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January 18, 1986 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
San Clemente attorney William R. Froeberg was given a gubernatorial appointment Friday to the central Orange County Municipal Court. Froeberg, 36, a south Orange County lawyer whose wife, Julie, is chief of staff for Republican state Sen. Marian Bergeson of Newport Beach, replaces Judge Eugene C. Langhauser, who retired. Froeberg said he learned Thursday that Gov. George Deukmejian had chosen him for a judgeship.
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June 7, 1997 | JEFF KASS
Judge Flynn swore in Judge Flynn in an unusual ceremony Friday in Orange County Municipal Court. Retired Judge John L. Flynn Jr. administered the oath of office to his son, John L. Flynn III, an occasion that court observers said was uncommon but was not so unusual for the Flynn family. The elder Flynn had been sworn in by his father, John L. Flynn Sr., almost 30 years ago in the same courtroom: Division 201.
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April 11, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Since Orange County courts launched an expanded restitution program in 1980, thousands of misdemeanor offenders have been made to pay for their crimes--literally. But hundreds of burglars, vandals and other misdoers have been spared part of that responsibility because the maximum surcharge California courts are allowed to tack onto the offender's debt will not cover administrative and operational costs of court-ordered restitution programs.
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December 19, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD
A divided Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to grant pay raises to the county's five municipal court administrators. The raises, which will boost the administrators' base salaries from $82,000 to $92,000 a year, were being discussed before the county's bankruptcy in 1994 but were postponed because of that crisis. Court officials said the new salary brings the administrators in line with other county managers with similar responsibilities.
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August 2, 1987
In 1979, the Orange County Municipal Court and the county administrators saw fit to regulate the operation of traffic school by instituting a contract program held in the courthouses. This was to guard against canceled classes, classes held in bowling alleys and to improve the quality of the curriculum. The program is now considered by many to be a model for the entire state. Regrettably, on July 11 and 18, a number of people were turned away from one of our locations because every available seat had been filled.
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June 14, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday appointed three judges to Orange County Municipal Court. Attorney Gail A. Andler will be a judge at Central Municipal Court in Santa Ana. Attorneys W. Michael Hayes and Robert H. Keefe will join North ty Municipal Court in Fullerton, according to Wilson's office. Each will be paid $95,214 yearly. Wilson made the appointments to fill vacancies on the court, where misdemeanor crimes are tried and preliminary hearings for felony crimes are held.
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June 7, 1997 | JEFF KASS
Judge Flynn swore in Judge Flynn in an unusual ceremony Friday in Orange County Municipal Court. Retired Judge John L. Flynn Jr. administered the oath of office to his son, John L. Flynn III, an occasion that court observers said was uncommon but was not so unusual for the Flynn family. The elder Flynn had been sworn in by his father, John L. Flynn Sr., almost 30 years ago in the same courtroom: Division 201.
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April 26, 1989
A Mission Viejo woman arrested last weekend on suspicion of hiring three people to kill her father appeared in Orange County Municipal Court in Laguna Niguel on Tuesday to have a lawyer appointed. Municipal Judge Blair T. Barnette appointed Orange County lawyer Jack M. Earley to represent Deborah Ann Werner, 40, who, along with her three co-defendants, is being held without bail in Orange County Jail in connection with the death of her father, David Werner, 72, a retired stockbroker.
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June 10, 1989
B. Tam Nomoto, an Orange County Municipal Court judge, answers readers' questions about the law. Ask the Judge runs every other Saturday in Orange County Life. By JUDGE B. TAM NOMOTO Q In 1978, I was convicted of a felony (commercial burglary) in Santa Ana. At the time of sentencing, I was told that after I did my time (90 days) and probation (2 years), I could have the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. I would like to get this done now. How do I do it? D.O., Anaheim A You should contact the attorney who represented you in the case.
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September 14, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old white youth, his father and a young black man charged in connection with a brawl that left 15-year-old Amber Jefferson disfigured, appeared in court for the first time Thursday on assault and weapons charges. In a victory for the Jefferson family, a Municipal Court judge denied a defense request to reduce bail for one of Amber's alleged assailants but ordered one of her friends released on a $500 cash bond over prosecutors' objections.
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November 30, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sounding more like a motivational speaker than a Municipal Court judge, Gregory H. Lewis looked around Department 101 in Orange County Superior Court one day this month, smiled and said to a room filled with about 100 people: "I like to see your faces! There's a lot of energy flowing." This is no ordinary day in Lewis' court.
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September 25, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Board of Supervisors told court officials Tuesday that the county simply can't afford a $1.5-million project to ease overcrowding at the Municipal Court in Santa Ana's jury assembly room. Court officials insist the jury assembly room is so crowded it's dangerous. The room is designed for 214 people but often fills with 400 or more prospective jurors, forcing many to lean against walls or sit on the floor. A proposed $1.
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February 12, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A rare election-time judicial opening at South Orange County Municipal Court has drawn a crowded field of six candidates on the March 26 ballot, the same day voters countywide will choose among nine other candidates competing for three open Superior Court posts. As in years past, most incumbent judges facing reelection will run unopposed. The field includes 22 Superior Court judges and 13 Municipal Court judges from the county's north, west, central and harbor branches.
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May 3, 1995 | H.G. REZA
Motorists can now get information about their traffic citations through a new automated telephone system at Municipal Court in Santa Ana, and they can also pay fines with a credit card by using the phone. Recorded messages on how to use the new system are available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, but information about specific cases can only be obtained during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday.
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October 24, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Municipal Judge Blair T. Barnette never thought it would work out like this. Barnette, 59, said he never expected to be a judge, and now here he is retiring after 22 years on the bench. As a young prosecutor in Los Angeles, he loved courtroom action but did not imagine he would get a shot at running one. "I don't think you really dream of this; that would be looking too far ahead," said Barnette. "This is a very likable court, and time went very quickly."
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June 17, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County jury rejected a sexual harassment lawsuit Thursday by a former county employee who alleged that a top courthouse administrator taunted her with insults and drove her from her job. Jurors said they believed Bonnie Severson had a bitter work relationship with her boss, but said she never proved that the actions of Central Municipal Court Administrator Robert Kuhel amounted to sexual harassment. "We had to go with the evidence that was presented," juror Haven Tieck said.
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October 25, 1992 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pre-election mudslinging infecting political campaigns at all levels is noticeably absent in the races for two Orange County Municipal Court seats, where four candidates are making a point of being polite to the competition. The three attorneys and one incumbent judge running for the seats have refused to criticize their opponents. Instead, they are trying to focus attention on their backgrounds and experience--and their opponents' lack of both. "I don't trash people.
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May 20, 1992 | LILY DIZON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Judicial elections are normally quiet and nondescript, but two vacancies on the Municipal Court bench, plus a challenge for a third seat, promise to make for lively contests in the June 2 election. Nine candidates are vying for the two vacant posts, while one incumbent Municipal Court judge is fending off a challenger who says he doesn't like the way the judge hands down sentences. In Harbor Municipal Court in Newport Beach, Judge Margaret R.
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June 16, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Did he? Or didn't he? That's what an Orange County jury is trying to decide in a sexual harassment case against Robert Kuhel, the Municipal Court administrator who is on trial in the same courthouse where he supervises more than 200 workers. Former employee Bonnie Severson alleges that Kuhel repeatedly called her a "bitch" at work--an insult she says was sometimes preceded by such descriptions as "coldhearted" and "pigheaded."
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June 14, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday appointed three judges to Orange County Municipal Court. Attorney Gail A. Andler will be a judge at Central Municipal Court in Santa Ana. Attorneys W. Michael Hayes and Robert H. Keefe will join North ty Municipal Court in Fullerton, according to Wilson's office. Each will be paid $95,214 yearly. Wilson made the appointments to fill vacancies on the court, where misdemeanor crimes are tried and preliminary hearings for felony crimes are held.
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