July 5, 2013
After 24 minutes of deliberation, an Orange County jury decided Wednesday that a Costa Mesa sex offender is dangerous and should remain in a state hospital, according to a court official. Jurors began deliberating about whether to release Cary Jay Smith, 52, at 10:13 a.m. and reached a verdict by 10:37 a.m., according to Orange County Superior Court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau. In 1999, Smith went to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino on a 72-hour hold after his wife gave his psychiatrist a letter in which he described sex acts he wanted to perform on a boy, according to authorities.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2003
I cringed when I read Steve Smith's column about "Bullying no, teasing go ahead." Smith reminisced about the "good ol' days" when he was in school and bragged how he survived the jeers of his peers. As an educator for 20 years, I would like to inform Smith that times have changed. Now we have violent video games that simulate the destruction of the "enemy." When Smith was growing up, he and others could imagine in their head many revenge scenarios to get back at your taunter.