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March 10, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for a Minnesota man who was dismissed from the U.S. Naval Academy because of his homosexuality are expected this week to seek disqualification of a veteran federal judge who twice referred to the cadet as a "homo" during a court hearing. In a three-year court battle, Midshipman Joseph C. Steffan, 26, has been trying to overturn an old Defense Department regulation stating that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." According to an official court transcript, U.S.
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March 10, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for a Minnesota man who was dismissed from the U.S. Naval Academy because of his homosexuality are expected this week to seek disqualification of a veteran federal judge who twice referred to the cadet as a "homo" during a court hearing. In a three-year court battle, Midshipman Joseph C. Steffan, 26, has been trying to overturn an old Defense Department regulation stating that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." According to an official court transcript, U.S.
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January 29, 1985 | Associated Press
A federal judge sentenced a Houston man today to seven years' imprisonment in the kidnaping of a multimillionaire pharmaceutical businessman's wife from a Washington hotel during a bridge tournament last summer. U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch sentenced Orland Tolden, 26, who along with two other men admitted abducting Edith Rosenkranz, 60, of Mexico City last July. She was released unharmed two days later after her husband, George, paid a $1-million ransom.
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April 9, 1985 | Associated Press
A U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled today that a federal judge erred in 1983 when he reversed a jury's award of $2 million in damages in the libel suit of the president of Mobil Oil Corp. against the Washington Post. The three-member panel concluded that the plaintiff, William Tavoulareas, established "actual malice" on the part of the newspaper and its reporter, Patrick Tyler, in a 1979 article about the oil company executive's business dealings. The court reversed the decision by U.S.
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February 16, 1985 | Associated Press
A Houston man was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison Friday for masterminding the kidnaping of a wealthy Mexico City woman from a Washington hotel last summer. Glenn I. Wright, 42, also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch to a total of 106 years in prison on other charges related to the abduction of Edith Rosenkranz, 60-year-old wife of the founder of the pharmaceutical firm Syntex Corp., who was freed unharmed.
NEWS
January 12, 1989
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released 38 federal properties for use by state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to provide shelters for the homeless. The agency's action came in response to a Dec. 14 order issued by U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch, who ordered HUD to review more than 300 properties in the General Services Administration inventory to determine their suitability for use by the homeless.
NEWS
October 10, 1989
The countdown for this week's planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis began as NASA headed for a court showdown with anti-nuclear activists seeking to stop the flight because of its plutonium-powered payload. If a federal judge approves, Atlantis is to blast off Thursday with five astronauts who are to dispatch the Galileo spacecraft with its nuclear generators on the start of a six-year journey to Jupiter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1991
Re "Judge, Citing AIDS, Backs Military Homosexual Ban," Dec. 10: It is nothing short of a pathetically veiled attempt to perpetuate discrimination by using this tragic disease to define the homosexual population. How distressing that a federal judge reverts to a categorical generalization of gays, especially at a time when AIDS has become a nationally legitimized concern by virtue of its presence among the straight community. I suppose, analogously, it would have been equally responsible to label all heterosexuals as herpes-bearers in the mid-1980s.
NEWS
October 16, 1989 | From Times wire services
A countdown suspended for five days by a failed engine computer resumed without a hitch today and a federal appeals court removed a legal obstacle to Tuesday morning's launch of space shuttle Atlantis. Hours after the countdown started up, an appeals court in Washington dismissed environmentalists' request to stop the launch because of the nuclear-powered Galileo spaceship that will be aboard.
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May 9, 1985 | Associated Press
Attorneys for the Washington Post asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday to rehear an appeal in a libel suit by William Tavoulareas, a former president of Mobil Oil Corp. On April 9, a three-judge appeals panel reinstated a lower court jury's decision that the newspaper libeled Tavoulareas in a 1979 article about his business dealings and awarded him $2.05 million in damages. The panel, in a 2-1 decision, said U.S.
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