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Judge dismisses contempt allegation against television station KCOY

Judge dismisses contempt allegation against television station KCOY By Quintin Cushner/Senior Staff Writer Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville has dismissed another judge’s ruling that suggested television station KCOY was in contempt for filming jurors on the Bruce Sons case. Judge Zel Canter last month ordered KCOY, the local CBS affiliate, to show why it should not be found in contempt, fined up to $1,000 and ordered to destroy the footage. Melville tossed Canter’s order Monday, and also canceled a June 27 court hearing. “It was dismissed,” said Darrel Parker, supervising court administrator in Santa Maria, of the contempt finding. “The court received a letter of apology from KCOY. They said they had no intention of violating any order.”

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Judge tells county to pay more in suit costs – Melville decision overturned

Judge tells county to pay more in suit costs By Quintin Cushner/Staff Writer A judge Tuesday ordered Santa Barbara County to pay more than $1.1 million in attorney’s fees and court costs to two agriculture companies whom the county wrongly barred from farming an Orcutt property. Visiting Superior Court Judge Roger Randall also denied the […]

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Victim of Prosecutorial Misconduct: Herring, James William – Melville was Judge

The year: 1993 Victim of Prosecutorial Misconduct: Herring, James William – Africian American Male Judge: Rodney S. Melville Prosecuting Office: Santa Barbara County led by Tom Sneddon Ruling: Severe Prosecutorial Misconduct – Judgment is reversed due to outrageous government conduct. Prosecutors made racial remarks against defendent in closing arguments that prejudiced the jury. Source: MJJF […]

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Jury continues deliberations in wrongful death suit

Jury continues deliberations in wrongful death suit By Quintin Cushner – Staff Writer 6/23/04 A Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury in Santa Maria this morning continued deliberations in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by a Lompoc widow against a local doctor. Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville sent the civil case to the jury after […]

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Companies share $16M in facilities fire settlement

Companies share $16M in facilities fire settlement By Quintin Cushner/Staff Writer Three companies were awarded more than $16 million for damages sustained during a massive 2001 fire at a strawberry warehouse complex in Santa Maria. The blaze started after a damaged lighting fixture at the facility ignited a stack of cardboard strawberry boxes, according to […]

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