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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
On a Sunday morning in June 1983, Bill Hughes arrived at a hilltop home in Chino Hills, concerned that his young son hadn't returned home in time for church after a sleepover. Hughes had called from his own home nearby but had gotten no answer. No one stirred when he knocked on the back door. Stepping over to the master bedroom window for a glimpse inside, he was confronted by horrific carnage. The bloodied bodies of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, and his son, 11-year-old Christopher, lay strewn from bedroom to hallway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Citing "serious misconduct" by prosecuting authorities, the state Supreme Court on Monday overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a San Diego insurance executive accused of arranging the fatal beating of an attorney in 1981. The justices, in a unanimous 93-page opinion, ordered a new trial for Herman G. Martin, a 66-year-old former federal informer found guilty in the death of Richard Crake, a La Jolla lawyer he was opposing in a bitter lawsuit over $100,000 Martin claimed he was owed.
OPINION
April 8, 2009
Just because a federal judge dismissed all charges Tuesday against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens doesn't mean he's not a crook.
NEWS
September 19, 1986 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general's office will not conduct an independent investigation at this point of alleged prosecutorial misconduct by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter trial, a spokesman said Thursday. Chief Deputy Atty. Gen. Nelson Kempsky said that such an investigation, requested by defense attorneys, would be premature--if necessary at all--because "the matter is still pending before the judge" in Los Angeles Superior Court.
OPINION
June 14, 2005
Although I am not a big Michael Jackson fan, I am pleased that the jury was smart enough to acquit him on all charges. I feel it was evident that if he were guilty, there would have been a parade of accusers coming forward to testify against him. The only thing that Jackson is guilty of is being weird. Fortunately, being weird is not a crime or half the population of California would be in prison. Judy Price Hemet There are three basic rules of parenting: (1) Feed your child daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California bar court has recommended that Del Norte County Dist. Atty. Jon Michael Alexander be stripped of his law license for prosecutorial misconduct. In an opinion released Friday, the State Bar Court of  California found Alexander  guilty of withholding exculpatory evidence, perjury and speaking to a defendant without the permission of her attorney. “His abuse of his prosecutorial power has negatively impacted the reputation of the district attorney's office and the public's trust in the judicial system,” the court wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for accused Chinese double agent Katrina Leung have asked a federal judge to throw out the indictment against her on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, it was disclosed Thursday. A motion filed in U.S. District Court accused federal prosecutors of illegally and unethically exacting a commitment from Leung's former FBI handler and lover, James J. Smith, that effectively bars him from speaking to the defense about the case.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Kim Murphy
A team of government lawyers prosecuting Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska never fully reviewed evidence that could have bolstered his defense, were inadequately supervised and withheld information that would have “seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government's key witness” in his 2008 corruption trial, a special counsel has determined. The 514-page report from Washington lawyer Henry F. Schuelke III, however, stopped short of urging criminal misconduct charges against the six Stevens prosecutors because the federal judge in the case never “specifically” ordered prosecutors to turn over helpful material to the defense.
NEWS
November 10, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Citing "serious misconduct" by prosecuting authorities, the state Supreme Court on Monday overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a San Diego insurance executive accused of arranging the fatal beating of an attorney in 1981. The justices, in a unanimous 93-page opinion, ordered a new trial for Herman G.
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