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September 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil The retrial of Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, and two friends accused of gang-raping an allegedly unconscious 16-year-old girl will not include testimony that a date-rape drug was used in the act. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Thursday on what evidence will not be used when the case is retried early next year. Prosecutors will not call a former Los Angeles Police detective who testified in the first trial that the girl, referred to as Jane Doe, had likely ingested the date-rape drug GHB. "The bombshell is that the district attorney is completely abandoning the whole theory that the girl was on GHB or a date-rape drug," Haidl defense attorney Pete Scalisi said.
By Geoff West | November 10, 2007
The Costa Mesa City Council demonstrated, once again, the wisdom of policy that requires it to cease deliberations at midnight during prolonged meetings. In its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6, the council should have stopped at midnight, but just kept on plowing away until finally folding its tent at 1:10 a.m. This particular meeting was contentious, to say the least. The fate of skate parks, dog parks, Lions Park and Fairview Park were interwoven into several agenda items. To its credit, the council managed to sort that spaghetti bowl of issues.
January 30, 2008
Over the past year it always seemed the Daily Pilot?s sympathies leaned toward building on the property adjacent to the library. Why else would the newspaper not have called for an environmental impact report or fostered public debate on how the city will find a replacement for the already committed open space that would be lost? We finally learned where the paper stands (?City hall, park can coexist; vote wisely,? Jan. 13). During the upcoming election we will learn how the people of Newport Beach stand regarding the future of our city.
June 18, 2004
Deepa Bharath Prosecution and defense teams rested their cases Thursday afternoon in a high-profile trial involving three teenagers accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl. Prosecutors say Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann raped the girl, identified only as Jane Doe, and sexually assaulted her with various objects at the assistant sheriff's Corona del Mar home. The defendants also made a videotape of the incident, which has been played for jurors and other expert witnesses during the trial.
By James P. Gray | March 30, 2012
As I am writing this column, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether the federal government has the power under the commerce clause of the Constitution to order private parties to buy health insurance. Being a Libertarian, I'd argue the answer is no. But because this is such a large topic of conversation, I want to give you some of the arguments that the Supreme Court will be considering, so you can more easily follow along. The genesis of this argument goes back to the 1942 case of Wickard v. Filburn.
By Mona Shadia | April 26, 2010
Following an earlier decision to tentatively dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging Costa Mesa and Lake Forest’s bans on medical marijuana dispensaries, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford announced Monday that he will rule in the case. Matthew Pappas, the attorney representing the plaintiffs — four disabled Orange County residents who use marijuana to treat various illnesses — said he expects to learn of the decision today. The lawsuit was filed by Marla James, Wayne Washington, James Armantrout and Charles Daniel DeJong under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs assert that by banning dispensaries Costa Mesa and Lake Forest are blocking patients from getting access to what they consider medication — an alleged violation of the ADA. Pappas argued that both cities should allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate based on a 2009 congressional decision to lift restrictions on medical marijuana in Washington, D.C. Congress lifted a 1998 rule that banned marijuana dispensaries from operating, Pappas said.
By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2014
A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved forward Wednesday when a judge ruled that some of the alleged acts against the officials were not protected by the 1st Amendment. Judge Gail A. Andler denied all of the defense's anti-SLAPP motions - or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - which had argued that Mayor Jim Righeimer, his wife Lene Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's lawsuit was stifling the 1st Amendment rights of the Costa Mesa Police Assn.; their former law firm, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and Chris Lanzillo , a private investigator.
By Joseph Serna | December 2, 2008
A Santa Ana gang member was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for his part in killing a blind albino Russian gang member from Costa Mesa in June 2006. Ruben Oliveros, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the crime benefiting a gang and a felony count of street terrorism with an enhancement of using a gun and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison at his sentencing next month, officials said. On June 6, 2006, Raffi Yessayan, was riding in his car with Oliveros and two other men, Marco Charcas-Fernandez, 23, of Santa Ana and Aurelio Saldivar, 30, of Costa Mesa.
By Joseph Serna | May 3, 2010
Knowing that convicting someone of murder weighs heavily on the minds of jurors, Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy hammered home the idea of accountability, when he gave his closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of Weston Scott Kruger. “If you decide to use force to take something from someone else, they better not get hurt because we as a society are going to hold you responsible,” Murphy told the jury at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. “If you kill them while taking their stuff, regardless if its worth 2 cents or $2 million, regardless of intent we’re going to hold you responsible for that death.
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