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By: | August 16, 2005
Testimony will continue today in a hearing in Orange County Superior Court to decide whether two men and one woman will stand trial in the alleged killing of a Newport Beach couple. Skylar DeLeon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 24, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 40, all of Long Beach, are expected to appear in court on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who went missing in November after allegedly selling their yacht. Two other men charged with the murders, Myron Gardner, 42, of Long Beach, and Alonso Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera, will be tried separately, a judge ruled Friday.
June 2, 2004
Deepa Bharath The defense in a high-profile gang-rape case will ask the judge today to admit testimony of a pornography expert attorneys say will contradict a witness for the prosecution who suggested the defendants drugged the girl. Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann are accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home. The jury trial for the teenagers, which began on May 3, has come to an abrupt standstill this week because defense attorney Pete Morreale's son met with a traffic accident on Friday.
By Mona Shadia | September 14, 2011
SANTA ANA - A UC Irvine professor overstepped his boundaries when he told students that no disruptions were allowed during the Israeli ambassador's visit last year, according to testimony given during Wednesday's Irvine 11 trial. According to UCI comparative literature professor Rei Terada's testimony, before introducing Ambassador Michael Oren on Feb. 8, 2010, political science professor Mark Petracca, who emceed the event, told the audience he had the highest expectation for civility for the ambassador - a level that would exceed the respect given even during a joint session of Congress.
December 9, 2003
Marisa O'Neil The new attorney for a former UC Irvine student convicted of sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old-girl is seeking a new trial, this one in front of a jury. Newport Beach resident Brian Dance, 21, was convicted in July of three counts of forced penetration, one count of torture and one count each of robbery and criminal threat. He had previously waived his right to a jury trial and faces a possible life sentence for beating a girl he had met on the Internet and carving swastikas on her face on the UCI campus.
By Denys Oberman | November 1, 2012
Newport Beach city leaders are going to extraordinary lengths and expense to convince taxpayers that Measure EE is "for their protection," and that the passage of the 38 items will "increase efficiencies. " One must ask, Why? I urge citizens and voters to think about the consequences of Measure EE: Are taking away of our rights, and loosening conflict-of-interest regulations, "protections," or are they simply ways for the city to steamroller unreasonable regulations and make decisions which may not be in the public interest?
December 9, 2004
Jeff Benson Elizabeth Loftus calls it the highest national award she could receive as a psychologist, but the distinguished UC Irvine research professor might not always clearly remember being notified that she won it. If her theories come to fruition, Loftus will have to factor in the occasional mind distortion, contaminated memory and unreliability of eyewitness testimony. And maybe, just maybe, she'll determine she got caught up in the moment.
By Joseph Serna | March 31, 2010
Attorneys representing the son of a former assistant sheriff and two other men who sought to overturn their clients’ convictions and requirements to register as sex offenders have lost their appeal and now have to weigh their next legal step, attorney Dennis Fischer said Wednesday. “Understandable disappointment” is how Fischer said he felt upon learning that he and his colleagues lost their appeal in the case involving sex offender Greg Haidl and two of his friends.
March 5, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Defense attorneys will begin presenting their case Monday in the retrial of three young men charged with gang-raping a 16-year-old girl when they were teenagers. Rancho Cucamonga residents Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 20, and 19-year-old Greg Haidl are accused of raping the girl at a 2002 party and sexually assaulting her with various objects. Prosecutors, who say the girl -- known in court as Jane Doe -- passed out after drinking too much and did not give consent, rested their case on Wednesday.
By Joseph Serna, | June 29, 2010
The state Supreme Court is taking another 30 days to consider hearing the appeal of sex offender Greg Haidl and his accomplices to have their convictions for sexually assaulting an unconscious teenage girl overturned. The most likely explanation for the additional time is so the court isn't working up against the Fourth of July holiday weekend, said Haidl's attorney, Dennis Fischer. He said the court's move to postpone a decision on whether to hear the case didn't indicate anything about his client's chances of being heard.
By Joseph Serna | October 29, 2008
Like pillars removed from a building, every aspect of a normal childhood not available to convicted killer Skylar Deleon growing up narrowed his choices and made it harder for him to make good decisions, a psychologist for Deleon’s defense testified this morning. “There’s always a choice, but people don’t always get the same choices,” testified Mark Cunningham, a 30-year veteran of clinical and forensic psychology, during Deleon’s death penalty trial Wednesday.
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