November 10, 1997 |
As a writer who is also an attorney, I am concerned with the apparent trend to go beyond the bashing of lawyers to the wholesale bashing of our legal system in favor of criminal activity and vigilantism. First there was "Money Train," a lightweight action flick that asked us to root for the successful theft of a trainful of receipts of the New York City subway system, a theft of public money "justified" by the portrayal of the official in charge of the money train as an authoritarian jerk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1987 |
A tiny office at St. Anselm's Episcopal Church in Garden Grove was converted into a free law workshop Saturday, where a municipal judge, several lawyers and interpreters helped answer legal questions from Asian immigrants and dispensed dozens of bilingual pamphlets. Many Asian immigrants and refugees are hesitant to seek legal aid and get involved in the American court system, said Orange County Municipal Court Judge B. Tam Nomoto.
December 12, 1993 |
Richard Allen Davis was a hardened career criminal who knew how to manipulate the legal system and who frequently got breaks from judges, prosecutors and the state prison system, according to court records dating to the early 1970s. By the time Davis was 22, he had been arrested so many times for so many different crimes that authorities held out little hope that he could ever be rehabilitated.
November 17, 1997 |
Lawyer and TV writer Roger Lowenstein has a problem with our movie "Devil's Advocate." Apparently we have made a film that is, according to the headline for his article, "a crime against our legal system." We have gone so far, in Lowenstein's estimation, that the implication is that nascent democracies around the world are threatened by our work.
May 1, 1988 |
A man who gouged out his wife's eyes because she presented him with five girls and no boys got five years in prison. So did a man found with a leaflet denouncing President Daniel Arap Moi. Two men convicted of smuggling heroin into Kenya got a 12 months each. So did a man who stole a mango. Such is the confusion, chaos, political interference, brutality and corruption of Kenya's legal system. Lawyers in the East African country fear that the rule of law itself is in danger of collapse.
March 20, 1988 |
On March 13, 1987, Conan David Owen landed at Barcelona airport from Santiago, Chile, worn out but elated from his first stint as a photographer on a foreign assignment. At customs, the 23-year-old from the Washington suburb of Annandale, Va., spread his cameras and two suitcases on the counter for what he thought was a routine check. Fifteen minutes later, he stood in a room off the main customs area and watched a police officer poke and squeeze the sides of the larger, buff-brown suitcase.
May 3, 1992 |
The first day in court for the 6,000, the accused looters and arsonists from the riots of '92, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. sharp. "Where are the bodies?" asks assistant public defender Stan Efron, waiting in a fifth floor courtroom. "We can't do anything until we get the bodies. And the paperwork. Then the bodies have to match the paperwork." But that won't be easy on this Saturday, when the chaos of the streets will overwhelm the Los Angeles County criminal justice system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1995 |
Spare Vicky Huynh the lawyer jokes. The Santa Ana high school senior knows the unflattering stereotypes--and she isn't buying. "Most people think that lawyers are taking money from us," Huynh said. "They're not there to take money from us. They're there to help us." If Huynh sounds like an advocate for the advocates, in a way, she is.
October 4, 1995 |
It was hardball in a Los Angeles courtroom, and for months, people all over the global village savored every play. On Tuesday, the world absorbed the dramatic final inning with a gasp, a shrug and "I told you so's" in uncounted millions. "He did not do it. I think he went home and found it and ran away. I am pleased and delighted," said Martha Simpson, 63, a community care worker here. "He's guilty as sin. I'm appalled. That's all I have to say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1995 |
Across this country, Americans have devoted countless hours to debating our justice system in light of the O.J. Simpson verdict. Does the system work? Do you need a "dream team"? Are lawyers available only to the highest bidder? Unfortunately, many of these questions are being debated only in the context of the Simpson trial and verdict.