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March 3, 2005
The prosecution in a gang-rape trial rested its case Wednesday. Rancho Cucamonga residents Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both now 20, and 19-year-old Greg Haidl, son of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, are accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old-girl and sexually assaulting her with various objects. The July 2002 incident took place in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home. The prosecution's last witness, a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders, testified that the alleged victim appeared to be unconscious or sleeping in a videotape of the incident.
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By Alicia Robinson | October 17, 2007
Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has come up with a new litmus test for the next attorney general: Will he reopen the cases of two jailed Border Patrol agents? Rohrabacher on Tuesday announced he and 45 other members of Congress are sending a letter to retired Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s attorney general nominee, asking him to conduct “a fair and unbiased review” of how the agents’ prosecution was handled. In a phone interview, Rohrabacher said if Mukasey won’t look at the case, he’s not fit to be attorney general.
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By Michael Alexander | July 14, 2008
Depending on whether you listened to the prosecution or defense, Rachael Mullenix is either a manipulative killer and a liar who used her boyfriend to help her knock off her mom, or she is the abused victim of her violent beau and only helped him cover up a murder because she didn?t know how else to cope with a shocking act. That?s what jurors now have to decide, as they went into deliberation Monday afternoon in search of a verdict. As the trial of Mullenix, 19, neared an end, the prosecution and defense made closing arguments in a last attempt to get their cases across.
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By Lauren Williams | October 7, 2011
Misdemeanor criminal charges against one of the so-called Irvine 11 were dropped Friday after he appeared in court to prove completion of community service, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Hakim Nasreddine Kebir, 21, was originally one of the 11 Muslim college students facing two misdemeanor charges of disrupting a public assembly and conspiring to willfully commit a crime. The D.A.'s office agreed to drop the charges in July upon Kebir's completion of 40 hours community service.
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By Lauren Williams | September 20, 2011
SANTA ANA — An Orange County Superior Court jury will decide the fate of 10 college students accused of illegally disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech last year at UC Irvine. After two full days of closing statements from six defense attorneys and one prosecutor, the so-called Irvine 11 case was given to the jurors. Deliberations on two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to and then disrupting the address are set to begin Wednesday morning and last one to two days.
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January 18, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- A Superior Court judge will decide today whether to dismiss the Eric Bechler murder case. In a surprise move Wednesday afternoon, Bechler's defense attorney, John Barnett, submitted a brief asking the court to throw out the case based on the argument that the prosecution had not provided any evidence to prove the crime was committed in California. Prosecutors have charged Bechler with killing his 38-year-old wife, Pegye, by hitting her on the head and dumping her body in the Pacific Ocean during a boating trip off the coast of Newport Beach in 1997.
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May 30, 2002
Deepa Bharath Closing arguments will begin today in the trial of Ramadan Dokovic. The defense rested its case Wednesday. Both the prosecution and the defense presented several witnesses, including people who saw the Costa Mesa incident that happened in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant at the corner of 17th Street and Tustin Avenue. The prosecution brought in about a dozen witnesses. Most of them told the court that they saw the men fight over a gun and Dokovic shoot Miroslav Maric several times.
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May 23, 2002
The prosecution presented more witnesses Wednesday in the trial of Ramadan Dokovic, a 42-year-old Downey man accused of shooting and killing a 49-year-old Newport Beach resident a year ago. On Tuesday, several witnesses testified that they heard Miroslav Maric's cries for help as the two men struggled over a long-barreled handgun in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant at the corner of 17th Street and Tustin...
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December 27, 2012
The state Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Orange County District Attorney's Office a $480,000 for the prosecution of driving under the influence cases, according to a news release issued Thursday. The grant was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is the third grant the OCDA has received for DUI detection and prosecution. The first was a 2005 grant of $691,631 to fund a deputy district attorney and staff to exclusively focus on DUI prosecution.
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By Hannah Fry | April 25, 2014
A Newport Beach company is suing Katrina Foley, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District board trustee, claiming she pursued a lawsuit without proper evidence in a case related solely to her capacity as an employment attorney. Monex Deposit Co. filed suit in April 2013 against Foley and her former client Terry Parsons, who initially sued the investment firm for allegedly firing him without cause, according to documents filed with the Orange County Superior Court. The court ruled in Monex's favor.
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December 27, 2012
The state Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Orange County District Attorney's Office a $480,000 for the prosecution of driving under the influence cases, according to a news release issued Thursday. The grant was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is the third grant the OCDA has received for DUI detection and prosecution. The first was a 2005 grant of $691,631 to fund a deputy district attorney and staff to exclusively focus on DUI prosecution.
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By Lauren Williams | March 15, 2012
The Newport Beach Police Department on Thursday honored its staff for devotion and heroism in the field and the Orange County district attorney's office for closing an unsolved murder case. At the annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, the top honor, the Chief Citation, went to Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy, D.A. investigators Susan Frazier and Larry Montgomery, and paralegal Dena Basham. The prosecutorial team worked with police to convict former NFL linebacker Eric Naposki and his girlfriend Nanette Packard of killing Newport businessman William McLaughlin in 1994.
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By Lauren Williams | October 7, 2011
Misdemeanor criminal charges against one of the so-called Irvine 11 were dropped Friday after he appeared in court to prove completion of community service, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Hakim Nasreddine Kebir, 21, was originally one of the 11 Muslim college students facing two misdemeanor charges of disrupting a public assembly and conspiring to willfully commit a crime. The D.A.'s office agreed to drop the charges in July upon Kebir's completion of 40 hours community service.
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September 29, 2011
Historically, county district attorneys have demurred from pursuing legal action against University of California students in cases of alleged minor crimes and misdemeanors when these incidents occur on university property. Instead, they have appropriately elected to honor the well-enumerated due process procedures in place at each of the UC campuses. In the case of the so-called "Irvine 11," UC Irvine officials promptly investigated charges that a small group of students disrupted a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.
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From the L.A. Times and Daily Pilot | September 23, 2011
SANTA ANA - An Orange County Superior Court jury on Friday convicted 10 of the so-called Irvine 11 on two misdemeanor charges to conspire and then disrupt a February 2010 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine. Charges against one defendant had been tentatively dismissed, pending completion of 40 hours of community service at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The remaining 10 were sentenced to three years of informal probation and 56 hours of community service.
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By Lauren Williams | September 20, 2011
SANTA ANA — An Orange County Superior Court jury will decide the fate of 10 college students accused of illegally disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech last year at UC Irvine. After two full days of closing statements from six defense attorneys and one prosecutor, the so-called Irvine 11 case was given to the jurors. Deliberations on two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to and then disrupting the address are set to begin Wednesday morning and last one to two days.
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By Lauren Williams and Nicole Santa Cruz | September 19, 2011
SANTA ANA - Ten Muslim college students censored the Israeli ambassador to the United States when he tried to give an address atUC Irvine, a prosecutor argued in closing statements of the so-called Irvine 11 trial on Monday. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Dan Wagner said the protesters interfered with Ambassador Michael Oren's right to free speech by temporarily disrupting his February 2010 campus address. "Who is the censor in this case?" he asked the jury. "Right there - 10 of them.
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By Lauren Williams | September 7, 2011
SANTA ANA - Prosecutors and defense attorneys both argued free-speech rights Wednesday during opening statements of the criminal trial against 10 Muslim college students accused of plotting to disrupt a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Prosecutors claimed that the so-called Irvine 11 "shut down" Ambassador Michael Oren, which prevented him from freely exchanging ideas with those who came to hear him speak atUC Irvine. Defense attorneys argued that the students expressed political views in a legal protest and that prosecuting them infringes on their rights.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its 2005 ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, agreeing not to arrest and seek prosecution against those running such businesses in the city as long as three or more people are not involved in growing and distributing the drug. The amendment prohibits those who are not authorized under state law to grow and distribute marijuana from operating dispensaries and also declares off-site growing unlawful. The change in the city's stance came as a result of a recent court ruling involving Anaheim that cast doubt on whether municipalities can use the federal government's stance against marijuana to ban dispensaries.
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