March 9, 2005 |
Angelina RODRIGUEZ furrows her dark brow and places her hands over her eyes, smearing the mascara and eyeliner she had so carefully applied. She has been talking for hours, the drama of her stories escalating with every telling, her role consistent in every one of them -- the victim. She describes herself as a "people person," "the mothering type," an easy target for domineering, unfaithful men. "I'm not a violent person," she says. "That is not who I am."
December 5, 1989 |
On its 18th day of deliberations, the jury in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial returned a verdict today on a second count in the 65-count case. The verdict, like the first verdict reached last week, was ordered sealed. Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders, responding to jurors' concerns, ruled Monday that no partial verdicts will be announced in the trial before the jury's scheduled two-week vacation Dec. 15.
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November 2, 2005 |
A former pizza delivery man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for 10 South Los Angeles rape and strangulation slayings. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders said there was enough evidence to try Chester D. Turner for the slayings, which took place along the Figueroa corridor next to the 110 Freeway from 1987 to 1998. Turner had been serving time for a rape conviction when he pleaded not guilty to the strangulation slayings.
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April 12, 1989
"I don't think you have the attention of the jury anymore. . . . It is boring. There are a lot of aspects that put me to sleep." --Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders, worrying about the possibility of a mistrial in the McMartin Pre-School molestation trial because the proceedings have lasted so long, leaving only two of the original six alternate jurors.
November 27, 1985
An East Los Angeles Boy Scout leader was given the maximum 10-year prison term for his conviction on two counts of having molested two of his young troop members. Joel Lachica, 41, who had sponsored his own troop for almost two decades, was charged with having asked his Scouts to undress as an initiation--and then photographing them and giving them enemas. In passing sentence, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R.
October 6, 1989 |
The judge in the marathon McMartin preschool molestation trial today decided not to sequester the jury during deliberations which he believes could take as long as two months. "He feels that it would be too much of a hardship on the jurors," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Lael Rubin, who participated in discussions with Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders about sequestering the panel.