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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
Taxpayers will be picking up former City Councilman John Drayman's legal bills after he swapped a high-powered criminal attorney for a public defender. Drayman was indicted in May on charges that he embezzled between $304,000 and $880,000 from a weekly farmers market in Montrose, which he helped establish and run. Prosecutors also allege that he committed forgery, filed false tax statements and laundered money between January 2004 and April 2011. In order to get a public defender, Drayman - who has maintained his innocence - had to prove he couldn't afford a private attorney on his own. Even though his former attorney, Michael Kraut, says on his firm's website that he doesn't believe in turning clients away because of financial stress, Drayman still went with a public defender.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | January 17, 2008
PASADENA — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday postponed the arraignment of Stephanie Mines, a civic leader accused of defrauding a local credit union, after she notified the court that she wanted to switch to a public defender. Mines — who has served as a Glendale Education Foundation member and as president of the Soroptimist International of the Verdugos — had retained private attorney George Bird Jr. for her previous appearances, but told Judge Teri Schwartz that she was requesting a public defender to move forward with the case.
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By CHARLES J. UNGER | December 16, 2005
Here is one of those stories that scares the heck out of me with respect to our judicial system. I pray it is a very isolated incident. This involves the matter of Larry Plumlee. Plumlee was arrested in 1991 and charged with armed robbery and murder. He did not have a great deal of money, so Plumlee was appointed a public defender to represent him. He then began to hear rumors that the chief public defender was talking about this very same case with another person suspected of committing these crimes.
NEWS
November 15, 2012
Former Councilman John Drayman's criminal case was pushed back yet again Thursday after he was assigned a new public defender who asked for more time to get a handle on embezzlement, forgery and other allegations. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus pushed Drayman's next court date to Feb. 5, but the earliest he said he could schedule a trial would be April. “This is sort of a simple case,” Marcus said in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday. “We won't be doing this forever.” An April trial would be nearly a year after Drayman was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly embezzling at least $304,000 over the course of about seven years from the weekly farmers market in Montrose, the proceeds of which benefit the shopping park association.
NEWS
August 27, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum For David Melendez to be arraigned, he needs an attorney. On Tuesday, the public defender's office played the attorney shuffle, trying to find a lawyer to represent the 17-year-old. Melendez, suspected of shooting a La Canada High School football player, found his attorney. Maybe. Drew Edwards, the alternate public defender, has tentatively accepted Melendez as a client. But Melendez still could be handed off to a panel that would assign the case to a private attorney.
NEWS
February 11, 2005
CHARLES UNGER How would you like to be represented by a lawyer who was arrested for committing a serious crime? Do you think you might have concerns about his competence? Well, the good news is, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agrees with you. This is the story of Mohammed Abdulrafi, who was convicted of two child-molestation- related counts in Santa Clara County back in 1997. Abdulrafi served an eight-year prison sentence and was subsequently deported to his country of origin, Pakistan.
NEWS
December 6, 2002
Ben Godar A judge today will hear allegations from a county public defender that the Glendale Police Department did not turn over important information about an officer accused of using excessive force. Deputy Public Defender Julia Dixon is defending two men accused of resisting arrest. In both cases, Sgt. Fran Judge was one of the arresting officers. In preparing the men's defense, Dixon sought information on any allegations of excessive force made against Judge.
NEWS
January 10, 2003
Ben Godar A Glendale man who recently had charges of resisting arrest dismissed when a judge ruled police withheld information in the case was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a man. Alner Bran, 25, and Carlos Ernesto Hurtado, 23, were arrested outside a house in the 500 block of South Street. The two men broke through the window of a house Tuesday in the 700 block of Salem Street, and Bran hit the 33-year-old Glendale man inside with a metal pipe, according to police reports.
NEWS
September 20, 2013
April 2007: John Drayman wins a seat on the City Council and leaves his position as president of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board of directors. May 2011: Police announce they are investigating embezzlement allegations made against Drayman by Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board members in connection with the group's weekly Harvest Market. Police serve a search warrant for his condominium. December 2011: Shopping park representatives announce they expect the 2011 Harvest Market to make $140,000 in income - nearly $100,000 more than what the market reaped during the years of Drayman's involvement.
NEWS
November 20, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Taxpayers will be footing the bill for at least one of the lawyers representing the teens accused of stabbing a 17-year-old boy to death outside Toll Middle School. Karen Terteryan, 20, Rafael Gevorgyan, 17, and Anait Msryan, 16, have been in jail since shortly after Raul Aguirre was slain May 5, 2000, when he tried to intervene in what police said was a gang fight. Last month, mounting legal fees prompted Ted Flier, Msryan's attorney, to ask that he and two other attorneys be appointed as the attorneys in the case.
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NEWS
September 20, 2013
April 2007: John Drayman wins a seat on the City Council and leaves his position as president of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board of directors. May 2011: Police announce they are investigating embezzlement allegations made against Drayman by Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board members in connection with the group's weekly Harvest Market. Police serve a search warrant for his condominium. December 2011: Shopping park representatives announce they expect the 2011 Harvest Market to make $140,000 in income - nearly $100,000 more than what the market reaped during the years of Drayman's involvement.
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NEWS
February 5, 2013
Former City Councilman John Drayman's criminal trial was delayed yet again Tuesday in order to give his public defender more time to review evidence, but the judge made clear his desire to have proceedings start later this year. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said that although he would give Deputy Public Defender Sean McDonald a few more months to prepare, he didn't want the case to linger for another year. “I don't see this as being the most complicated case compared to some others on my calendar,” Marcus said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 6, 2012
The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. budget has, for the first time, surpassed the half-million dollar mark, the latest sign that the once-struggling business improvement district has turned a corner. “It's the biggest ever,” Dale Dawson, the association's executive director, said. For 2013, the group that promotes roughly 185 businesses along Honolulu Avenue in North Glendale has a budget of $525,917. That's 23% more than its 2012 budget and 46% more than 2011. “It seems to all be headed in the right direction,” said Mayor Frank Quintero.
NEWS
November 15, 2012
Former Councilman John Drayman's criminal case was pushed back yet again Thursday after he was assigned a new public defender who asked for more time to get a handle on embezzlement, forgery and other allegations. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus pushed Drayman's next court date to Feb. 5, but the earliest he said he could schedule a trial would be April. “This is sort of a simple case,” Marcus said in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday. “We won't be doing this forever.” An April trial would be nearly a year after Drayman was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly embezzling at least $304,000 over the course of about seven years from the weekly farmers market in Montrose, the proceeds of which benefit the shopping park association.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
Taxpayers will be picking up former City Councilman John Drayman's legal bills after he swapped a high-powered criminal attorney for a public defender. Drayman was indicted in May on charges that he embezzled between $304,000 and $880,000 from a weekly farmers market in Montrose, which he helped establish and run. Prosecutors also allege that he committed forgery, filed false tax statements and laundered money between January 2004 and April 2011. In order to get a public defender, Drayman - who has maintained his innocence - had to prove he couldn't afford a private attorney on his own. Even though his former attorney, Michael Kraut, says on his firm's website that he doesn't believe in turning clients away because of financial stress, Drayman still went with a public defender.
NEWS
By Zanku Armenian | April 7, 2010
Last month I was summoned for jury duty in downtown Los Angeles at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, where I was selected for a jury and ended up on a case for more than two weeks. I came away reminded of how important it is for us to participate in the judicial system that decides the fate of our fellow citizens, because it?s what distinguishes our country. However, whenever I would tell people I was on a jury, the first thing everyone asked me is, ?Well, didn?
LOCAL
January 31, 2008
Civic leader pleads not guilty, again Civic leader Stephanie Mines pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges that she defrauded a local credit union of more than $21,000. Mines, who has served as a Glendale Education Foundation member and as president of the Soroptimist International of the Verdugos, is facing felony charges for allegedly passing bad checks from a Citibank business account to her personal account at the Glendale Area Schools Federal Credit Union to inflate her balance.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | January 17, 2008
PASADENA — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday postponed the arraignment of Stephanie Mines, a civic leader accused of defrauding a local credit union, after she notified the court that she wanted to switch to a public defender. Mines — who has served as a Glendale Education Foundation member and as president of the Soroptimist International of the Verdugos — had retained private attorney George Bird Jr. for her previous appearances, but told Judge Teri Schwartz that she was requesting a public defender to move forward with the case.
NEWS
By CHARLES J. UNGER | December 16, 2005
Here is one of those stories that scares the heck out of me with respect to our judicial system. I pray it is a very isolated incident. This involves the matter of Larry Plumlee. Plumlee was arrested in 1991 and charged with armed robbery and murder. He did not have a great deal of money, so Plumlee was appointed a public defender to represent him. He then began to hear rumors that the chief public defender was talking about this very same case with another person suspected of committing these crimes.
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