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September 30, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Robert Blake's lawyer asked a judge Wednesday to allow him to introduce evidence that someone else killed the actor's wife, possibly to curry favor with Marlon Brando's son. M. Gerald Schwartzbach, Blake's fourth lawyer in the case, laid out a new scenario in court papers that does not involve the actor, best-known for his role as "Baretta" on TV.
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December 15, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police have recovered a computer belonging to actor Robert Blake's attorney and are holding two men in the burglary, the judge in Blake's murder case said Tuesday. The suspects -- Koi Burton, 18, and Michael Washington, 19, both of Los Angeles -- were arrested Monday. Police said the pair confessed to the break-in at M. Gerald Schwartzbach's apartment in Sherman Oaks on Dec. 2. The crime delayed opening statements for two weeks. They are now set for Monday.
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March 31, 2005 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers for Robert Blake and his slain wife's children agreed Wednesday to try to settle a 3-year-old wrongful-death suit against the actor. As a result, Blake will not -- at least for now -- be questioned under oath about the fatal shooting of Bonny Lee Bakley four years ago on a quiet residential street in Studio City. Blake, 71, was acquitted earlier this month of killing 44-year-old Bakley. He has said he spent $10 million on his legal defense in the criminal case and that he owes $1.
OPINION
December 7, 2005
I am the attorney who represented Robert Blake in the criminal trial that resulted in his acquittal. I am writing in response to The Times' Nov. 19 article, "Blake Held Responsible for Slaying." The article contains an unfair statement: "The verdict by the Burbank jury [in the civil trial that concluded on Nov. 18] was a rebuff to a Van Nuys criminal jury, which acquitted Blake in March of murder charges." The verdict in the civil case was certainly not "a rebuff." Aside from the fact that the civil trial involved a lower burden of proof [a fact later noted in the article]
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April 26, 2008 | Victoria Kim
An appeals court Friday upheld a civil judgment holding actor Robert Blake responsible for his wife's death, but cut in half the $30 million he was ordered to pay her family. The 2nd District appellate court ruled Friday that Blake's attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach failed to show there had been a trial error in the wrongful-death suit. Schwartzbach had argued before the court in January that his client had not received a fair trial, citing juror misconduct and insufficient instruction given to the jury.
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January 25, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Robert Blake concocted a plot to gain custody of his infant daughter by kidnapping her from her mother, whom he is accused of killing, the actor's personal assistant testified Monday. Cody Blackwell told jurors that she was unwittingly drawn into the plan to grab Rosie, Blake's daughter with Bonny Lee Bakley. Under heavy cross-examination by defense attorney M.
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March 5, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Jurors began deliberating Friday whether to end Robert Blake's "nightmare" as his lawyer asked, or to convict him of murdering his wife. Seven men and five women began sorting through testimony from more than 100 witnesses and dozens of exhibits, from phone records to restaurant receipts, introduced since Dec. 20, when Blake's trial began in a Van Nuys courtroom.
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February 4, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Wrapping up a third day of testimony, the lead police investigator in the Robert Blake murder case insisted that the Los Angeles Police Department investigation of the actor was professional and unbiased. Det. Ronald Y. Ito testified that police focused on Blake in the early stages of the case but also pursued other leads and suspects. To make the point, Deputy Dist. Atty.
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June 19, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Actor Robert Blake's lawyer said Friday that he might not be ready to begin the long-awaited celebrity murder trial in September as planned. M. Gerald Schwartzbach, who took over Blake's defense in March, said he and his client are both motivated to try the case this fall but that more preparation time might be needed. "Mr. Blake wants to see this case go to trial as soon as possible," the Mill Valley lawyer told a court hearing in Van Nuys. "He wants to be vindicated as soon as possible."
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April 25, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Prison revolutionary George Jackson was shot and killed during a 1971 escape attempt after he pointed his gun at an armed guard patrolling the grounds of San Quentin Prison, guards testified Thursday. Retired correctional officer Frank Bortfeld, 69, who testified in the trial of former fugitive Stephen Bingham, said he shot at Jackson after the prisoner pointed a pistol at him while Jackson fled across a prison exercise yard.
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