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March 21, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bernard S. Jefferson, a retired California appellate justice who was renowned as a legal scholar, educator and master of the law of evidence whose book on the subject is used by judges throughout the state, has died. He was 91. A Baldwin Hills resident who was one of the first African Americans appointed to the state appellate courts, Jefferson died of pneumonia Saturday in a Los Angeles convalescent hospital.
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May 7, 1986
A Lincoln Heights electroplating company was fined $36,000 for illegally dumping copper and nickel into the city sewer system. The firm and its owner had pleaded no contest to eight misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles Municipal Court. The charges against Builders Hardware Finishers Inc. at 1846 Sichel St. and its owner, Joe Duran, involved violations discovered in late 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after Los Angeles Municipal Court merged with the county's Superior Court, a supervising judge Tuesday praised the results, saying a unified system has made his court more efficient. "The availability of more judicial officers . . . [means] we have greater flexibility in how we assign cases," said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin, who supervises the San Fernando and Santa Clarita courts, at a media briefing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1987
The presiding judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court announced Tuesday that its night court program will be expanded from one to three courtrooms in the downtown Criminal Courts Building to handle a 26% increase in felony filings. "Our challenge has been how to handle more work without adding new facilities," Presiding Judge George Trammell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
A Los Angeles Municipal Court judge has ruled that two men should be arraigned on charges that they attempted to extort $100,000 from state Sen. Charles M. Calderon (D-Whittier) by threatening last winter to expose alleged political improprieties while Calderon was running for county supervisor. Steven Newton, who is married to Calderon's ex-wife, Jeanine, and Newton's half-brother, Robert Moreno, are scheduled to be arraigned on three felony charges Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1992
The Los Angeles Municipal Court collected more than $23,000 on the first day of the statewide Traffic Amnesty Program, officials said. The one-time amnesty program, which began Feb. 1 and runs through April 30, allows motorists to pay for most delinquent traffic citations received in California before April 1, 1991. The program gives traffic violators a chance to pay their fines at a discounted rate and no longer have traffic warrants on their records.
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January 31, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol were filed against Hall of Fame pitcher and Dodger broadcaster Don Drysdale by the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Drysdale, 54, will be arraigned Feb. 14 in Division 61 of Los Angeles Municipal Court, according to city attorney office spokesman Ted Goldstein. The maximum penalty for each count is six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, Goldstein said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2000
Ending nearly nine years of controversy and speculation, officials announced Friday that the Los Angeles Superior and 24 Municipal Court systems will merge into a single Superior Court on Jan. 22. It took three votes over the years to get it done. Each time, the Municipal Court judges voted overwhelmingly to merge, but Superior Court judges would never go along in sufficient numbers for passage. This time they did: 153-75.
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September 23, 1999 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1 million Californians currently have suspended or revoked licenses, presumably because all of them deserved to lose their driving privileges and not because they became the victims of administrative chaos in government. But it's not a perfect world, and without question law-abiding citizens are at risk of losing their licenses because somebody in local government screwed up. That is becoming clear from the huge scope of the Los Angeles Municipal Court's administrative turmoil.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1999
A committee of Superior Court and Municipal Court judges has been created to iron out problems related to a proposed merger of the two court systems, court officials announced Monday. The panel will analyze issues raised in a report--completed in April--by a Superior Court committee chaired by former Presiding Judge Gary Klausner. It identified unification issues but offered no conclusions or recommendations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1999
Motorists who receive traffic citations may now make online payments for fines, bail and traffic school. In what officials said is the first such program for a court nationally, the Los Angeles Municipal Court has upgraded its Internet services to enable such public transactions 24 hours a day with the use of a credit card and an e-mail address. However, outstanding warrants can not be handled by the new online system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1998
Sam Ohta has been appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson, replacing Judge Joseph Riggio, who has retired. Ohta, 35, of Los Angeles, has served as a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles district attorney's office since 1994. Previously, he served in the Los Angeles city attorney's office from 1991 to 1994, and before that was in private practice with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1989 to 1991. Ohta is a member of the Japanese-American Bar Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A former Sherman Oaks businessman was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges he plotted to blow up the Ventura County Courthouse, authorities said. Frank Boyd Cockrell III, who is already serving 10 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $1.4 million, was held on four counts of solicitation to commit murder following a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Municipal Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1991
Eleven recently appointed judges to the Los Angeles Municipal Court will be sworn in Friday by former Gov. George Deukmejian in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. The new judges are: Victoria G. Chaney, Florence-Marie Cooper, Leland B. Harris, Ray L. Hart, James A. Kaddo, Marlene A. Kristovich, Bruce F. Marrs, Keith Schwartz, S. Patricia Spear (formerly S. Patricia Rosenbaum), Thomas L. Willhite Jr. and James P. Zarifes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1998 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties will be asked Tuesday to cast "yes" or "no" votes for 11 justices on the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Their names may be unfamiliar, but they hold California's second most powerful judicial posts--the final arbiters of justice in more than 90% of appeals. Court of Appeal justices face voters in the first gubernatorial election after their appointments and every 12 years after that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For some Los Angeles traffic offenders, Thursday was time to go back to school. Their day in court came at a high school. As part of a program designed to increase awareness of judicial procedures, the Los Angeles Municipal Court brought the courtroom to the classroom at Dorsey High School in the Crenshaw district.
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