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August 21, 2009 | Associated Press
Facing the prospect of spending at least 3 1/2 years behind bars, onetime Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress on Thursday accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. The former New York Giants wide receiver pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser charge than he had faced. He will be sentenced Sept. 22, and lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he expects Burress to begin serving his sentence immediately after.
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
March 24, 2012
The right to a fair trial by a jury of one's peers is one of the most sacred guarantees of the Bill of Rights, but the dirty secret is that it isn't exercised very often. More than 97% of federal convictions and 94% of state convictions result from guilty pleas. Recognizing that reality, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 this week that defendants have a constitutional right to be informed by their lawyers about the possibility of a plea bargain and the implications of turning one down.
April 3, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Five former council members in scandal-plagued Bell have been given until next week to decide whether to accept a plea bargain that could put them behind bars for as long as four years. If the onetime council members in the small, working-class city refuse to take the offer, they could spend twice as many years behind bars. A hearing at which the ex-politicians are expected to decide whether to take the deal or risk going to trial was postponed until April 9. The ex-council members are accused of drawing extraordinary salaries by serving on boards and commissions that seldom, if ever, met. By the time they were driven from office in 2010, they were making as much as $100,000 a year for their part-time work.
July 17, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
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 | By Lance Pugmire
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times wire services
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.
January 26, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Anat Kamm, an Israeli woman convicted of stealing classified military documents during her army service last decade, was released from jail Sunday after being paroled for good behavior. Kamm, now 26 , stole more than 2,000 documents, hundreds of them classified and top-secret, while assigned to the office of a major general during her mandatory military service between 2005 and 2007 -- a case that in some way parallels that of Pfc. Bradley Manning , now known as Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of illegally downloading classified documents from a U.S. Army computer.
January 24, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
A jury has awarded a Los Angeles police officer $260,000 after finding that Pomona police used excessive force on the young cop and unlawfully arrested him. The verdict reached Wednesday evening was a final step in a nearly two-year effort by Sergio Arreola to clear his name after the 2012 encounter that left him fired from the LAPD and facing a possible prison sentence. "This was about showing the officers and showing Pomona that they can't be treating others the way they treated me," Arreola, 27, said.
December 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A Naval Criminal Investigative Service senior agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of bribery in a contracting scandal involving U.S. ships in the Asia-Pacific region. The two counts could lead to a sentence of 20 years in prison. John Bertrand Beliveau, 44, pleaded guilty to leaking confidential documents to Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based businessman, about a fraud investigation involving Francis that began in 2010, and then tutoring him on how to avoid giving incriminating statements.
November 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two San Diego City Council members are headed for a runoff mayoral election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, unofficial ballot results showed Tuesday night. Kevin Faulconer, 46, a Republican, received 43.57% of the vote and David Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, received 25.60%, with 99% of votes counted. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher received 24.30% and former City Atty. Mike Aguirre 4.45%. Both are Democrats. Faulconer was the only Republican among major candidates in the race.
October 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Ex-Mayor Bob Filner will lose about $1,704 a year in pension payments if the judge who sentences him on charges of mistreating women accepts a pension reduction clause in his plea bargain with prosecutors, according to figures released Tuesday by the San Diego pension board. Filner, who resigned Aug. 30, will receive about $18,934 a year in pension payments if San Diego County Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta accepts the pension reduction part of the plea bargain.
October 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A day earlier than anticipated, ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who pleaded guilty to three charges of mistreating women, was booked and released Saturday morning at the downtown county jail. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta had ordered that Filner be booked and released Sunday. Instead, the 71-year-old appeared at the jail and was photographed and fingerprinted by 9 a.m. Filner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
July 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Christian Slater rejected a plea bargain deal from New York City prosecutors Thursday on a charge of allegedly groping a woman. Slater was charged with forcible touching -- a misdemeanor that carries up to one year in jail -- after he allegedly walked up behind a woman and grabbed her buttocks as she was buying a soda in a small grocery store on Manhattan's Upper East Side in the early morning of May 31.
September 25, 2009 | E. Scott Reckard
A federal appeals court panel today refused to reinstate a proposed plea bargain that guaranteed Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli that he would spend no time in prison as a result of alleged stock manipulation at Irvine microchip designer Broadcom Corp. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did not rule on the merits of the arguments by Samueli, the billionaire co-founder and former chairman of Broadcom. It said instead that it has no jurisdiction at this time, ruling that Samueli must wait until after he is sentenced before appealing the rejection of his plea agreement.
October 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- As part of his guilty plea on charges of mistreating women, ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner agreed to forfeit most of his mayoral pension. The plea bargain calls for Filner to lose that portion of his mayoral pension earned from the date of his first offense in March until the date of his resignation in August. But the pension issue is apparently complicated by differing legal interpretations. The two laws undergirding the provision that Filner lose most of his mayoral pension may not apply to him. A state law calling for stripping convicted felons of pensions may not apply to a charter city with its own pension plan such as San Diego, according to lawyers for the San Diego pension board.
October 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may have avoided jail time Tuesday under a plea bargain with the state attorney general's office, but he still has to contend with Gloria Allred. Under the agreement accepted in San Diego County Superior Court, Filner must serve three months of home confinement, undergo mental health counseling and give up most of his mayoral pension. During three years of probation, he cannot vote, serve on a jury or possess a firearm. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery.  In court papers, Filner's victims were described only as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3. But he still has a legal issue to deal with A llred, who filed a civil lawsuit against Filner on behalf of his former director of communications.  The lawsuit on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson is still pending and the only one filed against Filner.
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