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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A local man was sentenced this week to nine months in jail for abusing his girlfriend's two daughters in a case that a social worker described as the worst mental suffering by children she has seen in 10 years. A jury last month found 39-year-old Josef Burnett Cannon guilty of four counts of inflicting physical pain or mental suffering on a child and two counts of inflicting cruel or inhuman corporal punishment on a child.
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NEWS
December 24, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN and MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost two weeks, jurors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers have been focusing on the bloody details of parricide, replayed shot by shot and larger than life. It has been grim work. They have heard the chilling, metallic clicks of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun similar to the alleged murder weapons; they have seen the blood-encrusted polo shirt Jose Menendez wore when he died. And countless autopsy photos have been projected on a courtroom screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard gang member Julio Cesar Chavez testified Friday that he kept silent during his recent murder trial to avoid answering questions about who participated in the fatal beating and stabbing of a man during a back-alley fight two years ago. Chavez broke his silence at his sentencing hearing and denied any role in the slaying for which he was convicted two months ago. He suggested that unnamed gang associates acted in self-defense after being approached by rivals from an El Rio neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Menendez's jury was read back testimony Friday about his "confused" sexual orientation, an issue that emerged late in the Menendez brothers' murder trial as prosecutors suggested that it might provide a motive to kill. The jury, in its 15th day of deliberations, sent a note asking to hear "all testimony about or allusions to Erik's homosexuality."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
With one of the two juries in the Menendez brothers murder trial listening again to snatches of testimony, another day passed without a verdict. Lyle Menendez's jury, in a 10th day of deliberations, requested the rereading of testimony about his hairpiece and about the origins of a tape-recorded session between the brothers and their Beverly Hills psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, on Dec. 11, 1989.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the nation's largest-ever trademark infringement award, a Los Angeles jury Tuesday ordered pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to pay a British company $143 million for stealing the Trovan name to market its controversial antibiotic. Legal experts called the verdict "staggering," saying it raises the stakes for companies that deliberately infringe other companies' trademarks. Jurors said Pfizer, the second-largest U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1994 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although a mistrial has been declared in the Erik Menendez murder case and jury deliberations are continuing in the trial of his brother Lyle, both CBS and Fox are proceeding with projects based on the sensationalized Beverly Hills killings of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. "It is incumbent on us to be very circumspect about what we say and where we put the emphasis," said Zev Braun, producer of a four-hour miniseries for CBS, targeted to air during the May ratings sweeps.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter by cutting off the baby's arms has been found mentally competent to stand trial in Dallas on murder charges, her attorney's office said. Dena Schlosser, 36, was arrested in November after she told a 911 operator she had severed her baby's arms. Police found Schlosser covered in blood, holding a knife and listening to a hymn.
NEWS
September 28, 1995
UCLA law professor Peter Arenella and Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson offer their take on the Simpson trial. Joining them is defense lawyer John Burris, who will rotate with other experts as the case moves forward. Today's topic: The Chris and Johnnie show. PETER ARENELLA On the prosecution: "Chris Darden kept his 'eyes on the prize' and rose to the challenge with understated passion, quasi-religious metaphors and powerful word images.
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