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NATIONAL
October 18, 2005 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
Before indicting Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on felony conspiracy and money-laundering charges, a Texas prosecutor offered him a chance to plead guilty to a misdemeanor that would have let DeLay keep his job as House majority leader, the congressman's lawyer said Monday. DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told Travis County Dist. Atty. Ronald D.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Groping charges against Christian Slater will be dropped if the actor stays out of trouble for the next six months, under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. "The case is dismissed, and we are very pleased with the outcome," his lawyer, Eric Franz, said Monday outside Manhattan Criminal Court. In July, the actor had rejected a plea bargain that would have required him to perform three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree harassment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2005 | Maria L. La Ganga and Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writers
An Islamic religious leader and his son, who were arrested during the investigation of possible terrorist activity in Lodi, Calif., agreed Friday to be deported in exchange for the government dropping charges that the two men misrepresented themselves when entering the country. Imam Mohammad Adil Khan, 47, and his son Mohammad Hassan Adil, 19, conceded in federal Immigration Court that they overstayed their religious worker visas.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2005 | Bob Anez, Associated Press
Prosecutors on Monday reached a plea deal with the man accused of plotting to abduct David Letterman's young son, allowing him to plead guilty to lesser charges and dropping a kidnapping-related charge in return. Kelly Frank pleaded guilty in state District Court to felony theft, misdemeanor obstruction and possessing illegally killed wildlife, a felony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
In a rare criminal prosecution concerning the environment, a Texas-based energy company that owns much of California's pipelines pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges relating to a rupture that dumped 103,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a Bay Area marsh last year. The company, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, also announced that it had agreed in principle to settle similar misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles County over a five-gallon spill at its terminal in Los Angeles Harbor in May 2004.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
With his trial underway, Eric Robert Rudolph agreed to plead guilty to a series of bombings that advanced a militant antigay, antiabortion ideology -- including a deadly explosion at the 1996 Summer Olympics here. The plea agreement, which the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday, calls for Rudolph to serve a life sentence without parole and allows him to escape the death penalty.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
A federal judge refused to accept a guilty plea Tuesday from a former America Online Inc. software engineer accused of stealing 92 million e-mail addresses and selling them to spammers. Judge Alvin Hellerstein of U.S. District Court in Manhattan said he was not convinced that Jason Smathers, 24, had committed a crime under federal anti-spam legislation that took effect this year. Smathers, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal prosecutors and a former America Online Inc. software engineer have negotiated a tentative plea agreement over charges he stole more than 92 million e-mail addresses and sold them to Internet spammers, according to two people familiar with the case. Jason Smathers, 24, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is scheduled to appear today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
NEWS
September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
The alleged ringleader in the theft of two French Impressionist paintings valued at $6.7 million accepted a plea deal in Miami and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on one count of grand theft. Fernando Alfaro, 48, was facing a maximum sentence of 30 years if convicted of grand theft. A second grand theft count and two other counts were dropped by the state as part of Tuesday's agreement.
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