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February 22, 2004
Voters face an unusually large field of candidates vying for nine seats on the Los Angeles Superior Court. In some races, more than one of the candidates would be an asset to the bench; in others, the choice is between unspectacular candidates. The Times makes the following endorsements for Superior Court judge in the March 2nd primary election: Office 18: Miguel Dager, a deputy city attorney, has acquired broad trial and appellate experience in his 14 years with that agency.
April 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
A lawsuit alleging that a former employee in L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander's office was sexually harassed by the lawmaker's top deputy can move forward, although the plaintiff may be required to identify herself, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. During a hearing, city attorneys asked Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis to dismiss the lawsuit filed last fall, arguing that the allegations did not qualify as harassment under the state's fair employment laws.
May 13, 1990 | Associated Press
San Diego Superior Court Judge Zalman J. Scherer, known for both his judicial skills and his concern for others, died in a San Diego hospital Thursday morning. He was 54. The cause of death was not given. Scherer was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1978, then named to the Superior Court, where he handled civil and criminal cases. He was supervising Superior Court judge in Vista in 1986 and 1987. He served as president of the San Diego County Judges Assn. in 1982.
March 5, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The state Senate is under pressure to expel Sen. Roderick D. Wright for felony convictions that involve lying about living in his district when he ran for the upper house. But such a vote might be awkward for some of his colleagues who have faced questions about their own residency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) raised the issue during a bitter floor debate last week, before a Republican motion to oust Wright was blocked by his fellow Democrats and sent to a committee to languish until the lawmaker's May 16 sentencing.
July 22, 1997
South Bay Municipal Judge James R. Brandlin has been appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to the position of Los Angeles Superior Court judge. He will replace Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki, who retired July 6. Fujisaki recently presided over the civil court trial in Santa Monica of former football star O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman.
January 14, 1997
George W. Trammell III, a Superior Court judge in Pomona, has abruptly resigned from the bench, court officials said Monday. Trammell, 60, who has been a judge since 1971 and on the Superior Court bench since 1988, resigned last Friday. Officials declined to provide further details. Trammell presided over a jury trial that ran on for 54 weeks, a case that stemmed from a 1971 Sylmar tunnel explosion. He served as presiding judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court in the mid-1980s.
April 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Deputy Dist. Atty. William Jefferson Powell IV was appointed judge to the San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Powell, 36, of Yucaipa, has served as county prosecutor since 1995 and was an adjunct professor for California Baptist University from 1997 to 2000. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Frederick A. Mandabach.
February 15, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A California appeals court on Friday put on hold a potentially crippling legal order by a Superior Court judge against the California high-speed rail project and said it would hold a review of the matter. The lower court's decision had essentially prevented rail officials from issuing any bonds to pay for the project, forcing them to rely on federal grants just as they are preparing to start construction of a line that would eventually run from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The action by the 3rd District Court of Appeal does not reverse the lower court decision, but it could give rail officials some hope that they can escape a legal situation that could jeopardize the project.
December 2, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, who earlier this year found the city of Palmdale to be in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, has ordered the city to hold a new by-district election for its four City Council posts. In a ruling dated last week and received by the involved parties over the weekend, Judge Mark V. Mooney ordered that the special election, to replace the balloting for council seats held last month, is to be conducted June 3, the same day as the California primary.
October 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell. " But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead - outcomes common with stories like hers. Instead, on Wednesday, the woman with a head of wild red curls plans to walk into the St. Francis Yacht Club, tell her tale of recovery and lift the instrument she did not touch for a decade to play Massenet's "Meditation From Thais. " Now 31, Knoble was mastering Mozart violin concertos by the time she hit middle school.
September 28, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has thrown out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy. Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Friday granted a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss 11 counts involving money that two rave concert promoters paid to the Coliseum's events manager at the time, Todd DeStefano. The attorneys had argued that the money could not have been embezzled because it did not belong to the publicly owned Coliseum before it went to DeStefano.
May 21, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday appointed 13 judges to Superior Court seats, including four posts in Los Angeles County. All but one of the appointees are Democrats. Brown filled the Los Angeles County Superior Court vacancies with Julie Fox Blackshaw, deputy counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; H. Jay Ford, currently a commissioner in the county court; Gregorio Roman, a deputy public defender; and private-practice lawyer Douglas Stern of Rancho Palos Verdes. Blackshaw was a federal court special master from 2002 to 2010, and before that served as legal counsel for a Los Angeles police review commission.
April 5, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that there will be no live television coverage of the wrongful death suit that Michael Jackson's mother and children filed against Anschutz Entertainment Group, the entertainment giant that was promoting Jackson's ill-fated comeback tour. CNN and NBCUniversal Television Group had filed a motion asking that they be allowed to televise the trial, which is being held in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. In her ruling, Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos wrote that while the media has the right to cover public court hearings, it is up to the judge to decide whether to allow TV coverage.
March 16, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell has certainly gone the distance for his friends on Los Angeles' skid row. On Sunday he'll go another 26.2 miles as he leads members of the Midnight Mission Running Club during the Los Angeles Marathon. For much of the last year, Mitchell has spent portions of Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays conditioning mission residents for the competition, which starts at 7:28 a.m. at Dodger Stadium and ends in Santa Monica. Nine members of the club have signed up to participate in the marathon, with Mitchell paying the $175 entry fee for each.
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