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October 4, 1995 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bringing one of history's most riveting courtroom dramas to a stunning climax, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of two counts of murder Tuesday, verdicts that set the football Hall of Famer free 474 days after he was arrested and charged with a brutal double homicide. At 11:16 a.m., Simpson returned home to his Brentwood estate, embracing his longtime friend Al Cowlings in the same driveway where the two were arrested on June 17, 1994. As night fell, crowds of well-wishers and detractors gathered beyond police barricades while the Simpson entourage partied inside the famous home.
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April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices rejected the idea that a single person who possesses such images may be assessed the full amount due to the victim, setting aside a $3.4-million verdict against a Texas man in a favor of a woman whose childhood rape was photographed and widely circulated on the Internet.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. Tuesday's $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Other landowners have sued over drilling and reached settlements, but legal experts think this is the first jury verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1993 | From Associated Press
A jury Monday ordered Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband to pay Elke Sommer $2 million for allegedly telling German publications that Sommer is a financially strapped Hollywood has-been. The Santa Monica Superior Court panel awarded Sommer $800,000 in general damages for statements attributed to Gabor and $1.2 million in general damages for statements linked to Frederick von Anhalt. The jury was scheduled to resume deliberations today to decide punitive damages.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the nation's largest-ever trademark infringement award, a Los Angeles jury Tuesday ordered pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to pay a British company $143 million for stealing the Trovan name to market its controversial antibiotic. Legal experts called the verdict "staggering," saying it raises the stakes for companies that deliberately infringe other companies' trademarks. Jurors said Pfizer, the second-largest U.S.
NEWS
May 31, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a major victory for federal prosecutors, 12 members of the Mexican Mafia were convicted Friday of racketeering and conspiracy charges, including murder and extortion carried out in a ruthless bid to extend the group's influence beyond California's prisons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County jury Thursday convicted a 23-year-old Huntington Beach man of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend's mother. Ian W. Allen faces 25 years to life in prison. Barbara Mullenix, 56, was stabbed and slashed more than 50 times when her then 17-year-old daughter, Rachael Mullenix, conspiring with Allen, attacked her in her Huntington Beach bedroom on Sept. 13, 2006. The daughter was convicted of first-degree murder in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1998
A jury has cleared actor Jean-Claude Van Damme of breach of contract allegations in a lawsuit filed against him by martial arts expert Frank Dux, who had claimed he should share the profits from the action star's 1991 movie "The Quest." The panel decided late Monday that Van Damme did not break his word to Dux, who claimed that the movie was similar to a manuscript he co-wrote called "Enter the New Dragon."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown is looking at another tortuous cross-country trip back to Los Angeles, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service, followed by months more in jail, courtesy of the guilty verdict in his bodyguard's Washington, D.C., assault case.  Brown, who's also charged with assault related to an October 2013 incident in which a man alleges he was hit by both men while trying to get into a picture with two women outside the singer's tour bus, had his...
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- After a deluge of television ads, robocalls and mailers fueled by more than $12 million in campaign spending, only one thing is certain about today's special congressional election in Florida: The results will be over-interpreted. Public polls have shown Democratic candidate Alex Sink clinging to a very small lead over Republican David Jolly. But as of Monday, with more than 125,000 mail-in ballots and early votes cast - probably 60% to 70% of the total vote - registered Republicans have outnumbered registered Democrats by a little more than 5,000 voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The family friend who piloted a personal watercraft in the July 2012 boating accident that killed Usher's stepson Kile Glover was found guilty in Atlanta on Thursday of homicide by vessel and several related charges.  Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation,  according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kile, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover whom Usher had reportedly raised like his own since age 4, was floating with a 15-year-old girl on a towed inner tube when they were hit by Hubbard's watercraft on July 6, 2012.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music - a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense law. In its fourth day of deliberation Saturday, the jury convicted Dunn, 47, of four charges. But the jury, which included two African American women, one Latino man, an Asian American woman and eight white people, couldn't reach a decision on the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, has reached verdicts on four charges but said on Saturday it could not agree on the top count of first-degree murder. The jury, which is in the fourth day of weighing Dunn's fate, announced its status in a note to  Judge Russell L. Healey late Saturday afternoon. The judge read the jury the so-called dynamite charge, urging them to return to their deliberations and try to resolve their differences.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview on Friday that news of the Italian court reinstating her murder conviction in the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher hit her "like a train. " "I did not expect this to happen," Knox told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America. "I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. " The 26-year-old shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1994
A jury deliberated less than four hours Wednesday before acquitting an actor of raping a 16-year-old extra last summer on the set of "Sister Act II." The jury also found Ron Johnson, 21, not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman, who came forward after seeing news accounts of the extra's accusations. She accused Johnson of raping her in 1992 after she met him at a house party.
NEWS
December 20, 1997 | From Associated Press
A man was convicted Friday of beating his parents to death after his mother found out he was flunking out of college. After four days of deliberations, a jury found 20-year-old Alex Valentine guilty of murder in the August 1996 slayings of his parents. He faces a life prison term without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Feb. 11. The battered bodies of Diane Valentine, 55, and Kenneth Valentine, 51, were found inside their water purification systems business in Mira Mesa.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by an Italian court's decision Thursday to reverse her acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system,” Knox said in a statement from Seattle. “There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.” Knox, 26, shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Jean Merl
A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat. The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment.
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