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No felony charges in case of attorney accused of running car into Coliseum parking attendant

December 9, 2009 | 10:31 am

L.A. County prosecutors will not file felony charges against Los Angeles attorney Walter Karabian, who was arrested for allegedly running his car into a parking attendant before the USC football game at the Coliseum, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said today.

The 71-year-old former state Assembly majority leader was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and posted $30,000 bail. But the case did not rise to the level of a felony and has been referred to the L.A. city attorney's office for review, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

Karabian, long known for his work on behalf of Armenian causes, is a USC graduate who was elected to several terms in the state Legislature in the 1960s and early 1970s, when he served as majority leader.

Public safety officers at Exposition Park, who made the arrest, did not release details of the incident, which was reported at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

--Andrew Blankstein

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