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June 14, 1994
After more than a decade in Van Nuys Municipal Court, Judge Robert H. Wallerstein found himself challenged for the first time in last week's election. It was an experience he did not enjoy. Though his opponent was a political novice who had not practiced law full time in many years, Wallerstein said, he nonetheless felt obliged to hire a high-powered political consultant, send mailers and raise about $42,000 in campaign contributions to foot the bills.
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June 14, 1994
After more than a decade in Van Nuys Municipal Court, Judge Robert H. Wallerstein found himself challenged for the first time in last week's election. It was an experience he did not enjoy. Though his opponent was a political novice who had not practiced law full time in many years, Wallerstein said, he nonetheless felt obliged to hire a high-powered political consultant, send mailers and raise about $42,000 in campaign contributions to foot the bills.
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December 30, 1988
A 38-year-old North Hollywood man pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in the Dec. 15 shooting death of his brother at the brother's Van Nuys apartment after an argument. Crispin Ahumada Hernandez entered his plea before Van Nuys Municipal Judge Robert H. Wallerstein before his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Pargament said. Hernandez was originally charged with murder in the death of Pedro Ahumada, who was shot four times with a .
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January 8, 1988 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A Tarzana man pleaded guilty Thursday in Van Nuys Municipal Court to sexually molesting two boys and a girl who were child actors he cared for as a "set sitter." In an agreement with prosecutors, Joseph Christian Fontana, 32, pleaded guilty to three of 16 counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Pargament said. All the counts involved the three victims, he said.
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September 13, 1986 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
Two days after a Van Nuys Superior Court judge dismissed murder charges against a 43-year-old drifter accused of stabbing and bludgeoning his parents, a Los Angeles County district attorney refiled the charges, saying the judge "made a mistake." In refiling the charges, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ed Consiglio said there was enough evidence to hold the suspect, Robert L. Spitz, 43, for trial on two counts of murder, despite the ruling of Judge James M.
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July 1, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old Canyon Country man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from a crash that killed an 83-year-old woman and critically injured her husband of 46 years. Steven Scott Lashlee allegedly was racing another car down Victory Boulevard in Reseda at 60 m.p.h. at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 when he slammed broadside into the passenger side of a car driven by Gerald Brackett, 78, of Reseda. Brackett was critically injured. His wife, Doris, was killed instantly.
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August 23, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 39-year-old Topanga Canyon woman accused of placing a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine in her 7-year-old daughter's backpack in June was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of possession of cocaine for sale. "It appears to this court that any amount of cocaine . . . is sufficient to endanger the life of a child or an adult," said Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Robert H. Wallerstein. He ordered Maria Christina Torres to stand trial on an additional count of felony child endangering.
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November 10, 1987 | JANE HULSE, Times Staff Writer
A murder charge against a man accused of strangling an 18-year-old woman was dropped Monday because the key witness, the dead woman's boyfriend, has disappeared. Van Nuys Municipal Judge Robert H. Wallerstein dismissed the charge against Richard Heywood Jordan, 40, when the witness, Richard Hurst, failed to show up for a preliminary hearing Monday. Hurst, 20, also had failed to appear at a hearing two weeks ago.
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May 6, 1987
A 26-year-old Lancaster man on Tuesday was ordered to stand trial on four counts of second-degree murder in connection with a wrong-way collision on the Ventura Freeway that killed four. After two days of testimony, Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Robert H. Wallerstein ruled that there is sufficient evidence to try Daniel E. Murray, an equipment operator, for murder in the Dec. 11 crash. The usual charge in alcohol-related traffic deaths is vehicular manslaughter.
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April 30, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert H. Wallerstein, a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge from 1983 to 1996 and later a private judge for an alternate resolution center, has died. He was 76. Wallerstein died Thursday in Palm Desert of natural causes. An appointee of former Gov. Jerry Brown in the waning hours of his administration, Wallerstein sat initially in the Los Angeles court's busy traffic division and then spent several years in the Van Nuys branch hearing civil and small claims cases.
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November 22, 1986 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Reversing a Municipal Court decision, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the prosecution had established a strong enough case to hold a 43-year-old drifter for trial in the stabbing and bludgeoning death of his Canoga Park parents in February. Judge James A. Albracht found that Van Nuys Municipal Judge Robert H. Wallerstein ruled erroneously when he dismissed two murder charges against Robert L. Spitz after a preliminary hearing in October.
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