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July 17, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Ventura County Superior Court judge has denied a request by serial rapist Vincent Sanchez to plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. After Judge Ken Riley's decision at an arraignment hearing Tuesday, defense attorney Neil Quinn declined to enter a plea on behalf of Sanchez. Riley then entered a not guilty plea for the defendant. A trial date was set for Sept. 16.
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawyers urged Zacarias Moussaoui not to plead guilty to terrorism charges. They just couldn't tell him why. In newly filed court documents, Moussaoui argues that court-imposed secrecy undermined his ability to present an adequate defense. His new lawyers say Moussaoui's guilty plea should be thrown out and a new trial should be convened for the man who once claimed to have been a part of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist plot. Moussaoui was not allowed to see the classified evidence against him and was shut out from closed-door hearings in which that evidence was laid out. His lawyers could advise him, but they could not discuss everything -- only the evidence approved by prosecutors or the judge.
February 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A South Los Angeles woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl from Echo Park in August 2002, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Under the plea deal, Patricia Cornejo is expected to be sentenced to five years' probation for taking Jessica Cortez and keeping her for two days. Cornejo is expected to be placed in a live-in psychiatric treatment program for at least six months.
September 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Takafumi Horie, the former CEO of the Internet firm Livedoor Co. who came to symbolize a freewheeling capitalism that challenged Japan's corporate norms, pleaded not guilty today to charges of breaking securities laws. A January raid on Livedoor sent Tokyo share prices tumbling, halting trade and rattling confidence in the world's second-largest exchange. The case embarrassed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who had supported Horie's unsuccessful run for parliament.
April 18, 2008 | David Haldane
A man accused of taking a video of himself abusing rabbits and a dog pleaded not guilty Thursday to six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, authorities said. Joseph Anthony Deiss, 19, surrendered at the Fullerton Justice Center, where he was arraigned and released on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 8. Deiss, of Yorba Linda, is accused of throwing a pug and three rabbits 15 to 30 feet in the air and allowing them to hit the ground. The charges were filed after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals saw a video of the incident on MySpace and showed it to authorities.
A former Rams cheerleader has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle cocaine and is expected to cooperate with the federal drug prosecution of Rams cornerback Darryl Henley, officials said Tuesday. Tracy Ann Donaho, 20, entered the plea Monday, but the plea agreement was later ordered sealed by U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Taylor, said Assistant U.S. Atty. John Rayburn, who declined to comment further.
Actress Victoria Sellers, daughter of the late actor Peter Sellers and a confidante of accused madam Heidi Fleiss, has pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving property allegedly stolen during an armed robbery spree, authorities said Thursday. Appearing in Van Nuys Municipal Court late Wednesday, Sellers, 29, denied the single felony count and was released on her own recognizance.
March 3, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER
An Acton man who allegedly spent years sexually molesting and photographing three children--two boys and a girl--faces a 16-year state prison sentence after pleading no contest to one of six felony charges. Walter E. Sullivan Jr., 43, who authorities said works in the construction industry, entered the plea Monday in Lancaster Superior Court to one count of continuous sexual abuse of a young male neighbor. Sullivan is scheduled to be sentenced to 16 years on April 5.
August 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A father was arraigned on murder, assault and other charges for allegedly shooting his four children, killing three of them, and setting fire to his Detroit home to conceal the crimes. A judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Anthony Lamar Bailey, who police believe shot the children with a shotgun and set the fire Tuesday night before fleeing on a bicycle. He was arrested Wednesday.
January 14, 2003
A man pleaded guilty in Salt Lake City to running an illegal money-transferring business that sent nearly $2 million to the Middle East. Kareem Abdalhassin Albasam, 42, allegedly used nine personal accounts at four Utah banks to transfer the money to Arab Bank in Amman, Jordan. His brother later distributed the money in Jordan, Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Albasam faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced March 24.
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