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March 14, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 4th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused an unusual request to throw out legal briefs written by the attorney for surrogate mother Anna M. Johnson after allegations that the appeal contained "flagrant misrepresentation of facts" and "deceptive use of facts." The rare maneuver marked an escalation in legal hostilities between the attorneys representing Mark and Crispina Calvert and the attorneys for Johnson.
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September 28, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson lost the right Thursday to have daily visits with the baby she bore for an infertile Orange County couple. Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr. said he made the ruling because tension during Johnson's visits to Mark and Crispina Calvert's home was harmful to the infant. Parslow also said that the Calverts, who hired Johnson for $10,000 to carry their embryo, could keep the little boy until another hearing on Oct.
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January 29, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surrogate mother who was awarded joint custody of a child she bore for an infertile couple is violating a judge's order by keeping the toddler longer than she is supposed to, the biological father has charged in court papers. The child's father, Robert Moschetta, is asking Orange County Superior Court Judge Nancy Wieben Stock to find surrogate Elvira Jordan in contempt for allegedly breaching the joint-custody arrangement. A hearing on the matter has been set for Feb. 13.
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December 25, 1991 | MATT LAIT
The Police Department arrested on traffic warrants a mother of four who is nine months' pregnant to "get back at her" for filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, and the woman will have to spend Christmas in jail, her attorney charged Tuesday. Police officials vehemently denied that the arrest of Lori De La Riva, booked on Dec.
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November 29, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
The City Council has rejected a multimillion-dollar claim filed by Joseph De La Riva, the man who was prevented by police from entering a burning apartment building last May to save his 4-year-old son. The fire apparently started on the living room couch, where De La Riva's youngest son was playing with matches. After helping four of his children reach safety, he realized Jimmy was still inside a bedroom.
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October 16, 1993 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of two Orange County boys suing to "divorce" their parents has agreed to temporarily surrender custody of the youngsters, the boys' lawyers said Friday. Richard C. Gilbert, one of two attorneys representing the boys, aged 11 and 15, said the father had agreed to let them live with the younger boy's birth mother.
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June 28, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Huntington Park surrogate mother, who won joint custody of a baby she bore for a former Orange County couple, admitted last week that she committed welfare fraud and agreed to repay the government more than $8,500. Under an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Elvira Jordan, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of welfare fraud and will be placed on three years' probation.
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February 23, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson on Friday filed their long-expected arguments in an appeal of a lower-court decision in which Johnson lost custody of the infant. The appeal alleges that Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr. erred and was "playing God" in his Oct. 22 decision that gave full custody of the baby to his biological parents, Mark and Crispina Calvert.
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May 6, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled it was premature for a gay Orange County couple to file a lawsuit challenging laws that deny gays and lesbians the right to be married and that the issue should be hashed out in state courts first. After the Orange County clerk-recorder twice denied Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer of Mission Viejo a marriage license, the couple sued in 2004, claiming that state and federal laws recognizing unions only between a man and a woman are unconstitutional.
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May 17, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County Superior Court jury Tuesday convicted a woman of torturing her 10-year-old nephew by sodomizing him with a small bat, and found she was sane when she committed the crime, making her the first person in Orange County found guilty of torturing a child. Cynthia Medina, 32, of Orange kept her face turned and trembled violently while the guilty verdict was read. Besides torture, which carries a maximum life sentence, Medina was convicted of felony child abuse and misdemeanor assault.
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