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August 29, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
As prosecutors pursued their payola trial against former record promoter Joseph Isgro, a former Isgro lieutenant and key government witness admitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court that he has re-entered the promotion business, handling some of the labels that Isgro represented in his heyday.
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August 29, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
As prosecutors pursued their payola trial against former record promoter Joseph Isgro, a former Isgro lieutenant and key government witness admitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court that he has re-entered the promotion business, handling some of the labels that Isgro represented in his heyday.
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October 18, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Encino resident Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he failed to disclose making payments to radio station program directors so they would air the records he was promoting. Independent promoter William Craig, 44, was among four people indicted on payola charges by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in February, 1988. It is the failure to disclose payola, not the paying of it, that is a violation of federal law. At the time of the indictment, U.S. Atty.
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December 12, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Mateo record promoter was sentenced Monday to 60 days at a substance abuse treatment center but no prison term after he persuaded a federal judge that he had turned around his life since pleading guilty last May to payola-related charges. Ralph Tashjian, 41, had admitted paying radio station programmers in exchange for airplay. He became the first record promoter to plead guilty under a 1960 payola statute that forbids undisclosed payment in exchange for radio station favors.
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May 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Calling the conduct of government prosecutors "reprehensible," a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday tentatively dismissed tax evasion charges against the wife of independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian. In the tentative ruling, U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said she will grant Valerie Tashjian's motion to dismiss the indictment based on allegations that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. The judge also cited defense claims that prosecutors, after Valerie Tashjian's guilty plea fell through, returned a new indictment that eliminated a possible defense she might have raised if tried on the earlier charges.
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May 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An independent record promoter who admitted that he gave out cash and cocaine to get his records played became the first promoter ever to be convicted under a 29-year-old payola statute. In a significant boost to the Justice Department's wide-ranging investigation of payola in the record industry, Ralph Tashjian pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor payola charge and two felony tax and obstruction of justice counts stemming from the hidden payments. Tashjian, 41, is now expected to testify against a variety of former business associates who, investigators say, funneled large amounts of money to radio station program directors around the country--and led to virtual control over some radio stations' play lists.
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March 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge refused Wednesday to accept a proposed plea agreement with independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian and his wife, finding that Valerie Tashjian may have been "coerced" into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. "I can make no finding the plea is warranted or that it is not coerced," U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said of the package agreement, under which the couple had been scheduled to enter guilty pleas last month.
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February 11, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday threw out payola charges against a San Francisco-area record promoter and dealt at least a temporary setback to the Justice Department's much-publicized investigation into alleged illegal practices in the recording industry. Responding to a defense motion, U.S.
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February 27, 1988 | AL DELUGACH and WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writers
Announcing indictments against four people, authorities in Los Angeles acknowledged for the first time Friday that a 2-year-old federal grand jury investigation into cocaine-and-cash payola by record promoters to radio programmers has become national in scope. U.S. Atty. Robert C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY and Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writers
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday scuttled a proposed plea agreement between the government and a husband and wife in a highly publicized payola case, strongly rebuking prosecutors for pressuring the woman into pleading guilty. U.S.
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October 18, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Encino resident Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he failed to disclose making payments to radio station program directors so they would air the records he was promoting. Independent promoter William Craig, 44, was among four people indicted on payola charges by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in February, 1988. It is the failure to disclose payola, not the paying of it, that is a violation of federal law. At the time of the indictment, U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An independent record promoter who admitted that he gave out cash and cocaine to get his records played became the first promoter ever to be convicted under a 29-year-old payola statute. In a significant boost to the Justice Department's wide-ranging investigation of payola in the record industry, Ralph Tashjian pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor payola charge and two felony tax and obstruction of justice counts stemming from the hidden payments. Tashjian, 41, is now expected to testify against a variety of former business associates who, investigators say, funneled large amounts of money to radio station program directors around the country--and led to virtual control over some radio stations' play lists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Calling the conduct of government prosecutors "reprehensible," a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday tentatively dismissed tax evasion charges against the wife of independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian. In the tentative ruling, U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said she will grant Valerie Tashjian's motion to dismiss the indictment based on allegations that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. The judge also cited defense claims that prosecutors, after Valerie Tashjian's guilty plea fell through, returned a new indictment that eliminated a possible defense she might have raised if tried on the earlier charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge refused Wednesday to accept a proposed plea agreement with independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian and his wife, finding that Valerie Tashjian may have been "coerced" into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. "I can make no finding the plea is warranted or that it is not coerced," U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said of the package agreement, under which the couple had been scheduled to enter guilty pleas last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY and Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writers
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday scuttled a proposed plea agreement between the government and a husband and wife in a highly publicized payola case, strongly rebuking prosecutors for pressuring the woman into pleading guilty. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday threw out payola charges against a San Francisco-area record promoter and dealt at least a temporary setback to the Justice Department's much-publicized investigation into alleged illegal practices in the recording industry. Responding to a defense motion, U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Mateo record promoter was sentenced Monday to 60 days at a substance abuse treatment center but no prison term after he persuaded a federal judge that he had turned around his life since pleading guilty last May to payola-related charges. Ralph Tashjian, 41, had admitted paying radio station programmers in exchange for airplay. He became the first record promoter to plead guilty under a 1960 payola statute that forbids undisclosed payment in exchange for radio station favors.
NEWS
February 27, 1988 | AL DELUGACH and WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writers
Announcing indictments against four people, authorities in Los Angeles acknowledged for the first time Friday that a 2-year-old federal grand jury investigation into cocaine-and-cash payola by record promoters to radio programmers has become national in scope. U.S. Atty. Robert C.
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