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November 4, 1986 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Former Saddleback College Assistant Dean Donald E. Dawson, who admits that he fatally shot his ex-wife outside her El Toro home, is an "extremely assertive individual . . . the type of person who may act with little control or forethought," a psychologist testified Monday. Dawson listened intently as psychologist Donald K. Smith described him as someone who might "trample" on other people's feelings but later would feel remorse and deep regret.
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September 16, 2004 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for a woman accused in the 1969 death of her 3-year-old daughter declared her innocence Wednesday and shifted the blame to her former boyfriend, citing the man's violent history and a witness who recalled him carrying the girl away in a box. Donna J. Prentice, 57, who was extradited this week from Wisconsin, has hired prominent Orange County attorney Ronald G.
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November 16, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former owner of an Orange County security company was placed on probation Wednesday and ordered to pay $220,000 in fines and restitution for funneling cash to two deputy U.S. marshals who helped him keep a lucrative security contract. Joseph Rydzewski, 34, of Santa Ana, admitted participating in the cash-for-influence scheme and emerged as the chief witness against the two ex-deputy marshals.
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March 30, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Huntington Beach officials on Thursday threatened to withdraw their guilty pleas for allowing massive amounts of sewage to leak from aging pipes unless a judge agrees to label the crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies. The dispute developed a day after the city admitted in court that it knowingly violated state water laws by discharging pollutants from the sewage system.
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November 16, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first public statements since the UC Irvine fertility scandal broke, Dr. Ricardo H. Asch suggested on national television Wednesday that Americans are overly possessive of their genes. "I think it's [a] much more materialistic society than other societies, the craziness about genes. . . . I think it's entirely obsessed, this society, with genes," Asch told "PrimeTime Live" co-anchor Diane Sawyer, according to a transcript of the interview taped outside the country.
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December 8, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Probation Department report recommends rehabilitation, not prison, for three teen-agers convicted of brutally murdering honors student Stuart A. Tay in 1992, defense attorneys said Wednesday. In a report prepared for Friday's sentencing hearing, the Orange County Probation Department supports sending the convicted teen-age murderers to the California Youth Authority, where they must be released upon turning 25, according to two defense attorneys in the case.
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March 15, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
A former varsity basketball coach and teacher in Anaheim was ordered Tuesday to serve 5 years' probation after admitting last year that he had sexually molested two 16-year-old students. Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown's sentence of Christopher M. Lee, 42, of Newport Beach marked a partial trade-off in the severity of punishment, since Lee avoided any further jail time but got a probationary period that was longer than the standard 3 years. Nonetheless, Deputy Dist. Atty. Kathleen M.
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July 12, 1986 | GARY JARLSON, Times Staff Writer
Charges against one of two men accused in the killing of a Los Angeles police detective's wife were dismissed Friday because of a lack of evidence. North Orange County Municipal Judge Daniel T. Brice ordered David Scott Pickering released from custody after Deputy Dist. Atty. Edgar A. Freeman told the court at a preliminary hearing in Fullerton that the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to proceed against the suspect.
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October 14, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of three doctors implicated in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal have left the country, and some investigators are worried that one or both may not be coming back, according to sources close to the investigations of the clinic. Dr. Ricardo H. Asch left about three weeks ago for a speaking tour in Mexico and Europe, and Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda has been in his native Chile for two months, according to their attorneys.
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October 15, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Knowing the search had ended for 3-year-old Michelle Pulsifer's remains, the child's relatives said Thursday that they were placing their faith in the courts to find closure after her 1969 disappearance. "Her spirit is always going to be there," said Michelle's father, Richard Pulsifer of Las Vegas. "We don't need a body or a memorial to know that. What we need now is justice."
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