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.
December 12, 1995 |
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.
February 24, 1995 |
John W. Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate former President Ronald Reagan, has agreed to furnish up to $2.9 million in potential book and movie proceeds to former White House Press Secretary James S. Brady and two law enforcement officers wounded in his 1981 attack, an attorney for Brady disclosed Thursday.
January 23, 1995 |
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.
August 15, 1994 |
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.
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.
November 24, 1993 |
In what is being touted as the richest music publishing deal ever, EMI Music is expected to announce today an agreement with embattled pop star Michael Jackson under which EMI will administer his ATV Music Publishing catalogue, which includes nearly all of the Beatles' major hits. The five-year agreement to help Jackson exploit his portfolio of other people's music is said to be a deal that will bring the singer $200 million, about half of it in advance.
April 20, 1993 |
Jimi Hendrix's father has filed a multimillion-dollar fraud lawsuit in Seattle against his former attorney and several corporations in an effort to recover the rights to the famed '60s psychedelic guitarist's music. The suit accuses Los Angeles entertainment lawyer Leo Branton Jr. of selling the rights to the late rock star's catalogue without the knowledge or consent of the father, James (Al) Hendrix. Branton, who filed a libel countersuit Monday against Hendrix and his attorneys in U.S.