Orange County; Judge Won’t Free Jailed Man Before His Appeal; Courts: Jurist calls it premature to release George Lopez despite another man’s confession in Anaheim heist.
Prosecutors Oppose Lopez’s Appeal; Though two victims now say convicted teen wasn’t robber, attorney general’s office files motion standing by case presented in trial.
Juror Says Deliberations Improper; The panel voted to convict robbery suspect partly because he did not testify, woman says.
Orange County; Lopez’s Conviction Is Just, D.A. Says; Courts: Teen imprisoned for robbery is guilty, prosecutors insist. They discount new confession.
In Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered a new trial for a convicted killer on the grounds that authorities failed to reveal that a key witness was a regular informant, the latest fallout in an ongoing controversy involving the use of jailhouse snitches.