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December 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an eleventh-hour attempt to save a convicted murderer from the death penalty, a defense attorney Thursday asked for a new trial, saying that his argument for a sentence of life in prison was hampered by "hyper-technical" rulings by the trial judge. But San Fernando Superior Court Judge Howard J. Schwab denied the motion and sentenced Peter Sakarias, 24, to death for the brutal 1988 killing of Viivi Piirisild, 52, a North Hollywood woman active in the local Estonian community.
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December 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an eleventh-hour attempt to save a convicted murderer from the death penalty, a defense attorney Thursday asked for a new trial, saying that his argument for a sentence of life in prison was hampered by "hyper-technical" rulings by the trial judge. But San Fernando Superior Court Judge Howard J. Schwab denied the motion and sentenced Peter Sakarias, 24, to death for the brutal 1988 killing of Viivi Piirisild, 52, a North Hollywood woman active in the local Estonian community.
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February 13, 1987 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
A leading group that seeks to trace surviving Nazi collaborators urged the Reagan Administration Thursday to move swiftly to deport accused war criminal Karl Linnas to the Soviet Union to face a death sentence handed down in absentia 25 years ago. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told a news conference that his organization is "frustrated at the slow pace at which the Administration is moving on the Linnas case.
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