CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2011 |
An Orange County Superior Court jury will begin deliberations Wednesday in the case of 10 Muslim students accused of illegally disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren last year at UC Irvine. Jurors listened to two days of closing statements before being given the so-called Irvine 11 case late Tuesday. Those deliberations are expected to last one to two days. Each of the 10 defendants — seven from UC Irvine and three from UC Riverside — are charged with a misdemeanor for conspiring to disrupt Oren's speech on Feb. 8, 2010, and a misdemeanor for disrupting it. Charges against an 11th student were dropped pending completion of community service.
June 25, 2013 |
Jurors got their first taste of the forensic details of how Trayvon Martin died at the hands of George Zimmerman, as the prosecution in the controversial Florida murder case began to present the nuts and bolts of the argument that it hopes will sway the jury. On Monday, the prosecution presented its first witnesses and concentrated on emergency telephone calls made by Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. On Tuesday, the mood shifted as the prosecution emphasized the physical details of the night of Feb. 26, 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Score one for Mayor Bob Filner in his continuing fight with City Atty. Jan Goldsmith - this time concerning Goldsmith's prosecution of a man who chalked protest messages on the sidewalk outside branches of Bank of America. Filner, who came of age politically as a civil rights activist in the 1960s, had called the legal case "stupid" and a waste of taxpayer money. Goldsmith had defended the case as a simple, and legally justifiable, prosecution of graffiti vandalism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2011 |
Prosecutors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial stunned the court Monday by revealing the discovery of a long-missing secret recording of Bonds' orthopedic surgeon, who last week denied having discussed Bonds' use of steroids. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who by late afternoon had reviewed the tape, said she "mostly" heard statements that were "almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant. " Steve Hoskins, a key prosecution witness, secretly taped Dr. Arthur Ting in September 2003, after federal agents raided a Bay Area laboratory that provided professional athletes with illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
December 6, 1986 |
Deliberations began Friday in the second murder trial of Ricky Kyle, the Texas son of a wealthy television executive shot to death three years ago as he searched for a prowler in his Bel-Air mansion. Kyle insists that he fired in self-defense when his millionaire father began shooting as they searched the darkened estate for a burglar, but the prosecution charges that a father-son rift involving drugs and greed led to premeditated murder.
January 15, 2013 |
Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into killing himself by harsh government policies. Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times . “He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said. Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.
March 27, 1985 |
Delivering a blistering attack on prosecution witnesses, Ricky Kyle's defense attorney asked a Los Angeles Superior Court jury Tuesday to acquit Kyle of his father's murder and "not to follow the rabbit trail put out by the prosecution." Ending his three-day summation, attorney Michael P. Gibson ridiculed prosecution theories about the July, 1983, shooting death of multimillionaire Henry Harrison Kyle.
May 7, 1993
A congratulatory cheer to The Times for its report on the terrible miscarriage of justice in the case of Margaret Kelly Michaels. The prosecution's allegations in this matter are so bizarre, and there is strong evidence that all corroborating testimony was produced by coercion and intimidation. In matters of child molestation charges, it is very difficult for people to remain objective and carefully examine the case without prejudice toward innocent children. In the case of Michaels, the prosecution further biased the jury by stating she was a lesbian, the intimation being that her sexual orientation was deviant and made the commission of the alleged molestations more likely.
October 22, 2000
Obviously Stephany Yablow ["Keating Prosecution Seen as a Waste of $3 Billion," Letters, Oct. 8, Business], questioning the Keating prosecution, did not hear anguished testimony from the many victims of Keating's scam. Testimony, under oath, heard by the Los Angeles County special grand jury. The evidence was more than overwhelming against Keating. Twenty-five jury members (including myself) agreed unanimously and voted to indict. Only an unscrupulous scoundrel would prey on the elderly and defenseless.