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Telling jurors that psychologist L. Jerome Oziel had "implanted" memories in her of "things that didn't exist," Oziel's ex-lover testified Tuesday that she can no longer vouch for the truth of what she said previously about Lyle and Erik Menendez. Judalon Smyth swore to authorities three years ago that she had overheard the Menendez brothers say they had shot their mother's eye out of its socket. But she testified Tuesday that she had not really heard them say that.
February 3, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer
A federal judge has postponed the criminal trial of Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III until 2010, a delay the billionaire requested to help him prepare his defense against charges that he secretly manipulated stock options to reward employees. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney scheduled Nicholas' trial for Feb. 9, 2010, in Santa Ana, according to a ruling made public this week.
In a chilling presage of gruesome evidence, the long-delayed trial of accused mass murderer Charles Ng got underway Monday with excerpts from home videos showing Ng and a partner allegedly threatening to kill two women unless they became the men's sex slaves. The videos were found in a remote Calaveras County cabin where Ng is accused of taking a dozen kidnapped victims, including two infants, and then killing and dismembering them 14 years ago.
December 29, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, edging Brian Hansen at Kearns, Utah. The two-time defending Olympic champion won with a time of 1 minute 7.52 seconds in the next-to-last pair. Hansen came up just short in the final race, crossing the line in 1:07.53. But the most poignant performance was turned in by Jonathan Garcia , who was disqualified the previous day in the 500 for not wearing his timing transponders, after skating fast enough to make the Olympics.
March 24, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
Opening arguments got underway Monday in the criminal case against Dr. George Tiller, one of the only physicians in the country who provides late-term abortions. And by day's end, it was clear that the case could hinge on such nonmedical issues as who paid for copy paper and toner, the meaning of a hug and whether selling a beat-up sedan to a colleague can constitute proof of guilt.
October 13, 2009 | Walter Hamilton
Attempts to place blame for the great financial crisis that sent the economy into a nose dive last year have made household names of top executives such as Angelo R. Mozilo, Richard Fuld and Maurice "Hank" Greenberg. But the only major criminal case to emerge thus far from the global cataclysm involves two lesser-known hedge fund managers who will be thrust into the spotlight today when their trial begins with jury selection in a Brooklyn courtroom. Federal prosecutors allege that former Bear Stearns Cos. fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin -- in a frantic, eventually unsuccessful scramble in mid-2007 to keep their mortgage bond funds from collapsing -- misled investors about the deepening woes in the portfolios.
January 30, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano and Tina Susman
Reacting to rising criticism from New York officials and both Democrats and Republicans in Washington, the Justice Department on Friday began considering sites for the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other top Al Qaeda operatives away from the shadow of the toppled World Trade Center. The alternative locations include an Air National Guard base and a federal penitentiary near Manhattan, both considered safe and secure facilities. Two months ago, the Obama administration had pledged to try Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept.
January 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court refused to put new legal limits on the use of questionable eyewitness testimony at trials, ruling Wednesday that juries must weigh the evidence and decide what is true. The 8-1 decision came as a disappointment to some criminal law experts who say false identifications by eyewitnesses are a leading cause of wrongful convictions. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledged the problem, but disagreed that the right solution was to have judges consider the reliability of all eyewitness testimony prior to trials.
October 30, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Opponents of the death penalty, including The Times' editorial page, have been arguing for years that one of the biggest reasons to replace capital punishment with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole -- as California voters will have a chance to do in November under Proposition 34 -- is that it would prevent the state from mistakenly executing an innocent person. Avoiding that terrible outcome remains a top priority, but the case of Douglas R. Stankewitz points up another, less frequently mentioned flaw with our current system: Sometimes, even guilty people get unfair trials.
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