July 17, 2013 |
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was in court Wednesday trying to reach a plea bargain -- an effort even his lawyer doubted would work. It's "a formality," the captain's lawyer said, according to an Associated Press report. "The prosecution will tell us 'no.' " Francesco Schettino piloted the Costa Concordia onto rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. There were 4,000 passengers aboard the vessel; 32 passengers and crew were killed. In May, as the Los Angeles Times reported , Schettino was ordered to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
December 20, 2011 |
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will reportedly accept a plea bargain to avoid a felony conviction in connection with a domestic violence case involving the mother of three of his children, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday. Calls to Mayweather and his representatives were not returned. Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney David Roger told the newspaper that Mayweather on Wednesday will plead guilty to one count of battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors.
August 3, 1999 |
A construction worker accused of killing a gay man over an unwanted sexual advance rejected a plea bargain in a Rockford, Ala., court, refusing to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn't get the death penalty. Charles M. Butler is one of two men charged in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and burned atop a pile of kerosene-soaked tires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1993
Recently, Superior Court Judge Storch sentenced Charles Bothwell to state prison for the murder of Robert Foster. Interestingly, this occurred after Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury plea-bargained this down to manslaughter and requested no jail time. Only the victim's wife and Judge Storch saw the error of Bradbury's lenient plea bargain. While Foster was a vile, hideous man, he was nonetheless killed in cold blood by Bothwell. Having formerly worked in Bradbury's office, I'm sure his motivation for this plea bargain was to avoid a highly publicized trial that he might lose.
May 28, 2000 |
Prosecutors have offered plea bargains to former Carolina Panther player Rae Carruth and three co-defendants charged in the shooting death of Carruth's girlfriend, the Charlotte Observer reported today. Prosecutors have decided to give all four men the chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder and avoid a capital murder trial, sources told the Observer. Carruth, 26, and the other men are charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 16 shooting of Cherica Adams.
December 21, 1989 |
Hotel queen Leona Helmsley, already sentenced to four years in a federal prison, rejected an offer for a concurrent sentence in her state tax fraud case today, insisting, "I've committed no crime. I'm not giving up." Sitting stiffly at the defense table in state Supreme Court, Helmsley listened silently as her lawyer, Gerald Feffer, turned down a plea bargain offered by the state attorney general's office.