Monday, April 30, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
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Legal Pub Recognizes 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The operation was filmed for a segment of "America's Most Wanted." Nelson, 20, posed as a young teen in chat rooms, where she said men would begin sending her instant messages.
The undercover sex sting that used Miss America as bait may be in trouble after the beauty queen told prosecutors that she does not plan to testify against the men she helped arrest.
Lauren Nelson, 20, of Lawton, Okla., posed as a teenager and lured men into chatting online and meeting her at a home, where police and crews were waiting. Eleven men were arrested in the sting. But one or all of the cases could be in jeopardy after Nelson told prosecutors she did not plan on returning to Long Island to testify, said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.
NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP)
Inmates set fire to mattresses and paper in the courtyard and destroyed furniture and windows before the prison was secured, officials said. The disturbance came six weeks after the first of some 600 Arizona inmates began joining 1,050 Indiana prisoners at the facility, about 45 miles east of Indianapolis. Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner J. David Donahue said he has delayed the transfer of 600 more inmates from Arizona until authorities can reassess the condition of the prison. Donahue said the riot began after a group of inmates from Arizona disobeyed orders and took off their shirts in the prison's recreation area to show staff they wouldn't comply with orders. "This system is different than what they are accustomed to," he said. Some of the newly arrived inmates had complained about a lack of recreation and other programs, said Trina Randall, a spokeswoman for GEO Group Inc.
Inmates had complained about being moved, which was prompted by the state's shortage of prison space. The injured staff members suffered cuts and scrapes, while the injuries to inmates involved tear gas exposure and minor cuts. All seven inmates were treated at the prison, Randall said.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Pig or Public Servant? If a child is acting disrespectful, maybe Alec Baldwin can straighten the child out.
On Monday, Basinger's representative denied that Kim leaked the voice mail in which Baldwin threatened to straighten his daughter out. (Hmm who else would have had access to the voice mail.)
Basinger also called her ex-husband to "finally address his unstable and irrational behavior." (Once again an example of PAS by publically pointing out his flaws.)
"Everybody is always asking why this custody battle has been going on for so many years and now they have the answer," says Basinger. "The issue is ... about his ongoing aggressive behavior. Kim's sincerest wish is for him to finally address his unstable and irrational behavior." "Until then, Kim will continue to protect and safeguard her child's well-being as any parent would." (Kim's spokesperson needs to study PAS. By publically blaming Baldwin, she again provides evidence of her true intent to portray Baldwin as the bad guy.)
The big loser in this one is the poor innocent daughter!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. (April 16) - A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing 32 people in the deadliest campus shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman was killed, bringing to death toll to 33.
4-19 In his video Cho attacks Christianity. Some consider the murders as classic "terrorism."
A judge violated a juvenile's free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The three-judge panel ordered the Putnam Circuit Court to set aside its penalty against the girl, referred to only as A.B. in court records.
MySpace Bans Photobucket Videos in Ad Flap
Social-networking giant MySpace.com began preventing Photobucket videos and mashups from being uploaded to its pages. MySpace said Photobucket had violated MySpace's terms by encouraging users to post advertisements in their videos.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
CHICAGO (April 14) - A principal and a teacher at a suburban elementary school quit amid allegations they were caught on video having inappropriate physical contact in the principal 's office, authorities say. In keeping with Cook County's reputation for bare-knuckle politics, the scandal broke after copies of the tape were mailed anonymously to parents this week, just days before a contested school board election. The case has also created something of a mystery: Who planted the camera that recorded the action? Leroy Coleman and Janet Lofton submitted their resignations after meeting with the district superintendent Thursday, said John Izzo, board attorney for the Sandridge Elementary School district, about 20 miles south of Chicago.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Update 8-15-07: Apparently after serving only less then 7 months in custody, Mary Winkler apparently is out free! Mary Winkler, 33, was freed from a Tennessee mental health facility where she had been treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to her lawyer Steve Farese, She will fight a legal battle for custody of her three daughters. She also must defend a $2 million civil suit filed by the parents of Matthew Winkler.
Prosecution: She Hoped to Hide Money Scheme
AP story by BETH RUCKER
SELMER, Tenn. (April 12) -- A preacher's wife was trying to protect her young daughter from her abusive husband when she pointed a shotgun and accidentally shot him, her attorney said in opening statements Thursday.
Update 4-20 The Defense Works Again! The preacher's wife accused of killing her husband took the witness stand this week and dredged up every embarrassing detail, talking about the abuse in front of TV cameras and family members. The risky decision to testify had a powerful effect on the jury and probably explains why Winkler will not spend the rest of her life in prison.
A jury found Winkler guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday after eight hours of deliberation. The prosecution had sought a conviction for first-degree murder, a far more serious offense.
In powerful testimony Wednesday, Winkler testified that her husband abused her physically and sexually. But she still claimed that the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him.
Because Winkler has no prior convictions, she faces a sentence of three to six years in prison. She would be eligible for parole after serving a third of the sentence and will receive credit for the five months she already spent in jail. If Winkler, 33, had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder, she would have gone to prison for 12 years to life.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The judge unsealed some of the documents in the Nowak's case which revealed that she is accused of trying to kidnap a rival in order to gain another space shuttle pilot's affections. Images on the disk depicted bondage scenes, according to the Orlando Police Department. (Images of a nude woman while others were drawings) Nearly $600, 410 British pounds and four brown paper towels with 69 orange pills were also discovered. ... Needless to say the Prosecution has a good case...
Nowak allegedly assaulted Colleen Shipman, the girlfriend of a former space shuttle pilot. Nowak had been seeing. Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault and has pleaded not guilty. Friday, Nowak apologized to Shipman.
Monday, April 9, 2007
"I Said a Bad Thing"
"These women don't know who I am," Imus said today on his radio show. "They don't know if I'm on a right-wing diatribe or I was drunk." Maybe true Imus, but without even meeting you I will bet most folks think you are a "dumb***."
Update 8-14-07: Don Imus apparently reached a settlement with CBS involving the wrongful termination of his multimillion-dollar contract. Imus is now possibly negotiating with WABC radio to resume his broadcasting career. The Imus-CBS settlement will resolve Imus' threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit according to Dana McClintock of CBS. No terms of settlement were disclosed.
Update 8-15-07: Rutgers basketball player Kia Vaughn is apparently suing Imus and CBS for defamation of character. She claims that unless they changed the definition of "Hoe" it does not apply to her. ( I was taught the word referred to a garden tool.)
Thursday, April 5, 2007
In the sketch, the action shifts from salesgirl Paris to "real-life" situations where people look to their bracelets for advice. A blonde in a short skirt is busted for drunken driving. After checking her Hilton bracelet, she grinds on an officer who replies: "I can't arrest you, you're too fabulous." Hilton had previously agreed to poke fun at herself and appear in the sketch which was filmed on Jan. 4.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
By DAVID KRAVETS
DUBLIN, Calif. (April 4) - Video blogger Joshua Wolf, who spent a record-setting stint behind bars for refusing to turn over his footage of a chaotic 2005 street protest, walked out of prison after cutting a deal with prosecutors.
Wolf, 24, said Tuesday he was looking forward to "pizza and a beer" after having spent 226 days in prison - more than any journalist who's refused to testify. Under the deal, Wolf agreed to turn over the uncut video, which he also posted on his Web site Tuesday. But he refused to testify before the grand jury about the events at the protest or the identities of participants. "I will not under any circumstances testify before a grand jury," Wolf said. His prison time surpassed the previous record set by Vanessa Leggett, a Houston-based freelancer who served 168 days in 2001 and 2002 for declining to reveal unpublished material about a murder case. Wolf had been found in contempt for refusing to obey a subpoena to turn over his video from a July 2005 protest during the G-8 economic summit where anarchists were suspected of vandalizing a San Francisco police car. One city officer was struck during the rally and his skull was fractured.
Wolf, a freelancer, sold some footage to San Francisco television stations and posted it on his Web site, but refused to turn over unpublished material. The footage Wolf posted online Tuesday does not capture the alleged crimes authorities are investigating. Wolf's lawyers had argued that the First Amendment gave him the right to refuse the subpoena to turn over the rest of his tape. "Now that the fences of the law and the tradition that has protected the press are broken down, the people are the victims. The First Amendment, as I read it, was designed precisely to prevent that tragedy," Wolf said in prepared statement he read Tuesday on the steps of San Francisco City Hall. California's shield law allows reporters to keep sources and unpublished material secret. But there is no federal shield law protecting reporters from federal investigations. The National Writer's Union said in a statement that Wolf should never have been jailed. "The abuses visited on Josh and other journalists are part of an effort by governments at all levels to control the volume, flow and content of the information that reaches the public," the union said.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Teacher Convicted of Making Bomb Threats
By DAVID DISHNEAU
APSixth grade teacher Michelle J. Dohm has been convicted of making false bomb threats targeting five male students.
UPDATE 6-27-07: . This sixth-grade teacher in Fredrick, Md. was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail plus nine months of home detention. As indicated above, Dohm had written threatening notes to five students with messages such as, "Tick Tock Tick Tock. Is it a bomb or is it a clock?"