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November 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County Superior Court judge was charged Friday with possession of child pornography and placed under house detention at the urging of federal prosecutors, who said he poses a threat to the public. Judge Ronald C. Kline, who is seeking reelection next year, surrendered to authorities and was ordered by a federal judge to wear an electronic monitoring device.
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February 21, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A former Orange County judge collapsed in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Tuesday moments after being sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing child pornography, bringing a dramatic end to a case that tested privacy rights and nearly fell apart because of a computer hacker's role in the investigation. Ronald C. Kline was standing with his hands in his pockets and swaying slightly as U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall indicated he would do prison time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A former Orange County judge collapsed in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Tuesday moments after being sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing child pornography, bringing a dramatic end to a case that tested privacy rights and nearly fell apart because of a computer hacker's role in the investigation. Ronald C. Kline was standing with his hands in his pockets and swaying slightly as U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall indicated he would do prison time.
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June 16, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
A former Orange County Superior Court judge who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography was barred Thursday from receiving work from state courts. The action against Ronald C. Kline, 65, of Irvine is the most serious punishment the state Commission on Judicial Performance can give a former judge. If the commission had not taken action, Kline would have been eligible to sit in for judges on vacation or act as a referee handling complex litigation issues.
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August 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Superior Court judge pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from alleged sex acts in 1979 with a 14-year-old Irvine boy. Ronald C. Kline, who is under house arrest, faces up to five years and eight months in prison if convicted of the five counts of oral copulation. He also faces trial in federal court on child pornography charges. Kline denies those charges, as well.
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March 13, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Candidates seeking to unseat an Orange County judge accused of child molestation were sent notices late Tuesday from Ronald C. Kline's attorney stating that his client wants to remove his name from the ballot. The fax to the 11 write-in candidates asked whether they would approve or oppose a legal motion by Kline to pull out of the November election. The fax from attorney Paul Meyer states that Kline will take the issue to court Thursday.
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November 29, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge charged this month with possession of child pornography faces additional counts after a search of his home and computer uncovered more than 100 images of child pornography, according to a federal indictment. A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned six new counts of possession of child pornography against Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline, 61. The images, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Deirdre Eliot, depict sexual intercourse and lewd conduct involving male minors.
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December 13, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Choking back tears, former Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty Monday to illegally possessing child pornography on his home computer. Under terms of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Kline, 64, will face up to 33 months in prison when he is sentenced in March. Kline, who has been under court-ordered home confinement since his arrest in 2001, also will be required to register as a sex offender.
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February 24, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge is under house arrest and has an electronic bracelet strapped to his ankle. He can't go out for a quart of milk without court approval, let alone hit the campaign trail. Talk radio hosts crusading against his reelection have gone so far as to broadcast from in front of his home in Turtle Rock, an exclusive neighborhood in Irvine. As a candidate, Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C.
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December 13, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Choking back tears, former Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty Monday to illegally possessing child pornography on his home computer. Under terms of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Kline, 64, will face up to 33 months in prison when he is sentenced in March. Kline, who has been under court-ordered home confinement since his arrest in 2001, also will be required to register as a sex offender.
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December 10, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline has agreed to plead guilty to possessing child pornography on his home computer, ending a four-year legal battle in which he protested that his privacy rights had been violated by the computer hacker who turned him in to authorities. Kline, who has been under house arrest since 2001, is scheduled to enter his plea to four criminal counts Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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September 19, 2003 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Former Orange County Judge Ronald C. Kline may be called to the witness stand to explain why he didn't realize his courthouse computer could be searched for child pornography -- especially since he helped draft the rules for such searches. Kline is expected to be asked Monday to explain his role on the Orange County Superior Court's Technology Committee, which developed the policy that warned judges and court staff that their computers were not their property and could be searched.
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August 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County Superior Court judge pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from alleged sex acts in 1979 with a 14-year-old Irvine boy. Ronald C. Kline, who is under house arrest, faces up to five years and eight months in prison if convicted of the five counts of oral copulation. He also faces trial in federal court on child pornography charges. Kline denies those charges, as well.
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June 28, 2002 | Tina Borgatta
A judge will decide July 8 whether Orange County voters will have two candidates to choose from to replace Superior Court Judge Ronald Kline, who last week won permission to take his name off the November ballot. Kline, who is facing child pornography and molestation charges, failed to win a majority vote in a March bid for reelection and was scheduled for a November runoff with Dana Point attorney John Adams, the top vote-getter among several write-in candidates.
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June 21, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending one of Orange County's strangest election dramas, a Superior Court judge who had sought a second term while facing child pornography and molestation charges won permission Thursday to drop out of the upcoming election. Judge Ronald C. Kline had asked to remove his name from the ballot after failing to win a majority of votes in the March primary election, forcing him into a November runoff with one of the many write-in candidates who campaigned against him.
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February 24, 2002 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge is under house arrest and has an electronic bracelet strapped to his ankle. He can't go out for a quart of milk without court approval, let alone hit the campaign trail. Talk radio hosts crusading against his reelection have gone so far as to broadcast from in front of his home in Turtle Rock, an exclusive neighborhood in Irvine. As a candidate, Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald C.
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