Posts Tagged ‘trial

28
Feb
14

Can Da Brat Cough up $6.4 Million for Assault Victim?

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Rapper Da Brat has been ordered to $6.4 million dollars to the woman she hit with a rum bottle in 2007. A Cobb County jury ruled on Thursday.

As you remember, Da Brat, Shawntae Harris, served three years in prison and got another five years for attacking Shayla Stevens, a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader.

Stevens later filed a civil suit against Harris, and that trial concluded Thursday with the verdict. Harris was ordered to pay $3.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $2.7 million in punitive damages.

According to Stevens’ attorney, his client sustained lifelong injuries in the assault, which happened at a Halloween party at Studio 72, a club owned by Jermaine Dupri.

“She has a brain injury and is a brain injury survivor,” Mark Link, an attorney for Stevens, told The AJC. “It’s not something that will ever go away. She has a scar on her face. She had so much going for her and for it come to an abrupt stop because of this attack.”

But does Da Brat even have $6.4 million? We’re not so sure. Maybe JD, LisaRaye and Mariah Carey can all pitch in.

What we do know is this wasn’t her first violent incident.

In 2001, she pistol whipped a woman, but charges were never filed.

21
Aug
13

Hollywood in a Mouthful!!

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Caption: Kanye says Kim is the love of his life Friday on Kris.

SURPRISE!!Kanye Releases First Photos of North West

Kanye is set to be a guest on grandma Kris Jenners talk show on Friday 3pm CST. He will be bringing pics of baby North with him. The episode was taped earlier in the week. He will reportedly also talk about how we was in love with Kim from the moment he saw her, and always wanted to be with her. (awwww!! ain’t that mushy!)

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Dick van Dyk Rescued From Burning Vehicle in LA

Veteran actor Dick van Dyk later joked about being pulled from his burning vehicle by a passerby, but we sure hope he’s as grateful.

The Jaguar became engulfed in flames on a LA freeway. Motorist Jason Pennington saw Dyk slumped over the steering wheel.

Van Dyks 41 year old wife came to the scene to pick up her husband. Later, the Actor tweeted a picture of the completely charred and destroyed car saying: ‘Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!’

Jodi Arias Stalked a Previous Boyfriend

HLN host Jane Velez Mitchell recently reported new details about the Jodi Arias murder trial. Apparently, the convicted murderer had stalked another boyfriend before Travis Alexander; in a very similar manner than the deceased. However, the details were never revealed in the case.

Arias was found guilty, but has yet to be sentenced. She is due back in court on Monday.

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Kanye West Jokes With Paparazzi

05
Mar
12

Hollywood…in a Mouthful!!

On Oscar night Ashton showed off his new girlfriend, a leggy brunette Demi look-a-like, screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. He brought her along to Madonna’s annual Oscar party last week. The two were affectionate, holding hands and Lorene even rubbed his back. They spent Christmas together in Italy, but at the time, Ashton said they were just friends.

Could Taylor Swift have a new boyfriend Tim Tebow? The pair were seen enjoying a meal together in a Century City Italian restaurant called Toscanova on Feb.29. Sparking rumours that they may be more than just friends.

Zak Efron dropped a condom on the orange carpet at the premiere of the Dr. Seuss movie Lorax. He tried to pick it up slickly. Later in an interview with Today Show host Matt Lauer told him, “It gives you credit. Better to be safe than sorry.”

Britney Spears and fiance Jason Trawick are postponing their wedding because of a trial with former manager Sam Loofty. Because she is under a conservatorship, she has been spared of testifying in the case against her. However, if she gets married the court will be free to consider her fit to testify. So her lawyer has advised her to re-schedule the nuptials until after the trial.

Nicollette Sheridan arrived to a Los Angeles court on March 2  to take the stand in her wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. In a packed courtroom, the 48-year-old actress, reminisced on the day she alleges Cherry struck her across the head and then fired her for standing up to him, has been called as the first witness as the trial gets underway following opening statements and jury selection.Sheridan took to the stand in the courtroom and testified for the first time in the case.The actress broke down in court.

24
Jul
09

winehouse at trial: accused of assaulting woman

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Amy Winehouse plead to the court yesterday that she is too short to have punched another woman in the face, especially because her trademark beehive hairstyle gets in the way.

The singer is on trial and has been accused of assaulting dancer Sherene Flash, who asked to take her picture after a charity ball in London’s Berkeley Square.

Winehouse told District Judge Timothy Workman that at “5 foot 2Ω, or 5 foot 3,” (about 1.6 metres) she was too short to have hit the taller woman in the face.

“My hair does make a difference,” said the singer, who sported her signature hairdo in court.

She then proceded to show the court her shoes, that she said were similar to the  ones she wore the night of the assault.

“These are really flat. They don’t even have a sole,” she said.

Winehouse, who was granted a divorce from her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil a week ago, say quietly and attentively while her case was plead; and she occassionally took notes.

The singer looked very healthy while taking the stand. She said she had felt intimidated and annoyed when Flash “lunged at me and put her arm around me,” and had only meant to push the other woman’s arm away.

“I pushed her up, like away. I wanted her away from me,” Winehouse said.

“It was more like an indication of ‘leave me alone, I’m scared of you.”’

“I meant to just get her away from me. I was scared. I thought, people are mad these days, people are just rude and mad, or people can’t handle their drink.”

However, to no ones surprise, the prosecution attempted to tear Winehouse down by inquiring about her corruptive lifestyle.  They implied that the singer seemed to have been under the influence of alcohool or some kind of drug and that she may have agreed to take the photo, but became enraged when a third party attempted to enter the photo as well.

The trial is adjourned until Friday.

18
Jun
09

delay for chris brown trial denied

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The request to delay Chris Brown’s assault trial has been denied by The California Supreme Court.

Brown will appear in court on June 22. At that time the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Rihanna is also summoned to appear. She may be called upon to testify during Brown’s hearing.

15
Jun
09

burress heads to court

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Former New York giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will appear in court today on gun charges.

However, the case against the NFL player will be delayed due to his lawyer’s inability to strike a deal with prosecutors.

Burress is hoping that his case will get dismissed until September, in hopes of playing in the upcoming football season.

Burress was released by the Giants after accidently shooting himself in the leg in a NY nighclub.

22
Oct
08

BRITNEY’S TRIAL DISMISSED

After three days of deliberation, a mistrial was declared Tuesday in Britney Spears’s misdemeanor trial for driving without a license. The jury was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of the singer’s innocence, the foreman said in open court.

“The jury is hopelessly deadlocked, and I declare this a mistrial,” stated Judge James A. Steele, who later dismissed the case.

21
Oct
08

BRITNEY’S JURY CAN’T DECIDE

Approximately an hour after resuming deliberations for a third day, the jurors in Britney Spears’ misdemeanor driving-without-a-California-license trial posed yet another question to the judge and heard yet more arguments from both the prosecution and defense before returning to deliberate the singer’s fate.

“I have never seen this before,” Spears’ attorney, Michael Flanagan, told reporters of the strange proceedings. “I’ve never heard of adding closing arguments.”

The eight-woman, four-man panel, notified Van Nuys Superior Court Judge James A. Steele that they remained deadlocked.

Attorneys for both sides were then permitted to take five minutes to deliver additional closing arguments in an effort to influence the jury one way or another.

“Mr. Spears testified on her behalf that she had a valid Louisiana license with her at all times.”

The jury has been ordered to deliver an update, in writing, within 45 minutes informing the judge of whether they are making any headway.

The panel said yesterday they were locked at 10-2, but did not specify toward which verdict the majority was leaning.

The 26-year-old was charged with driving without a valid California driver’s license as a result of a fender bender that took place in August 2007. At the time, she was in possession of a Louisiana state driver’s license, something her attorney, Michael Flanagan, has long maintained should not be a problem, as Spears sustains a residence in the southern state.

16
Oct
08

OOOH IT’S SOOO JOURNALICIOUS!

MILEY’S IN LUV…

This is the face Miley Cyrus, 15, made at her boyfriend Justin Gaston, 20, when he walked down the runway at a fashion show yesterday. WTF!

AWWWW NAWWW BRITNEY!?

A jury has been selected in Britney’S driving without a valid license trial. Opening statements will begin shortly.

Brit’s lawyer, Michael Flanagan, asked potential jurors, “Are there any people in this room who think Britney Spears is an absolute train wreck…0 being a train wreck, 10 being normal?” Most people on the panel gave Britney a 5. But one juror who got dismissed gave her a 0, saying “She runs around half naked!”

The prosecutor even asked, “Does anyone think this is a colossal waste of time?” (LLLLOOOLLLLL)

BREAKING NEWS…

Britney’S dad Jamie was just called in to testify as a witness.

TOM GREEN IS NOW “TG” THE RAPPER??? (AND HE’S A LITTLE NICE?!) BUT WHAT’S WITH THAT BEAT?

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EBONY AND IVORY ROCKED THE HOUSE LAST NIGHT…

WTF!

OOPS WRONG DUO, THIS IS ACTUALLY A SNAPSHOT FROM LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE. (wtf!)

HOWEVER,

DJ AM WAS IN THE BUILDING…!

AND PERFORMED LAST NIGHT WITH JAY-Z AT LAST NIGHT’S RE-OPENING OF THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM.

A SPOILED…LUNATIC! SOMEBODY GET THIS GUY IN HEIR ANGER MANAGEMENT!


Mathias Guerrand-Hermes (yes, as in an heir to the fashion house) was charged by the Feds yesterday for allegedly going nuts on a plane.

The Feds say when the pilot tried getting the heir to settle down, he grabbed the pilot’s nuts and actually uttered the words, “I am not going to behave myself.”

“Spoken like a true Hermes (douche)bag,” said thesmokinggun.com.

The rap could get Guerrand-Hermes 20 years in prison.

05
Oct
08

OJ FOUND GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS, NOW ISOLATED IN JAIL

O.J. Simpson is being cut off from other prisoners for his own safety, and is concentrating on a motion for new trial and a sturdy offer for appellate reversal of his conviction for kidnapping and robbery, his lawyer said Sunday.

Attorney Yale Galanter told The Associated Press he will persistently request for Simpson to be released on bond pending appeal.

Meanwhile, Galanter said Simpson will be living a lonely life, directed by his lawyers to do no media interviews and permitted to see only family members and a few friends placed on an exclusive list at the jail.

Simpson will be held in Clark County Detention Center until his Dec. 5 sentencing, then is predicted to be transferred to state prison. Because of the seriousness of the charges, it is likely that Simpson would linger in jail during his appeal.

“He is in isolated custody and being protected from other inmates,” Galanter said aboard a plane as he prepared to return to his Miami office. “The jail is taking very special precautions to make sure he is safe.”

Galanter said that this will make for a tricky incarceration for the extroverted Simpson, because “it limits his contacts with other humans.”

The attorney said Simpson was OK during a jail visit Saturday where they talked about potential tactics for the case. “He’s disappointed and a bit melancholy,” he said.

Galanter said the appeal cannot be filed until after Simpson is sentenced.

“We are planning to fast track that as much as possible,” he said.

The 61-year-old Hall of Fame football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for assembling five men a year ago and raiding a room at a hotel-casino to confiscate Simpson sports souvenirs — including game balls, plaques and photos — from two collectors. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one testified Simpson had requested him to carry a gun.

Galanter said he thinks Simpson has a tough argument for reversal of his conviction because of legal mistakes made during the trial, beginning with the jury selection process.




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