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January 11, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that has captured the lurid fascination of a nation, a 24-year-old manicurist from Venezuela went on trial in a small Virginia courthouse Monday for cutting off her husband's penis to avenge what her lawyers say was years of abuse and rape. Looking tired but composed, Lorena Bobbitt was whisked through a phalanx of TV cameras and reporters in Manassas, Va.
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December 8, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The woman known as Lorena Bobbitt when she was accused of cutting off her husband's penis with a kitchen knife has been charged with assaulting her mother. Lorena Gallo, 28, who has used her maiden name since her divorce from John Wayne Bobbitt in 1995 and now lives with her parents in Woodbridge, was freed on $750 bail.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1994
We are hearing a lot of empty rhetoric about what the latest Bobbitt verdict really means ("Lorena Bobbitt Acquitted in Mutilation of Husband," Jan. 22). "Is it OK for women to cut off their husband's penis? Was it a feminist act?" What utter, bigoted nonsense! We didn't hear any such comments or posturing about the verdict in John Wayne Bobbitt's trial. "Is it OK for a man to rape and batter his wife?" I heard a lawyer, a woman, proclaim that all she had to do was leave. Easy for her to say. She had a prestigious legal career, money, full knowledge of the law and how to use the mighty power of the law to protect herself.
NEWS
July 6, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
In a case strikingly similar to the celebrated Lorena Bobbitt incident four years ago, an 18-year-old woman was accused of cutting off her boyfriend's penis after he allegedly beat her during a drunken rage, police said. The man, identified in local press reports as Julio Luna, 20, was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Police said the woman, Daisy Palma Mascada, was arrested on suspicion of spousal battery, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon.
NEWS
February 25, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Doctors who examined Lorena Bobbitt since her trial for cutting off her husband's penis recommended that she be released from a mental hospital and receive outpatient treatment, her lawyer said in Richmond, Va. Circuit Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. is to decide Monday whether to release Bobbitt.
NEWS
February 10, 1995 | Associated Press
Lorena Bobbitt is cutting again--fingernails that is--in her former job as a manicurist. Bobbitt has worked for about two weeks as a manicurist at a small hair salon in northern Virginia, salon owner Irma Wheeler said Wednesday. In a brief interview with the Arlington Journal, Bobbitt said her customers have been pleasant. "They know who I am, and I know they know who I am," she said.
NEWS
March 1, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lorena Bobbitt was released from a mental hospital, five weeks after a jury found her innocent by reason of temporary insanity in the sexual mutilation of her husband. Accepting a medical evaluation that said Bobbitt posed no threat to herself or to others, Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. ruled that the Ecuadorian-born manicurist could be freed from a Virginia state hospital as long as she remains in the state and continues to undergo psychiatric counseling.
NEWS
December 5, 1993 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
Are we making too much of the Mother of All Marital Fights? If you read the national press, peruse People, or spend any time watching the tabloid TV shows, you would have the strong impression that what Lorena Bobbitt did to her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, in the wee hours of June 23 in Manassas, Va., was the equivalent of the shot heard 'round the world in the battle of the sexes and that we haven't shut up about it since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994 | SABINE REICHEL, Sabine Reichel is the author of "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?: Growing Up German" (Hill and Wang). She is working on a book about women.
No matter how much we try to cover it up, the truth is this: The relationship between men and women is dark, irrational and turbulent, defined by ambivalence and laced with underlying hatred. Unexpressed violence is a part of this archaic and basically primitive relationship. Sex and its seductive and urgent powers are not about fairness, niceness and equality--the homicide squad can tell you that.
NEWS
January 22, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lorena Bobbitt, whose marital travails have horrified and fascinated the nation, was acquitted Friday by a jury that ruled she was temporarily insane when she cut off her husband's penis. When a court official read the verdict--not guilty by reason of insanity--a shriek of disbelief rose from the crowded courtroom. But Mrs. Bobbitt showed no emotion. Lisa Kemler, one of Mrs.
NEWS
February 10, 1995 | Associated Press
Lorena Bobbitt is cutting again--fingernails that is--in her former job as a manicurist. Bobbitt has worked for about two weeks as a manicurist at a small hair salon in northern Virginia, salon owner Irma Wheeler said Wednesday. In a brief interview with the Arlington Journal, Bobbitt said her customers have been pleasant. "They know who I am, and I know they know who I am," she said.
NEWS
September 29, 1994 | From Associated Press
John Wayne Bobbitt was convicted of a second domestic battery charge Tuesday and ordered to serve 30 days in jail by a judge who called him a bully. Kristina Elliott testified that her former fiance twisted her arm behind her back and threw her against an apartment wall May 6. Bobbitt served 12 days of a 15-day sentence this month for battering Elliott in a separate incident. "One thing is apparent and that is that you are a bully," Municipal Judge Ron D. Parraguirre said.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
John Wayne Bobbitt was convicted Wednesday of misdemeanor domestic battery against his former fiancee by a judge who said Bobbitt has an "attitude problem." Justice of the Peace William Jansen sentenced Bobbitt to 60 days in jail, then suspended 45 days of the sentence. Bobbitt was led from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence immediately. Bobbitt also was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to attend impulse control and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
NEWS
July 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
John Wayne Bobbitt borrowed a line from O.J. Simpson on Monday, pleading "absolutely, positively, 100% not guilty" to a misdemeanor charge of battering his former fiancee. Justice of the Peace Bill Jansen set a Sept. 28 trial for Bobbitt, who also faces a Municipal Court appearance Wednesday, where he is charged with domestic battery in connection with an incident May 6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994
In response to "Women Are Responsible, Too," Commentary, by Judith Sherven and James Sniechowski, June 21: I just can't wait for the outraged letters to arrive from the politically correct about this unspeakable truth known only to common folks and academics who study "folklore." May I add another dimension I have observed in 35 years of law practice: When people feel that they cannot get "justice" from the courts, they tend to seek it themselves. When we eliminated "fault" in divorces and sleeping around as relevant to child custody, and everybody moved to California away from friends, family and church, who or what was left to pronounce judgment?
OPINION
June 26, 1994 | Andrea Dworkin, Andrea Dworkin is the author of "Letters From a War Zone" (Lawrence Hill Books) , "Pornography: Men Possessing Women" (Plume) and "Woman Hating: A Radical Look at Sexuality" (NAL-Dutton)
You won't ever know the worst that happened to Nicole Brown Simpson in her marriage, because she is dead and cannot tell you. And if she were alive, remember, you wouldn't believe her. You heard Lorena Bobbitt, after John Wayne Bobbitt had been acquitted of marital rape. At her own trial for malicious wounding, she described beatings, anal rape, humiliation. She had been persistently injured, hit, choked, by a husband who liked hurting her.
NEWS
January 23, 1994 | ANNE GEARAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity Friday by jurors who agreed an "irresistible impulse" provoked by abuse compelled her to cut off her husband's penis. She was committed to a mental hospital for observation. A supporter shrieked as the beginning of the verdict was read, while Mrs. Bobbitt stoically stood next to her attorneys.
NEWS
January 13, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lorena Bobbitt, charged with cutting off her husband's penis, took the stand in her own defense Wednesday and told a jury in a trembling voice that her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, raped her, beat her and used "Marine-type tortures" to cow her into submission during the violent course of their four-year marriage. In halting English, the Ecuadorean-born woman described being forced to participate in anal sex and being threatened frequently with a repetition of the act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1994
With the recent acquittals of Lorena Bobbitt and now, Aurelia Macias (March 19), in the mutilation of their respective husbands, it seems that we have a new politically correct crime of the hour. Why not relieve our overburdened judicial system of the task of trying such cases in vain? Let's make castration legal! ALBERT FLYNN Los Angeles Today's urban jurors, such as those who found Aurelia Macias innocent of dismembering her husband's sex organs, cannot be trusted to render decisions in a most important criminal justice system.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1994 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
So what did they think, she'd come out in whiteface? "Everybody's really curious about what Whoopi will do and what she will say," said "Entertainment Tonight" star Mary Hart prior to Monday night's humdrum Academy Awards telecast on ABC. All right, her private Friars Club roast turned out to be hotter than expected when her good friend, Ted Danson, kidded her by showing up as a minstrel. The overblown criticism of Danson angered her, and she said so. And four-letter words are no stranger to her stand-up act. Yet just how Whoopi Goldberg acquired a week-before-the-Oscars reputation as an out-of-control, kick-ass neo-Howard Stern--compelling viewers to tune in and hear what outrageous things she would say--only Academy Awards hypesters know.
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