December 20, 1997 |
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.
April 18, 1997 |
In a high-profile case of a retired Navy officer convicted of killing the neighborhood bully, a judge reduced the conviction Thursday from murder to manslaughter and gave the killer a lighter sentence than prosecutors and the victim's family had sought. Superior Court Judge William Mudd said the victim, John Harper Jr.
February 21, 1996 |
Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of the nation's preeminent rap artists, was acquitted along with his bodyguard Tuesday of first- and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a gang member at a Palms park. Jurors also acquitted the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and bodyguard McKinley Lee on one charge each of conspiracy to commit assault in connection with the August 1993 death of Philip Woldemariam.
April 18, 1993
After a three-month state court trial in Simi Valley, the not guilty verdicts touched off the worst urban riots this century. They took at least 52 lives and prompted U.S. officials to reopen a federal investigation into the March 3, 1991, beating of Rodney G. King. Here are some of the key events: 1992 The First Verdict Apr. 29: Jury finds all four Los Angeles police officers not guilty on all charges except one count against Officer Laurence M. Powell. The jury deadlocks on that charge.
October 4, 1995
Contributing to coverage of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson were Times staff writers Fred Alvarez, Patrice Apodaca, Leslie Berger, Sharon Bernstein, Patricia Ward Biederman, Bettina Boxall, Miguel Bustillo, Ken Chang, Jack Cheevers, Ealena Callender, Frank Clifford, Richard Lee Colvin, Aaron Curtiss, Denise Gellene, Jane Hall, Jeannette DeSantis, Karen D'Souza, Emi Endo, Paul Feldman, David Ferrell, Abigail Goldman, Michael Granberry, Duke Helfand, Peter Hong, John Hurst, Paul Johnson, J.
September 17, 2011 |
He was cast as the epitome of Wall Street greed, but in the end a jury sided with star money manager Jeffrey Gundlach's claim that he wasn't paid enough. In a bitter court battle that pitted Gundlach against his longtime employer, Los Angeles investment giant TCW Group Inc., jurors delivered verdicts Friday that left both sides claiming victory. The panel largely agreed with TCW's side of the case, yet ordered the firm to write a $67-million check to Gundlach and three lieutenants for back pay, while TCW's own demand for damages was denied.
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October 4, 1995 |
Rarely willing to acknowledge second billing to anything, Washington's highest government officials and agencies came to a virtual halt Tuesday, yielding to the Simpson verdict announcement. From the White House to Congress to federal agencies, briefings, hearings and news conferences on national policies that had been scheduled for 1 p.m. local time were either postponed or canceled.