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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1992 | LILY DIZON
While saying he has "high regard" for Newport Beach attorney William Yacobozzi Jr., a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced the lawyer to 180 days in jail and three years' probation for committing perjury and falsifying evidence to dodge a paternity suit. "I've always been impressed with your professionalism . . . and, you've kept me awake several nights (because) I have been worried about this thing ever since the trial ended," said Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen.
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NEWS
March 7, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A fleeting romance and bitter paternity dispute between a prosecutor and defense attorney did not deny a murder defendant a fair trial, a state Court of Appeal held Friday. The panel, ruling in a case that sometimes resembled a steamy television drama, said a previous sexual relationship between two opposing lawyers did not establish a conflict of interest that harmed the defendant. Nor, said the court, did any ill will between the two hurt the defendant.
NEWS
January 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An attorney was convicted of conspiracy, perjury and falsifying documents for sending an impostor to take a blood test for a paternity suit. William Yacobozzi Jr. faces four years in prison and loss of his law license. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 6. Yacobozzi maintains his innocence. Coleen Walters, a former client of Yacobozzi's, testified that he was the father of her 6-year-old son.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent attorney and onetime congressional candidate was convicted Friday of sending an impostor to take a blood test in his place so he could defend himself in a paternity suit. A Superior Court jury found William Yacobozzi Jr., 50, guilty of five counts of perjury and one count each of falsifying evidence and conspiring to obstruct justice. Because they are felonies, the convictions could bring an end to his 15-year legal career and send him to state prison for as long as four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney William Yacobozzi Jr. sent a stand-in to a DNA blood test to beat a paternity suit, and when caught in the act he "became desperate" and spun more lies to cover his tracks, a prosecuting attorney charged during closing arguments Monday in Superior Court. That lying continued during the trial, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Wallace Wade, when the defendant perjured himself and fabricated evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Huntington Beach woman testified Thursday that attorney William Yacobozzi Jr. fathered her child and that he once gave her $1,500 in cash so that she and her son could find a better place to live, directly contradicting his testimony of earlier this week. Coleen M. Walters, who was subpoenaed by the district attorney's office Thursday morning, also testified that Yacobozzi had met her son more than once clandestinely at his Santa Ana office during off hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The burden of being the defendant in a criminal trial took its toll on a prominent Newport Beach attorney Wednesday as he broke into tears after two days on the witness stand. William Yacobozzi Jr., 50, testified that his 8-year-old daughter's life was threatened after he asked to take a blood test to prove that he was not the father of a child in a paternity dispute.
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