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March 14, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Gregory Haidl and two other young men sentenced last week to six years in prison for the videotaped sexual assault of an unconscious 16-year-old turned down a plea deal last year that would have given them only three years, it was revealed Monday. Attorneys for Haidl, son of a former Orange County assistant sheriff, and his co-defendants contacted the district attorney's office Feb.
March 9, 2006 | From Associated Press
Boy George, in a plea bargain deal, agreed to enter drug rehabilitation and perform community service to resolve his arrest on a cocaine charge. The former pop star, whose real name is George O'Dowd, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court to third-degree false reporting of an incident. To avoid jail time, he also will pay a $1,000 fine. He was arrested Oct. 7 after he called 911 to report an alleged burglary in his Manhattan apartment.
March 9, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge that he conspired with the head of a school workers union to illegally funnel union funds into his 2003 council campaign. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Ludlow, when he is sentenced April 21, will shoulder $40,000 in fines and court costs and accept a four-year ban on holding elected office and three years' probation.
March 2, 2006 | Jon Burstein, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Lionel Tate, convicted for stomping a girl to death when he was 12, pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a pizza deliveryman. Tate risked spending the rest of his life in prison if he kept fighting the criminal cases stacked against him, but until Wednesday morning he had refused to take a plea deal. The 19-year-old told his lawyer Tuesday that he wanted to gamble that a judge wouldn't take away his freedom forever.
December 31, 2005 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
Lawyers met with a federal judge Friday to discuss a wire fraud case against Jack Abramoff amid indications that a plea agreement could be reached next week in two federal investigations of the once-powerful lobbyist. Under such an agreement, Abramoff presumably would offer evidence about favors he provided to some members of Congress and their aides. Federal prosecutors and attorneys for Abramoff discussed the status of the wire fraud case with U.S. District Judge Paul C.
December 30, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
In a rare split, the Securities and Exchange Commission is at odds with its partner in cleaning up corporate accounting -- the Justice Department -- over a plea agreement with the former chief of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. The SEC's criticism of Henry Yuen's sentence as too lenient played a role in U.S. District Judge John Walters' decision last week to tentatively reject a deal between Yuen and the Justice Department.
December 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Enron's former chief accounting officer, Richard A. Causey, has struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors and will avoid going to trial with the fallen energy company's two top executives, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Causey was expected to plead guilty today to one or more of the 34 criminal charges pending against him, this person told Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the discussions.
December 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are in discussions with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation in a congressional corruption probe, a person involved in the investigation said. The probe involves a number of members of Congress as well as staff. A former aide to ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has already pleaded guilty.
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.
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.
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