May 7, 1996 |
A doctor who performed the autopsy on the body of Polly Klaas testified Monday to the pitiful state of her remains, a litany of horrors that sent her family fleeing from the courtroom. Later in the day, three jurors wept as they looked at photographs of Polly's small, headless body, partially clad in a child's flannel nightgown. Others grimaced and appeared to be fighting for control.
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March 9, 2001
Convicted killer Justin Merriman unexpectedly testified at his penalty trial Thursday and denied murdering 20-year-old Santa Monica College student Katrina Montgomery. Merriman, a skinhead gang member, stunned prosecutors and his own attorneys by demanding to take the stand just moments before they were scheduled to give closing arguments. "You don't know the whole picture of me," Merriman said. "I am very innocent of these crimes." But he refused to answer questions from Deputy Dist. Atty.
February 22, 1990 |
The Bush Administration said Wednesday that it will not seek deletions from the videotaped testimony former President Ronald Reagan gave for the Iran-Contra trial of his national security adviser, John M. Poindexter. The Administration's statement in a court filing that it "does not request such deletions" indicates that the tape is ready to be played at Poindexter's trial, scheduled to begin on March 5 in federal court.
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September 6, 1996 |
Jurors deliberating in the trial of former Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino spent most of Thursday morning listening to court reporters read back the testimony of former Treasurer Robert L. Citron. In its second day of deliberations, the jurors asked for the Citron testimony and that of Rubino, accused of helping Citron misappropriate public funds. But they never got to the Rubino testimony. The trial is scheduled to resume this morning in Orange County Superior Court.
May 19, 2005 |
A New York judge signed an order Wednesday seeking the testimony in Germany of DaimlerChrysler Chief Executive Juergen Schrempp as part of a legal effort to force former New York Stock Exchange Chief Executive Richard Grasso to return at least $100 million in pay. Schrempp was an NYSE director from 2000 to 2003 and a member of the compensation committee while on the board.
February 17, 1990 |
Former President Ronald Reagan testified behind closed doors for about six hours here Friday, facing some of the most detailed questions he has ever had to answer about his role in the Iran-Contra affair that rocked the closing years of his second term. Called as a defense witness by former White House National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter, Reagan's appearance was videotaped so his testimony can be scrubbed clean of any diplomatic and military secrets that may have been mentioned.
April 20, 1988 |
The Senate should stop requiring Supreme Court nominees to testify in public because the confirmation hearings can "completely distort" the candidates' qualifications, a panel of lawyers recommended Tuesday. "The confirmation process has become dangerously close to looking like the electoral process," the Task Force on Judicial Selection, a privately financed committee chaired by former New York Gov. Hugh L. Carey, concluded in a report.
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November 13, 1992
Scheduled appearances before the Orange County Grand Jury of three assistants to Supervisor Don R. Roth have been postponed until next week, officials said Thursday. The Roth aides had been ordered to testify before the grand jury today. They were subpoenaed last week by the district attorney's office as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into whether Roth, 71, exchanged political favors for unreported gifts from several local business people.
September 17, 1991 |
Assuring Senate Democrats that he believes in upholding legal precedents, even those he personally disagrees with, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas completed his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Liberals and women's rights advocates have feared that conservatives who now control the high court will move aggressively to reverse some rulings, including decisions upholding legalized abortion, affirmative action and the separation of church and state.
July 21, 2010 |
BP officials knew about a problem on a crucial well safety device at least three months before the catastrophic April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico but failed to repair it, according to testimony Tuesday from the company's well manager. Ronald Sepulvado testified that he was aware of a leak on a control pod atop the well's blowout preventer and notified his supervisor in Houston about the problem, which Sepulvado didn't consider crucial. The 450-ton hydraulic device, designed to prevent gas or oil from blasting out of the drill hole, failed during the disaster, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.