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NEWS
January 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The judges in the trial of two Libyan men accused of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, will announce their verdict today, a spokeswoman said. The three-judge panel will disclose its ruling when the court reconvenes at 11 a.m., court spokeswoman Bronwyn Vaughn said. Defendants Abdel Basset Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah face life imprisonment if convicted of the murder of 270 people.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1993
Citing jury misconduct, an appellate court Thursday overturned the 1991 conviction of a San Juan Capistrano man on 12 felony counts of sexually molesting his two young daughters. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled, 2 to 1, to order a new trial for Rafael Chavez Tena, 38, after it was learned that juror Margaret Jones improperly tried to sway jurors to convict Tena and did not notify the judge that she knew two other girls who had been sexually molested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A San Fernando jury reached a verdict Wednesday in the retrial of 16-year-old Michael Hrayr Demirdjian, who is charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning deaths of two boys last year on a La Crescenta elementary school playground. The sealed verdict will be announced today, a week after deliberations began. Demirdjian's first trial in Pasadena Superior Court ended in a mistrial when jurors deadlocked over his guilt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2008 | Victoria Kim
After a day of deliberation, jurors for the trial of two women accused of murdering homeless men for insurance claims said Tuesday they had reached verdicts for some of the counts, but had yet to reach unanimous consent on others. Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, each stand accused of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to murder for financial gain. The jury Tuesday afternoon asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley "what happens if we do not have unanimous consent on a particular count."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and JESSICA GARRISON, Times Staff Writers
Long Beach city officials were prepared for the worst. The judge's pronouncement was deliberately set for Friday afternoon, after high schools had been dismissed for the week. Dozens of police officers lined the courtroom, courthouse hall and streets. Schools and parks drew stepped-up patrols. A community forum was set for this morning to give residents a chance to safely vent.
NEWS
May 30, 1996 | SARA FRITZ and JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
White House officials struggled Wednesday to insulate President Clinton from the outcome of the first Whitewater trial while Republicans insisted that the resounding guilty verdicts prove their investigation was not motivated by politics. Indeed, the entire legal and political landscape of the Whitewater controversy seemed to shift suddenly as a result of the convictions Tuesday of Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Clinton's Whitewater investment partners, James B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A repeat drunk driver who sped down Sherman Way at more than 80 mph, rear-ended another car, then held a vanity mirror and dabbed at her face as the other driver screamed and burned to death in his car, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder. A jury of six men and six women deliberated three days before finding that Susan Conkey Rhea, 39, had earned a murder conviction and stiff sentence by showing a disregard for human life in continuing to drink and drive.
WORLD
March 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Glenn McNeill, a 29-year-old chef from New Zealand, was found guilty in the first murder trial in 151 years on Australia's remote Norfolk Island. A jury of seven men and four women convicted McNeill of murdering hotel dining room manager Janelle Patton, 28, in 2002. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Patton was the first person to be killed on the island since 194 descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers moved there in 1856.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
A Municipal Court jury of five women and seven men convicted six employees of an Anaheim nude dance club Friday on prostitution charges stemming from lap dances. The city banned the practice several years ago as part of its attempts to rid Anaheim of adult businesses and cited the employees of the Sahara Theater for violating city codes. The defendants contended the city had no right to regulate what goes on inside a nude dance club.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2000
A former Reseda resident was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder for a 1994 killing, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Ramon Mendoza, 39, shot Humberto Chavez once in the head with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun on May 30, 1994, after a dispute at a Reseda house, Deputy Dist. Atty. James R. Bozajian said. The Van Nuys jury deliberated two days for Mendoza's retrial before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Harwin.
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