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July 10, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a nightmare for prosecutors, witnesses and jurors alike: A violent defendant they just helped convict, a third-striker facing a long time behind bars, suddenly escapes. As authorities pressed their search Monday for Kevin Jerome Pullum, prosecutors and police expressed outrage that the maximum-security prisoner could slip away without a trace from the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail. "This guy's dangerous," said Deputy Dist. Atty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge said Thursday he would consider a decade's worth of parole statistics in deciding whether convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz had been improperly denied parole. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman also promised that he would try to resolve the case--which has been bouncing from courtroom to courtroom in the last couple of years--as quickly as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1985
A 42-year-old Van Nuys man received a 12-year prison sentence Wednesday for sexually abusing his daughter, who was 10 years old when the abuse occurred in 1981. Frank A. Balcorta was convicted in Van Nuys Superior Court in April of seven counts of child molestation and two counts of sodomy. Before the incidents, Balcorta, a practical nurse who was divorced from his wife at the time, took temporary custody of his daughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge said Thursday he would consider a decade's worth of parole statistics in deciding whether convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz had been improperly denied parole. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman also promised that he would try to resolve the case--which has been bouncing from courtroom to courtroom in the last couple of years--as quickly as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1988
A 23-year-old Sylmar man was sentenced to 27 years to life in state prison for shooting to death his ex-girlfriend in front of a dozen of her co-workers at a Van Nuys hospital. Adam Rey Espinoza was convicted Aug. 5 by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of first-degree murder in the death of Tina Guardiana, 24, of Sylmar on Dec. 8, 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1985
Ending a bitter struggle with prosecutors who accused him of bias, Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Melvin B. Grover gave in Monday and accepted a transfer to a Superior Court in Pasadena, where he will handle civil cases. Grover was informed Thursday by Thomas T. Johnson, presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, that the transfer had been arranged, but he at first vowed to continue his fight long enough to hear a kidnaping trial Monday in Van Nuys.
NEWS
March 29, 1985
After deliberating three days, a Van Nuys Superior Court jury acquitted a Panorama City physician who had been charged with raping an 18-year-old woman after injecting her with a sleep-inducing drug. The jury did find Dr. Julian Milestone, 58, guilty of a misdemeanor offense: prescribing a dangerous drug without medical cause. He faces the possibility of a six-month jail term when sentenced April 23.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1990
Fresh from a two-week jail stay on a drunk driving charge, "Cheers" star Kelsey Grammer showed up Wednesday for a brief arraignment in Van Nuys Superior Court precisely on time, neatly dressed in a sports jacket and tie and pleaded not guilty to a count of cocaine possession. In the past, he has frequently been tardy and sometimes unkempt. Grammer, 35, of Van Nuys, who plays Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Michael R. Hoff will be honored tonight as the San Fernando Valley Bar Assn.'s Judge of the Year. Hoff, who was in charge of all criminal cases at Van Nuys Superior Court until his two-year term ended in December, was honored for his work on the unification of Van Nuys Municipal Court and Superior Court last year, said Elizabeth Post, executive director of the bar association.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Wednesday declined to file charges against the Valley Glen teenager who police said stabbed his father to death on New Year's Eve. "We can't disprove self-defense or the defense of others beyond a reasonable doubt, which is our burden of proof," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Diamond. "The [boy] had been a victim of violence from the decedent in the past," Diamond said. "There has been previous violence between the two."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The building boom in Los Angeles county courts will continue paying off this year with the opening of a courthouse in the Antelope Valley and another in western San Fernando Valley. In 2001, residents across the county can also expect more community outreach and better service from the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a behemoth that is trying to reposition its sprawling branches as small, neighborhood-friendly courts, said James Bascue, the court's presiding judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2000
A juror shortage caused in part by the Los Angeles County Superior Court system's new "one-trial" jury program has forced the postponement of several trials in Van Nuys in the past two weeks, officials said Thursday. "It's just a mess," said Michael J. Farrell, supervising judge for Van Nuys Superior Court. "I had to continue five cases today because the courts couldn't get jurors." Van Nuys officials have imported jurors from other courthouses, said Damian Romero, Van Nuys jury coordinator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A juror shortage caused in part by the Los Angeles County Superior Court system's new "one trial" jury program has forced the postponement of several trials in the past two weeks in Van Nuys, officials said Thursday. "It's just a mess," said Michael J. Farrell, supervising judge for Van Nuys Superior Court. "I had to continue five cases today because the courts couldn't get jurors. Cases couldn't move along."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five-year-old temporary fixes for earthquake damage at the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse are more than just an annoyance, city officials said, they're a fire hazard. During a routine inspection, Los Angeles fire inspectors cited the building for four fire code violations on the seventh floor, the area most damaged in the 1994 Northridge quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1985
A 31-year-old Pacoima man was sentenced Friday to 22 years in state prison after being convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of molesting two of his girlfriend's daughters. The man, Frank Padilla Mendibles, was found guilty on July 10 of forcible child molestation involving the two girls. The acts reportedly took place between October, 1981, and January, 1983, when the girls were 8 and 10 years old. Mendibles was acquitted of similar charges involving a third daughter, who was 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Sylmar man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in front of a dozen of her co-workers at a Van Nuys hospital was convicted Friday of first-degree murder. A nine-man, three-woman Van Nuys Superior Court jury deliberated 1 1/2 days before finding Adam Rey Espinoza guilty in the shooting death of Tina Guardiana, 24, also of Sylmar. Espinoza went to Valley Hospital Medical Center where Guardiana worked as a billing clerk the morning of Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999
Five-year-old temporary fixes for earthquake damage at the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse are more than just an annoyance, city officials said, they're a fire hazard. During a routine check, fire inspectors cited the building for four fire code violations on the seventh floor, the area most obviously damaged in the 1994 Northridge quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
The San Fernando Valley Bar Assn. on Monday will dedicate alounge and resource center for attorneys at the Van Nuys Superior Courthouse. The Justice Armand Arabian Attorneys Resource and Communication Center will provide association members with equipment, including a computer with access to online resources, a fax machine and a copier. "There's not a lot available for the attorneys at a courthouse," said Elizabeth Post, executive director of the San Fernando Valley Bar Assn.
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