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December 8, 1996 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landing in court doesn't mean quite what it used to. More than half of civil cases that once were lodged in a federal courthouse now end up in private arbitration. To a considerable degree, the trend reflects the delays and high costs of settling disputes in government courts, which have made scant use of the information technology that private arbitration groups are embracing.
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October 26, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, speaking at a convention here, called finding ways to resolve conflicts without lawyers and courts one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Mediators, arbitrators and ombudsmen cheered Reno as she championed their efforts to offer "better solutions, more creative solutions and more long-lasting solutions" to the often bitterly divisive conflicts of average Americans.
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June 26, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nine members of the anti-government "freemen" yelled and interrupted the judge as they were being formally charged with various federal crimes in Billings, Mont. "You're going down, son," Steven Charles Hance, one of the freemen, told U.S. Magistrate Richard Anderson as he was being led from the courtroom. When Assistant U.S. Atty. James Seykora asked the court to hold Hance in contempt, Hance yelled out: "Contempt? That's not a strong enough word."
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June 5, 1996 | Associated Press
A federal appeals judge who was sharply criticized by Sen. Bob Dole resigned Tuesday and warned that efforts to "Willie Horton-ize the federal judiciary" would damage public confidence in the courts. "In the current political campaign, enforcement of constitutional rights is equated with being soft on crime," U.S. Circuit Judge H. Lee Sarokin said in a letter to President Clinton, adding that he planned to resign effective July 31.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1996
President Clinton has nominated lawyer Christina A. Snyder of Beverly Hills to a federal district judgeship in Los Angeles. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recommended Snyder, 48, to Clinton for the position in January. A Los Angeles native, Snyder is a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School. She has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1972, specializing in antitrust and securities litigation, and is a partner at Corinblit & Seltzer, a mid-Wilshire firm.
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April 20, 1996 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly four years, liberal activists who follow the federal courts have repeatedly pronounced themselves disappointed with President Clinton. To fill vacant seats on the federal bench, Clinton and his advisors have sought out veteran prosecutors, experienced judges and state officials. They have shied away from liberal academics and civil right activists. Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1996 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
President Clinton has nominated U.S. District Judge Richard A. Paez, the first Mexican American to serve as a federal trial judge in Los Angeles, to a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination, announced Friday, was praised by local attorneys and Paez's colleagues on the federal trial bench here and by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who urged Clinton to nominate Paez for the district court in 1993. Paez was confirmed by the Senate for that position in June, 1994.
NEWS
October 13, 1995 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said Thursday that in the aftermath of the O.J. Simpson verdicts she will recommit herself to making the criminal justice system "as fair as I can, and make it appear to be fair" While saying that "one jury verdict should not reflect on a whole system," Reno remarked on the debate raging across the nation about the fairness of the verdicts and the factors underlying them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995
The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge George King, who has worked in the Los Angeles federal courthouse since 1987, for a seat on the district court bench, it was ennounced Friday. King, who declined to comment, was a federal prosecutor from 1974-79 before he turned to private practice, specializing in civil business litigation. King, 43, was recommended for the post in January by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his high school years, U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor used to bring his girlfriends to the Broadway Theatre, on almost the exact site where ground was broken Thursday for his future office: Orange County's first federal courthouse. Though everyone from the mayor of Santa Ana to the chief judge of the U.S. District Court teases him about that fact, Taylor couldn't be happier.
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