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June 15, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An anticipated $18-million reduction in Orange County court funding next year would cripple court services, leading to the delay--or denial--of justice, a group of judges, attorneys and court officials warned Monday. Orange County municipal and superior courts need about $115 million to operate during the 1993-94 fiscal year, the officials said, but proposed state and county budgets and other revenue would only generate about $97 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
An attorney for Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante is asking an Orange County Superior Court judge to dismiss sexual assault and battery charges against his client, saying the district attorney made "inflammatory" statements to the media. Bustamante, who resigned his post in the county's public works department following an internal investigation into his workplace behavior, is charged with sexually assaulting women in his county office over an eight-year period. James Riddet, Bustamante's attorney, alleges that the conduct of the district attorney's office is "so egregious" that the only remedy is to dismiss the case because it denies Bustamante a fair trial.
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NEWS
August 15, 1995 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new jury selection system that draws prospective federal jurors in Orange County from throughout the county but not neighboring areas has angered defense attorneys who complain that the change will further exclude blacks and lead to more all-white juries. The change begins Sept. 5 at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, where jurors for local federal trials will be selected exclusively from Orange County's voter registration rolls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce Friday from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, signaling the end of a decade-long marriage during which she stood by his side through allegations of sexual assault and admission of an extramarital affair. In the petition filed in Orange County Superior Court, Vanessa Bryant cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. In what appears to be an effort to keep the details of their split out of the public eye, the couple said in a joint statement late Friday that they had "resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every week, visitors from around the world file through the halls of a popular tourist attraction in Orange County--not Disneyland, just the Probate Court in Orange. The tourists are court administrators from Singapore, Kuwait and other distant places who have come to see how the court's staff uses computers to reduce paperwork. After four years of tweaking and an investment of $1.3 million, Orange County's Probate Court has moved a long way toward becoming a "paperless courtroom."
NEWS
January 13, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The summons comes in an antiseptic, perforated, computer-printed envelope and it means that you may be deciding whether a woman gets her job back or whether a man goes to the gas chamber. Which is one reason why the words "jury duty" often trigger feelings of such pronounced uncertainty. Jury duty in Orange County, as in the rest of America, is one of the basic cornerstones of the judicial process in a democracy, but it is also a crap shoot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD and JEFF KASS
The county on Thursday formally challenged a judicial action signed by local judges demanding the allocation of $23 million in additional funding for Orange County courts. The challenge, likely to be heard next week in Los Angeles, labels the demands "extravagant" as well as "unreasonable and inappropriate in light of the county's present fiscal condition."
NEWS
February 21, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting up a possible showdown between local judges and Orange County supervisors, the state Judicial Council ruled Thursday that the county should pay up to $18.9 million more to keep its trial courts running through June. The unanimous decision by the panel of legal professionals that handles administrative matters for California's courts came after judges from Orange County argued that courthouses are now only weeks away from shutting down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's no Roger Ebert, but civil trial attorney Steven Young knows how to spread the word when he hates a movie. For several years, the Irvine lawyer has been battling the Orange County court system, urging it to yank a training video shown to tens of thousands of prospective jurors each year. Young says the video should be scrapped because it's biased against plaintiffs in civil suits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2009 | By Keith Thursby
Donald E. Smallwood, a retired Orange County Superior Court presiding judge, died Nov. 12 at City of Hope in Duarte from complications after cancer surgery, said his son, Mark. He was 81. "He was a lovable maverick," C. Robert Jameson, a retired former presiding Superior Court judge, told The Times this week. "He sometimes got things done in an unconventional way, but he seemed to know when something needed attention." Smallwood was appointed to the Superior Court in 1987 by Gov. George Deukmejian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Most Orange County courts will be closed Wednesday as a cost-cutting measure in response to the state's fiscal troubles, and court employees will be furloughed. The closures will occur on the third Wednesday of each month through June 2010, said court spokeswoman Carole Levitsky. There will be limited services at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana and the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange. Outside the other courthouses in Westminster, Fullerton, Newport Beach and Laguna Hills, sheriff's personnel will be on hand to distribute instructions for those seeking restraining orders and other emergency protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
Orange County will close its courts every third Wednesday starting next month as a cost-saving measure, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The closures are scheduled to begin Aug. 19 and continue through the fiscal year, with two dates in December -- the 16th and the 30th -- to make up for no days off in July, said court spokeswoman Carole Levitzky. Most of the court's 1,700 employees would not receive pay on those days, which would account for an annual loss of about 4.62% of their income.
SPORTS
January 20, 2005 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Angels now face legal opposition from both of the cities in their new name. The city of Los Angeles lined up behind the city of Anaheim on Wednesday, arguing in a legal brief that the Orange County Superior Court "should reject the Angels' attempt to profit from the Los Angeles name they abandoned long ago."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's no Roger Ebert, but civil trial attorney Steven Young knows how to spread the word when he hates a movie. For several years, the Irvine lawyer has been battling the Orange County court system, urging it to yank a training video shown to tens of thousands of prospective jurors each year. Young says the video should be scrapped because it's biased against plaintiffs in civil suits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Korean politician living in Orange County has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that he was retaliated against in his native country for exposing corruption involving the son and wife of the president.
NEWS
December 22, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their most dire warning yet, Orange County's judges said Thursday that courthouses could be shuttered for three months and thousands of criminal defendants set free next spring unless the county plugs a $31.7-million budget shortfall. Taking the first step toward a possible legal showdown with county officials, administrators for the six superior and municipal courthouses predicted starkly they will run out of money by April 15 without the emergency infusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1996
Anyone who spends a good chunk of time on Southern California's roads--and that means almost everybody--is likely to share the pavement with plenty of unlicensed drivers. Some of those drivers never have had a license; others are behind the wheel after their driving privilege was revoked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A veteran homicide prosecutor and outspoken critic of Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was fired Friday, four months after initiating an investigation of his boss. The move against Mike Jacobs, a 25-year veteran of the office, comes as the state attorney general looks into a variety of allegations against Rackauckas and others under him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within a beige modular building across the street from the County Jail in Santa Ana lies what officials are hailing as the most technologically advanced courtroom in the state and the future battleground for the county's most complicated and time-consuming lawsuits. Working over the last two years with a special state grant, architects have created a paperless courthouse where lawyers display exhibits with PowerPoint presentations and dissect witnesses with video playback.
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