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May 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An independent record promoter who admitted that he gave out cash and cocaine to get his records played became the first promoter ever to be convicted under a 29-year-old payola statute. In a significant boost to the Justice Department's wide-ranging investigation of payola in the record industry, Ralph Tashjian pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor payola charge and two felony tax and obstruction of justice counts stemming from the hidden payments. Tashjian, 41, is now expected to testify against a variety of former business associates who, investigators say, funneled large amounts of money to radio station program directors around the country--and led to virtual control over some radio stations' play lists.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An independent record promoter who admitted that he gave out cash and cocaine to get his records played became the first promoter ever to be convicted under a 29-year-old payola statute. In a significant boost to the Justice Department's wide-ranging investigation of payola in the record industry, Ralph Tashjian pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor payola charge and two felony tax and obstruction of justice counts stemming from the hidden payments. Tashjian, 41, is now expected to testify against a variety of former business associates who, investigators say, funneled large amounts of money to radio station program directors around the country--and led to virtual control over some radio stations' play lists.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge refused Wednesday to accept a proposed plea agreement with independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian and his wife, finding that Valerie Tashjian may have been "coerced" into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. "I can make no finding the plea is warranted or that it is not coerced," U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said of the package agreement, under which the couple had been scheduled to enter guilty pleas last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Calling the conduct of government prosecutors "reprehensible," a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday tentatively dismissed tax evasion charges against the wife of independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian. In the tentative ruling, U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said she will grant Valerie Tashjian's motion to dismiss the indictment based on allegations that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. The judge also cited defense claims that prosecutors, after Valerie Tashjian's guilty plea fell through, returned a new indictment that eliminated a possible defense she might have raised if tried on the earlier charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Calling the conduct of government prosecutors "reprehensible," a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday tentatively dismissed tax evasion charges against the wife of independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian. In the tentative ruling, U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said she will grant Valerie Tashjian's motion to dismiss the indictment based on allegations that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. The judge also cited defense claims that prosecutors, after Valerie Tashjian's guilty plea fell through, returned a new indictment that eliminated a possible defense she might have raised if tried on the earlier charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY and Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writers
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday scuttled a proposed plea agreement between the government and a husband and wife in a highly publicized payola case, strongly rebuking prosecutors for pressuring the woman into pleading guilty. U.S.
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February 27, 1988 | AL DELUGACH and WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writers
Announcing indictments against four people, authorities in Los Angeles acknowledged for the first time Friday that a 2-year-old federal grand jury investigation into cocaine-and-cash payola by record promoters to radio programmers has become national in scope. U.S. Atty. Robert C.
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November 30, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Lynn, the durable actor whose film career as the handsome romantic husband or boyfriend flourished in the late 1930s and 1940s, has died. He was 86. Lynn died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank after a stroke, said his daughter, Letitia Lynn. Born Ragnar Godfrey Lind in Auburn, Mass., Lynn legally changed his name to his stage name in 1942, noting that he wanted to serve his country during World War II under the name that had become popular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday indicted independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian on 165 counts of illegal "payola" payments to radio stations. The action came only weeks after a federal judge rejected a plea agreement with Tashjian on similar charges filed early last year because his wife complained she had been coerced with the threat of new criminal charges against her husband. In a separate indictment, Valerie Tashjian was charged with three counts of tax evasion stemming from her work as a bookkeeper in her husband's record promotion business.
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February 26, 1988 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
In the first payola indictment in a major recording industry investigation, a Los Angeles federal grand jury Thursday accused San Mateo record promoter Ralph Tashjian of giving money and cocaine to three radio station employees, according to Tashjian's defense attorney. Tashjian and his wife, Valerie, were also charged with income tax evasion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge refused Wednesday to accept a proposed plea agreement with independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian and his wife, finding that Valerie Tashjian may have been "coerced" into pleading guilty to save her husband from additional criminal charges. "I can make no finding the plea is warranted or that it is not coerced," U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said of the package agreement, under which the couple had been scheduled to enter guilty pleas last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY and Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writers
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday scuttled a proposed plea agreement between the government and a husband and wife in a highly publicized payola case, strongly rebuking prosecutors for pressuring the woman into pleading guilty. U.S.
NEWS
February 27, 1988 | AL DELUGACH and WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writers
Announcing indictments against four people, authorities in Los Angeles acknowledged for the first time Friday that a 2-year-old federal grand jury investigation into cocaine-and-cash payola by record promoters to radio programmers has become national in scope. U.S. Atty. Robert C.
NEWS
September 5, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing "outrageous government misconduct," a federal judge Tuesday dismissed the biggest payola case in 30 years, abruptly ending the trial of record promoter Joseph Isgro and two other defendants after they successfully claimed that prosecutors had improperly withheld key documents. U.S. District Judge James M.
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