May 27, 1985 |
This isn't Burger King. We don't do it your way here. --Judge Manuel L. Real's favorite saying. The courtroom confrontation took place more than 30 years ago, but the most controversial federal judge in Los Angeles remembers it today as an early lesson in judicial style. Chief U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real, then a young prosecutor, had decided that his only chance of winning a conviction before an unsympathetic judge was to demand a jury trial. But U.S. District Judge Pierson M.
July 14, 1987
In a hearing before U.S. District Judge William J. Rea, reputed organized crime figure Salvatore Pisello pleaded not guilty to three counts of income tax evasion. Bail was set at $50,000, with a jury trial set for Sept. 29.
November 14, 1985
Responding to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. District Judge William J. Rea also appointed attorney Robert Baker to act as receiver for the Century City-based telephone application sales firm. The FTC contended that the company, which prepares applications for cellular telephone lotteries that the FCC conducts, misrepresented its operations to customers. Company President Michael Godfree called the FTC case against his company "baseless and without merit."
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June 3, 2000
The controller of Founders National Bank, Los Angeles' only black-owned and black-operated commercial bank, pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to misappropriating nearly $413,000. Siriluck Hastanand, 47, of La Canada Flintridge admitted transferring the money from the bank's internal accounts to a savings account she held in trust for her daughter. Federal prosecutors said she made 46 money transfers from 1991 through 1997.