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July 1, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
The fourth-degree felony sexual-abuse charge against former Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was reduced to a misdemeanor, and a date of Oct. 12 was set for a non-jury trial, his attorney, Craig Renetzky , said. Hardy was charged after a complaint filed by a family member on May 21. He entered a rehabilitation facility shortly afterward. He was arraigned in District of Columbia Superior Court, which had received and granted a motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.
July 8, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) has won another delay in his trial on voting fraud and perjury charges, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed Monday. Wright cited a scheduling conflict in his request for a delay in the trial, which had been scheduled to begin July 15. The Legislature is taking a month's recess, starting that same day. However, Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said the legislative session would resume before the trial could be concluded, thus necessitating the delay.
July 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
At least six people were arrested Thursday night in San Bernardino after rocks and bottles were thrown and officers and pedestrians were attacked in a protest against the George Zimmerman trial verdict. The incident began about 8 p.m. as marchers moved south along Highland Avenue and were joined by others not initially involved with what was a peaceful protest at that point, according to police. Protesters ended up at a Jack in the Box restaurant near Waterman Avenue and Baseline Street and began hurling rocks and bottles at passing vehicles and officers who arrived at the scene, said Lt. Mike Madden of the San Bernardino Police Department.
October 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 69-year-old Oceanside man accused of killing his wife and then cooking her body parts has died of cancer before trial. Frederick Joseph Hengl, who had pleaded not guilty, died in the jail infirmary, the district attorney's office said Friday. Hengl was arrested Nov. 16, 2012, after neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from his home and the sound of a power saw. Police found Hengl's wife's head in a freezer and hunks of meat cooking on a stove. Hengl's wife, Anna Faris, 73, was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 24, 2010 | Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Joseph Bosco, a freelance crime writer who secured one of the few permanent seats at the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and turned his observations into a nonfiction book about the murder case, has died. He was 61. Bosco died of natural causes July 8 in Beijing, where he had been living and working for the last several years, according to his son, Joe Bosco. He had been in poor health, his son said. "A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson" (William Morrow) was Bosco's account of the 1995 trial of the former football star accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
June 15, 2012 | By Nicole Radzievich" and Peter Hall, Morning Call
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Inside the courtroom of Jerry Sandusky's trial, the testimony is graphic. Intimate touches. Oral sex. Shower scenes. The news media has descended on the Centre County Courthouse to capture the trial in words and images. But because Pennsylvania bans cameras in most courtrooms, a trio of sketch artists employed by the media organizations offers a peek into an emotional world. One captures a distraught accuser with his face in his hands after an aggressive cross-examination.
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