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May 1, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Prosecutors filed five additional felony sex-abuse charges Wednesday against a former priest who could become one of the first clerics in California to be tried for sexual abuse. Michael Stephen Baker, 55, who admitted in 1986 to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that he had molested minors, now faces 34 felony charges after five counts of oral copulation with a minor were filed.
December 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A hearing on new charges against defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker was delayed Wednesday and rescheduled for Jan. 4. Baker, one of the most notorious of the priests accused of abusing children, faces new charges based on information in files that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles surrendered to prosecutors earlier this year. Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Beaart said he would file an amended complaint against Baker soon.
February 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The release of thousands of pages of church files showing how Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other top Los Angeles Archdiocese officials dealt with priest molestation cases has generated outrage and anguish at parishes across Southern California. But for victims of abuse, there is also the pain of learning details of how top church leaders tried to cover up the scandal. Matt Severson says that as a boy, he was abused by Father Michael Baker. Severson was a plaintiff in the record civil settlement over church abuse a few years ago. The release of the files has him reliving what happened decades ago. "It's deeply disheartening to read these files.
November 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz on Wednesday ordered a retired priest to answer questions about three former clerics accused in lawsuits of molesting children. Msgr. Michael Lenihan refused at a deposition to respond to plaintiffs' inquiries about a woman who reported she was abused by a former priest, Michael S. Nocita. Lenihan, pastor emeritus at a Redondo Beach church, also was ordered to answer questions about Michael S. Baker and John Lenihan, his nephew.
January 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Stephen Baker, a former Catholic priest in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held on $800,000 bail on charges that he molested a boy in the 1990s. Baker was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport as he returned from a trip to the Far East. Authorities say the former priest ranks among the most prolific alleged abusers in the church. Baker will be back in court Feb. 14 to enter a plea.
January 28, 1990
In response to "Ruling Paves Way for 1st Execution Since '67" (Part A, Jan. 17): Enough really is enough. Enough appeals have been made, enough money has truly been wasted both in the costs of appealing this just verdict and in housing this murderer. His attorneys have done a wondrous job in attempting to convince the courts that their client is a changed man. The article tells of how 17 fellow criminals stepped forward and offered statements saying that Harris is now a changed man. Were the citizens of California asked to step forward and offer their opinions?
Sharron Mankins has this recurring vision of the day Robert Alton Harris took the life of her son, Michael Baker. "I can just see these terrified boys," she said. It is July 5, 1978. Harris abducts Michael Baker and his best friend, John Mayeski, both 16, from a hamburger stand. He needs their car for a bank robbery. He forces them into the car and drives them a few miles away to a remote wash near a reservoir.
March 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Lawyers for condemned killer Robert Alton Harris filed an emergency request today asking a federal appeals court to halt his April 3 execution at San Quentin--the first in California in 23 years. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled an afternoon session to hear oral arguments on the appeal. The 9th Circuit is one step away from a final appeal by Harris to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
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