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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1996
It is no surprise that a state task force has recommended that cameras be banned from all criminal pretrial proceedings and from most sessions where a jury is not present. But the group's decision is nonetheless lamentable and without justification. The task force originated after the O.J. Simpson verdicts, at the direction of Gov. Pete Wilson. Its charge was to review the state's Rule 980, adopted in 1984, which already gives judges wide discretion to ban or permit cameras in their courtrooms when they determine their presence would impair trial fairness.
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NEWS
December 12, 1995 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a $30,000 verdict won by a city library employee in Santa Ana who was reprimanded after she denounced the library director before the City Council. The 1st Amendment protects the rights of a public employee to speak out on "a matter of public concern," even when it concerns a labor dispute within an agency, the courts said.
NEWS
January 23, 1995 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hospitalization of former Vice President Dan Quayle for treatment of blood clots, followed by the removal of an apparently benign tumor on his appendix, again has raised troubling questions over how much the public is entitled to know about the health of its political leaders--especially presidential contenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1994
In recent days, it has become clearer that there is a division between a select group of special interest people who want to pull out all the stops for an airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and much of the public, which is far more prudent by nature. And what it comes down to is this: The public's confusion over Measure A, as evidenced in a recent Times Orange County poll, is understandable and instructive.
NEWS
August 15, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Just before the Fourth of July weekend began, a Los Angeles judge revealed that O.J. Simpson's defense lawyers had turned over a bulky manila envelope, setting off speculation that the envelope contains evidence critical to the outcome of the former football star's double murder case. The contents of the envelope have remained a mystery to prosecutors, who asked to see them. Superior Court Judge Lance A.
NEWS
February 10, 1994
Last year, a letter written on the official city stationery of Redondo Beach Mayor Brad Parton appeared in a Long Beach judge's file to request leniency for Parton's mayoral and California Assembly campaign manager. As a result of this and other letters, the campaign manager, who was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor, avoided a jail sentence. This caused quite a stir in Redondo Beach. Mayor Parton admits writing a letter for his manager, but said he thought that the charge was driving under the influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1992 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Simurda walked down Lake Forest Drive on Saturday with staple gun in hand, posting cardboard signs precariously close to the roadway, advertising his wife's boutique down the street. He knows that what he is doing is technically illegal but he does it every weekend, nevertheless. But only minutes after Simurda placed his sign, Henry Sanchez arrived to yank it out, throwing it into the back of his truck. Call Sanchez and Jose Garcia the sign police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1992 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely 24 hours after a Superior Court jury rejected her $5-million palimony suit against the estate of the late multimillionaire Henry T. Mudd, Eleanor (Lorraine) Oliver was hoping Hollywood will provide the cash the jury withheld. She said she wants to supplement her dwindling savings, which she has lived on since she sued Mudd 2 1/2 years ago, by selling the rights to her life story as one of Mudd's seven mistresses.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1992
"The Jeffrey Dahmer Murders" will not be coming to a theater near you--at least not anytime soon. The judge who presided over the notorious case of the Wisconsin candymaker-turned-cannibal had planned to write a book and authorize a screenplay based upon his accounts. But the mother of one of Dahmer's 17 victims is trying to stop the publication and survivors of other victims have filed suits seeking to prevent Dahmer from profiting by selling the rights to his story.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1992 | JANICE BERMAN, Janice Berman is the dance critic for New York Newsday
Eliot Feld began making dances while a soloist at American Ballet Theatre, making his choreographic debut in 1967 with "Harbinger," an instant triumph. He was 25. Now, after 25 years of choreographing and nearly 50 years of living, Feld says he still isn't sure when he goes into the studio to choreograph a ballet that he'll actually end up with one. So when Feld began choreographing to Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, it never occurred to him, he said, to seek the music rights.
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