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Wednesday
Sep262012

OC Register, "Woman travels to oppose parole of man who killed father, sister"

By LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

lynette duncan waits for parole hearing with marsy's law, micheal fell, victims' rights advocateLynette Duncan waits in the visitors area at R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego in December 2010 before giving a statement for the denial of parole for Brett Thomas, one of two teenagers who murdered her father and sister 33 years ago. Thomas did not show up for the hearing in 2010, but he is scheduled again on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERLynette Duncan is going to prison on Tuesday, and she can hardly wait.

She is traveling from her East Coast home to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego to oppose parole for one of the men convicted of murdering her father and her sister during an Orange County killing spree in 1977.

"Nothing could keep me away," Duncan said.

For more than 30 years she lived with a deep-seated fear that the killers who blasted her father Aubrey Duncan, a billiards parlor owner, with a shotgun on the front doorstep of his Anaheim home on Jan. 26, 1977, would somehow return to harm her or her family.

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Sunday
Jul082012

OC Register, "Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas and retired judge Jack Mandel get keys to Santa Ana"

Henry T. Nicholas, III and Jack K. Mandel received the keys to the city of Santa Ana for their work on behalf of young people through the Nicholas Academic Centers. And Nicholas steps forward with a donation to a fund for a grief-stricken family.

By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Published: July 6, 2012 Updated: July 7, 2012 8:07 a.m.

Former Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERFormer Broadcom CEO Henry T. Nicholas, III, left, and retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel talk universities in this 2010 photo. The two partnered to create the Nicholas Academy Centers, both of which are in Santa Ana. CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERSANTA ANAHenry T. Nicholas, III, co-founder of Broadcom, and retired judge Jack K. Mandel received keys to the city for their contributions to Santa Ana and the Nicholas Academic Centers.

The rare presentation came at the beginning of the City Council meeting on Monday, July 2.

Mayor Miguel Pulido honored them for their commitment to the youth of Santa Ana and their work with the Nicholas Academic Centers. He said it had been at least 10 years since the last key was bestowed.

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Saturday
Dec102011

OC Register, "Her words brought a courtroom to tears"

AJ Egan's husband was killed in 2007 in a botched robbery at the Home Depot in Tustin where he was the manager. Nearly five years later, Egan says she found closure in delivering a victim-impact statement that the prosecutor called one of the most eloquent and articulate ever in Orange County. After hearing her speak, the judge agreed with jurors and sentenced Jason Richardson to death in the murder of Tom Egan. AJ Egan was exercising her right under Marsy's Law to speak during sentencing.  "That chapter of my life is finished and I hope to move forward into a new chapter," she said. - HTN Foundation

Her words brought a courtroom to tears

By LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

AJ Egan, the widow of Thomas Egan, talks to the media after the sentencing of Jason Russell Richardson in Santa Ana on Nov. 28. Richardson was convicted of the special circumstances murder of Tustin Home Depot manager Thomas Egan. Richardson received the death penalty. PAUL BERSEBACH, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERAJ Egan worked on her victim-impact statement for years.

When she was done telling Superior Court Judge William Froeberg about the enormity of the impact her husband's murder in 2007 had on herself and her family, spectators were crying.

It was one of the most eloquent and articulate victim statements in an Orange County courtroom, Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley said. To read her remarks, click here.

She was entitled to give her remarks under Marsy's Law, which guarantees victims and their families the right to speak during sentencings and at other appropriate times during the legal proceedings.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

OC Register, "She went from gang area to D.C"

The Nicholas Academic Centers held their third annual Thanksgiving dinner celebration Nov. 23 at Valley High School for more than 200 students, NAC staff and community leaders. NAC co-founders Judge Jack Mandel and Dr. Henry Nicholas were joined by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in congratulating students on their academic success, while challenging them to succeed in college and become leaders in their chosen careers. Among the speakers was Ana Rodriguez, a NAC alumna and freshmen at Georgetown University, who told the audience that, “The NAC prepared me for leadership and today I stand as a leader. I’ve become an example of the fruits that can be borne from a city like Santa Ana.” Also sharing her experiences was Marylinda Bustamante, who attends Valley High School.  “Since I don’t have Internet access at home or even a computer, it’s really hard to get my work done,” she said. “But I know I can really count on the NAC. I know I couldn’t have been a straight A student last year without the NAC.”

Below is a Q&A that Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit conducted with Rodriguez as she enjoyed her turkey dinner. - HTN Foundation

She went from gang area to D.C

By FRANK MICKADEIT COLUMNIST / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Ana Rodriguez, left, talks to Rocio Chavez-Bonilla, director of social services for the Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana during the annual Thanksgiving party Henry Nicholas hosts for the students and center alumni. After spending her childhood in a gang area of Santa Ana, Rodriquez graduated from high school last year and is now at Georgetown University. She credits the SAT prep she did at the afterschool center with helping her get into college. FRANK MICKADEIT, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

In what appears to have become a Thanksgiving tradition for me, I spent the evening before at the little soiree Henry Nicholas hosts for the kids and staff at the academic tutoring centers he funds in Santa Ana. About 150 Nicholas Academic Center students have gone on to college in the last three years.

This party is a time for some of those who've gone off to college to come back and inspire the kids who are still putting in the hours at the tutoring centers. One alum back in town over the weekend was Ana Rodriguez. She grew up on Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana, the oldest of three. Her father is a roofer and her mother is a housekeeper. Ana graduated from Godinez High School last year and is now at Georgetown. As she ate a plate of turkey and fixings, I got her to do a Q&A.

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Monday
Nov072011

OC Register, "Governor revokes parole for prom night killer"

Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a ruling last year to grant parole to Paul Crowder, who is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence for the second-degree murder of Berlyn Cosman, then 17, as she celebrated her prom night in Anaheim. Brown said in a letter that Crowder does not "understand or accept responsibility for his actions" and "poses a danger to society if released." The Orange County DA and Cosman's sister, Morgan Cosman Kelly, said they will petition the governor to reverse a separate finding by a second parole board that Crowder is suitable for parole. Kelly is represented under Marsy's Law by attorney and former Asst. DA Todd Spitzer. - HTN Foundation

By LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERPaul Crowder's prison mug shot. COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a state board's decision last year granting parole to a La Crescenta man who shot and killed a 17-year girl in 1991 as she celebrated her prom night in Anaheim.

Paul Crowder, now 39, has been serving a 15-years-to-life term for the second-degree murder of Beryln Cosman, a straight-A student who had earned a college basketball scholarship.

In a four-page letter dated Nov, 4, Brown contended that Crowder "does not genuinely understand or accept responsibility for his actions... (and) currently poses a danger to society if released."

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Wednesday
Oct262011

OC Register, "D.A. to seek death penalty in 2 cases"

Marsy’s Law advocates Jack and Genelle  Reilley will see the man accused of murdering their daughter in 1986 face the death penalty if convicted. Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas said he will seek a death sentence for Andrew Urdiales, who was recently extradited from Illinois where he is serving a life sentence for murdering three women there. The Reilleys asserted their Marsy’s Law rights to confer on extraditions. - HTN Foundation

D.A. to seek death penalty in 2 cases

By LARRY WELBORN and SEAN EMERY

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced this week that his office will seek the death penalty against two accused killers, including a convicted triple murderer from Illinois who is now charged with killing five Southern California women during a crime spree between 1986 and 1995.

The trial for Andrew Urdiales, 47, who is charged with five felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders, has been consolidated in Orange County even though four of his alleged victims were killed in Riverside and San Diego counties.

He is accused in Orange County of murdering Robbin Brandley, 23, on Jan. 18, 1986 by stabbing her 41 times in the back, neck, hands and chest when he accosted her as she left a jazz concert at Saddleback College. Urdiales allegedly drove to the Mission Viejo campus armed with a six-inch blade hunting knife looking for a random victim to murder, prosecutors said.

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Visalia Times-Delta, "DA Phil Cline: More crime, more criminals, more cost"

Tulare County DA Phil Cline says he has created a new program to enable his office to comply with victims’ rights under Marsy’s Law as the impact of Gov. Jerry Brown’s new “realignment” plan is felt statewide. The DA says his new program will develop tools to analyze recidivism risk when deciding sentencing strategies. Under “realignment,” inmates began shifting from state prisons to county facilities on Oct. 1. - HTN Foundation

DA Phil Cline: More crime, more criminals, more cost

Viewpoint: Will the role of the District Attorney's Office change in response to realignment?

Cline: The primary role of the District Attorney's Office will not significantly change. We will still file and prosecute all felony cases and bring offenders to justice. However, we will now be responsible for conducting violation of parole hearings, a state responsibility before realignment. We are also committed to being the voice of victims during realignment. It is our goal to ensure their participation in all criminal proceedings that impact their lives. We also want to give voice to the police officers who must do the difficult and dangerous work of apprehending criminals and gathering the evidence necessary to hold them accountable in a court of law. Their opinion counts when consideration is being given to releasing the criminal they apprehended.

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Thursday
Oct132011

Examiner, "Crime Survivors 8th 5K Doubles in Numbers  "

More than 1,500 people--nearly double last year's turnout--participated in Crime Survivors' eighth annual Health and Safety Expo 5K Oct. 8 at the Orange County Regional Training Center in Tustin.  The event also included 130 vendors and more than 100 volunteers as crime victims, families and supporters learned about resources and support for victims of crime. - HTN Foundation

Crime Survivors 8th 5K Doubles in Numbers

Shana Smith Orange County Domestic Violence & Abuse Examiner

October 10, 2011

crime survivors dove release at 8th annual 5k health and safety expoA Dove Released in Rememberance Credits: Crime Survivors, Inc Continue reading on Examiner.com Crime Survivors 8th 5K Doubles in Numbers - Anaheim Domestic Violence & Abuse | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/domestic-violence-abuse-in-anaheim/crime-survivors-8th-5k-doubles-numbers#ixzz1ags85q82This years Crime Survivors 8th Annual Health and Safety Expo 5K was held Saturday October 8 at the Orange County Regional Training Center in Tustin.  The event was held by Crime Survivors Inc. whose mission is to ensure the public knows victims’ rights and needs and to provide resources, support, and information to empower crime victims to survive and thrive.

Starting bright at early Saturday morning Crime Survivors began registering their over 1000 participants for the 8th annual Health and Safety Expo 5K.  This years numbers almost doubled over those last year including approximately 1500 attendees, 130 vendors and about 108 volunteers.  After a wonderful invocation by Jim Palmer several speakers took a moment moments to introduce both themselves and discuss victims rights with the crowd.  There was then the Dove Release honoring those survivors and victims of violent crimes.  The dove releases is a very emotional and touching tribute to surviving and thriving.

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