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December 16, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state's "three strikes" law, a Santa Monica Superior Court judge has nevertheless let stand the sentence of a check forger facing 25 years to life in prison. Last week, Judge Leslie W. Light expressed misgivings about the controversial statute and promised to reconsider the sentence he imposed on Michael Leon James, a 30-year-old career criminal convicted in October of attempted check forgery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Expressing deep dissatisfaction with the state's "three strikes" law, a Santa Monica Superior Court judge has nevertheless let stand the sentence of a check forger facing 25 years to life in prison. Last week, Judge Leslie W. Light expressed misgivings about the controversial statute and promised to reconsider the sentence he imposed on Michael Leon James, a 30-year-old career criminal convicted in October of attempted check forgery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica judge has taken the rare step of reconsidering the sentence of a check forger facing 25 years to life in prison under the state's "three strikes" law. Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light this week reluctantly sentenced Michael Leon James, a 30-year-old career criminal, saying that he felt obliged to follow the new law. But Thursday the judge announced that he had discovered new information and would reconsider the sentence in a court hearing next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica judge has taken the rare step of reconsidering the sentence of a check forger facing 25 years to life in prison under the state's "three strikes" law. Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light this week reluctantly sentenced Michael Leon James, a 30-year-old career criminal, saying that he felt obliged to follow the new law. But Thursday the judge announced that he had discovered new information and would reconsider the sentence in a court hearing next week.
NEWS
May 16, 1985
Point Dume resident Kerry Michael Conley was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for the murder of Marsalee Nicholas in November, 1983. Conley was sentenced by Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Nicholas, a former girlfriend and neighbor.
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November 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
A South-Central Los Angeles man convicted of executing a UCLA freshman and her boyfriend in a field off Mulholland Drive more than four years ago was sentenced today to death in the gas chamber. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light imposed the sentence on Stanley Bernard Davis, 27, who was convicted in September of murdering UCLA freshman Michelle Ann Boyd, 19, and Cal State Northridge sophomore Brian Edward Harris, 20. The same jurors also recommended death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1989
A South-Central Los Angeles man convicted of the execution-style murders of a UCLA freshman and her boyfriend in a secluded field in the Santa Monica Mountains more than four years ago was sentenced Tuesday to die in the gas chamber. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light imposed the sentence on Stanley Bernard Davis, 27, who was convicted of murdering UCLA freshman Michelle Ann Boyd, 19, and Cal State Northridge sophomore Brian Edward Harris, 20. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1999
A young woman was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison Tuesday for drowning her roommate in a bathtub and throwing the body into a trash dumpster. Amber Lee Williams, 24, expressed no remorse when she addressed Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light before he imposed the maximum sentence, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Renee Meckler. A jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder in the slaying of Nilda Raquel Arrabal.
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April 18, 1985 | LYNDON STAMBLER, Times Staff Writer
Kerry Michael Conley, a resident of Malibu's Point Dume, was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his former girlfriend and neighbor, Marsalee Nicholas. Conley, 30, who sat quietly next to his attorneys during the two-week trial, cried as the verdict was read in Santa Monica Superior Court. In finding Conley guilty of second-degree murder, the jury ruled that he intended to kill Nicholas but that the murder was not premeditated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998
A Superior Court judge in Santa Monica on Friday ordered a two-week hiatus between jury selection and opening statements in the Susan McDougal embezzlement trial to allow her attorney time to peruse new Internal Revenue Service documents and more than 15,000 pages of paperwork found at the home of her alleged victim. The evidence was discovered by a district attorney's investigator in the wake of a July 24 pretrial hearing, prosecutors said during a procedural hearing Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a case likely to fuel further debate over the controversial "three strikes" law, a 30-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced this week to 25 years to life in state prison for trying to pass a forged check. Michael Leon James, a career criminal who has spent much of his adult life behind bars, wept openly after hearing the sentence imposed Tuesday by Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rejecting a defense attorney's angry allegations that independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr had "propped up" Susan McDougal's Los Angeles embezzlement prosecution, a Superior Court judge refused to grant a mistrial and instead found the lawyer in contempt of court. The controversy brought yet another early end to another contentious day in court, as the Whitewater figure's trial bogged down at the end of its sixth week. No testimony has been heard since Tuesday.
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