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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2001
"Mishandling of Informant Hurt Cases, DEA Concedes" (June 5) should serve as a reminder of the first and most incontrovertible argument against the death penalty in the U.S. Two words: prosecutorial misconduct. This country is a patchwork of police departments, many corrupt, and as long as that is the case, having the state put people to death will inevitably lead to mistakes. There is a trade-off--some truly awful criminals will remain in prison for their lives instead of being put to death, but the chance of letting rogue law enforcement (oxymoronic)
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NEWS
May 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of a California Highway Patrol officer who killed a San Diego woman after a traffic stop. Cara Knott, 20, a San Diego State student, was strangled by Officer Craig Peyer and thrown from a frontage-road bridge east of Interstate 15 on Dec. 27, 1986. Peyer was sentenced to 25 years to life, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1996
A federal judge refused Thursday to overturn former Compton City Councilwoman Patricia Moore's conviction on extortion and income tax charges. Denying a bid for a new trial, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support Moore's claim of judicial error, prosecutorial misconduct and denial of due process. Marshall presided at the jury trial that ended with Moore's conviction Oct. 9 on 15 criminal counts. Sentencing is set for early next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998 | NICK GREEN
Attorneys for convicted wife-murderer Michael Dally filed a motion Tuesday requesting a new trial. Such a motion is routine in major cases and even Dally's attorney doesn't expect it will be granted. "I'm never optimistic for a motion for a new trial because the judge may have to sit there and admit that he was wrong," James Farley said. Farley said that he expects to make a similar motion to an appellate court after Dally's sentencing on June 9 for his part in the murder of his wife, Sherri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2000
Accused mob figure Joseph Isgro pleaded not guilty Monday during his arraignment on federal loan-sharking and extortion charges. Isgro, 52, is accused of lending money at 5% interest a week to people in financial distress and then employing men to collect the payments outside a swank Beverly Hills shopping center. At a bail hearing Friday, an FBI agent testified that Isgro, a record industry promoter, is a soldier in New York's Gambino crime family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a West Covina police officer more than two decades ago. Michael Anthony Jackson was sentenced to death in 1984 for the fatal shooting of Officer Kenneth Wrede. A federal appeals court later overturned the sentence on the grounds that Jackson's lawyer inadequately represented him during the penalty phase of the trial. The penalty phase was retried, and Jackson was again sentenced to death in 2002.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Three men convicted of purse snatching -- one of whom was sentenced to 99 years in prison -- were exonerated Friday in Dallas. They are the latest examples of men who have been wrongly convicted of crimes in Texas. Darryl Washington, Marcus Lashun Smith and Shakara Robertson were arrested in November 1994 and charged with aggravated robbery. The victim could not identify them, but witnesses who gave chase claimed the trio was responsible. As a result, a jury convicted Washington, who received the 99-year sentence, while Smith and Robertson accepted plea deals and were sentenced to probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2000
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a Whittier woman to life in prison without parole in connection with a conspiracy to murder her wealthy husband for nearly $1 million in insurance and property. Before the sentencing, Judge Jacqueline Connor denied Rebecca Cleland's motion for a new trial on various grounds, including alleged prosecutorial misconduct and incompetence on the part of her trial lawyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY
Mark Scott Thornton's due-process rights were not violated by prosecutors who obtained an indictment against the Thousand Oaks teen-ager in the slaying of Westlake nurse Kellie O'Sullivan, a judge ruled Monday. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles R. McGrath rejected a motion by defense attorneys and refused to dismiss the criminal charges against Thornton. Police say Thornton, 19, kidnaped and fatally shot Kellie O'Sullivan, 34, during a carjacking.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Attorneys defending William Kennedy Smith on rape charges charged Thursday that Palm Beach, Fla., police and prosecutors have "intentionally coached and assisted the complaining witness in the fabrication of her story." The charge, contained in a motion to dismiss the charges against the nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), was the sharpest attack so far by Smith's attorney's on the prosecution case and seemed to signal a key element of the defense strategy.
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