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March 21, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Glenda Biersbach dreaded jury duty. "It used to be just horrible," said the Van Nuys secretary, who has served five times in the past. "You get there and you wait. You wait and wait and wait and wait" for up to two weeks in the "stuffy" jury assembly room, Biersbach said. "You feel like you couldn't get air."
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December 25, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and HANG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the annals of crime, offenses such as graffiti or public urination may not amount to much. But they are not too trivial for the neighborhoods victimized by vandals and reeking drunks, whose crimes can depress the quality of life. To reform petty criminals--as well as force them to make amends to neighborhoods they offended--community court is coming to Los Angeles and, along with it, a police crackdown on minor crimes.
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October 12, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A real-life version of "L.A. Law" will probably debut later this year on the small screen. Instead of glamorous actors with perfect hair, however, defendants in wrinkled street clothes and jail uniforms will play the leading roles. And there won't be any steamy sex scenes in lawyers' offices. Nonetheless, this show will be extremely popular in some circles, though it will never air on any network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Glenda Biersbach dreaded jury duty. "It used to be just horrible," said the Van Nuys secretary, who has served five times in the past. "You get there and you wait. You wait and wait and wait and wait" for up to two weeks in the "stuffy" jury assembly room, Biersbach said. "You feel like you couldn't get air."
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September 17, 1991 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that a defendant from South-Central Los Angeles cannot get a fair trial in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County public defender's office said Monday that it will petition federal court to halt the proposed transfer of dozens of death-penalty trials from downtown to Van Nuys. The program, proposed by Los Angeles Superior Court judges to relieve a backlog of 130 death-penalty cases, would permanently transfer four courtrooms from downtown to Van Nuys.
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December 9, 1997 | TOM BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Singer sometimes knows a juror's question before they ask it. It's all in the approach, he said. Take the man with the untucked button-down shirt and the uncombed hair. He approaches quickly, his eyes flashing from his handful of papers to Singer and back to the papers. "He wants out," Singer said as the man approached. A moment later, the man said his piece. "I was told I could be excused from jury duty."
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July 18, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Koch was minding his own business, doing the chores that fill a courtroom clerk's day, when he sensed the swirl about his ankles. He peeked under his desk in Van Nuys. Fleas were sampling his shoes. Fleas were dining on his socks. Fleas were nipping on his pants. Incredible numbers of fleas were in the air, swarming about like a cyclone, leaping up through a hole in the courtroom floor. "I saw fleas everywhere," Koch said. "It was absolutely, positively disgusting."
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January 23, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top criminal judge Friday held firm on his decision to reassign a high-security murder trial from the San Fernando Valley downtown. Prosecutors had requested Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler reconsider last week's ruling on the death penalty case, which involves follow-home robberies, a contract killing and the 1993 slaying of Laurie Myles as she waited to pick up her daughter from Bible study.
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December 25, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and HANG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the annals of crime, offenses such as graffiti or public urination may not amount to much. But they are not too trivial for the neighborhoods victimized by vandals and reeking drunks, whose crimes can depress the quality of life. To reform petty criminals--as well as force them to make amends to neighborhoods they offended--community court is coming to Los Angeles and, along with it, a police crackdown on minor crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top criminal judge Friday held firm on his decision to reassign a high-security murder trial from the San Fernando Valley downtown. Prosecutors had requested Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler reconsider last week's ruling on the death penalty case, which involves follow-home robberies, a contract killing and the 1993 slaying of Laurie Myles as she waited to pick up her daughter from Bible study.
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December 9, 1997 | TOM BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Singer sometimes knows a juror's question before they ask it. It's all in the approach, he said. Take the man with the untucked button-down shirt and the uncombed hair. He approaches quickly, his eyes flashing from his handful of papers to Singer and back to the papers. "He wants out," Singer said as the man approached. A moment later, the man said his piece. "I was told I could be excused from jury duty."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Koch was minding his own business, doing the chores that fill a courtroom clerk's day, when he sensed the swirl about his ankles. He peeked under his desk in Van Nuys. Fleas were sampling his shoes. Fleas were dining on his socks. Fleas were nipping on his pants. Incredible numbers of fleas were in the air, swarming about like a cyclone, leaping up through a hole in the courtroom floor. "I saw fleas everywhere," Koch said. "It was absolutely, positively disgusting."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A real-life version of "L.A. Law" will probably debut later this year on the small screen. Instead of glamorous actors with perfect hair, however, defendants in wrinkled street clothes and jail uniforms will play the leading roles. And there won't be any steamy sex scenes in lawyers' offices. Nonetheless, this show will be extremely popular in some circles, though it will never air on any network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1991 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that a defendant from South-Central Los Angeles cannot get a fair trial in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County public defender's office said Monday that it will petition federal court to halt the proposed transfer of dozens of death-penalty trials from downtown to Van Nuys. The program, proposed by Los Angeles Superior Court judges to relieve a backlog of 130 death-penalty cases, would permanently transfer four courtrooms from downtown to Van Nuys.
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