Jesse Jackson and Fellow UCI Ebola Panelists Agree All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

UCI School of Law
Jesse Jackson makes a point at UCI Wednesday about people who want affordable healthcare for themselves but not Obamacare for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 7:30 A.M.: During the discussion and exchange with audience members at Wednesday's UC Irvine law school panel on "The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises," dean Erwin Chemerinsky said, "It's important that constitutional decisions be based on scientific information and not fear."

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Ex-Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh Gets 6 Months in Jail for Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies to DMV

Miller Oh stepped down as mayor after being convicted of five counts of perjury in May.
Former Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh was sentenced this morning to six months in jail for using a fake name and other phony information on DMV documents to avoid paying child support. Keep in mind that the 50-year-old real estate developer used his two daughters as props while campaigning for office. Such a family man!

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Larry Shin Faces Trial for Murder, But Hearing Reveals More About Victim Aubreyanna Parks

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Larry Shin had a beef with Keisha Clark, prosecutors claim.
Before an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner found sufficient evidence Tuesday to continue with the trial against Larry Shin, more details became public as to why sheriff's homicide investigators honed in on the 36-year-old so quickly as a murder suspect.

But the hearing also shed light on the unusual double life of Aubreyanna Sade Parks, a 17-year-old who also went by Keisha Clark before her bloody body was found face down on a curb in an upscale Yorba Linda street on Feb. 4. She had been repeatedly stabbed.

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Maximino Fuentes Clara's Alleged Fatal Stabber Ruben Martinez Has a Criminal Past: Update

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Ruben Martinez is facing a murder rap in Sunday night's stabbing.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 1:53 P.M.: Ruben Martinez, who is accused of fatally stabbing his mother's boyfriend Maximino Fuentes Clara during a street fight in unincoporated Anaheim Sunday night, has a criminal past, according to court records. The 27-year-old Anaheim resident has a 2009 conviction for carjacking and a 2008 conviction for stealing a car in Riverside County, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned some time today on a murder count with a sentence-enhancing allegation of use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

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Mike Murray, Prominent Homicide Prosecutor, To Run For Orange County Judge Post In 2016

Michael F. Murray, one of Orange County's most accomplished homicide prosecutors, is running to win a superior court judge post in the 2016 election.

Long feared by criminal suspects for his intense, relentless pursuit to solve major crimes, Murray's prospective departure from prosecution duties should bring a collective sigh of relief from future Southern California hoodlums.

I've witnessed psychopathic killers cringe when the no-nonsense, West Point graduate--a U.S. Army captain during the first Persian Gulf War--entered the courtroom.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the righteousness of Murray's homicide conviction in People vs. Marvin Smith after bickering lower courts nitpicked about imaginary violations of Smith's constitutional rights.

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Monday Pervy Monday: Kristen Michelle Roush Vehemently Denies Being Lewd with Student

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Kristen Michelle Roush is "an exemplary human being:" lawyer.
A Mission Viejo junior high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to committing lewd acts with a 14-year-old male student and has vehemently denied to the media that she has ever done anything inappropriate with any student.

"I'm completely innocent of all the charges," Roush told TV station KTLA Friday outside Newport Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, where she pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts that could send her to state prison for 12 years with a conviction.

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California State Bar Fires Back At Joe Dunn's Version Of His Sensational Termination

The California State Bar issued a statement this afternoon defending its Nov. 7 firing of former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn as executive director and claiming Dunn's lawsuit response depicting himself as an abused whistleblower is "bewildering."

According to the announcement, Dunn was under investigation based on several complaints and the bar board carefully considered the situation before terminating his employment.

"On July 31, 2014, the board received a complaint from a high-level employee raising serious, wide-ranging allegations about Executive Director Joe Dunn and certain state bar employees," the statement declares. "Another complaint followed in mid-August from another high-level employee."

Following the investigation by an independent law firm, the board voted on Nov. 7 to fire Dunn.

The state bar has not yet disclosed specific accusations.

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Weekender Updater Returns with Killers, Defendants, Dearly Departed and 2 Local Flicks

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It's back
Haven't done this in awhile, and judging by the backlog that was a mistake. Click on through for updates on stories we've been following on Navel Gazing.

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Iraq War Hero Abused As Deputy At Orange County Sheriff's Department Wins More Cash

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Scott Montoya
A federal judge this week awarded a fired Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) deputy $98,629 in new compensation after a 2013 jury found the agency repeatedly discriminated against the officer based on his receipt of the Navy Cross for U.S. Marine combat heroics that earned him a White House ceremony with President George W. Bush.

U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal determined the additional sum for future lost wages was a fair supplement to the $496,006 the jury previously handed Scott Montoya, who is one of the first military officers to take advantage of the Uniform Servicemembers Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, a law that prohibits employers from creating hostile work environments for returning soldiers.

During the 2003 Battle of Baghdad, Montoya--who'd taken a leave of absence from OCSD to serve the nation as a Marine Scout Sniper in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks--repeatedly risked his life running through enemy fire to rescue fellow wounded marines and an innocent Iraqi civilian.

But when he returned to his job as a deputy his colleagues mocked him, threatened violence, put a giant dildo and lube bottle in his locker, called him a moron, wrote false reports designed to sabotage his career, encouraged civilians to file complaints about him, gossiped endless about him like third graders, placed hidden surveillance cameras around his house and GPS on his personal vehicle, questioned his girlfriend about his sexual stamina in bed, circulated a department bulletin alleging he might be a mental case and disgracefully asserted they would not provide him backup during high-risk encounters in dangerous sections of the county.

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Newport Beach Gynecologist--A USC, UCLA Professor--Indicted On Child Porn Charges

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Dr. Rettenmaier
A federal grand jury this week indicted an accomplished 62-year-old Newport Beach specialist in gynecologic oncology--also an associate professor at UCLA and USC--on child pornography possession charges.

According to the indictment, Dr. Mark A. Rettenmaier "knowingly possessed" the alleged illicit material in Orange and San Bernardino counties in 2011 and 2012 on an Apple Mac Book Pro, a Hewlett Packard laptop, a USB external hard drive and on a 64GB iPhone 4S.

Rettenmaier, a onetime UC Irvine associate professor, has not officially offered a plea to the charges and there's no indication in court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana if federal agents have arrested the defendant.

Within the Orange County branch of the Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney Mark Anthony Brown will handle prosecution duties.

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