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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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A father who made headlines for using his 9-year-old daughter as his designated driver when he had too much to drink was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation. In exchange for the sentence, Shawn Weimer pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an Oct. 8, 2011, incident in which security cameras outside a Detroit-area gas station caught the 9-year-old doing her best to maneuver the family van alongside the gas pumps. Moments later, security cameras inside the store caught Weimer bragging to onlookers about his daughter's driving skills and calling her his "designated driver.
January 21, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County probation officials say they have made substantial strides in reducing criminal misconduct committed by department employees. They said the improvement -- from 74 cases in 2011 to 32 last year -- was the result of an expanded internal investigations team and the imposition of more stringent professional standards for the department's roughly 5,000 employees. Officers supervise criminals upon their release from jail or prison, or those who are sentenced to probation.
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.
December 9, 2012 | Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
The Medical Board of California put Dr. L. Scott Stoney on probation for 10 years for excessive prescribing, falsifying records and other offenses. It was a stiff sanction by the agency's standards. But when a judge recommended that Stoney's probation be lifted three years early, the board did not object. The Newport Beach pain specialist said he had turned his practice around and had grown wise to the tricks some patients used to obtain prescription painkillers. A doctor who had monitored his practice vouched for Stoney's assertions that he had better-trained staff and had begun requiring patients to sign contracts agreeing not to abuse the drugs he prescribed.
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