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.....Even after returning home from active duty, Military Veterans continue to serve our community as first responders in their civilian careers as law enforcement officers and firefighters. Others serve our community as members of the local chapters of the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America..........John Kennedy's speech had a profound impact on my life when several years later I would volunteer to join the Marine Corps. Service over self is part of my family pedigree, a life lesson I embraced being raised by a combat-wounded Marine. In fact, I owe my life to my father’s wounds, which sent him to the hospital where he met and fell in love with my mother, a Red Cross volunteer....More
Pasadena Weekly's opinion of Criminal Defense Attorney in Pasadena, CA Bill Paparian

One Famously Feisty Voice

Jul 11, 2019 by Carl Kozlowski Pasadena Weekly

..." One famously feisty voice for justice in the Crown City is Bill Paparian, who served on the council from 1987-99 and continues to serve the city’s residents as a top defense attorney. He credits the Pasadena Weekly with keeping a sharp focus on some of the less positive aspects of the city scene......More

police misconduct in Pasadena

When it comes to police misconduct in Pasadena, who are you going to believe?

Dec 27, 2018 by William Paparian Pasadena Weekly

...new police officers were subjected to an intense psychological evaluation to ensure that only mature and well-balanced recruits earned the badge of a police officer for our city......More

Lawsuit alleges Pasadena police officer used position to have sister arrested, city settles for $300,000

05/17/2017 By Jason Henry Pasadena Star-News

...Paparian said in a statement. “These women are innocent victims of a department that has continually rewarded problem police officers instead of disciplining them.”......More

Pasadena Veteran’s Day Centennial Celebration

By Cpl. Gabrielle Quire | Marine Corps Forces Reserves | November 16, 2016 by www.marines.mil/usmcr100

Brig. Gen. Paul Lebidine (left), commanding general, 4th Marine Division poses for a photo with former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian (right-organizing committee), during a Veteran’s Day and Marine Forces Reserve......More

Freedom’s Costs

Nov 10, 2016 by Kevin Pasadena Weekly

Paparian, a local attorney who served on the City Council 1987 to 1999, and as mayor from 1995 to 1997, did not serve in Vietnam. However, he was a leading force in the creation of a Vietnam veterans’ memorial in 1988 and 1989, the three-sided 4,000-pound black granite monument......More

Was found not guilty in May 2016

Nov 16, 2016 By Ann Erdman, Pasadena Patch

Judge Will Receive Progress Report on Sanity Status of Ricardo Tapia November 18.

Pasadena Attorney William M. Paparian has represented Tapia since shortly after the incident......More


SEPTEMBER 18, 2003 JUDITH LEWIS LA WeeklyPhoto by LA Weekly

"I Just had my client released from jail"...Connole was targeted because of his history as a rally organizer. “It’s true and I’ll tell you why,” said Paparian......More

FBI Settles With Environmentalist

NOV. 15, 2005 By DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES staff writer

The FBI has agreed to pay $100,000 and issue a letter of regret to an environmental activist who was mistakenly jailed as a suspect in a string of arsons and vandalism at four SUV dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley in 2003......More

Iraq Veteran Insane When He Killed Neighbor, Wounded Neighbor’s Wife

MAY 19, 2016 DEBBIE L. SKLAR IN CRIME- mynewsLA.com

Tapia’s lawyer said he will then ask for his client to be sent to a Veterans Administration residential facility for treatment of a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress

Decorated Marine Veteran Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

July 21, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group) Daily News

...Los Angeles Superior Court judge Susan Speer heard a report Thursday on the current sanity of the decorated Marine Corps. veteran. Not guilty by reason of insanity in 2013 fatal shooting ......More

'We’re the police and we can do anything we want.’

03/31/2016 By Kevin Uhrich Pasadena Weekly

“This one really disturbed me,” Paparian said. “If this is what they do to members of their immediate family, God help the rest of us. For some, not all, but for some, the motto of the Pasadena police is: ‘We can do whatever we want.’” ---“It’s really ugly....been so overwhelmingly traumatizing to me". Rodgers said....More

Sibling Rivalry

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by Kevin Uhrich | Pasadena Weekly

“The city is on notice that there were some serious constitutional violations that occurred in the arrest of Sélah Chavét and the arrests of Michelle Rodgers,” said attorney Bill Paparian, a former longtime Pasadena City Council member who once served as the city’s mayor.....More

As You Wish

10/08/2015 By Jana J. Monji , Kevin Uhrich Pasadena Weekly

Basic services take on a fairy-tale feel in Greater Pasadena

..interesting character twist, there’s former Mayor Bill Paparian, a one-time “crusader” for controversial causes and City Councilman who is this year’s Best Attorney. Kudos to you, sir.people may not realize Paparian is also an attorney. This year, according our readers, he’s been voted the best lawyer working in Pasadena. Space does not permit us to list all of this self-styled knight in shining armor’s many accomplishments...More

Treatment, Not Jail Sought For Camp Pen Marine in DUI Death Case

January 26, 2015 By Mirna Alfonso Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch-

His attorney contends the former Marine self-medicated with alcohol because of PTSD." He needs the kind of intensive treatment that's not available when someone is incarcerated in a penitentiary," Paparian said. "This situation should not become any more tragic than it already is." ..More

December 3, 2014 Newsroom VALLEY NEWS

..."U.S. Marine Corps sergeant was initially charged with 3 counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. His attorney appealed the multiple great bodily injury sentencing enhancements for each of those charges and obtained a favorable ruling. Paparian also disputed the prosecutor's statement that ''the roadways were a little wet'' the night of the crash. "That road was soaking wet.Rain was a significant factor'' in the crash, Paparian said. ''What happened that night was not a crime; it was a tragic accident.''

Former Iraq war veteran deemed competent to stand trial in fatal Reseda shooting

08/26/14 By Brenda Gazzar Los Angeles Daily News

“It is not a determination of whether somebody is sane,” Paparian said of the Aug. 8 decision. “Someone can be ‘not guilty’ by reason of insanity and be competent to stand trial. The threshold is very low for competence.”; Los Angeles Police Department’s internal affairs group is investigating whether officers violated procedures by not confiscating the gun after he had an episode earlier that month, ...More


(Video unreachable from publisher) February 19, 2014 By Carlos Granda abc 7 news

The judge granted the psychiatric evaluation, putting all criminal proceedings on hold.

"He was placed on a "5150" hold for mental issues, and the Department of Veterans Affairs didn't give him proper treatment. All they basically did was give him pills. They kept shoving pills at him," . "He was taking a dozen and more pills a day. He wasn't receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress."...More


(Video unreachable from publisher) February 17, 2014 By Carlos Granda abc 7 news

"Instead of pushing pills at him.. they should have provided the treatment that we know is available for persons that suffer from traumatic brain injury," said Paparian.

Tapia was in combat in the Second Battle of Fallujah, one of the fiercest battles in Iraq, and was knocked out in an explosion.

"...I wake up sweating...nightmares ...I have also witnessed graphic death scenes...I smelt bodies for a whole week after our attack through Fallujah."....More

Proposing A Work-Around, William M. Paparian from Pasadena Chapter 446

December 2012 BY TP HUBERT, CHAIR Veteran Online

William M. Paparian from Pasadena Chapter 446 and the L.A. County Bar Association’s Armed Forces Committee obtained a rare reversal by the California Board of Parole Hearings for an incarcerated veteran, R.F. A decorated active-duty Marine at the time of his offense in 1983, R.F plead guilty to second-degree murder and had been denied parole on 8 occasions. Paparian, the former mayor of Pasadena, successfully argued that R.F. had paid his debt to society and has become fully rehabilitated: “It’s time for this Marine to come home,”

Gone fishin’

Jun 21, 2011 Posted by Andre Coleman | Pasadena Weekly

“My client was never advised of his right to have an attorney present during the questioning,” Paparian wrote. “Later, during the interrogation,... and despite repeatedly asserting his right to have an attorney, the interrogation continued unabated...” “My position is they have had plenty of time to review the property that was seized,” Paparian wrote of police. “More than that, when they executed the search, they were simply engaging in a fishing expedition.”...More

Court of first resort

Feb. 10, 2011 Posted by Andre Coleman | Pasadena Weekly

The other co-sponsor of the event is the Criminal Courts Bar Association, which features presentations by former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian — an attorney, former Marine, longtime veterans advocate and a member of both groups — and California Court of Appeals Associate Justice Eileen C. Moore, who served as a nurse in Vietnam.

Also expected to speak are Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Michael A. Tynan and John Lonergan,....More

Warrior Justice

May 24, 2012 by Logan Nakyanzi Pollard |Pasadena Weekly

Bill Paparian, an attorney and a Marine Corps veteran, told the Weekly, while the present LA vets’ court was still in the planning stages. As a member of the City Council in the late 1990s, Paparian helped fellow veterans erect the Vietnam War Memorial, now located in Memorial Park in Old Pasadena. “Veterans court provides an alternative to the criminal justice system for veterans whose offense arises from disorders arising from their combat experience. These include traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other psychological disorders,” Paparian tells the Weekly..More

Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney Bill Paparian Successfully Defends Client's Innocence


Judge Lomeli stated: “Reflecting upon the evidence presented during this trial the Court rules the following: Both firearms in question were registered and seemingly cleared by the (Ca) Department of Justice. …Thus arguably what it indicates in this trial that …even if he had an initial knowledge of the nature of the device in question he could have assumed their legality upon the certification-registration by the Dept. of Justice. Additionally …the grenade launcher did not operate. And therefore the verdict is ‘Not Guilty...More

Welcome to Beijing, Calif. Attorney argues city violated First Amendment by detaining Rose Parade protester

02/28/2008 By Joe Piasecki Pasadena Weekly

"I broke a law, but I didn’t commit a crime," said Koenig..On Monday, atty. Bill Paparian will be making a similar argument in Pasadena Superior Court. He will try to convince a judge that by prosecuting Koenig – ironically, under a law Paparian helped create in 1992 – the city violated his right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Best known as the Richard "Boner" Stabone on "Growing Pains,"...More