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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.
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.
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.
May 1, 1992
It is nice to know where we stand. As a black man I already know that there is no justice for our people. With these verdicts in the King case it should be painfully obvious to everyone else what justice is like for black people in America. So now what happens if I get pulled over by the LAPD? Based on the verdicts, I would be in fear for my safety. Would I then be within my rights to beat the officer with a blunt instrument? The King jury seems to say yes. Double standard notwithstanding.
September 17, 2011 | By Tom Petruno and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
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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