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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May 25, 1988
A Mission Viejo businessman who pleaded guilty to tax evasion this week was placed on three years' probation, fined $10,000 and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. John H. Fuller, 53, chief executive of Plant Equipment Inc. of Temecula, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles. Fuller was convicted of funneling $100,000 in company funds to himself with a dummy firm and fake invoices paid by Plant Equipment.