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October 27, 1989
A veteran Los Angeles County deputy district attorney faces cocaine possession charges after his arrest by colleagues outside a Van Nuys restaurant earlier this week. Jack White, chief of investigations for the district attorney's office, would not reveal how much cocaine prosecutor Simon R. Hiller allegedly had, but he said "it does not qualify for a sale case."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989
A veteran Los Angeles County deputy district attorney faces cocaine possession charges after his arrest by colleagues outside a Van Nuys restaurant earlier this week. Jack White, chief of investigations for the district attorney's office, would not reveal how much cocaine prosecutor Simon R. Hiller allegedly had, but he said "it does not qualify for a sale case."
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February 27, 1987 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the third trial of a former policeman accused of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving found him not guilty Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence to show that the Chatsworth man was the driver in the fatal crash. Two previous juries were unable to reach unanimous verdicts, resulting in mistrials. A jubilant Derek Jensen, 26, said after the verdict in Van Nuys Superior Court that he was relieved to put the November, 1983, collision behind him.
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March 29, 1986
A32-year-old Van Nuys man was sentenced to 32 years to life Thursday for the stabbing and strangulation last year of a friend's ex-wife. Richard Burch Jr. sat motionless as Van Nuys Superior Court Judge George Xanthos handed down the sentence for the Feb. 19 murder of Kathleen McCafferty, 25, of Van Nuys. Prosecutors originally had sought the death penalty.
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December 19, 1985 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the murder trial of a Texas teen-ager accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint, then killing a good Samaritan who gave chase in an attempt to capture him. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge James A. Albracht declared a mistrial after jurors announced that they were hopelessly deadlocked, 6 to 6, in the trial of John Wayne Henderson, 18, after four days of deliberations.
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June 30, 1989 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
A Tarzana shopping center owner was acquitted Thursday of charges stemming from a dispute in which he smashed a car window with a claw hammer, injuring the woman driver. A Van Nuys Superior Court jury found Robert Alan Wall, 49, not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent of causing great bodily harm and not guilty of false imprisonment in connection with the May 28, 1988, incident. Had he been convicted, Wall could have faced eight years in prison. "There is no question the jury did the right thing," defense attorney Richard Plotin said outside the courtroom after the verdict was read.
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July 30, 1985 | STEPHEN G. BLOOM, Times Staff Writer
"She left with the clothes on her back and a Barbie Doll in her hands, and returned with gonorrhea," Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp said Monday, as she sentenced a man who brought a 12-year-old Canadian girl to Los Angeles to be a prostitute. Schempp sentenced William George Long, 43, of Edmonton, to the maximum term of 12 years in state prison for pimping, committing a lewd act with a child under 14, and procuring a child under 14.
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August 20, 1985 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
A Van Nuys man accused of murdering a woman by stabbing her 11 times with a knife and striking her eight times with another implement will not face the death penalty if convicted because insufficient evidence exists to prove torture or attempted rape, a judge ruled Monday. If convicted, Richard Burch Jr., 31, could face a maximum of 25 years to life in prison, plus six more years if a jury finds that he used a knife and committed previous felonies. Burch's trial is scheduled for Oct.
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July 21, 1986 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
When John Wayne Henderson's murder trial ended in a hung jury last December, the judge told the prosecutor that he would never get a conviction, no matter how many times he tried the case, Deputy Dist. Atty. Simon R. Hiller recalled recently. The evidence left too many holes, the judge said, and failed to prove that Henderson was the man who stole a woman's purse at gunpoint in a supermarket parking lot and then murdered a good Samaritan who chased the assailant.
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