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August 25, 2008 |
George Damaa awoke after a seven-day coma in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1995, his body shattered for reasons he couldn't remember. The last thing he recalled was driving up Pacific Coast Highway on a warm Saturday in February with the top down on his sports car and his girlfriend, Lisa Bucher, in the passenger seat. They were headed to the former PierView Cafe & Cantina in Malibu, one of Damaa's favorite restaurants. As he lay in the hospital, he learned that his pelvis was broken.
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.
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
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.
February 28, 2014 |
The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in "Suspicion Nation. " Anyone who followed the 2013 trial of shooter George Zimmerman will be familiar with Bloom's account of the case. And in a divided United States, millions followed the story obsessively, joining competing pro-Trayvon and pro-Zimmerman Greek choruses on social media.
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.
January 18, 2013
Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week at age 26, leaves behind quite a legacy for someone so young. He was an Internet activist dedicated to promoting the free flow of information online, which made him a hero to many. His most recent milestone was the launch of Demand Progress, a grass-roots lobbying group that helped defeat the Hollywood-backed anti-piracy bills known by the acronyms SOPA and PIPA. His eagerness to "liberate" information that others had locked behind pay walls,however, contributed to his undoing.
July 4, 1985 |
The presiding judge Wednesday dismissed assault and battery charges against two employees of Glendale television preacher W. Eugene Scott after jurors had declared themselves deadlocked. Judge Barbara Lee Burke said there was no reason to expect a different outcome if the case were retried. After deliberating 10 hours last week, the Glendale Municipal Court jury agreed to acquit Joseph Shackelford and Larry Dudley on one of two misdemeanor charges but deadlocked on the second.