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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles man was convicted and sentenced to jail for making anti-gay slurs during a hate crime attack in which he repeatedly threatened a witness, authorities said Thursday. Mario Williams, 32, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years' probation and ordered to attend anger management after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor hate crime count and one count of making a threat of harm. “We will not condone hate-filled violence,” City Atty. Mike Feuer said of the case.
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BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of the popular Beanie Babies toys, is urging a federal judge to sentence him to probation for tax evasion. The 69-year-old tycoon pleaded guilty to a single count of felony tax evasion in October, acknowledging that he failed to report millions of dollars of interest income from a secret Swiss bank account from 1999 to 2007. Warner was on a list of 285 names that Swiss banking giant UBS gave to the Justice Department in 2009 in an attempt to mitigate its own criminal liability in a massive U.S. crackdown on offshore tax evasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Chad Johnson was taken into custody in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday after allegedly violating his probation following his 2012 domestic violence case. The ex-NFL wide receiver and "Dancing With the Stars" alum was arrested on suspicion of violating his one-year probation,  following his domestic violence conviction last September after he was accused of head-butting his now ex-wife, reality star Evelyn Lozada, during an argument in August 2012, Sports Now reports . The 35-year-old allegedly failed earlier this month to report to his probation officer twice and failed to show proof of enrollment in a domestic violence education class, TMZ reported . There was an arrest warrant issued for him earlier this month when he allegedly failed to meet the probation officer, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
April 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Dallas Cowboys kicker Rafael Septien pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child today in a plea bargain agreement for a sentence of 10 years probation and a $2,000 fine. Septien, 33, was indicted Jan. 22 for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old friend of his roommate's daughter. He originally pleaded innocent to the charge. A native of Mexico, Septien joined the Cowboys in 1978 after attending the University of Southwest Louisiana.
OPINION
February 10, 1985
The two articles about the Rand Corp. study of probation (Times, Feb. 3) are disturbing. The study reports that 65% of the men convicted of felonies and placed on probation were arrested again, with 75% of those arrested charged with serious crimes. Joan Petersilia, director of the study, cautions that misreading the report could bring down an unjustified storm of criticism agaisnt probation. I believe The Times article does precisely what Petersilia warns against. The article quotes the Rand study, "probation appears to be heading toward an impasse, if not a total breakdown," adding this interpretation, "unless substantially more funds for probation--not for building prisons--and a "clear mandate" for probation to make the best use of the resources they have.
SPORTS
January 21, 1986 | Associated Press
The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced Monday that the Baylor University men's basketball program had been placed on probation for recruiting violations. The action prohibits the men's basketball team from participating in NCAA championship competition or in any other postseason play during the 1985-86 academic year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Lindsay Lohan was jailed briefly Wednesday after a judge admonished — and occasionally mocked — the actress for "blowing off" her court-ordered community service, but there are doubts she will spend additional time behind bars despite her numerous probation violations. L.A.'s jails are increasingly being filled with felons because of a controversial new law under which convicts who normally would be housed in state prisons are locked up locally instead. "The jails are going to be filled with felons," said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, noting that because of jailhouse crowding that might not be a good option.
NEWS
October 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A movie director charged with groping two women in a bar in Norwalk, Conn., has been granted probation on criminal charges. Vadim Perelman, 43, of Venice, Calif., was placed on accelerated rehabilitation -- a form of probation -- during an appearance in a Norwalk court this week. Perelman, who directed the 2003 film "House of Sand and Fog," will have the charges dropped and his record cleansed if he stays out of trouble for two years.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Lionel Tate, the teen sentenced to life in prison in a 6-year-old girl's death but later freed, did not violate probation because officers illegally searched him after his mother ordered him to leave their home, his lawyer said. At a hearing, Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus set a trial for Oct. 29 on charges that Tate, 17, had violated probation by leaving his apartment this month while under house arrest and carrying a weapon. No bail was set and Tate remained in jail.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Actor Tom Sizemore's probation in a domestic abuse case involving former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has been revoked because he failed to complete a drug test. But the judge allowed Sizemore to remain free pending an evidence hearing on Nov. 8. Sizemore, 42, who stars in the film "Paparazzi," which opened Friday, was sentenced in October to six months on misdemeanor charges of physically abusing Fleiss during their two-year relationship.
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