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October 9, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury has ordered a Santa Ana lawyer to pay $21 million to a woman who claimed that his faulty advice in business dealings left her destitute. Jurors returned the verdict Friday against Lee Durst, whose client accused him of negligently handling a lawsuit against a mortgage company and recklessly handling her and her husband's investment in a Kansas nightclub. Superior Court Judge James Selna is scheduled to review the verdict this morning.
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SPORTS
August 24, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
It was the perfect metaphor for a perfectly awful situation: Paul Hamm, surrounded by boos he had not caused, standing in a limbo where he did not belong. An Olympic gold medal winner being treated as if he did not exist. It happened Monday night when Hamm followed Russian star Alexei Nemov in the individual high bar finals. Thousands of fans, angered at the score given Nemov, and perhaps fueled by the controversy over Hamm's all-around gold medal from last week, booed for 8 1/2 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Travel-trailer magnate Johnnie R. Crean was a roughhewn candidate for Congress who was so unpalatable that after winning the Republican nomination in 1982, GOP activists successfully backed a write-in candidate. Today, Crean is under fire again, this time from parents and faculty revolting against his 10-year chairmanship of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California's only private military boarding school.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2005 | Myron Levin and Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writers
Facing up to 10 years in prison for staging an art theft and an insurance swindle, Steven G. Cooperman was a desperate man. Luckily for him, he had participated in something bigger -- or so he told federal prosecutors. In return for a big reduction in his sentence, the former Beverly Hills eye surgeon served up a tempting target: the powerhouse New York law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Bar of California has cleared prominent criminal defense attorney Leslie Abramson of misconduct in connection with her representation of Erik Menendez, who was convicted with his brother, Lyle, three years ago of murdering their wealthy parents.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
GEORGETOWN, Texas - In emotional testimony Monday, a Texas man told a judge how it felt spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. “Brutal,” Michael Morton said. “But after a couple decades, I got used to it.” Morton, 58, who grew up in Los Angeles, was convicted in the 1986 beating death of his wife, Christine, at their home. He was exonerated and released almost a year and a half ago after DNA tests confirmed his innocence. Another man has since been charged in connection with the killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Stung by charges of professional misconduct, the U.S. attorney's office called on a federal judge Friday to rescind her order dismissing the criminal case against accused Chinese double-agent Katrina Leung. A motion for reconsideration filed with the court insisted that "there was no prosecutorial misconduct and there has been no prejudice to Leung's ability to obtain a fair trial." In unusually blunt language, the prosecutor's office also told U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO TIMES
Pasadena police Monday fired a controversial veteran officer because he wrote a thinly veiled tell-all book about the suburban department that included tales of sexual improprieties, theft and spousal abuse. Earlier this year, Officer Naum L. Ware, 41, published "The Rose Garden," a 173-page vanity press book that uses fictional names for his real-life colleagues. Ware was suspended Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1996
Psychiatrist William Vicary, whose testimony about his altered notes threw the second Menendez brothers murder trial into turmoil, has been removed from the panel of mental health professionals who are appointed by county judges to analyze and testify about defendants in court cases. In an Aug.
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February 23, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County Retirement Board on Thursday fired former administrator Mary-Jean Hackwood, who was demoted a month ago after being accused of forcing employees to wrap her Christmas presents, wash her car and water her house plants. The 6-3 vote to terminate Hackwood from her $97,760-a-year job came after a closed session of the board that lasted nearly three hours. Hackwood, who previously has denied the allegations through her attorney, did not attend the meeting.
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