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June 18, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- After repeated delays, a military judge pushed forward with the trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, scheduling jury selection in July for the case often stalled by Hasan's legal maneuvering. Hasan, 42, was most recently scheduled to stand trial in May, but jury selection was delayed after he fired his military lawyers and successfully petitioned the judge to represent himself , promising no further delays. He then requested a three-month delay to prepare.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Anh Do
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The mother of an alleged carjacker who went on a killing rampage as he roared across the freeways of Orange County last spring was set to stand trial Tuesday in her own hit-and-run case. Sarwat Syed, 43, is accused of causing an accident that injured a mother and her two young children and fleeing the scene without offering to help the victims. The Ladera Ranch woman faces felony counts of hit-and-run driving in the 2011 accident and faces a potential maximum sentence of four years in state prison.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2013 | By Tina Susman
A key prosecution witness' diction took center stage Thursday in the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, as the defense suggested she had altered her story and lied about her recollections of the night Martin was killed. "Trust me, they messed up," the witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, said at one point when she testified that a written transcript of a deposition she gave to prosecutors in April 2012 was wrong. That transcript quoted Jeantel as saying she "could have" heard Martin telling someone to "get off" during an apparent confrontation with Zimmerman.
OPINION
January 13, 2010
Prop. 8 and the public Re "Supreme Court bars video of Prop. 8 trial," Jan. 12 The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that clearly indicates where it is likely to stand should the issue of marriage equality reach it directly. In what apparently was an 8-1 decision, the court ruled that broadcasting a U.S. District Court trial on the legality of Proposition 8 was unacceptable. Openness in the District Court proceedings thus will be denied to the general populace, and the activities and arguments of the trial will be publicized only via the filters of the media.
WORLD
February 16, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
A judge Tuesday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl, then abused his authority by trying to get her released from custody after police picked her up on suspicion of stealing. It was a major setback for the 74-year-old premier, whose personal entanglements for months have overshadowed the business of governing Italy. Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing and says there is a plot by left-wing judges and his political foes to force him from office.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
A resident of the Florida gated community where George Zimmerman shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin testified on Wednesday that she heard what she felt was a boy's voice crying for help before hearing the sound of gunfire. Jane Surdyka told the jury that she clearly heard two yells for help on Feb. 26, 2012, the night that Zimmerman and Martin had their confrontation in the housing complex in Sanford, Fla., that led to Martin's death. Zimmerman, who is on trial on a charge of second-degree murder, argues that he shot Martin in self-defense.
WORLD
May 6, 2013 | By Jeevan Vasagar, Los Angeles Times
BERLIN - The surviving member of an alleged neo-Nazi cell accused of a string of racially motivated murders went on trial Monday in a case that has forced Germany to confront the extent to which racism continues to pervade society here. Beate Zschaepe, 38, is accused of complicity in the murders of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Her trial in Munich is expected to raise questions about the failings of security services and police, who suspected the slain immigrants of having connections to organized crime and refused to pursue tips about a far-right gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
Day after day, Robert and Tim Samsoe sit together in the third row of a Santa Ana courtroom, united in grief, reliving a nightmare. The man they believe murdered their little sister in 1979 after a day at the beach sits a few feet away -- on trial for a third time. Over three decades, Rodney James Alcala, 66, has been convicted and sentenced to death twice in the murder of Robin Samsoe, 12. Both convictions were reversed on appeal and Alcala was ordered retried. He spent the intervening years in custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By James Barragan
The fate of the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry depends on the answer to one question: Who had the tire iron? Young Lee, 48, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating Donald Bolding with a tire iron in June 2011 while Bolding was panhandling on the side of an east Hollywood street. After becoming upset that Bolding flashed a tattoo to people in Lee's car - including his fiancee - showing a stick-figure couple having sex, Lee drove away - but he returned with another man and beat Bolding, prosecutors say. During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor alike said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The husband and wife accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years ago, holding her captive and raping her will be held in jail until they stand trial in the next year or 18 months. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister ruled Monday that bail for Phillip Garrido, 58, should be set at $30 million. But because the convicted sex offender is also on a so-called hold for violating parole, there is no chance he would be set free on bail. In setting the high amount for Garrido's bail, Phimister said he considered "the protection of the public, the fact that Mr. Garrido was on parole at the time these events occurred allegedly, the seriousness of the charge and the fact that the court must consider the injuries to the victim."
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