CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A few months ago, Bob Filner was this city's most powerful political figure - a new Democratic mayor pledging to help those he said had long been ignored or mistreated by local government. But Tuesday, less than two months after he resigned in disgrace, Filner stood meekly in San Diego County Superior Court, ready to plead guilty to mistreatment of women under a deal with prosecutors that bars him from ever seeking or holding public office again. Once known for his forceful rhetoric, Filner looked submissive as he answered the judge's questions in a soft voice, admitting guilt to one felony count of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery.
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.
June 10, 2013 |
A playful slap on his lawyer's backside has earned Chad Johnson far more than a slap on the wrist. Johnson, a former NFL star, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic-violence case after a judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rejected his plea bargain. It seemed as if the judge was about to go along with the no-jail agreement, but reversed her field when Johnson lightly slapped his attorney's rear in celebration. “I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously,” Broward Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh said, according to the Associated Press.
May 22, 2013 |
ROME -- The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which crashed on rocks off the Italian coast last year, was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Thirty-two of the more than 4,000 passengers drowned after the captain, Francesco Schettino, piloted the 950-foot-long vessel onto rocks on the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, puncturing the hull of the ship, which then tipped over in shallow water. During the chaotic evacuation that followed, passengers struggled to board packed lifeboats, and some were sucked to their deaths as they tried to swim ashore by whirlpools created as the ship tilted.