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July 14, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano
The judge in the Roger Clemens federal perjury trial abruptly declared a mistrial on the second day of testimony after the government inadvertently allowed the jury to hear statements from a U.S. congressman discussing the credibility of one of the key witnesses against the former All-Star baseball pitcher. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton was livid Thursday that a video screen was left on in the courtroom while he and the lawyers privately discussed an issue away from the jury, and yet the jurors could clearly see written comments by U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)
November 21, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A mistrial has been declared in the trial of an Irvine attorney accused of helping his wife set up a drug bust in a scheme to seek revenge against a PTA volunteer. Orange County Superior Court Judge Carla M. Singer declared a mistrial Thursday, the day after jurors reported that they were deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of convicting Kent Easter. Prosecutors said they haven't decided whether to retry Easter, though a pretrial hearing has been set for Dec. 5. Kent Easter, 40, is accused of felony false imprisonment for his alleged role in having school volunteer Kelli Peters set up in a phony drug case.
January 2, 1985 | Associated Press
A Superior Court judge today denied a request for a mistrial in the conspiracy and perjury case against Mayor Roger Hedgecock. Attorney Michael Pancer, who represents Hedgecock, had asked for a mistrial, saying the anticipated testimony of a surprise prosecution witness could undermine the presentation of the mayor's case. But Judge William Todd rejected the motion after prosecutors said they would delay the witness' testimony to allow Pancer to prepare for it.
October 25, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
No one disputed that Freddy Leyva stabbed his Job Corps advisor to death. The question was why. Prosecutors said the March 2012 slaying of Dwayne Alexander, a respected former entertainment industry executive described as a gentle soul , was first-degree murder - the act of a racist, homophobic deviant capable of slashing a man almost 30 times. But Leyva's attorney, Tomas Requejo, contended that his client was a troubled young man who had suffered sexual abuse by Alexander, 49. The crime, Requejo said, was voluntary manslaughter, not murder.
April 9, 1987 | From United Press International
A mistrial was declared today after jurors announced they were deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of convicting a reputed gang member in the South Los Angeles killings of five teen-age party-goers and the wounding of five others. Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Cappai declared the mistrial after jurors had deliberated for more than two weeks in the trial of Keith (Ase Kapone) Fudge. The district attorney's office is expected to retry Fudge, 20, at a later date.
October 5, 1987 | From Associated Press
The judge in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case said today that he may have to declare a mistrial in the case of Raymond Buckey because of a prosecution witness' perjury. "Lying under oath goes to the heart of the believability of a witness," Superior Court Judge William Pounders said of an admission by a jail-house informant that he lied in another case. "If he has taken an oath before and lied, it would go to the heart of the matter here."
February 3, 1988
The misdemeanor conflict-of-interest trial of Downey Councilman James S. Santangelo ended in a mistrial Tuesday after the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction. Downey Municipal Judge Robert G. Drees declared a mistrial after foreman William Melvin of Long Beach said the jury was deadlocked after deliberating for 1 1/2 days. Santangelo, 53, was charged with having a conflict of interest when he voted in July, 1984, to expand the city's redevelopment district.
June 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
A federal judge declared a mistrial in the money-laundering trial of Richard T. Silberman today after the jury convicted the businessman on one count but could not agree on five others. Silberman, 61, a former top aide to ex-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr., is accused of laundering $300,000 in two deals with an undercover FBI agent posing as an associate of Colombian drug traffickers. Silberman was convicted Thursday on one count of violating reporting laws. But U.S. District Judge J.
April 8, 1986 | Associated Press
A federal judge today declared a mistrial in the 12-week racketeering trial of reputed mobster Anthony Spilotro and eight other defendants and set a new trial date of June 16. The announcement came 24 hours after jurors told U.S. District Judge Lloyd George they could not reach a unanimous verdict. Spilotro, 47, who could have faced up to 85 years in prison if convicted, hugged and kissed his teen-age son outside the courtroom.
July 16, 2011 | By Phil Rogers
The Roger Clemens mistrial was viewed with relief around Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig and his lieutenants weren't as worried about Clemens' standing as they were about new revelations that could have come up in sworn testimony. … The Cubs almost certainly will talk to Pat Gillick about his interest in taking on one more challenge in the off-season. He is not interested in being a general manager but would be a terrific addition if Chairman Tom Ricketts changes his mind about having an experienced baseball/pro sports guy in the chain of command.
March 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Cindy Chang, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
The mother of a man accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in a Spider-Man costume left the courtroom Friday carrying a green pocket Bible after a mistrial was declared in her son's case. Leonard Hall Jr. was a gang member but not a murderer, Deborah Mosby said. Her heart goes out to the victim's family, but she is going through a lot, too, she said. "I'm glad God was in there," she said Friday outside court. "God knows he didn't do it.” The victim's grandfather, Wiliam Shannon, drew on reserves of patience as he hoped for a retrial.
March 29, 2013 | By Cindy Chang and Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
A Los Angeles jury failed to reach a verdict Friday in the trial of Leonard Hall Jr., accused of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy dressed as Spider-Man on Halloween. The judge declared a mistrial after the jury announced it was deadlocked following a little more than two days of deliberations. Aaron Shannon Jr. was showing off his Spider-Man costume to relatives in the backyard of his great-grandmother's South L.A. home on Oct. 31, 2010, when two men opened fire from an alley.
March 29, 2013 | By KTLA News
Jurors are deadlocked for the second time in the case of a 45-year-old hockey mom accused of sexually assaulting her son's 13-year-old friend. Kathia Maria Davis was convicted last year of four felonies in the sexual assault of another boy who was 16 at the time. Davis could get five years in prison for the previous convictions. During the trial, prosecutors said Davis gave the two teenagers alcohol and then engaged them in sexual acts, in some cases with her children still in the house.
March 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
A judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of an alleged gang member accused of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy who was in a Spider-Man costume on Halloween. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bob S. Bowers Jr. dismissed the jury after it deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of convicting Leonard Hall Jr. in the slaying of Aaron Shannon Jr. The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday. Aaron was fatally shot Oct. 31, 2010, as he showed off his new costume in the backyard of his great-grandmother's South Los Angeles duplex.
March 21, 2013 | By Corina Knoll, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
The Bell corruption trial came to a chaotic end Thursday as the judge declared a mistrial on the outstanding counts, saying "all hell has broken loose" with the deeply divided jury. An exasperated Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy drew the case to a close after a bizarre day in which one juror asked to reconsider the guilty verdicts reached Wednesday. Then, an anonymous juror passed a note to Kennedy urging her to "remind the jury to remain respectful and not to make false accusations and insults to one another.
November 14, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers lied under oath during a drug possession case four years ago, a Los Angeles County jury decided Tuesday. The trial revolved around competing interpretations of a grainy, black and white video that the prosecution argued sharply contradicted sworn testimony from three officers regarding the discovery of cocaine. The video, the prosecution argued, showed the officers conspired to convict Guillermo Alarcon Jr. on drug charges. "It's always tragic when police officers throw away their freedom and careers.
Billy Ray Waldon's motion to declare a mistrial in his capital murder case was denied Thursday, but the judge granted Waldon's wish to keep a man he has called his "best juror" on the jury. Earlier this week, the court heard testimony from a plasterer who said he had met one of the jurors in a bar in Tijuana. According to the plasterer, the juror implied that, although he thought Waldon was innocent, he would go along with the rest of the jury if it voted to convict.
August 2, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
SAN JOSE -- Samsung "apparently believes that it is above the law" and should be sanctioned for releasing blocked evidence to the media earlier this week, Apple's lawyers said in a new filing in federal court on Thursday. Apple has been livid with its rival for emailing reporters links to evidence that had been excluded from the patent infringement trial earlier by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh. In a statement included with the links, Samsung said it was "not allowed to tell the jury the full story" and said "fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.
June 2, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The trial of John Edwards is over, but the public soon will learn more details about his career-ending affair with Rielle Hunter. Edwards' former mistress has written a tell-all memoir, to be released June 26. The book, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me," details Hunter's affair with the former presidential candidate during the 2008 contest that led to an out-of-wedlock birth, campaign finance fraud...
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