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Robert Blake's Lawyer Wants Brando's Help

19 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Accused murderer Robert Blake is trying to force a fellow actor to testify in a lawsuit over his wife's 2001 murder - reclusive screen legend Marlon Brando. Defending a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Bonny Lee Bakley's heirs, Blake's lawyers want Brando to give sworn statements on February 25, according to a schedule of depositions ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Schacter. Former Baretta star Blake, 69, is set to give his own deposition on January 15. The actor's civil lawyer, Barry Felsen, says he's looking for Brando, but won't say how he plans to subpoena the actor. Felsen also refuses to explain why he wants the two-time Oscar winner to testify. Brando's son, Christian, once had a relationship with Bakley, 44, and was convicted of killing his sister's boyfriend in 1990. He was sentenced to 10 years in March 1991, and was set free in January 1996. »

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Robert Blake Gets New Legal Team

29 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Robert Blake and his lawyer officially parted ways yesterday over the accused killer's need to "talk to America." Los Angeles County Judge Lloyd Nash ruled that lawyer Harland Braun could leave Blake's defense and be replaced by two new attorneys. The split came because Blake wants to do a televised interview against Braun's wishes. Braun says, "He feels the need to talk to America. I'm only concerned with about 12 people from the San Fernando Valley," referring to the potential jurors who live near California's Van Nuys Courthouse - where Blake will be tried, The change of lawyers will further delay the case and keep Blake in jail. The former Baretta star acknowledges that the legal break-up is his own fault. Blake says of his incarceration, "It's seven months later, and I'm still sitting in a cement box. I have to take responsibility for that." The actor was arrested earlier this year for the 2001 murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, outside a Studio City, California, restaurant where they had just dined. Blake's new lawyers Tom Mesereau and Jennifer Keller, have not said whether they'll allow - or have any control over - Blake's TV interview. »

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Blake Tries To Keep His Attorney

27 November 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Robert Blake is back in court today trying to stop his attorney from quitting his case. The Baretta star, who is accused of murdering his wife Bonny Lee Bakley last year, stands to lose the services of high profile defense lawyer Harland Braun over a dispute about a TV interview. Braun threatened to quit the case after hearing his client is determined to record an interview for broadcast on TV talking about his imprisonment. The lawyer fears Blake will say something in the proposed interview that will be used against him in court. Legal experts in California are on Blake's side - they're reluctant to let Braun quit from the case because he has yet to file appropriate paperwork and they fear his stepping down will lead to a continuance of the case, which is something they're keen to avoid. »

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Blake's TV Interview Vetoed

30 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Officials at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have vetoed plans for troubled actor Robert Blake to appear in a TV interview from jail. The Baretta star is charged with the alleged murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley and has been imprisoned since his arrest in April. He agreed to be interviewed by American broadcaster Diane Sawyer for this week's Primetime news show, which was to be aired on Friday. But authorities now feel the chat is a bad idea as Blake awaits a preliminary trial in December. The actor's attorney Harland Braun has already quit over Blake's decision to be interviewed by Sawyer. »

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Explosive Blake Tape Discovered

25 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Los Angeles police have crucial evidence they believe will put Robert Blake behind bars for the rest of his life - a tape of the troubled actor asking stuntman Gary McLarty to kill his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. Just days after police discovered guns, bullets and clothing they believe is connected to Bakley's murder last year, in a barn behind Blake's Hidden Hills, California, home, they claim they now have even more evidence to put the actor behind bars. McLarty reportedly taped a phone call he had with Blake, during which the Baretta star tells the potential hitman that he needs his wife "taken care of." A source close to the investigation says, "On the tape, Blake is upset and even sounds like he's crying. He talks about Bonny's scams and how horrible they are. He talks about how Bonny is ripping off men with mail-order scams revolving around sex. He tells the potential hitman that he's at his wit's end and doesn't know what to do. He's a little cagey when it comes to saying he wants Bonny out of the picture. He says he needs the problem taken care of and he indicates that he needs Bonny removed from his life permanently. It's blockbuster evidence and it's going to be very difficult for Blake to overcome this. It's chilling." Blake is due back in court in December for the preliminary hearing. »

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No Bail for Blake

10 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jailed actor Robert Blake has been denied bail after fighting for freedom for almost six months. Van Nuys, California judge Lloyd Nash told the Baretta star there was enough evidence against him to hold him for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. Nash explained he would reconsider a bail hearing after the preliminary trial, which is scheduled to start on December 11. »

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Blake Legal Team Resort to Political Methods

9 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Baretta star Robert Blake's legal team have adopted an unusual plan to help the free the murder suspect - they're conducting public opinion polls. Blake, 69, is charged with killing his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley in May of last year. Lead defense lawyer Harland Braun has revealed his team are using political campaign-style opinion polls in order to gage the public sentiment toward Blake - in an attempt to move his case forward. Braun says, "It started with a publicity-stunt arrest, a publicity-stunt press conference by the chief of police. So when you're forced into this situation, we want to figure out what public opinion is." Although this method of background work is unfamiliar in Los Angeles courts, it can sometimes be used by rich and famous defendants. In this case, the defense team want to know if the public think Blake should be granted bail. L.A. jury consultant Richard Gabriel says, "It can give you an initial profile of who tends to be pro-prosecution and who is pro-defense. It may uncover something counterintuitive, some kind of attitude you would have never known about. If you have the budget to do it, it can be very helpful." »

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Good News at Last for Blake

8 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Imprisoned actor Robert Blake's long-running request for a bail hearing has been granted, and set for as early as Wednesday. The Baretta star has been in jail in California since his April arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. In a Van Nuys, California, hearing this morning, Blake also got a delay on his preliminary hearing, which is now scheduled for December. Bakley's family are fighting a bail agreement, claiming the actor will be both a suicide and a flight risk if he's released. »

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Prosecutors Ordered To Show Blake Proof

7 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Prosecutors in the Robert Blake murder trial have been given until Monday to come up with solid reasons why the actor should not be granted an immediate bail hearing. Blake, who is accused of murdering his wife Bonny Lee Bakley, has been in jail since his arrest on April 18. Bakley's family fear the actor will attempt to take his life or flee the country with his baby daughter Rose if he succeeds in winning a bail release. The Baretta star's legal team insist the actor is not a flight risk. »

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Did Blake Try To Hire Stuntmen Hitmen?

25 April 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The evidence is piling up against troubled actor Robert Blake, who will be back in court in Los Angeles next week charged with murdering his wife Bonny Lee Bakley last year. Stuntmen Gary McClarty and Ronald Duffy Hambleton, who worked with Blake on his hit TV show "Baretta", have come forward claiming the actor tried to hire them for a hit. Blake's attorney Harlan Braun is dismissing the claims of the stuntmen, questioning why they didn't come forward sooner. »

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