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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.
March 13, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
With "Desperate Housewives" winding up its lucrative eight-season run on ABC, its creator took a moment last week to distill what he called the show's "original blend" of television genres. "Part comedy, part drama, part mystery," Marc Cherry said. To the audience he addressed, a Los Angeles jury in a lawsuit brought by a former actress on the show, the concept of watching something that was by turns funny, sad and confounding was not a foreign one. The two-week trial set for closing arguments Tuesday often seemed a black comedy about a black comedy.
April 22, 1989
Apart from the Jeff Koterba cartoon (April 13) depicting the (Norby) Walters-(Lloyd) Bloom trial as opening the Pandora's box of college sports deceits, the media seems to have missed the point. The trial was exploiting the deeper hypocrisy of college sports. If Walters and Bloom are guilty of fraud in advancing loans, then what about the fraud of the universities? It was really big business college sports that was on trial. RICHARD GUTTMAN Malibu
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.
July 5, 1988 | Associated Press
A court today recessed the trial of a Lebanese Shia Muslim accused in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner after he refused to take part in the first day of proceedings. Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who is charged with murder and air piracy, cited disputes over his interpreter and his legal representation for his refusal to participate. "I don't say anything important until we have an interpreter," he said in broken German. The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday.
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.
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."
March 22, 2009
Re "Abortion doctor's trial to start," March 15 The Times' article on the upcoming trial of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller certainly conveyed the animosity that abortion opponents feel toward his work, but I am not sure it captured fully the degree to which abortion-rights supporters, such as myself, hold him in esteem. To many progressive Americans, George Tiller is a genuine hero who ranks alongside Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. in the pantheon of defenders of human liberty.
June 19, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
Bert Cooper is what the fight mob calls a "trial horse." A trial horse is a guy who hits hard--but not too hard. He can box--but he's no Willie Pep. He can "take it." English translation: He has an infinite capacity for personal suffering. But by the same token, he has to take it. He has to be easy to hit. He's a kind of pugilistic litmus paper. You measure the acidity of a "contender" by his performance against a Bert Cooper. When Marlon Brando lamented, "I coulda been a contenduh!"
March 16, 2006
Re "Judge Halts Moussaoui Terror Trial," March 14 Is there anything the Bush administration can do correctly? Misleading Congress and the American public into this war by cherry picking intelligence; the Katrina disaster; passing laws in special congressional sessions that affect only one person (Terri Schiavo); warrantless wiretaps of American citizens. Now we have Zacarias Moussaoui, a known terrorist, on trial, served up on a silver platter. Slam dunk. And the federal prosecutors have jeopardized the case through incompetence and ineptitude.
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