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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993
I feel compelled respond to the Times editorial ("No Defense for This," June 19) that criticized the public defender's office for permitting about 100 cases to be diverted to private lawyers because of budget constraints. By labeling this a "gesture," the editorial ignores critical facts and trivializes important legal concepts at issue. While we have clearly communicated departmental budgetary needs to county officials, we also appreciate the difficult task they have in trying to provide government services with limited resources.
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May 12, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS and JOHN POPE and LISA ADDISON
The Orange County Bar Assn. has presented former county prosecutor Ronald Butler with the Harmon G. Scoville Award for his legal accomplishments. Butler has been an Orange County lawyer for 30 years and served as public defender for 16. Members of the association give the award annually to honor a member of the legal community who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession and has contributed significantly to the Bar Assn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Ronald Y. Butler was one of the top homicide defense attorneys in Orange County when he decided eight years ago to give up trial work. Now he's finally coming back to the courtroom. The 54-year-old lawyer had a good reason to stop representing murder defendants in court. The Orange County Board of Supervisors in 1981 appointed him public defender, giving him major administrative responsibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993
I feel compelled respond to the Times editorial ("No Defense for This," June 19) that criticized the public defender's office for permitting about 100 cases to be diverted to private lawyers because of budget constraints. By labeling this a "gesture," the editorial ignores critical facts and trivializes important legal concepts at issue. While we have clearly communicated departmental budgetary needs to county officials, we also appreciate the difficult task they have in trying to provide government services with limited resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS and JOHN POPE and LISA ADDISON
The Orange County Bar Assn. has presented former county prosecutor Ronald Butler with the Harmon G. Scoville Award for his legal accomplishments. Butler has been an Orange County lawyer for 30 years and served as public defender for 16. Members of the association give the award annually to honor a member of the legal community who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession and has contributed significantly to the Bar Assn.
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June 23, 1996 | H.G. REZA and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was a joyous, tearful family reunion as Kevin Lee Green returned home Saturday after spending 17 years in custody for an Orange County murder that police now say he didn't commit. "I knew I wasn't guilty, and I tried to tell everyone that would listen I wasn't, and it didn't work," Green told television reporters. Vindication came Thursday, when a horrified legal system realized its error and granted freedom to the former Marine, who promptly flew to St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1991
An Orange County Superior Court jury took three hours Thursday to decide that an Anaheim Hills engineer, who confessed to killing his wife while she slept, was sane at the time of the murder, the first of more than 50 he said he intended to commit. David Lee Schoenecker, 50, faces a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Oct. 4 by Judge Robert Fitzgerald.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the first pay raises in three years for department heads, including Sheriff Brad Gates and Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi. * The raises reflect the county's improving fiscal picture, County Administrative Officer Ernie Schneider has said. The raises range from 2.5% to 4%, based on job performance reviews recently completed by Schneider and the board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1994
When a crime summit gets underway today at Cal State Fullerton, guest speakers from every aspect of the criminal justice system will be present--except for those who represent the people accused of crimes. Orange County Public Defender Ronald Y. Butler said he believes defense attorneys have a unique insight into the causes behind crime in Orange County and was surprised to find no one representing the criminal defense bar was invited to speak at the Orange County Crime Summit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1994 | E.J. GONG JR.
In an effort to cut funds spent on defense lawyers for the poor, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday began reviewing a list of options aimed at reducing costs associated with the county public defender's office and court-appointed lawyers. In a 50-page report, the county administrative office offered the board 29 recommendations on how the county can more efficiently provide defense lawyers to those unable to afford it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Ronald Y. Butler was one of the top homicide defense attorneys in Orange County when he decided eight years ago to give up trial work. Now he's finally coming back to the courtroom. The 54-year-old lawyer had a good reason to stop representing murder defendants in court. The Orange County Board of Supervisors in 1981 appointed him public defender, giving him major administrative responsibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could further delay the trial of accused serial killer Charles Ng, a Superior Court judge Friday granted Ng's motion to remove the public defender from the case. Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald, in a confidential hearing, named two private attorneys to assume Ng's defense, five years after the defendant was brought to California and a dozen years after the first of his alleged crimes. Orange County Public Defender Ronald Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1993
Two out of three defendants charged with crimes in Orange County each year are too poor to pay for their own lawyer, yet they are entitled constitutionally to be represented by an attorney. With the cost for defending indigents climbing to nearly $30 million, the county is correct to review the system to see if there's a way to do it more cheaply while still protecting the rights of the accused. Orange County Public Defender Ronald Y.
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