Eagle County have gone from green to a vibrant gold since the last time Kobe Bryant appeared in court here. But Thursday's much-anticipated preliminary hearing could turn out to be little more than a repeat of the perfunctory seven-minute appearance Bryant made Aug. 6. Many legal analysts say Bryant will waive the preliminary hearing because it is open to the public and because the testimony of Eagle County Sheriff's Det.
SPORTS
October 1, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The most public of court cases has gone underground, shifting the media horde seeking fresh video of Kobe Bryant from Colorado mountain resorts to Laker training camp in Hawaii. As for the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, she moved from her Eagle, Colo., home and dropped out of college, escaping to an undisclosed location in search of privacy. Attorneys from both sides have been quiet too, silenced by a judge's gag order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's chief election official urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to permit the recall election to be held on schedule Oct. 7, warning that putting off the vote could cause widespread confusion and ballot errors -- precisely the problems the judges said they were trying to avoid when they ordered the election postponed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The scheduling of an election Oct. 7 isn't likely to end the legal wrangling over how and when the vote on the recall of Gov. Gray Davis should take place. Legal experts expect that if court challenges are filed in the coming weeks they could range from who is qualified to run to whether soldiers in Iraq will have enough time to cast their ballots.
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