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November 19, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. Justice Department indicted Sears Roebuck & Co., the nation's largest retailer, on charges of evading customs duties on thousands of Japanese televisions that were suspected of being "dumped" on the American market. Sears faced $130,000 in fines and considerable public embarrassment if the federal government proved that the Chicago-based corporation concealed more than $1.
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November 19, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. Justice Department indicted Sears Roebuck & Co., the nation's largest retailer, on charges of evading customs duties on thousands of Japanese televisions that were suspected of being "dumped" on the American market. Sears faced $130,000 in fines and considerable public embarrassment if the federal government proved that the Chicago-based corporation concealed more than $1.
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August 9, 1986
A gag order was imposed by a federal judge Friday on lawyers involved in the government's fraud case against General Dynamics Corp., which is accused along with four executives of conspiring to cheat the Department of Defense out of $3.2 million on the Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun. U.S. District Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez in Los Angeles granted a defense motion for the order so that the disclosure of information outside of court would not "interfere with a fair trial."
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August 11, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department on Monday voluntarily dismissed a civil suit against General Dynamics Corp. in which it had sought recovery of up to $6 million in charges on a contract to build a prototype anti-aircraft-gun system. In a move that was widely anticipated after federal prosecutors dropped criminal charges against the company in June, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles filed notice that it has abandoned the related civil action.
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June 15, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tense atmosphere surrounding Sen. Frank Hill's corruption trial exploded outside the courtroom Tuesday as the Whittier Republican's wife shoved and cursed a federal prosecutor pressing the case against her husband. Overcome with emotion during a trial recess, Faye Hill stopped Assistant U.S. Atty. Brad Lewis in a hallway, shoved him with one hand, and said, "You want to know what's unfair? I've got three kids. You son of a bitch." Lewis threw up his hands and walked away.
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June 22, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday denied a request to dismiss money-laundering charges against an Orthodox rabbi because of alleged "outrageous government misconduct" by an FBI agent. Stephen D. Miller, Rabbi Abraham Low's lead lawyer, maintained that the government used an informant motivated by religious and racial bias and by "personal animosity" against Low.
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June 14, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors at state Sen. Frank Hill's political corruption trial on Monday were painted two sharply contrasting portraits of the veteran Whittier Republican--one a crooked politician willing to shake down a contributor, the other an honorable lawmaker misled by an aide. In summing up his case on the trial's 16th day, Assistant U.S. Atty. John Vincent portrayed Hill as knowingly taking an illegal $2,500 payoff from an undercover FBI agent at a meeting in a hotel suite across from the Capitol.
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June 1, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Describing himself as a law-and-order legislator, state Sen. Frank Hill testified Tuesday at his corruption trial that he did nothing illegal by accepting a $2,500 honorarium check from an undercover FBI agent posing as a Southern businessman. Asked if he exchanged official action for the money, Hill said, "No, I did not." Hill, 40, said that in June, 1988, while he was an assemblyman, he walked to a hotel near the Capitol to meet the undercover agent to "develop a relationship."
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September 16, 1986 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
In a setback to federal prosecutors, a Los Angeles judge Monday indefinitely postponed the start of the scheduled trial of one of the nation's biggest defense industry fraud cases. U.S. District Judge Ferdinand Fernandez delayed the Oct. 14 trial of General Dynamics Corp. pending a review board's decision on whether a contract to build an anti-aircraft system was too "ambiguous" to be clearly understood.
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May 5, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The ongoing federal grand jury investigation into Mayor Tom Bradley's financial dealings is expected to be delayed by recent developments in Michael Milken's plea bargain arrangement and the pending appointment of a U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, according to knowledgeable sources. Although the investigation began last fall, a decision on whether to charge Bradley with any criminal misconduct is not expected for several months, the sources said.
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October 13, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles investigating the conduct and personal finances of Mayor Tom Bradley is scheduled to begin hearing witnesses soon, it was learned Thursday. The grand jury's wide-ranging criminal probe also includes former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, sources close to the investigation told The Times.
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