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March 13, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 26, 2013 |
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.
March 14, 2014 |
A former Fannie Mae employee was convicted late Friday of soliciting kickbacks from a broker with promises to steer lucrative listings of foreclosed homes his way. The federal court jury in Santa Ana convicted Armando Granillo of three counts of fraud, rejecting his contention that he intended to cheat only the broker, not Fannie Mae, the nation's largest home-finance firm. At the end of a two-day trial, the jury took less than two hours to convict Granillo, who sat grimly as each of the jurors affirmed the guilty verdicts.
July 5, 1988 |
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 16, 2011 |
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.
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September 15, 2009 |
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 |
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.