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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.
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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.
SPORTS
July 19, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
By admitting that he had sex with a young woman, Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant turned his sexual assault case into a credibility contest rather than a trial that will center on DNA evidence, legal analysts said Friday night. "From a defense perspective, it is exactly the right strategy," said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson. "The tough issue in rape cases is whether there was consent or force," said Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
His departure was supposed to quell the storm. But more than a month after Cardinal Bernard Law abruptly resigned as archbishop of Boston, discontent lingers in this troubled Roman Catholic community. Clerical abuse survivors are outraged over the church's tough new legal strategy of probing victims' psychotherapy records. Lay reform leaders complain that Law's successor has not returned their phone calls. Some priests say they are shellshocked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2002 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A 42-year-old Baldwin Park man who was arrested last year on suspicion of trying to bomb the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand has decided to fight extradition rather than risk being returned to his homeland, his attorney said Thursday. Van Duc Vo, who appeared in federal court in Santa Ana on Thursday as hundreds of supporters rallied outside the courthouse, had earlier agreed to be extradited to Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although actor Robert Blake has yet to be formally charged in court with murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, the battle lines in the case are clearly in view. For Blake's defense lawyer, Harland W. Braun, the task is clear: Persuade potential jurors that Bakley was such a sleazy individual that hundreds of people had a motive to kill her, and consequently take the focus off his client. For prosecutors Patrick R. Dixon and Gregory A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Marco Barrera was charged with beating to death his two young children, a lawyer for the Mexican government made a personal appeal to prosecutors to forgo the death penalty. When that didn't work, Mexican officials tried to save Barrera's life another way: They assisted his lawyer in preparing a defense. In a growing number of criminal cases, foreign consulates are playing a supporting role in defending their citizens, particularly those facing death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday set aside a nearly 3 1/2-year prison sentence for a man who sent a threatening letter to former President Bill Clinton. A district judge failed to adequately consider the defendant's plea for a lighter sentence on grounds that he had an extraordinary history of childhood abuse and suffered from diminished mental capacity, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The appeals court sent the case back to U.S.
NEWS
June 20, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Justice Department lawyers, faced with dimming prospects for their massive suit against cigarette makers, have decided to seek a settlement that would eliminate a major legal threat to the embattled industry, officials disclosed Tuesday. But tobacco industry executives said they aren't interested in settling what they consider a meritless case. And anti-tobacco activists weren't happy about the Justice Department's new strategy either, accusing Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The body of actor Robert Blake's wife had hardly been whisked from the crime scene last week when defense attorney Harland Braun, an affable lawyer with a mischievous grin, stepped before the cameras and began picking apart the victim's character.
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