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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 1, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
A piece of unfinished business from the Cold War appeared closer to resolution today with the declaration by accused U.S. Army deserter Charles Robert Jenkins that he will report "very shortly" to an American military base in Japan to face 40-year-old charges of defecting to North Korea. "I will soon voluntarily face the charges against me by the U.S. Army," Jenkins said in a statement issued through the Japanese government. Jenkins said he would report to the U.S.
June 5, 2004 | David Wharton and Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writers
For all the controversy generated by the BALCO scandal -- allegations of steroid use among famous athletes, a Senate investigation, angry denials -- legal experts say the criminal case that started it all is fairly mundane. Evidence from that case has pointed to some of the biggest names in American sports, including Marion Jones and Barry Bonds. It has prompted President Bush to publicly decry steroid abuse. A related investigation by anti-doping authorities could keep a number of top U.S.
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