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February 21, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A Texas death row inmate convicted of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son in 2005 is seeking a new trial, alleging that his attorney had a "secret deal" with the judge to quickly dispose of his case. Attorneys for Stephen Barbee, 44, plan to argue in a Fort Worth state court this week that his defense in the double murder case was tainted. The proceeding, scheduled to begin Wednesday, was ordered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals after a 2010 Associated Press story showed that presiding Judge Robert Gill had negotiated plea deals in certain cases, many of which were handled by Barbee's court-appointed attorney, William H. "Bill" Ray. Ray gave details about the plea deals, which expedited Gill's docket, during testimony in a 2009 federal court case that a judge subsequently sealed.
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WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Paul Richter, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
WASHINGTON - Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran's chief negotiator said Monday. Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency. The new agreement, announced over the weekend, sets out a timetable for how Iran and the six nations, led by the United States, will implement a deal reached in November that is aimed at restraining Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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BUSINESS
December 31, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said billionaire Carl Icahn must disclose a "secret" agreement he has with creditors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. about a possible merger of the two studios. The Santa Monica film and television studio wants to continue its lawsuit against Icahn even though he no longer is attempting to acquire Lions Gate, it said in a filing in U.S. District Court in New York late Thursday. Lions Gate sued Icahn in December, saying he was "secretly plotting" to profit from merging the studio with MGM while telling investors the deal would be a "debacle.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Despite the transparency created by the Internet information explosion, many celebrities and billionaires still try to approach home listing, selling and buying in stealth mode. This week's Hot Property column looks at Madonna shifting gears from a privately shown "pocket listing" last year to an aboveboard one on the Multiple Listing Service to sell her Beverly Hills mansion. Listed at $22.5 million, the compound has been posted with just one aerial photo. Video guest Kofi Natei Nartey of the Agency in Beverly Hills sheds some light on why no one is talking about those secret interiors.
NEWS
March 20, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just weeks before the November election, the late Sheriff Sherman Block signed a secret deal giving deputies accused of wrongdoing a break in the way complaints against them are settled. The agreement with the powerful deputies' union gave members the right to settle disciplinary disputes through binding arbitration, a process that deprives the sheriff of the right to appeal decisions he considers too lenient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A civil grand jury report accuses San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales of making a secret deal to ensure an $11.25-million pay increase for trash haulers in 2000. The report says Gonzales concealed a meeting with officials from Norcal Waste Systems. Gonzales said in a statement that the panel's report "demonstrates a reckless disregard for fact" and a "bias against the city and the office of the mayor."
NEWS
April 5, 1986 | From Reuters
Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi's office Friday denied newspaper and radio reports that Italy and Libya had a secret agreement during the 1970s to spare Italian citizens from attack in exchange for allowing Libyan-sponsored terrorists to travel freely. "These claims are without any foundation and contrast sharply with the Italian government's consistent and uncompromising fight against terrorism," a statement from Craxi's office said. The report, attributed to U.S.
NEWS
July 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An opposition newspaper accused authorities of making concessions to drug traffickers and asserted that a truce announced by the chief of the Medellin cocaine cartel could be part of "a secret deal" with the government. La Prensa said that last week's truce announcement came only one day after President Virgilio Barco Vargas lifted emergency military control of three Medellin suburbs.
NEWS
September 27, 1986 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County assessor candidate Jim Keysor Friday attacked a "secret deal" that he says has forced taxpayers to help finance the campaign of his opponent, John J. Lynch. "The same man who wants to be elected to a position of responsibility in our tax system manipulated the system to obtain what amounts to a . . . personal loan" of public funds, Keysor said at a downtown press conference. Lynch denied any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1996
Fighting giants is tough work. Just ask the North Valley Coalition of Concerned Citizens, which has spent the past five years battling the expansion of a garbage dump in Sunshine Canyon between Granada Hills and Santa Clarita. Up against Browning-Ferris Industries, the nation's second-largest waste hauler, the group of homeowners and environmentalists has waged the bureaucratic equivalent of a guerrilla war against the project.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A Texas death row inmate convicted of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son in 2005 is seeking a new trial, alleging that his attorney had a "secret deal" with the judge to quickly dispose of his case. Attorneys for Stephen Barbee, 44, plan to argue in a Fort Worth state court this week that his defense in the double murder case was tainted. The proceeding, scheduled to begin Wednesday, was ordered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals after a 2010 Associated Press story showed that presiding Judge Robert Gill had negotiated plea deals in certain cases, many of which were handled by Barbee's court-appointed attorney, William H. "Bill" Ray. Ray gave details about the plea deals, which expedited Gill's docket, during testimony in a 2009 federal court case that a judge subsequently sealed.
SPORTS
March 1, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt has failed to protect the financial interests of his ex-wife, Jamie, in part by negotiating a "secret deal" with Fox that "would have endangered" the value of the Dodgers' broadcast contracts, attorneys for Jamie McCourt alleged in a court filing Tuesday. Her attorneys asked that Frank be ordered to provide to Jamie extensive financial information regarding the Dodgers' business operations, including documents related to negotiations with television outlets and efforts to obtain additional financing for the cash-strapped franchise.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said billionaire Carl Icahn must disclose a "secret" agreement he has with creditors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. about a possible merger of the two studios. The Santa Monica film and television studio wants to continue its lawsuit against Icahn even though he no longer is attempting to acquire Lions Gate, it said in a filing in U.S. District Court in New York late Thursday. Lions Gate sued Icahn in December, saying he was "secretly plotting" to profit from merging the studio with MGM while telling investors the deal would be a "debacle.
WORLD
October 31, 2009 | Barbara Demick
Yuan Weimin was the toast of China's sporting scene from the early 1980s, when he coached the women's gold medal volleyball team, to 2001, when as head of the Chinese Olympic Committee, he helped bring home the biggest prize of all -- Beijing's selection as host city for the 2008 Summer Games. Now the 70-year-old retired cadre is being denounced by some as a liar and a traitor, accused of spilling state secrets and disrupting Chinese harmony. The offense lies between the covers of his memoir, "Yuan Weimin: Winds and Clouds of the World of Sports," published this month in Beijing . In the book, so far only available in Chinese, Yuan writes about a deal he says was cut during a cloak-and-dagger meeting in a Geneva hotel room eight years ago in which China promised to support the candidacy of Belgian Jacques Rogge as head of the International Olympic Committee in return for his support of Beijing's Olympic bid. It was all kept hush-hush because Rogge, as a European representative, couldn't publicly endorse Beijing when two European cities -- Paris and Istanbul -- were also contenders, Yuan writes.
SPORTS
March 11, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
For the NFL, the New England Patriots' tale of the tape is beginning to sound more like a never-ending story. Since the Super Bowl, the league has been trying to arrange an interview with Matt Walsh, a former Patriots video assistant. He is alleged to have damaging details on additional secret videotaping by the team, footage of opponents that presumably gave New England an unfair competitive advantage. So far, however, Walsh has been unwilling to talk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A civil grand jury report accuses San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales of making a secret deal to ensure an $11.25-million pay increase for trash haulers in 2000. The report says Gonzales concealed a meeting with officials from Norcal Waste Systems. Gonzales said in a statement that the panel's report "demonstrates a reckless disregard for fact" and a "bias against the city and the office of the mayor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1993 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The judge who overturned Thomas R. Merrill's murder convictions refused on Friday to dismiss the case, saying there was no proof that the prosecution, the FBI-agent father of Merrill's co-defendant and a defense lawyer made a secret deal that denied Merrill a fair trial. "There is no evidence of any kind of deal," Superior Court Commissioner Richard M. Aronson told John D. Barnett and William J. Genego, Merrill's defense attorneys.
NEWS
November 8, 1991 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Jimmy Carter Administration aide renewed charges today that Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign made a secret deal with Iran to hold 52 American hostages until after that year's presidential election. Gary Sick, who worked on the 1980 hostage negotiations at the National Security Council, wrote in a new book that after a two-year investigation, he is more convinced than ever that Reagan campaign chairman William J. Casey struck a secret deal with the Iranian regime.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2003 | Maura Dolan and Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writers
In a victory for Southern California Edison, the California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a rescue agreement crafted in secret with state regulators that allowed the utility to pay off $3.6 billion in debts run up during the energy crisis. The court unanimously turned down claims that the California Public Utilities Commission lacked the authority to negotiate the deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
In the waning days of the '90s economic boom in New York, Lincoln Center had a dream. The aging performing arts center needed to bring itself up to date and wanted to spend $1.5 billion doing so. The New York Philharmonic was unhappy with its home of the last 40 years. Fine, tear it down and build another. The light and space artist James Turrell recently told me that he had been approached to design lighting for one model.
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