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November 20, 2009 | 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.
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March 21, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An LAPD officer who allegedly beat a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior was charged in Orange County this week with felony child abuse and corporal injury. Prosecutors say Daniel Hun Chun, 39, was off duty March 13 when he allegedly confronted the teenager over poor grades and other behavior issues. Chun repeatedly hit the young man “with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back and buttocks,” according to an Orange County district attorney's news release.
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February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon three years ago have accused Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an unconstitutional jailhouse informant operation that ensnared their client and other inmates. Scott Dekraai's public defenders say that the district attorney's office oversaw an “unchecked and lawless custodial informant program” which resulted in systemic constitutional violations and kept defense attorneys in the dark about the so-called jailhouse snitches.
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June 25, 1994
Judge James L. Smith was reelected Friday by his colleagues on the Superior Court Bench to serve as presiding judge of the Orange County Superior Court for 1995. Smith, 57, was first elected to the Orange County Superior Court in 1980. Prior to that, he was a judge in Municipal Court in Westminster.
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December 25, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Gov. Gray Davis announced Monday the promotion of an Orange County Superior Court judge to the state Court of Appeal and the appointments of three new judges to the Superior Court. Judge Richard D. Fybel, 55, of Newport Beach, who has been serving at the North Justice Center in Fullerton since last year, was named an associate justice of the Court of Appeal in Orange County. Senior Assistant Dist. Atty. Claudia Silbar, 43, of Costa Mesa, Assistant Dist. Atty.
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July 22, 2004 | Meg James
An Orange County Superior Court judge has denied a family's request to disqualify the judge who ended the long-running Winnie the Pooh royalties lawsuit earlier this year in favor of Walt Disney Co. The family who holds merchandising rights to Winnie the Pooh requested in May that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles W. McCoy's decision in favor of Disney be reversed because of alleged bias.
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December 31, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A businessman has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill an Orange County Superior Court judge who had sentenced him to probation and psychiatric treatment in 2003, officials said Thursday. Ronald Irving Brindle, 67, was being held without bail at Orange County Jail after he allegedly called police on Dec. 20 and said he would kill Judge Thomas Borris, an 11-year veteran at Westminster court, officials said. Borris had sentenced Brindle in January 2003 after his conviction on two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment.
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March 29, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed Orange County Superior Court Judge James V. Selna to serve on the federal court for the Central District of California. Selna, 58, was appointed in 1998 to Orange County Superior Court, where he heard business, environmental, antitrust and construction-defect cases. He also served on the General Civil Panel and on the North Panel at the North Justice Center, where he heard primarily criminal matters.
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September 29, 1994
Orange County Superior Court Judge Floyd H. Schenk is to decide today whether a receiver should be appointed to take over troubled Teachers Management & Investment Corp., the Newport Beach firm that raised about $1 billion from 60,000 California educators. Four teachers sued TMI on Aug. 23, alleging that the 26-year-old company, which offered investments in real estate partnerships, lost $100 million of clients' money through fraud and racketeering.
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October 1, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman were charged with human trafficking in Orange County for allegedly luring a 17-year-old girl on Facebook and forcing her to work as a prostitute. According to the Orange County district attorney's office, 19-year-old Dejon Pierre Moore initiated an online relationship with the girl on the social media site. In late September, Moore picked the girl up in Los Angeles and drove her to Orange County, where she was forced to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said in a written statement.
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June 17, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Theirs was a messy marriage that ended in divorce. Five years later, their rocky relationship rekindled, the Orange County couple flew to Europe for a romantic cruise. But on the morning of May 26, 2006, Lonnie Kocontes reported his ex-wife Micki Kanesaki missing to ship authorities. Her body was found a day later in the sea off the Italian coast. "I wish I knew what happened," Kocontes told a reporter at the time. He added that his ex-wife could be an angry drunk and had talked about harming herself.
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May 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Orange County prosecutors charged a 22-year-old Disneyland employee Thursday with possessing a destructive device in a public place in connection with two "dry ice" bomb blasts in the theme park's Toontown area. If convicted, Christian Barnes faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, half of what he was held on when he was first booked by Anaheim police investigators. He is expected to plead not guilty when he makes his first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Orange County Superior Court.
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May 20, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Rick Rojas
The roommate of Maribel Ramos is expected to appear in court Tuesday on suspicion of murder after the missing Army veteran was found dead Thursday near Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, authorities said. Ramos, a 36-year-old Cal State Fullerton student just a few weeks shy of graduation, had been missing since the first week of May. Orange police said a body found in the brush Thursday in unincorporated Orange County near Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road was identified as Ramos after an autopsy.
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May 13, 2013 | By Alicia Lopez
A man will spend 50 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his father in the mobile home they shared in Huntington Beach, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. A jury found Jeremy Dwayne Martin, 37, guilty March 26 of shooting his father after the two got into an argument about keeping firearms in the home, according to court records. An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced Martin. On the morning of May 20, 2011, Jeremy and Frederick Martin, 62, argued over the gun Jeremy kept in the mobile home, according to court records.
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May 1, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
A jury has convicted a man in the 1987 murder of an Orange County strip club owner, a case that stymied investigators for more than 20 years. Richard Morris Jr., 59, was found guilty Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court of killing James Stockwell, who owned the Mustang Topless Theater in Santa Ana and went by the name Jimmy Casino. Casino, 48, a convicted felon who bragged that he had influence with organized crime figures, and his 22-year-old girlfriend were ambushed by two men at his Brea condo.
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July 7, 2000 | Alex Coolman, (949) 764-4330
Gov. Gray Davis has appointed Newport Beach resident M. Marc Kelly, a senior deputy Orange County district attorney, to the Orange County Superior Court. Kelly, 40, was elected in March to the Superior Court by Orange County voters. He was scheduled to take office in January. Davis' appointment means he can begin his six-year term immediately. Kelly will replace Judge Myron S. Brown, who retired.
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May 1, 2013 | By Mike Anton
A jury has convicted a man in the 1987 murder of an Orange County strip club owner, a case that stymied investigators for more than 20 years. Richard Morris Jr., 59, was found guilty Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court of killing James Stockwell, who owned the Mustang Topless Theater in Santa Ana and went by the name Jimmy Casino. Casino, 48, a convicted felon who bragged he had influence with organized crime figures, and his 22-year-old girlfriend were ambushed by two men at his Brea condo.
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April 28, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
He was a smooth-talking swindler who operated Orange County's most notorious and lucrative strip club, the Mustang Topless Theater. Born James Stockwell, he rebranded himself Jimmy Casino and lived the extravagant lifestyle of a character from an Elmore Leonard novel. Expensive cowboy couture. Luxury cars. Enemies who wanted him dead. After years of staying a step ahead of the law and the people whom he owed money, Casino, 48, was ambushed at his Buena Park condo Jan. 2, 1987.
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