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May 9, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge said Monday that she will dismiss a $10-million lawsuit that accused three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of killing a Van Nuys woman after an evening of drinking. However, U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer said a wrongful death claim also contained in the lawsuit may be refiled against the deputies in Los Angeles Superior Court. Pfaelzer said that because the deputies had not acted in their official capacity as law enforcement officers while with Catherine Braley, the deputies' request to dismiss a civil rights claim filed by Braley's mother, Mary Postma of Van Nuys, would be granted.
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May 16, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A ruling by a federal judge Monday left intact only a small part of two $10-million lawsuits accusing three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of killing a woman who was found slain after an evening of drinking with the deputies at a Van Nuys bar. The suits, filed by the woman's father, Edward Postma, and her mother, Mary Postma, accuse the deputies of causing the wrongful death of Catherine Michelle Braley, 26, and of violating her civil rights....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A ruling by a federal judge Monday left intact only a small part of two $10-million lawsuits accusing three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of killing a woman who was found slain after an evening of drinking with the deputies at a Van Nuys bar. The suits, filed by the woman's father, Edward Postma, and her mother, Mary Postma, accuse the deputies of causing the wrongful death of Catherine Michelle Braley, 26, and of violating her civil rights....
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May 9, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge said Monday that she will dismiss a $10-million lawsuit that accused three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of killing a Van Nuys woman after an evening of drinking. However, U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer said a wrongful death claim also contained in the lawsuit may be refiled against the deputies in Los Angeles Superior Court. Pfaelzer said that because the deputies had not acted in their official capacity as law enforcement officers while with Catherine Braley, the deputies' request to dismiss a civil rights claim filed by Braley's mother, Mary Postma of Van Nuys, would be granted.
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August 14, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Grand Jury will hold hearings on the murder of a Van Nuys woman whose mother has filed a lawsuit claiming that three sheriff's deputies killed her daughter, according to court papers filed by police. Catherine M. Braley, 26, was found slain in a parking lot in the 8100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard on the morning of Jan. 15. She had been beaten, strangled and mutilated.
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March 26, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit against three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were accused in civil actions of killing a Van Nuys woman after a night of heavy drinking and sex in early 1988. U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer--who earlier had dismissed another, similar suit--granted a summary judgment in favor of deputies Robert Mallon, Robert Waters and Michael Turner in a wrongful death claim filed by Edward Postma, the dead woman's father.
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August 17, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a Van Nuys woman after a day of heavy drinking and sex seven years ago told a federal jury Wednesday that he was in no way involved with the woman's brutal death. Robert J. Mallon, testifying on the first trial day in a $10-million wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim's family, described how he and Catherine Braley became intoxicated at The Hunter bar, left together and engaged in sex in his county-owned car.
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June 28, 1988
A federal judge said Monday that she will dismiss a lawsuit accusing three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of killing a woman unless evidence is presented supporting the allegation within 90 days. Stephen Yagman, an attorney for the suit's plaintiff, asked U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer for one-year period to gather evidence in the case, complaining that the Los Angeles Police Department is withholding data while it investigates the death of Catherine Braley, 26, of Van Nuys.
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July 26, 1988
A woman who had claimed that three sheriff's deputies killed her daughter after the young woman refused to have sex with them has dropped one of the deputies from her civil suit and plans to drop another, her attorney said Monday. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in March, Mary Postma claimed that Deputies Robert Waters, Robert Mallon and Mike Turner killed her daughter, Catherine Braley, 26, after picking her up at a Van Nuys bar Jan. 14.
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April 28, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of the murder of a Van Nuys woman and seeks $10 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month against Deputies Robert Waters, Robert Mallon and a third man identified only as Mike, alleges the men were acting under the "color of law," or their authority as deputies, when they met Catherine Braley at a Van Nuys bar and later killed her when she refused to have sex with them.
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August 14, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Grand Jury will hold hearings on the murder of a Van Nuys woman whose mother has filed a lawsuit claiming that three sheriff's deputies killed her daughter, according to court papers filed by police. Catherine M. Braley, 26, was found slain in a parking lot in the 8100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard on the morning of Jan. 15. She had been beaten, strangled and mutilated.
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April 1, 1988
Two undercover Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been ordered by a federal judge to appear today in Whittier so that an attorney can serve them with a lawsuit alleging that they killed a Van Nuys woman. U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer granted the request from attorney Stephen Yagman, who argued that he had been unable to serve the men with the suit because the Sheriff's Department would not cooperate. Yagman represents Mary Postma, mother of Catherine M.
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July 1, 1988
Two of three Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies accused of killing a Van Nuys woman have been dropped from a lawsuit filed by the dead woman's mother, the attorney for the mother said Thursday. Stephen Yagman said he filed documents that dismissed deputies Michael Turner and Robert Waters from the case on Tuesday, one day after a federal judge threatened to dismiss the lawsuit unless evidence was presented to support the allegations within 90 days.
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