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May 13, 2010 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
This will be a cakewalk, I tell myself, even though I'm up against a pair of convicted killers. I toss a tennis ball and swing, a familiar feeling. Years ago I was pretty good, but I don't play much anymore. The guys on the other side, two members of a squad called the Inside Tennis Team, do. This is tennis behind the broad, looming walls of San Quentin. We're on a forlorn court lined by a fence low enough to let bullets fly in from a nearby watchtower, should the need arise.
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December 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details. SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge has ordered California to come up with a plan to provide intensive, long-term psychiatric care to mentally ill prisoners on death row. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order, issued Tuesday afternoon, says California made progress three years ago when it created a special program for the most seriously mentally ill prisoners on...
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April 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
A 78-year-old man who escaped from San Quentin prison in a makeshift kayak 20 years ago was arrested in Florida on bank robbery charges. Forrest Silva Tucker, whose criminal record stretches back to the 1930s, was captured last week in a school parking lot near Pompano Beach. He was jailed without bail in connection with a local bank holdup. In 1979, Tucker and two other inmates at San Quentin built a crude boat and set out from the beach.
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June 17, 2013 | By Paige St. John
California prison officials said Monday that the death this month of "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez was due to complications from lymphoma, a cancer often associated with hepatitis. Ramirez, a serial killer convicted of murdering 13 people and brutally assaulting others, died June 7 at a community hospital near San Quentin Prison, where he had been on death row for nearly two decades. He was 53. According to the California corrections department, the Marin County coroner concluded Monday that Ramirez had died from complications of B-cell lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
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April 26, 2002 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
SACRAMENTO -- In an abrupt reversal, the state has commuted the death penalty for California's famous San Quentin prison, deciding instead to modernize the aging fortress and build new facilities for condemned killers. Confronted with the high cost of constructing replacement prisons and potential delays that could stretch as long as 10 years, corrections officials acknowledged Thursday that they have decided to give San Quentin a new lease on life.
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August 24, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Edwin Mason, the convicted killer of five who volunteered for the gas chamber, held firm to his vow not to halt his execution as he said farewell to his family and prepared to die just after midnight this morning. As the hour of his scheduled death drew near, Mason's lawyer and officials at San Quentin prison said there was no sign he was going to back out at the last moment and reinstate his federal court appeals.
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June 10, 1985
San Quentin prison was locked down after a guard was stabbed to death by an inmate, officials said. Sgt. Howell Dean Burchfield, an 11-year Corrections Department veteran, was stabbed while conducting an inmate count bon the second tier of a maximum custody unit, prison spokesman Lt. Frederic Everly said.
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March 19, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A convicted drunk driver from Southern California was apparently strangled in his San Quentin prison cell, the Marin County coroner said. A preliminary autopsy on Alfredo Hidalgo, 44, a Filipino immigrant from Carson, indicated strangulation was the cause of death, Dr. Ervin Jindrich said. Toxicology tests to confirm the finding may take several weeks, he said.
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September 23, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Donald Heller wrote the 1978 ballot measure that expanded California's death penalty. Ronald Briggs, whose father spearheaded the campaign, worked to achieve its passage. Jeanne Woodford, a career corrections official, presided over four executions. The lawyer, El Dorado County supervisor and retired San Quentin Prison warden now want California's death penalty abolished, contending the state no longer can afford a system that has cost an estimated $4 billion since 1978 and executed 13 prisoners.
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November 24, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A San Quentin inmate on death row for the 1978 murder of three USC film students was found dead in his cell, state prison officials said Wednesday. David Leslie Murtishaw, 54, died Tuesday night of an apparent heart attack in his single-person cell, said officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The former Santa Fe Springs resident was convicted in the fatal shootings of film students James Lee Henderson, Martha Bernice Soto and Ingrid M. Etayo.
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May 14, 2010 | By Kurt Streeter
This will be a cakewalk, I tell myself, even though I'm up against a pair of convicted killers. I toss a tennis ball and swing, a familiar feeling. Years ago I was pretty good, but I don't play much anymore. The guys on the other side, two members of a squad called the Inside Tennis Team, do. This is tennis behind the broad, looming walls of San Quentin. We're on a forlorn court lined by a fence low enough to let bullets fly in from a nearby watchtower, should the need arise.
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March 25, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Jim Marshall, celebrated in music circles for his iconic, attitude-laced images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and other '60s rock luminaries as well as equally revered portraits of Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and myriad folk, country, jazz and blues artists, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 74. Marshall apparently died in his sleep while on a promotional tour for "Match Prints," a new collection of similar shots taken across the decades by Marshall and Timothy White, a longtime devotee who referred to his mentor as "royalty in my line of work."
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May 14, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison, the Orange County Fairgrounds and other state property to raise cash amid the state's growing fiscal crisis, according to a copy of a proposal reviewed by The Times. Sale of the properties, to be included in the governor's revised budget plan today, would raise between $600 million and $1 billion, although it would not provide financial relief for two to five years, according to the proposal.
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August 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
The largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in 23 years left 42 inmates injured Monday, three of them seriously enough that they were sent to outside hospitals, authorities said. The fight broke out between white and Latino inmates about 8:40 a.m. in a medium-security dormitory-style unit that houses about 900 prisoners, said Vernell Crittendon, public information officer for the prison. Prison officials said as many as 80 inmates in several buildings were involved.
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February 12, 2003 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Pressing their case for a new death row, officials at San Quentin State Prison on Tuesday gave reporters their first peek in 30 years inside the crowded and deteriorating home of California's condemned. Housing 614 men and expanding by about 30 inmates each year, death row is scattered among three buildings, a patchwork design that creates danger for guards and is vulnerable to escape, officials told journalists invited on the four-hour tour.
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