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April 6, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A veteran courts administrator from Seattle will take over next month as the new executive officer of the Ventura County Superior Court. Michael D. Planet, 45, will replace outgoing executive officer Sheila Gonzalez, who resigned last month to become California's first regional courts administrative director. Planet is currently administrator of the King County Superior Court in Washington, a position he has held for the past 10 years. He previously worked as a courts manager in Arizona.
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August 19, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Court closed dramatically in the Brandon McInerney homicide trial Thursday after the youth's defense attorneys sought to have Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell thrown off the case for alleged pro-prosecution bias. The motion was filed as the lengthy trial lumbers toward an end. Campbell halted the proceedings in a Chatsworth courtroom until Friday so defense attorneys Robyn Bramson and Scott Wippert can recover from illnesses. Under California law, judges must submit written answers to such motions within 10 days.
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February 9, 1994 | JAMES MAIELLA JR.
Ventura County courts will be closed Friday in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, while most other government offices remain open. The city governments of Simi Valley, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and Ventura will be open Friday, officials said. City governments in Ojai, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks will be closed due to regular work schedules. All city and county offices and courts will be closed Feb. 21 in observance of President's Day.
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July 19, 2003 | Andy Olsen, Times Staff Writer
The city of Thousand Oaks filed a lawsuit Friday in an effort to force Ventura County to keep open a local jail, which the sheriff plans to close next month to help cover a $10-million budget gap. "We had hoped that the county would be able to provide funds to keep the facility in operation, but Sheriff Bob Brooks has told us he is being forced to close the jail on Aug. 17," City Atty. Mark Sellers said in a prepared statement. The city's action came a day after Brooks joined with Dist. Atty.
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April 11, 1990
After a statewide report declares that women have been treated unfairly by the courts, some local judges are appointing a panel of (guess what?) local judges to study the problem that they have never seen while on the bench. Maybe these fellows are on the wrong bench! The outcome seems pretty predictable, doesn't it? Shouldn't the panel be from out of the area, or at the least another department, not connected to the Ventura County Courts and Mediation departments? Wouldn't they be better able to render a fair and unbiased report and put this controversial issue to rest once and for all?
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May 30, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County judge who ordered citizens locked into his courtroom and searched in 1990 suffered a stinging slap Friday from the California Commission on Judicial Performance, which said he abused his authority. The commission reported that Municipal Judge Steven Hintz violated the citizens' constitutional rights and violated judicial guidelines in two other 1990 cases.
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January 13, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight months after backing away from a proposed $23,000 pay raise for the executive officer of the local courts, a committee of Ventura County judges has recommended that Sheila Gonzalez's salary be increased. And during a private meeting today, the full Ventura County bench will decide on whether to take the committee's advice. Presiding Superior Court Judge Melinda A.
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February 28, 2001 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Gonzalez is resigning after 14 years as executive officer of Ventura County Superior Court to become the state's first regional courts administrative director. The new job will give Gonzalez, 57, sweeping administrative responsibilities in 10 counties extending from Central to Southern California.
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September 5, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the phone ringing incessantly, Angie Lopez leans over the counter at the Family Law Self-Help Center and calmly explains to a 23-year-old father how to fill out a handful of child-support documents. She darts to a file cabinet to retrieve another form while instructing a woman seeking a divorce to add her name to the sign-in sheet, already crowded with a dozen others wanting help with low-cost divorces. "It gets kind of hectic in here," Lopez says.
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April 24, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Skinhead gang member Michael Bridgeford admitted during a police interview that he held down a 17-year-old girl while a fellow gang member slit her throat and stabbed her in the face during a slaying inside a motel bathroom four years ago. "I didn't think it was going to happen, you know," Bridgeford told a detective during the interview. "But the next thing you know, it was happening.... She was flipping out. I had to hold her down, you know."
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March 27, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
A former handyman was sentenced to death Wednesday for the brutal slaying of a Ventura County woman after reading a rambling diatribe, which prosecutors later said amounted to a bizarre confession. Michael Schultz, 34, said he killed Cynthia Burger a decade ago to avenge the betrayal of six Nazi saboteurs executed in 1942. Burger's relatives who were seated in the courtroom were stunned. They had expected words of remorse.
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April 6, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A veteran courts administrator from Seattle will take over next month as the new executive officer of the Ventura County Superior Court. Michael D. Planet, 45, will replace outgoing executive officer Sheila Gonzalez, who resigned last month to become California's first regional courts administrative director. Planet is currently administrator of the King County Superior Court in Washington, a position he has held for the past 10 years. He previously worked as a courts manager in Arizona.
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February 28, 2001 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Gonzalez is resigning after 14 years as executive officer of Ventura County Superior Court to become the state's first regional courts administrative director. The new job will give Gonzalez, 57, sweeping administrative responsibilities in 10 counties extending from Central to Southern California.
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January 14, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County has a new judgeship for the first time in 14 years, prompting Latino advocates to renew calls for more diversity on the bench. Gov. Gray Davis already has bypassed Latino candidates in the three appointments he has made since late 1999 to fill vacancies on the bench. Now he has another chance, attorneys say. "We want to know as a community that we are being represented," said Ana Aparicio, president of the Mexican American Bar Assn.
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December 2, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appellate court is questioning whether a Ventura County judge violated the constitutional rights of an accused rapist by setting bail at $10 million. Andrew Luster, a 36-year-old heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, has been in jail for four months on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted three women at his Mussel Shoals home. Defense lawyers say that the bail set by Superior Court Judge Art Gutierrez in August is unreasonable.
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April 5, 1993 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Day after day, they have to tell the grisliest details of homicides, pose embarrassing questions to rape victims and utter the vilest of obscenities. And when a guilty verdict is announced after a lengthy murder trial, they have to look into the defendant's hopeful eyes and whisper: "Culpable." "We cannot internalize or let our emotions get in the way of doing our job," said Elynor Whitaker, one of 22 Spanish-language interpreters working in the Ventura County courts.
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March 13, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheila Gonzalez, who recently received a $12,400 pay raise as Ventura County courts administrator, has spent nearly five months of workdays out of the office on business trips since mid-1991, public records show. In that time, Gonzalez has taken 34 trips out of town, including 15 outside the state, according to the records. On most of the out-of-state trips, she conducted business for organizations not directly affiliated with the county.
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May 28, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is an angry vibe at the Ventura Hall of Justice these days--and it's not from the bickering litigants in divorce court. This tempest is brewing in the large jury assembly room where fuming stay-at-home moms and frustrated business owners are griping about a recent change in court policy that now requires almost every Ventura County resident to show up when called for jury duty.
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May 7, 2000 | BRUCE ROLAND, Bruce Roland lives in Ojai
Some of California's heavily populated areas used to summon registered drivers and voters to the nearest courthouse and hold them there as potential jurors up to 10 days at a time. As a result, the state passed a law that limited jury duty to a one day or one trial maximum. Many counties practiced this format before it became law, and a few experienced difficulties in providing enough potential jurors for their busy courts.
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