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May 12, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost three years to the day she and her lover murdered his mother and ex-girlfriend at Universal CityWalk, Donna Lee was spared the death penalty Monday when prosecutors announced they will no longer seek her execution. Instead, she will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury convicted Lee and Paul Carasi this year of two counts of first degree murder for the Mother's Day 1995 slayings.
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March 20, 1998
The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission has voted to uphold the district attorney's firing of veteran prosecutor Lawrence M. Longo for his handling of a 1992 assault case involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.
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March 4, 1998 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of a broad crackdown on insurance fraud in the construction industry, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office Tuesday charged operators of four area contractors for allegedly misreporting wages or types of workers. "The underreporting or non-reporting of payroll and the misclassification of workers raises insurance costs for all the honest businesspeople out there," said Barry Gale, deputy district attorney in the workers compensation division.
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January 31, 1998 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The decision overturning Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt's murder conviction should be reversed, Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday, arguing that "nothing points to Pratt's innocence; everything points to his guilt." In a 202-page appeal filed Friday, prosecutors challenged Orange County Superior Court Judge Everett W. Dickey's decision that led to the former Black Panther Party leader's release on bail in July. Dist. Atty.
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November 25, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The district attorney's office was given three more weeks Monday to turn over all its records about the testimony and forensic work of a veteran deputy coroner whose credibility figures in a pending murder trial and could be a factor in other cases. Superior Court Judge Dewey L.
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October 2, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Resolving an international standoff, authorities Wednesday said a U.S. citizen who fled to Mexico after allegedly killing four people in Baldwin Park will be tried for the slayings in Mexico under that country's laws. Mexico had declined to extradite David "Spooky" Alvarez, 29, because Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti refused to promise not to seek the death penalty against Alvarez, who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.
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September 25, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti told a jury Wednesday that he genuinely feared for the safety of his wife and daughter after being notified of a menacing letter allegedly prompted by a man's loss of his life savings in a dispute over child support. "There wasn't an [immediate] threat to me," said Garcetti, whose office supervises the collection of delinquent child support payments.
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September 24, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles district attorney's office, Alan Yochelson recalled one of the first trials he prosecuted: A young man was sent to prison for 12 years after he broke into a woman's home, raped her and stole her belongings. At the time, the sentence was considered "tough" punishment, said Yochelson, who over his career has helped prosecute the Night Stalker, O.J. Simpson and the four officers who beat Rodney G. King.
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September 24, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sharing two menacing letters with jurors, authorities opened the trial Tuesday of a 57-year-old Hollywood man charged with threatening Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti when bureaucratic delays allowed the man's life savings to be frozen long after a child support dispute had been settled. Handyman Roberto Lansing is accused on two felony counts of threatening Garcetti in letters that were purportedly triggered by the D.A.'
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August 12, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general's office has declined to prosecute former Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Lawrence M. Longo, who was fired for his handling of a 1992 assault case involving rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, Longo's attorney said Monday. The lawyer, Donald Wager, said he was notified of the decision last week, after state authorities concluded a criminal investigation.
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