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By Joseph Serna | December 8, 2011
SANTA ANA — An allegedly intoxicated driver who hit and seriously injured a Newport Harbor High School student was charged Thursday with felony driving under the influence with an enhancement for causing brain injury and paralysis. Marnie J. Lippincott, 38, of Costa Mesa was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. Her arraignment in Orange County Superior Court was delayed Thursday until later this month. Prosecutors said Lippincott was under the influence of drugs and alcohol Tuesday afternoon when her black Chevy Tahoe hit Crystal Morales, 17, as she crossed Margaret Drive in a crosswalk near of the school, which had just let out for the day. Morales suffered serious internal and head injuries.
By Joseph Serna | December 1, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - A Newport Beach woman will stand trial on charges that she was driving drunk and texting when she hit and killed a bicyclist in Newport Coast, Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson ruled Thursday. Danae Miller, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The felony charge stems from a Feb. 21 accident on San Joaquin Hills Road that killed Amine Britel, a Moroccan athlete who had moved to the United States and ran a successful local business.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 14, 2012
For first-time novelist A.G.S. Johnson, inspiration struck like lightning and immediately slowed to a crawl. "I was awakened one night, maybe 15 years ago, by this cocky female voice that was so intriguing to me that I jumped out of bed, literally, and I wrote as fast as I could," Johnson said, talking about the would-be foundation for her debut novel. "It was a couple of paragraphs of what this voice was saying … So I carried this stupid piece of writing around for probably a few years.
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
February 25, 2005
Marisa O'Neil One juror appeared to cringe, some took notes and others stared blankly as they watched a videotape in court Thursday that prosecutors say shows three teenage boys gang-raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl. The tape, a key piece of evidence in the retrial of now 19-year-old Greg Haidl and Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 20, was shown Thursday on four small, flat-screen monitors and one large one in Judge Francisco Briseno's courtroom.
March 17, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Seconds after Eric Bechler told a packed courtroom that he loved his wife and did not kill her, a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Frank F. Fasel said he agreed with a 12-member jury, which on Feb. 1 found the 33-year-old man from Newport Heights guilty of first-degree murder for bludgeoning his 38-year-old wife, Pegye Bechler, on a boat and then dumping her body in the ocean in trash bags filled with weights.
March 27, 2001
Occasionally there are stories in the paper about runaway juries -- juries that seem to disregard whatever facts have been presented. They make decisions based on some rationale outside the courtroom. Every time this happens, there is all sorts of hand wringing about the jury system. After all my years in a courtroom, I am a big believer in it. Time and again I would see twelve ordinary people come into a courtroom where they were presented with various facts and opinions.
By Tom Ragan, | January 3, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the spelling of Philip Kaufler's name. The judge recused himself Monday morning from Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard’s case, saying he knew the former Beverly Hills school district superintendent, according to the attorney for Hubbard’s co-defendant. Additionally, one of Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox’s children attended Beverly Hills High School so there is a conflict of interest as well, Karen Anne Christiansen's attorney Philip Kaufler said.
By Lauren Williams, | June 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in mid-August on criminal charges stemming from his former job as Beverly Hills schools chief. At a pre-trial hearing, L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus tentatively set Hubbard's trial date for Aug. 15. But the trial of the superintendent charged with two felony counts of misappropriating public funds could be changed to another date or moved to another courtroom, the judge said.
April 22, 2002
A church-state separation suit against the city of Newport Beach will move forward today when attorneys hold a status conference on the case. The conference, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today in District Court, will be the next step toward resolving a lawsuit by Newport Beach resident John W. Nelson. Nelson's suit in January alleges that the city's practice of not enforcing parking meters near churches on Sunday morning amounts to public subsidy for religion, a violation of the Constitution's Establishment Clause.
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