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August 12, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Legal advocates for the poor, elderly and disabled secured a $500-million class-action settlement Tuesday for as many as 200,000 people whose Social Security benefits were suspended on unfounded suspicions that they were fleeing prosecution. The suspensions, dating back nearly a decade in some instances, were ordered in cases of mistaken identity or outstanding warrants for offenses such as bounced checks or traffic violations. "Virtually none" of the Social Security recipients who were cut off after their names were matched with those in a computerized warrant database were felons using their government benefits to evade law enforcement or prosecution, said Gerald McIntyre, an attorney for the National Senior Citizens Law Center.
October 1, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The portrait of Michael Jackson's doctor that emerged from the first week of his manslaughter trial in the King of Pop's death had many faces. Was Conrad Murray the doctor who called patients "friends" and returned their calls no matter the hour? Or was he the doctor who talked on the phone while one of them died? Was he the one who cared for the poor when they couldn't pay? Or the one who demanded $5 million for his services? Was he the man who saved lives or the one who took the most prominent life entrusted to him?
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
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.
April 6, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
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.
June 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
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.
January 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
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.
December 6, 1986 | From Associated Press
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.
March 27, 1985 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
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.
June 27, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail by a Fall River, Mass., judge one day after being charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's lawyer said the case against his client is circumstantial, while a prosecutor called the evidence "overwhelming. " Judge Renee Dupuis agreed with both men's assessments, calling the prosecution's case "circumstantial but very, very strong. " "The facts, as I understand it, suggest that basically a coldblooded person killed another person because that person disrespected him," she said in denying the request for bail.
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