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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.
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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."
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.
NEWS
April 18, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.  Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later. [Updated at 4:25 p.m.: Ramos, Cicinelli and their families were swiftly escorted out of the courtroom. PHOTOS: The Kelly Thomas trial Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said he was stunned by the verdict, saying he'd never seen such a miscarriage of justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
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