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May 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
George Zimmerman has waived his right to a speedy trial, arguing to a Florida court that he needs more time to prepare. The move means it could be October at the earliest -- and likely much later -- before the start of his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman's intentions were outlined in two brief documents that Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed Tuesday in Seminole County, Fla., circuit court. The actions did not come as a surprise to legal experts, who said such moves are common even in less-complex and lower-profile felony cases.
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October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to furnishing the party drug Molly to a woman last year while dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant. Green entered his plea in a downtown L.A. courtroom Monday afternoon and through his attorney, Blair Berk, waived his right to a speedy trial. "The Voice" judge agreed to surrender to the Los Angeles Police Department for booking within seven days. A bond agent immediately appeared to post a $30,000 bail to release Green. DOCUMENT: Complaint against Cee Lo Green Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, is accused of providing Ecstasy, also known as Molly, to the 33-year-old woman in July 2012.
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August 5, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Stepping up her fight against ethics charges, Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) asked the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday to make public the details of the case against her and expedite her trial. Waters has come under scrutiny for her actions involving a bank with ties to her husband that received federal bailout funds. But the Ethics Committee has not revealed the charges against her or the findings of its investigation. Although a report released this week found "substantial reason" to believe that Waters may have violated ethics rules, the committee is not due to make public the charges or release the findings of its investigative subcommittee until Congress returns from its summer recess in September.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
George Zimmerman has waived his right to a speedy trial, arguing to a Florida court that he needs more time to prepare. The move means it could be October at the earliest -- and likely much later -- before the start of his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman's intentions were outlined in two brief documents that Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed Tuesday in Seminole County, Fla., circuit court. The actions did not come as a surprise to legal experts, who said such moves are common even in less-complex and lower-profile felony cases.
NEWS
December 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The state Supreme Court today upheld most of Proposition 115, the so-called "Speedy Trial" initiative, but struck down its broadest provision, a repeal of independent state constitutional rights for criminal defendants. One effect of the ruling is to eliminate a restriction on privacy rights that opponents said could be used to allow criminal prosecutions for certain abortions. The court ruled unanimously that the constitutional provision, which would have required California courts to follow U.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the two men accused of killing a state senator's son in November demanded a speedy trial, while the other did not appear for the scheduled hearing Tuesday. Defendant Dwayne Reed, 22, wanted the speedy trial. A bailiff said co-defendant Clifton Terrell, 18, had been in the hospital ward since the weekend, but did not say why. Hunter McPherson, 27, was walking home with his girlfriend Nov. 17 in the city's Potrero Hill district when they were allegedly robbed at gunpoint.
NEWS
January 22, 1986 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
A closely divided Supreme Court Tuesday limited the constitutional right to a speedy trial, ruling that American Indian activist Dennis Banks and three others may be tried 11 years after they were first charged with illegally transporting firearms and explosives. The court held 5 to 4 that the time during pretrial appeals, when defendants are neither under indictment nor otherwise restricted, may not be counted as impermissible delay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991 | GARY GORMAN
A man accused of helping to perpetrate the biggest fraud in Ventura County history is not entitled to a speedy trial if his co-defendants want to delay the proceeding, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Allan L. Steele granted a prosecution request to delay the trial of Felix Laumann of Cambria until Sept. 23 so he can be tried with his co-defendants, Olen B. Phillips of Thousand Oaks and Charles J. Francoeur of Agoura Hills.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON -- Andersen's lawyer said Sunday that a speedy trial might allow the accounting firm to stay in business, backing away from the company's earlier claims that federal charges would be a "death penalty" for the firm. Andersen said in a March 13 letter to the Justice Department that the indictment over shredding documents related to audits of bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp. was tantamount to a "death penalty on the firm."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first four Los Angeles police officers charged with conspiring to frame suspects in the Rampart scandal on Tuesday waived their right to a preliminary hearing and demanded a prompt trial. "My client wants to go to trial quickly to demonstrate his innocence," said Harland Braun, attorney for Sgt. Michael Buchanan. Prosecutors agreed to waive the preliminary hearing, a step that means the trial could get underway as early as Sept. 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Monday postponed until September the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with pop star Michael Jackson's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the delay was necessary to ensure that Murray receives a fair trial. Murray's defense asked for a delay, saying they needed time to consult additional experts in microbiology, pharmacokinetics and possibly even veterinary medicine to understand what exactly happened in Jackson's body when he died June 25, 2009, after being injected with a powerful surgical anesthetic.
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January 26, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's personal physician declared himself "innocent" in the singer's death Tuesday during a Los Angeles County Superior Court appearance in which he also demanded that his trial begin quickly. Asked how he pleaded to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, the sole count to be decided at the trial now set for March 28, Dr. Conrad Murray paused and then said, "Your honor, I am an innocent man ? " "What's your plea?" Judge Michael Pastor interrupted. "Therefore, I plead not guilty," Murray said.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Stepping up her fight against ethics charges, Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) asked the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday to make public the details of the case against her and expedite her trial. Waters has come under scrutiny for her actions involving a bank with ties to her husband that received federal bailout funds. But the Ethics Committee has not revealed the charges against her or the findings of its investigation. Although a report released this week found "substantial reason" to believe that Waters may have violated ethics rules, the committee is not due to make public the charges or release the findings of its investigative subcommittee until Congress returns from its summer recess in September.
OPINION
July 17, 2010
A federal judge in New York has strengthened the case for trying accused terrorists in civilian courts rather than before military commissions. His decision should be required reading for President Obama, who has developed unsettling second thoughts about the Justice Department's plans for a civilian trial of self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four alleged accomplices. District Judge Lewis Kaplan's ruling came in the case of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who was indicted in 1998 for conspiring in al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2009 | Del Quentin Wilber, Wilber writes for the Washington Post.
The 89-year-old white supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June had planned the attack for months and was on a suicide mission, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday. The disclosure came during a brief hearing in Washington federal court during which the suspect, James von Brunn, spoke publicly for the first time since the June 10 shooting. "The Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trial," Von Brunn said in a halting voice.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2008 | Vimal Patel, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) pleaded not guilty Thursday to seven counts of making false statements on his Senate financial disclosure forms by failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from one of his state's most powerful employers. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan set a tentative trial date for Sept. 24. Stevens, 84, is running for reelection and requested an expedited trial so the matter would be over before election day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors and attorneys for four Los Angeles police officers indicted in the beating of Rodney G. King agreed Wednesday that they will be ready to go to trial in early February, but one of the defense lawyers said he will ask that charges be dismissed because the officers have been denied their right to a speedy trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys and Municipal Court officials huddled Wednesday to decide how to handle nearly 100 arrested drywall workers who refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, demanded their own individual attorneys and refused to plea bargain. The drywall workers, who face trespassing charges, are creating a scheduling nightmare for the criminal courts system in the aftermath of one of the largest mass arrests in county history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
In the final week of campaigning before Tuesday's election, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley drew fire Friday over a deal he made with judges and defense attorneys two years ago to postpone seeking tougher sanctions against some serious sex offenders who had already served their prison sentences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2006 | Chuck Philips and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
The long-awaited racketeering and wiretapping trial of indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and six others is likely to be postponed again for months if federal prosecutors and defense attorneys can scale one significant hurdle: Pellicano. Though attorneys for the government and five of Pellicano's co-defendants have agreed to delay the trial date until September 2007, Pellicano has so far resisted, eager to move forward with the case after spending years behind bars.
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