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May 4, 2004
Deepa Bharath The three teenagers accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl have been treated equally in a case that has created a media frenzy because of the high-power position held by one defendant's father, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney said. Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl and his son's defense team, however, have said they believe that the Orange County district attorney overcharged this case because of Don Haidl's position of power and his role in county politics.
NEWS
November 16, 2007
A Newport Beach businessman named as a defendant in a lawsuit against two local rehabilitation homes said Thursday the city gave him no warning before filing the suit. “I was shocked to find out I’m being sued by Newport Beach without any notice or warning letter,” Saywitz said. Saywitz, president of the Newport Beach-based real estate company The Saywitz Co., said he was out of the office traveling and found out about the legal action only when he returned to work this week.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | May 26, 2012
A former Newport Beach resident charged for running a fraudulent Internet company returned to the U.S. on Thursday after fleeing the country in 1999. James S. Eberhart, 71, was deported from Malaysia and expected in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, according to an FBI release. Eberhart, along with co-defendants Eugene M. Carriere, Richard Hines and Kenneth Gottlieb, were indicted for allegedly operating YES Entertainment Network Inc., a fraudulent Newport Beach company that solicited investments over the phone for an 18-channel, multimedia, family-oriented website, according to court documents.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | June 28, 2013
So many times I hear the question: "How can defense attorneys defend those criminals - particularly if you know they are guilty?" The answer is at least four-fold. First, and quite fundamentally, the 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution provide that governments cannot deprive people of life, liberty or property without the due process of law. Libertarians and other responsible people realize that due process for almost all cases is simply not attainable without defendants having capable and professional legal assistance.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
Marisa O'Neil The fate of three men, accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl when they were teenagers, lies in the hands of a jury for the second time in a year. A jury of eight men and four women must now decide if Greg Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, all 17 at the time, took advantage of the girl after she passed out from drinking or, as the defense claims, if she willingly participated. A jury last year could not reach a verdict in the case, and Judge Francisco Briseno declared a mistrial.
NEWS
January 7, 2004
Deirdre Newman With an air of deja vu, Mayor Gary Monahan emerged from behind closed doors late Monday night and announced that another settlement agreement had been reached with former City Atty. Jerry Scheer. This time, though, the statement was followed by a caveat: "contingent on all people signing it." The lack of one signee -- Senior Deputy City Atty. Marianne Milligan -- derailed the first settlement agreement reached by Scheer and the defendants in October.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | May 13, 2011
SANTA ANA — An Orange County judge issued a gag order Friday in the misdemeanor criminal trial of 11 college students accused of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson said that he did not want potential jurors to have preconceived ideas about the case involving the so-called "Irvine 11. " His gag order applies to both the prosecution and to the defense. On May 3, defense attorneys representing the defendants filed a motion that aimed to silence prosecutors, claiming that Orange County Deputy Dist.
LOCAL
October 28, 2009
Have you ever had to go to court to watch a friend or family member appear before a judge? Have you ever had to wait for your own appearance? Either way, typically defendants are ordered to appear at 9 a.m. but rarely actually deal with a judge at that time. Now, Orange County Superior Court officials, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, are working to make that wait shorter, or even disappear. Court and sheriff’s officials unveiled their newest courtroom Wednesday morning, and it’s housed right inside the Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana. Instead of driving to the courthouses in Santa Ana or Newport Beach, among others, some defendants can now make an appearance there, saving time and money for everyone.
NEWS
November 10, 1999
-- Greg Risling A former Orange County deputy district attorney indicted in a federal drug smuggling case is no longer a defendant in the case. Federal authorities declined to specify the circumstances surrounding the case against 35-year-old Bryan Kazarian for the past several days. Kazarian was one of seven defendants who did not appear at a court hearing Monday. "His case has been disposed of," said Assistant U.S. Attorney James Spertus. "It means he isn't in the case anymore."
NEWS
January 3, 2004
Deirdre Newman Deputy City Atty. Marianne Milligan is the only defendant who has not signed off on a settlement agreement the city reached with former City Atty. Jerry Scheer in October. Attorneys representing Scheer and the city have conflicting opinions on whether this has delayed the agreement from being finalized. In mid-December, Scheer refiled his complaint against the city, which essentially negates the settlement and restarts the process of suing the city.
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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.
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SPORTS
March 22, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Vanguard University is no longer just a women's basketball power. The Costa Mesa school's men's team defeated defending NAIA champion Georgetown of Kentucky, 93-85, on Friday to reach the NAIA Division I Final Four. The Lions (30-6) will meet St. Gregory's of Oklahoma (24-9) in the semifinals on Monday at 2 p.m. PT at Municipal Auditorium. No. 6-seeded Vanguard had not advanced past the second round in its two previous NAIA Tournament appearances. But Coach Rhett Soliday's squad, which claimed the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, has won seven in a row, including three straight in Kansas City, and is the highest seeded team remaining in the 32-team tournament.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 21, 2014
Opening statements began in Orange County Superior Court this week in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting two women in Newport Beach and Irvine. Charges against Travis Dewayne Batten, 31, include two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, forced sodomy, forced sexual penetration with a foreign object, kidnapping and residential burglary, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Batten, an auto mechanic who lived in Irvine and worked in Newport, also faces sentencing enhancements for allegations of committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary and tying up or binding a victim.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2014
Some of the top high school boys' tennis teams in the country will converge on Newport Beach this weekend, like they always do on a weekend in March. The 15th annual Corona del Mar All-American Invitational boys' tennis tournament begins Friday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach and Corona del Mar High, promising elite competition like always. CdM begins its tournament at 8:30 a.m. Friday at The Tennis Club, against Rancho Bernardo High of San Diego. "There will be more depth this year, but not as many superstars," said All-American Tournament director Tim Mang, the former longtime CdM coach.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | February 28, 2014
They say that defense wins championships, and that always has seemed to be true for the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team. But what makes up a defense? The most obvious piece to the casual fan is the goalie, and the Sailors have two great ones in senior captain Cleo Harrington and junior Carlee Kapana. Everyone in the stands is able to recognize when a goalie makes a huge block. But what about the center defender, whose perfect positioning on the play made the center shoot the ball with a little less force than she wanted?
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | February 12, 2014
The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team seemed to be full of surprises Wednesday night. Coach Dave Carlson surprised some at the game, publicly saying for the first time that he plans to step down as Griffins girls' coach after 15 years. In the water, the Griffins also surprised host Newport Harbor by staying in a hard press defense virtually the whole time. And Los Alamitos used it to produce another surprise, a 6-5 upset victory that gives the Griffins their first Sunset League title in three seasons.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | February 4, 2014
They say that everything is bigger in Texas. In Texas, though, Estancia High junior Slade Garnett didn't have the chance to ring a bell after a girls' basketball game. Garnett, who transferred to Estancia from Texas last June, made sure she had the opportunity to do so Tuesday night at home. There was the season-high 20 points. There was the defensive job on Costa Mesa's top scorer. In the end, Garnett perhaps had the most fun of anyone after the Eagles beat cross-town rival Costa Mesa, 64-50, winning the girls' basketball Battle for the Bell series for the fifth time in six years.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014
UC Irvine senior Marco Franco was taken 13th overall by the Chicago Fire in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday. Franco, the Big West Conference Defender of the Year in 2013, when he led the Anteaters to the Big West regular-season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16, becomes the highest pick in UCI program history. Franco, a second-team All-American and first-team All-West Region honoree, is UCI's first first-round selection in the MLS draft. He helped UCI produce 10 shutouts and allow a conference-low 77 shots on goal in 2013.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 17, 2014
Even in its championship years, including NCAA titles the last two seasons and four of the last seven, the UC Irvine men's volleyball coaching staff has learned that the best-laid plans sometimes need major tweaking. So after his team dropped a pulsating five-set match to defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season champion BYU, 19-25, 34-32, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12, on Wednesday at the Bren Events Center, second-year UCI head man David Kniffin stood calmly and asserted that his quest for the proper plan for this year's success remains, well, just as planned.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | January 14, 2014
Crazy things tend to happen when Estancia High visits Costa Mesa in girls' basketball. The Eagles barely earned one-point wins each of the past two seasons in the Mustangs' gym. And on Tuesday night in the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, Estancia nearly came back from a 12-point deficit with three minutes left. This time, the Mustangs finally had an answer. Her name was Aubriona Mathis. The junior scored a season-high 18 points and also stepped up defensively, helping Costa Mesa earn a 67-64 victory in the first Battle for the Bell game.
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