February 20, 1998 |
Fund-raiser Maria Hsia pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering illegal contributions from a Buddhist temple to the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection effort and other Democratic campaigns. Hsia, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, is charged with laundering contributions from the Hsi Lai Temple of Hacienda Heights, Calif., which is prohibited from making such donations because it is a nonprofit religious organization. The temple was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
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January 20, 1994
A former county welfare employee pleaded not guilty Wednesday to providing food stamps and cash to a relative who was not eligible for aid, officials said. Georgina Martinez, 28, is charged with two felony counts each of misappropriating public funds and being an accessory to welfare fraud. Martinez, who was an eligibility technician with the Orange County Social Services Agency, has since been fired, officials said.
September 11, 1997 |
Proclaiming himself eager for trial, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges of accepting $35,000 in sports tickets, travel and lodging from companies regulated by the Agriculture Department. "Through this trial, the public will now hear my side of the story," Espy told reporters after entering his plea before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina. "Although some have called it a witch hunt, I have faith.
February 15, 2008 |
A construction worker has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he strangled actress and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly while trying to rob her in her New York City apartment. Shelly, who wrote, directed and co-starred in "Waitress," was killed in her Greenwich Village home in November 2006. Her body was then hanged to make the death look like a suicide. Diego Pillco entered his guilty plea Thursday. The illegal immigrant from Ecuador will receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 6.
June 4, 2008 |
A man accused of joining Al Qaeda in the early 1990s and helping teach fellow Muslim extremists how to bomb U.S. and European targets pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks. Christopher Paul, 44, accepted a plea bargain in Columbus calling for a 20-year prison term. He could have faced a life sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost accepted the plea but said he would not give final approval to the deal until he saw the pre-sentence report, which is not expected for several months.
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March 18, 2008 |
A man linked to nearly 100 cases of indecent exposure around Orange County pleaded not guilty Monday, authorities said. Christopher Holden Fenn, 45, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Feb. 2 on suspicion of standing naked in front of a Tustin woman's apartment. He was arraigned on two felony counts in that case, released on $200,000 bail and ordered to wear a tracking device. Fenn, an insurance underwriter and father of four, has since been accused of exposing himself to nearly 100 women and four minors since July 2005.
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July 13, 2002
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is considering whether serial rapist Vincent Sanchez can plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. Sanchez, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping as well as two special circumstance allegations in connection with the July 2001 slaying of 20-year-old Moorpark College student Megan Barroso. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
October 4, 1990 |
A man arrested in the disappearance of two girls abandoned without food or water in the searing Mojave Desert pleaded guilty to child endangerment Wednesday. Alan Erickson, 36, of Pioneertown, entered his plea to two counts of child endangerment before Municipal Judge Bert Swift. Erickson was charged in connection with the disappearance of Silver Putman, 6, and her half-sister Kristina Johnson, 3. Erickson was a family friend.