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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992
Want to earn $5 million-$8 million? Be on probation, drive while legally inebriated, and resist arrest after being clocked going 115 m.p.h. on the freeway. And to think this country was based on law and order! JULIE HUGHES Rancho Mirage
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OPINION
September 27, 1992
The biggest problem I have with the issue of settlement in King's lawsuit is that both sides are discussing it in public. In fact, this discussion may violate the Brown Act under California law. Matters concerning civil litigation and settlement of civil lawsuits should only be discussed during closed sessions of the City Council meetings. If both sides had worked behind the scenes toward a compromise, they could have probably reached an amicable solution. Public revelation of what was offered and/or rejected does nothing but add fuel to the public fire of controversy!
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OPINION
October 3, 1993
I am writing regarding your article on the Rodney King settlement negotiations ("King, City Far Apart on Damage Claim; Trial Likely," Sept. 23). I am in agreement with Los Angeles Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky in saying that the city cannot survive another trial. Enough with courtroom escapades; I do not feel that Los Angeles can truly be at peace until all this is behind us. What happened to Rodney King that night was a terrible thing, as I'm sure we can all agree, but holding out for an outrageous settlement will not help the community.
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