July 11, 1999 |
Months had passed, and still Rick Crowl couldn't purge images of the Lehmer baby from his mind. There'd been no obvious wounds on the 3-month-old, nothing you could see. No signs of massive trauma; no signs of any trauma. No skull fracture, no collarbone bruises, no head injuries, no bleeding in the eyes, no gross bleeding under the scalp. Yet Thomas Bennett, the state medical examiner, had diagnosed shaken-slammed baby syndrome. Thomas Bennett had called Jonathan's death a homicide.
July 23, 2008 |
Former U.S. Olympian Dominique Moceanu, who at 14 was part of the 1996 gold-medal team, said Tuesday night that USA Gymnastics team coordinator Martha Karolyi once grabbed her by the neck and slammed her face into a phone, and that former coach Bela Karolyi twice berated her about her weight in front of national teammates.
June 20, 2003 |
A longtime Texas death row inmate whose case became a symbol of problems with the state's capital punishment system because his lawyer slept through significant portions of the trial agreed to plead guilty to murder Thursday in return for three life sentences. Attorneys for Calvin J. Burdine, 50, said he was happy that he no longer faced execution, even though he probably will spend the rest of his life behind bars. "The shocking facts of Mr.
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August 19, 2003 |
Within days of beginning a federal prison sentence, a former Los Angeles attorney pleaded guilty in state court Monday to multiple counts of identity theft and fraud. Lloyd Segal, 55, was sentenced to more than two years in prison by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horwitz. The sentence is to be served in a federal prison at the same time as his sentence in a related federal case. In June, Segal was ordered to serve 18 months for filing false bankruptcy petitions.
April 11, 1996 |
Not one to seek refuge in clunky medical jargon, psychiatrist William Vicary has always talked of his patients in the most evocative way. He called a convicted killer "a very sick lady with one foot on a banana peel and the other in the gas chamber." He described a teenage murder suspect as "an accident waiting to happen." He deemed Erik Menendez "so sick it was almost time to take him upstairs and put him in the rubber room."
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March 8, 2004 |
An alleged middleman in the sale of body parts from corpses donated to UCLA medical school said Sunday night that he cut up about 800 cadavers with the full knowledge of UCLA officials and then sold them to "giant" medical research companies over a six-year period. An attorney for UCLA, Louis Marlin, offered a very different account of the case. He said that the middleman, Ernest V.
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December 9, 2002 |
The boy who began life in a Midwest trailer park worked his way as a young man into the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, where he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Though at times restrained and even shy, he rose to the top job at one of the nation's leading law schools, displaying a charm in public that sometimes dazzled donors, alumni and colleagues. He became a mentor and friend to students at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law; they lined up outside his office to see him.
August 18, 1996 |
It was no secret in Hollywood that producer Don Simpson had a drug problem. But the depth of his addiction was not revealed until the night he died. On Jan. 19, police discovered more than 2,200 pills and tablets stockpiled in alphabetical order in a bedroom closet next to the bathroom where Simpson's body was found.
September 26, 1997 |
Sportscaster Marv Albert's sexual assault trial, which was replete with kinky details of lurid assignations in hotel rooms, came to an abrupt end Thursday when the flamboyant announcer pleaded guilty to assault and battery and was promptly fired by NBC. In exchange for a guilty plea on the misdemeanor assault charge, prosecutors in Arlington, Va., dropped a more serious forcible sodomy charge. Albert, who became known as the "Yesss!"