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February 22, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders, who presided over the record-breaking McMartin Pre-School molestation trial, was barred Wednesday from hearing the retrial of defendant Ray Buckey because of remarks the judge made after Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, were acquitted last month of 52 counts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders, who presided over the record-breaking McMartin Pre-School molestation trial, was barred Wednesday from hearing the retrial of defendant Ray Buckey because of remarks the judge made after Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, were acquitted last month of 52 counts.
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December 5, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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January 13, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Three months after Angelina and Frank Rodriguez got married, the Montebello woman took out a $250,000 life insurance policy on her husband and began trying to kill him. First, authorities said, she fed him poisonous oleander plants, sending him to the hospital with an upset stomach. Then, she allegedly loosened the gas cap on the clothes dryer at their home before leaving to visit a friend in San Luis Obispo. Finally, Rodriguez spiked her husband's Gatorade with shots of green antifreeze.
NEWS
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.
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October 6, 1989 | From Times wire services
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1996
A Los Angeles police officer who was caught by her partner stealing $2,787 from a corpse in a Koreatown hotel last year was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail. Judge William R. Pounders also sentenced LaTanya Bell, 28, to three years of probation. She will surrender to authorities Friday to begin her sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1993
A Beverly Hills physician and nine other people charged in July with operating a massive, multimillion-dollar workers' compensation fraud mill were indicted Wednesday by the county Grand Jury. The indictment, handed down against Dr. Mark Kaplan, his former wife, Polina Ioffe, and others allows the case to bypass a preliminary hearing and go directly to trial. Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders set Kaplan's bail at $15 million. Bail for the other defendants ranges from $5,000 to $2 million.
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August 31, 1989 | From Times wire services
The troubled McMartin Preschool molestation trial was recessed today until Sept. 11 while doctors try to diagnose a mysterious illness which has hospitalized a juror. "It's obviously a serious matter," said Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders, who decided to wait and see if the juror can be cured quickly and return to the trial, now in its third year. He said one of the conditions the juror is suffering from is shingles, "but that is not the condition that caused him to be hospitalized."
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