February 8, 2005
Andrew Edwards Professor John Choon Yoo was outnumbered. Yoo, a law professor at UC Berkeley and former Justice Department official, was invited to UC Irvine to speak Monday on the role of law in counterterrorism policy, but more than 400 people signed a petition asking that the invitation be canceled. The controversy over Yoo's appearance at the school stemmed from his role in drafting an August 2002 memo that interpreted a 1994 federal anti-torture law. The document defined physical torture as acts that cause pain comparable to serious injury, such as organ failure or death.
September 27, 2013
A Costa Mesa man who tortured and tried to kill his 2-month-old son was sentenced Friday to 13 years to life in state prison, the Orange County district attorney's office announced. Last month, a jury convicted Joshua Allen Robey, 26, of attempting to murder his son by using a blanket like a noose to swing the child by his neck. Robey was living in a Costa Mesa motel at the time, while his son lived with his mother and grandmother in Anaheim. In October 2011, a hidden camera recorded Robey repeatedly punching, strangling and shaking the infant while babysitting in Anaheim.
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.
February 3, 2010
The third murder trial of a man twice convicted of killing a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl is underway. Rodney James Alcala, 66, was twice convicted for the kidnapping and murder of Robin Samsoe, but both convictions were thrown out on appeal. Alcala now is standing trial for a third time as the alleged suspect in the girl’s slaying and killings of four Los Angeles women. He is charged with a series of murder and kidnapping charges with enhancements for rape, intent to inflict torture, intent to kill during burglary and kidnapping from the late 1970s, according to court documents.
November 8, 2007
Michael B. Mukasey, the nominee for attorney general, has been criticized for his views on interrogation techniques, specifically his comments on waterboarding. But Mukasey has said he would enforce a law banning waterboarding if Congress approved it. Do you think if he is confirmed as the next attorney general Congress should move swiftly to approve a law banning waterboarding, and would you vote for such a law? Waterboarding in and of itself is not torture.
February 7, 2005
TALKING ABOUT CONTROVERSY UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo, who helped draft the so-called "torture memo," a Justice Department document that argued Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners are not subject to the full protection of the Geneva Conventions while in U.S. custody, will appear in a panel discussion today at UC Irvine. UC Irvine professors Mark Le Vine and Cecelia Lynch will join the panel with attorney Stephen Rohde, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
October 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — A 24-year-old man was allegedly caught on video attempting to kill his 2-month-old son by shaking, punching and swinging him by the neck with a blanket, authorities said. Joshua Allen Robey, who was living in a Costa Mesa motel, was charged with felony attempted murder, torture and child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child younger than 5 If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.
October 23, 2012
Additional details emerged this week about a Newport Beach kidnapping that left two adult victims bound in the Mojave Desert, court documents show. A Balboa Peninsula resident spotted the three presumed kidnappers unload a ladder from a truck and lean it against the victim's home in the 100 block of 25th Street before the kidnapping occurred, according to public records the Newport Beach Police Department filed. The suspects extended the ladder to the home's third-story deck and appeared to prepare for work, records show.
November 13, 2009
We have many things to be proud of here in this part of the county. But we can be especially proud of the tributes given to our fighting men and women by our local schools celebrating Veterans Day. One such tribute was mentioned in this paper this week — Medal of Honor recipient Walter D. Ehlers came to Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa to speak and be honored with the rest of the veterans. Another school-sponsored Veterans Day event that I attended was at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic School.
May 7, 2009
A forum is for the purpose of open discussion of public matters, not for misinformation and airing of personal dislikes. A letter in the Forum, signed by a person who is neither a resident of Costa Mesa nor a member of the Costa Mesa Senior Center, made an untrue accusation and called for the firing of two of the center’s hard-working employees and people whom I know to be dedicated to the welfare of our seniors. Every question raised by Councilwoman [Wendy] Leece has been answered promptly and thoroughly.