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November 16, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles H. Keating Jr.'s lawyer characterized the state's securities fraud case against his client Friday as a "hodgepodge of circumstantial evidence" that relies on speculation and "inference piled on inference." In his closing argument, defense lawyer Stephen C. Neal told jurors that prosecutors failed to present any evidence that Keating knew of any false statements or omissions of material information in the sale of his company's bonds through branches of Irvine-based Lincoln Savings & Loan.
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BUSINESS
November 6, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge presiding over the securities fraud trial of Charles H. Keating Jr. dismissed two criminal counts Tuesday but rejected a strong plea by Keating's defense lawyer to throw out the remaining 18 counts. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito refused to take the case out of the jury's hands, forcing the former chairman of American Continental Corp. to put on his defense starting Thursday afternoon--or turn the case over to the jury without calling any witnesses.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The highest-ranking executive to turn against Charles H. Keating Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to bank fraud in the 1989 collapse of Lincoln Savings & Loan and agreed to testify against his former boss. Bruce F. Dickson, 38, a former president of Irvine-based Lincoln Savings & Loan and a senior vice president and director of its parent company, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Manuel Real in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday threw out 13 more criminal counts in a state securities fraud indictment against former thrift owner Charles H. Keating Jr. and three others and gave the defendants another chance to argue for the dismissal of the remaining 21 counts. Judge Lance A. Ito in Los Angeles also rejected the prosecution's theory of the case, which would have held Keating accountable criminally for the actions of employees without his knowledge.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge refused Friday to dismiss securities fraud charges against former thrift owner Charles H. Keating Jr. and three others, setting the stage for the first criminal trial stemming from the failure of Lincoln Savings & Loan. Judge Lance A. Ito in Los Angeles said that enough evidence was brought before a grand jury to show that crimes were committed and that there was a "strong suspicion" that the four defendants committed those crimes.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for former Lincoln Savings & Loan owner Charles H. Keating Jr. asked a federal judge Tuesday to halt a restitution hearing brought by thrift regulators, claiming that it threatens his right to a fair trial in a criminal case set to begin next month. Keating and former aide Judy J. Wischer filed an appeal before U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson to stop the administrative hearing.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1990 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for former thrift owner Charles H. Keating Jr. and three co-defendants said Monday that fraud charges against their clients should be dismissed because the allegations are vague and were brought under an "unconstitutional" state statute. The statements came in a pretrial hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito.
BUSINESS
July 18, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for Charles H. Keating Jr. may seek immunity for some former executives of the parent company of failed Lincoln Savings & Loan to allow them to testify on behalf of Keating and a top associate in an upcoming securities fraud trial. Attorneys for Keating and former top associate Judy J. Wischer told a Superior Court judge Wednesday that the witnesses would be part of the defense against a state court indictment charging Keating and others with violating California securities laws.
BUSINESS
July 27, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge agreed Friday to separate the criminal trials of former Lincoln Savings & Loan owner Charles H. Keating Jr. and his onetime top aide, Judy J. Wischer. Acting on the recommendations of both defense attorneys and the prosecutors, Judge Lance A. Ito ordered that Wischer's trial follow Keating's.
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