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January 1, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge's sexist comments in a divorce case underscore the need for a newly formed committee to educate local judges and attorneys that gender bias has no place in the courtroom, lawyers and leaders of women's groups said Thursday. Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen was overruled in a 1988 divorce case Tuesday by a state appellate court, which criticized the judge for comparing a woman to a cow and saying she "had nothing going for her except her looks."
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January 18, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retired Superior Court Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen, recently overruled by an appellate court for "egregious" remarks reflecting "stereotypical sex roles" in a divorce case, says that he had no discriminatory intent when he made the comments that led to his rebuke.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retired Superior Court Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen, recently overruled by an appellate court for "egregious" remarks reflecting "stereotypical sex roles" in a divorce case, says that he had no discriminatory intent when he made the comments that led to his rebuke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge's sexist comments in a divorce case underscore the need for a newly formed committee to educate local judges and attorneys that gender bias has no place in the courtroom, lawyers and leaders of women's groups said Thursday. Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen was overruled in a 1988 divorce case Tuesday by a state appellate court, which criticized the judge for comparing a woman to a cow and saying she "had nothing going for her except her looks."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991
"Ah, what a wondrous web we weave, when first we commence to deceive." So said Orange County Superior Court Judge Ragnar R. Engebretsen as a defendant was being arrested (Times, Aug. 13). Close, but no cigar. The judge was obviously trying to recall a famous quotation from Sir Water Scott's "Marmion": "Oh, what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive." As a former teacher of English, I give him an A for effort and a D for execution. TED JOHNSON Costa Mesa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986 | David Reyes
A Superior Court judge has erased the arrest record of a prospective juror who was mistakenly jailed for failure to appear for duty, court authorities said Wednesday. "We made a mistake. It's unfortunate that it happened but the court has taken great pains to expunge the man's arrest record," said Alan Slater, executive officer of the court. The male juror, whose name was not released, was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail the night of Feb. 21.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1993
Orange County's ever-alert 4th District Court of Appeal took a necessary stand by sending back for retrial a divorce case in which it determined that a trial judge showed "gender bias" against the wife. The rebuke of the trial judge sends a clear message that sexism should not be tolerated in the courtroom. The case involved divorce proceedings between Cheryl Iverson and George Iverson, a wealthy Newport Beach car dealer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury has convicted former UC Irvine student Heather Rene Rose and a co-conspirator of first-degree murder in the September, 1989, shooting death of her next-door neighbor. The shooting stemmed from a love spat between Rose, 22, and her former boyfriend, Brent Claxton, authorities said. The murdered man, John Fahey, 21, Claxton's roommate, was an innocent bystander caught in the violence, police said.
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December 23, 1986 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
For the second successive week, many Orange County Superior Court judges set aside civil cases Monday to focus on a steadily mounting backlog of criminal trials. The demand for courtrooms for criminal trials has tripled since October, when Orange County Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks prohibited his deputies from discussing felony cases in judges' chambers.
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March 21, 1986 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
In a quick and unusual cash settlement of a case that could have led to a costly lawsuit, Orange County has paid $4,000 to an Irvine man who was jailed for 19 1/2 hours after being arrested for missing jury duty. The arrest was a mistake, county officials said, because the juror had been excused from serving. But when a clerk mistakenly kept Jackson's juror's card and called his name the day after he had been excused, Superior Court Judge Ragnar R.
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February 6, 1991 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of a Fountain Valley man charged with murdering his 15-month-old nephew testified Tuesday that his son has a history of depression and was neglected as a child. As the defense presented its case in the trial of Sherman Robert Corwin Jr., his father also testified that his son was a perfectionist as a child and became visibly upset when he did not succeed. "He'd take his fists and hit himself on the head," Sherman Robert Corwin Sr. said, waving his own clenched fists toward his head.
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