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Avenger quarterback Todd Marinovich was found in violation of his probation for felony heroin possession Thursday because he missed three drug tests in his treatment program. Marinovich, appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, was ordered by Judge Stephen Marcus to perform an additional 32 hours of community service--bringing his total to 72 hours--and report to court at more frequent intervals. Marinovich admitted to missing random drug tests on July 28, Aug. 10 and Aug.
January 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man who tried to extort $1.3 million from Tom Cruise in exchange for stolen wedding photographs of the actor and Katie Holmes was sentenced to two years' probation Thursday. Marc Lewis Gittleman, 34, also was fined $3,000. He pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to interstate transportation of stolen property. Gittleman, a computer technician, apologized in court. Court documents show Gittleman obtained thousands of photos from a damaged hard drive that was brought to his workplace by a photographer.
October 16, 1985
A 21-year-old computer whiz from UCLA today was placed on probation for three years and ordered to undertake 600 hours of community service for having illegally tapped into an international computer network linking research agencies and the U.S. Defense Department. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gordon Ringer imposed the sentence on Santa Monica resident Ronald Mark Austin, who was convicted in June of 12 felony counts for having broken into the systems with his home computer.
December 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
Notre Dame's storied football program got a light but embarrassing slap Friday when the NCAA put the school on probation for the first time. The Irish football team received a two-year probation and will also lose two scholarships. The NCAA, however, did not touch Notre Dame's postseason eligibility. And its TV contract with NBC, worth an estimated $8 million to $9 million annually, is not affected.
January 19, 1989
The would-be operator of a teen-age disco was given a suspended three-year sentence and placed on probation after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine in his office at the Distillery West. Among the conditions of Richard Vander's probation are that he enter a drug-treatment program and pay a fine of $200. He was sentenced Tuesday by Vista Superior Court Judge Richard Mudd.
April 8, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal judge summoned former madam Heidi Fleiss back into court Monday -- this time to publicly congratulate her for successfully completing her probation, which ends today. "I hope you will continue to do the things that are best for you," Chief U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall told the 37-year-old Fleiss, who served three years in prison for money laundering, tax evasion and attempted pandering in connection with the operation of a high-priced Hollywood call girl ring.
December 24, 1997 | Michael A. Hiltzik
For the seventh time in seven years, a federal judge has extended ex-investment banker Michael Milken's probation, this time by 30 days to Jan. 31. The extension is designed to allow federal authorities to continue investigating whether Milken has violated a 1990 agreement banning him from the securities industry for life. At issue are three high-profile deals on which Milken acted as a consultant. The deals include Ted Turner's $7.
Cal State Fullerton, which hasn't had a winning men's basketball season since 1993, suffered another setback in its bid to rebuild its program Thursday. The NCAA put Fullerton on probation for four years and restricted the school from giving scholarships to community college transfers for three years for alleged infractions by the program in 1993 and '94, when Brad Holland was head coach. The NCAA also reduced by two the number of scholarships Fullerton can offer each of the next two years.
March 9, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Martha Stewart met on Monday with federal probation officials who will recommend a sentence for her conviction on charges of lying about a stock sale, then emerged from the courthouse to thank her supporters. Stock in Stewart's namesake empire slid an additional 8%, and the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia met to discuss life without her. The probation meeting is the first step toward sentencing.
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