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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 29, 2011
SANTA ANA — Jury selection began Monday in the case against 10 students charged with misdemeanors for allegedly taking part in a protest against Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year. Prospective jurors were asked a variety of questions in an eight-page questionnaire, including whether they studied at UC Irvine, if their association with the school would affect their ability to be fair and impartial, and if they are familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
NEWS
July 28, 2000
Jury selection was postponed until Aug. 14 for the trial of Steven Allen Abrams, the man accused of murdering two preschool children last year when he drove his car into a day-care center playground. Sierra Soto, 4, and Brandon Wiener, 3, were killed May 3, 1999, when Abrams drove his 1967 Cadillac onto the grounds of the Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center in Costa Mesa. Several other children and a teacher's aide were injured. In addition to two counts of murder, Abrams faces seven counts of attempted murder.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- A year after Eric Bechler's arrest and more than three years after his wife's drowning, the murder trial gained momentum Tuesday as jury selection began. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to continue choosing a 12-member panel today. Juror interviews started after Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel ruled that prosecutors could introduce into evidence secretly recorded conversations between Bechler, 33, of Newport Beach and his ex-girlfriend Tina New. The tapes, which have been sealed by the court, reportedly contain discussion by Bechler relating to the details of his wife's death.
NEWS
November 23, 2000
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Jury selection will begin Dec. 4 for the trial of Eric Bechler, the 33-year-old man accused of murdering his wife during a boating trip off the Newport Beach coast three years ago. The trial, postponed several times since September, began Wednesday morning with a hearing in Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel's courtroom. Prosecutor Debora Lloyd, defense attorney John Barnett and Bechler were present. Prosecutors believe Bechler killed his 38-year-old wife, Pegye, on July 6, 1997, when the couple rented a powerboat to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.
NEWS
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.
LOCAL
February 14, 2008
The trial for an Irvine woman charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident that killed an Eastbluff Elementary School teacher in 2006 has been rescheduled for April 14, court records show. Jury selection for Janene Johns, 53, was scheduled for Monday but had to be delayed because of scheduling conflicts for her lawyer, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman said. Johns pleaded not guilty June 11 to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and driving under the influence and causing injury.
NEWS
February 7, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Sex, lies and videotape will again take center stage in Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno's courtroom today with the retrial of three young men charged with gang-raping a girl in 2002. Attorneys in the case made it clear to prospective jurors last week that they will have to watch and evaluate a videotape the three defendants made of the incident in the Corona del Mar home of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, father of 19-year-old defendant Greg Haidl.
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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 29, 2011
SANTA ANA — Jury selection began Monday in the case against 10 students charged with misdemeanors for allegedly taking part in a protest against Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year. Prospective jurors were asked a variety of questions in an eight-page questionnaire, including whether they studied at UC Irvine, if their association with the school would affect their ability to be fair and impartial, and if they are familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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NEWS
June 13, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the second to last paragraph. The trial of a Ladera Ranch woman and her former boyfriend accused of killing a wealthy Newport Beach man was split into two trials Monday, according to Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy. Nanette Johnston Packard, 45, and Eric Andrew Naposki, 44, are accused of plotting to kill Bill McLaughlin in 1994. Murphy said he couldn't discuss why the trials were separated. Almost 20 years ago, McLaughlin responded to Packard's singles advertisement asking for a companion who could provide for her financially.
LOCAL
February 14, 2008
The trial for an Irvine woman charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident that killed an Eastbluff Elementary School teacher in 2006 has been rescheduled for April 14, court records show. Jury selection for Janene Johns, 53, was scheduled for Monday but had to be delayed because of scheduling conflicts for her lawyer, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman said. Johns pleaded not guilty June 11 to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and driving under the influence and causing injury.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Sex, lies and videotape will again take center stage in Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno's courtroom today with the retrial of three young men charged with gang-raping a girl in 2002. Attorneys in the case made it clear to prospective jurors last week that they will have to watch and evaluate a videotape the three defendants made of the incident in the Corona del Mar home of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, father of 19-year-old defendant Greg Haidl.
NEWS
February 2, 2005
A jury was selected Tuesday in the retrial of three men accused of gang-raping an allegedly unconscious girl when they were 17. After two full days of interviews with prospective jurors, attorneys agreed on 12 jurors and alternates. Nearly 800 were called to an initial screening pool, and that number was whittled down to 120 who showed up in Judge Francisco Briseno's courtroom Monday morning. Opening statements are set to start Feb. 7 in the retrial of Kyle Nachreiner, Keith Spann, both now 20, and 19-year-old Greg Haidl, son of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
JOSEPH N. BELL Last March, my wife received a jury summons. She had served several times before and had no problems with her duty to serve again. But the timing, which always seems disastrous to everyone except unemployed elderly citizens like me, was especially conflicting for her. So she asked for a later date, got one, asked for another in the fall, got it, and -- finally -- ran out of flexibility. Or excuses the court would find valid. So on Thursday, Jan. 13, at an outrageously early hour, she reported to the jury room of Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. She took her laptop along and had just settled into an alcove with a power outlet to tackle her day's work while she waited when she heard her name called.
NEWS
January 9, 2005
EDUCATION Estancia High School girls' soccer booster president Mark Gleason dropped his complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District regarding the unseemly conditions of local athletic fields, specifically those at Estancia and Costa Mesa high schools. Gleason had accused the district last summer of maintaining Newport Beach's fields better than Costa Mesa's, suggesting the differences between the two cities amounted to discrimination.
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