JURY CONVICTS ex-CLU FRESHMAN of BATTERY-Ventura County

Jury convicts ex-CLU freshman of battery ALEJANDRO CASTANEDA: He gets fine, year of probation; felony sexual assault charges were dropped earlier. By Philippe Shepnick Ventura County Star writer September 22, 2000 A jury found a former California Lutheran University freshman guilty of misdemeanor battery Thursday, more than two months after prosecutors dropped felony sexual assault […]

MAN GETS PRISON IN SCAM-Riverside County

Man gets prison in scam COURT: A judge in Riverside orders Leslie Darwin Murdock to pay investors $13 million. By GUY McCARTHY THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE May 31, 2003 RIVERSIDE – Leslie Darwin Murdock, described by officials as mastermind of a $26 million pyramid scheme that duped more than 600 investors, showed little remorse when he was […]

Ex-ARMY RECRUITER GETS 16-MONTH TERM-Riverside County

Ex-Army recruiter gets 16-month term STATUTORY RAPE: He had sex with a teen girl who was considering joining the service. By GUY McCARTHY THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE July 26, 2003 A former U.S. Army recruiter based in Moreno Valley was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison for the statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl who was […]

BAIL REDUCED in GRAND-THEFT CASE AGAINST SLAIN MILLIONAIRE’S FIANCEE-Orange County

Bail reduced in grand-theft case against slain millionaire’s fiancee COURTS: Judge halves bail, to $250,000, and attorneys say the Newport Beach woman could soon be free. By: STUART PFEIFER The Orange County Register April 22, 1995 A judge Friday slashed the bail of a Newport Beach woman accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from the slain […]

THIRD STRIKE INMATE WINS HIS FREEDOM-Los Angeles County

Third-Strike Inmate Wins His Freedom The janitor’s robbery conviction was reversed on appeal because of errors by trial judge and public defender. He was serving 70 years to life. By Steve Berry LA Times Staff Writer February 1, 2003 A Los Angeles janitor who was serving a prison sentence of 70 years to life for […]