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May 7, 1987
One of four youths shot by subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify at Goetz's trial for attempted murder. Barry Allen, 21, was the second of the victims to refuse to testify in the case. On Tuesday, James Ramseur was charged with contempt of court after he refused to be sworn as a witness.
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September 23, 2011 | By Ken Bensinger and Alexa Vaughn
The Department of Energy granted final approval to three new loan guarantees for green energy projects, even as it faced continued scrutiny over $528 million in government loan assurances to solar panel maker Solyndra, which went bankrupt. The new guarantees were announced Friday after executives of Solyndra invoked their 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination before a congressional subcommittee investigating the loan guarantee process. Meanwhile, two other solar companies said they would probably not get funding under the same program, despite earlier promises from the government.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Juvenile Court judge can order a youth's defense lawyer to disclose evidence to the prosecutor before trial, a state appeals court ruled. The 1st District Court of Appeal said a rule requiring defense disclosure--part of Proposition 115, a prosecution-sponsored initiative in June, 1990--does not apply to juvenile cases. But the court said the initiative gave juvenile judges authority to decide whether disclosure should be ordered.
OPINION
May 2, 2011
A federal appeals court has revived the manslaughter prosecution of four Blackwater security guards who were charged after a 2007 bloodbath that left more than a dozen Iraqi civilians dead. That horrific act of violence occurred in Baghdad on Sept. 16, 2007. When a car bomb exploded near a meeting between Iraqi officials and a U.S. diplomat, a team from the security contractor blocked traffic at a crowded city square in order to get the diplomat to safety. Suddenly, shots were fired.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1991
Edward M. Rissman is correct in his observation (letter, June 6) that some "patriots" (his in-cheek description) become vocal when those with whom they do not agree exercise their rights under the Bill of Rights (presumably referring to the McCarthy anti-communist days), but remain silent when those with whom they agree do so (using the Oliver North case as an example). He is incorrect, however, in his characterization of the Fifth Amendment's freedom from self-incrimination clause ("nor shall (any person)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1991
A prosecution witness in the Dalton Avenue police vandalism case can refuse to answer further questions posed to him on the stand, a judge ruled Tuesday. The witness, Los Angeles Detective Robert Clark, who obtained the search warrant that led to a drug raid in South-Central Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 1988, has the right to invoke the 5th Amendment so as not to incriminate himself, Municipal Judge Larry Fidler said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1991
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman declined to comment Thursday on whether the agency will discipline two officers who have exercised their 5th Amendment right not to testify in the Dalton Avenue police vandalism case. "We're looking into it," was all Cmdr. Robert S. Gil would say. Department policy says officers must testify, even at the risk of self-incrimination. Detective Robert L. Clark, 48, invoked the 5th Amendment last month. On Wednesday, Officer Jeffrey A.
NEWS
November 4, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Joseph Hazelwood, captain of the Exxon Valdez tanker that caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, failed Friday to halt the criminal court case against him brought by the state of Alaska. Hazelwood's lawyers claimed that the Exxon skipper was protected from criminal charges by a federal oil spill reporting law that makes it a crime not to report a spill and grants immunity for volunteering the information.
NEWS
June 10, 1987 | United Press International
Thomas C. Green, the Washington lawyer who was present Nov. 25 when classified documents in the Iran- contra case were removed from White House offices, refused to testify before a federal grand jury, the Washington Post reported today. In the April appearance before the grand jury of independent counsel Lawrence E.
NEWS
January 10, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
A controversial former prosecutor in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case, Glenn Stevens, called as a defense witness Friday in a pretrial hearing, refused to answer almost all questions, citing his right against self-incrimination.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes and David G. Savage
Accused in a 2002 grenade blast that wounded two U.S. soldiers near an Afghan market, Mohammed Jawad was sent as a youth to Guantanamo Bay. Now, under orders by President Obama, he could one day be among detainees whose fate is finally decided by a U.S. court. But in a potential problem, Pentagon officials note that most of the evidence against Jawad comes from his own admissions. And neither he nor any other detainee at the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the first Rampart police corruption trial gets underway today, the star prosecution witness says he won't answer questions about murder allegations made by a former girlfriend unless prosecutors guarantee he is covered by his immunity agreement.
NEWS
June 6, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court on Monday threw out tax charges brought against former Justice Department official Webster L. Hubbell by then-independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, ruling that the prosecutor violated the Clinton confidant's right against self-incrimination. After he was promised legal immunity, Hubbell was forced to turn over 13,120 pages of documents and business records to Starr's office.
NEWS
July 1, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruling that a law enforcement officer's constitutional rights against self-incrimination cannot outweigh the needs of a slaying probe, a judge ordered the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on Monday to surrender a deputy's account of the night he fatally shot a drunk intruder. Sheriff's Department attorneys had insisted that Senior Deputy Steven Lengyel's statements to internal investigators about killing Jack Dale Sexton were protected by his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.
NEWS
June 5, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
A former aide to Assemblyman Curt Pringle testified Wednesday that GOP campaign aide Rhonda Carmony asked him to circulate nominating petitions as part of a Republican scheme to place a spoiler Democratic candidate on the ballot in a crucial 1995 election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In a move that surprised the election fraud trial of GOP aide Rhonda Carmony, decoy Democrat Laurie Campbell told the court Tuesday that she is balking at testifying because she fears telling the truth will lead to her prosecution.
NEWS
September 28, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
A former aide to ex-Housing Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. followed Pierce's example Wednesday and refused to answer House investigators' questions, invoking the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. Lance Wilson, who is accused of profiting handsomely from his government service, appeared under subpoena a day after Pierce had exercised his constitutional right to remain silent about his eight-year tenure at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
NEWS
November 7, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
In a blow to Iran-Contra prosecutors, a federal appeals court reversed a contempt citation Friday that would have sent Iranian-American financier Albert A. Hakim to jail for refusing to turn over the records of eight foreign companies that were used to funnel U.S. weapons to Iran. A three-judge panel, including President Reagan's Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg, ruled that independent counsel Lawrence E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | STEVE RYFLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with the threat of jail himself, the state's star witness in an extortion-double murder case refused to testify Thursday, throwing the prosecution of the high-profile crime into disarray. Ara Karapetian, the alleged victim of a "shakedown" robbery in which two people were killed Dec. 17, invoked his right against self-incrimination on the advice of his lawyer.
NEWS
January 29, 1997 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Jay C. Kim would reluctantly invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination if subpoenaed to testify in the upcoming campaign money-laundering trial of his campaign treasurer, according to a document filed in Los Angeles federal court. In a motion seeking to delay the start of the trial, defense attorney Sherryl E.
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