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Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex Isn't a Felony

Terrance Williams' partner got sick, but appeals court says that's a misdemeanor

(Newser) - In 2011, New York prosecutors charged a 22-year-old Syracuse man who had neglected to tell his sexual partner he had HIV and subsequently infected him with a felony. But two lower courts ruled the charge should be switched to a misdemeanor, and yesterday the New York State Court of Appeals... More »

Chris Brown Assault Charge Reduced in Hearing

Grammy winner allowed to leave without bail

(Newser) - Chris Brown caught a break today when charges in his latest fist-to-face incident were reduced from felony to misdemeanor assault, the Washington Post reports. A crowd gathered outside his arraignment hearing in Washington, DC, where he pleaded not guilty, was released without bail, and told to stay 100 yards away... More »

Drunk Woman Busted After She Calls 911—for Cigarettes

Cops weren't really amused by her version of a joke

(Newser) - Most people with a good buzz on call Domino's for delivery, but one Texas woman thought it would be just hysterical to instead call 911 to have emergency responders deliver cigarettes to her home. For her trouble, 48-year-old Linda White, described as "very intoxicated," did indeed get... More »

Philly Officer Charged for Punching Woman

Jonathan Josey accused of misdemeanor assault

(Newser) - The Philadelphia police lieutenant who got fired for punching a woman at a festival was charged today with simple assault, a misdemeanor. District attorney Seth Williams says he made the decision to charge Jonathan Josey after carefully reviewing video of the altercation. Williams says police were responding to a chaotic... More »

Joe Francis Turns Himself In to Cops

Sources say warrant was for false imprisonment

(Newser) - Joe Francis turned himself into police last night for … something. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times the Girls Gone Wild founder turned himself in to the LAPD on a misdemeanor warrant for false imprisonment, but no details were given. TMZ spoke with sources who say the story goes something... More »

Reds' Leake Busted Shoplifting

Six Macy's T-shirts were worth $60, cops say

(Newser) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake will make $425,000 this year, but he was apparently short the $59.95 for six American Rag T-shirts that cops say he lifted at a Macy's today. Leake's arrest report says the 23-year-old removed price tags from the shirts and tried to... More »

Felony Charges Dropped in Hit-and-Run...

...so that a Morgan Stanley wealth manager can keep job

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Colorado want Martin Joel Erzinger to keep his job as a financial manager to the ultra-wealthy—so they dropped felony charges against him in a hit-and-run case. Erzinger, 52, will instead face two misdemeanor charges for allegedly hitting bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo on July 3 and then fleeing... More »

Charlie Sheen's Plea Deal Goes Sour

Domestic assault case continued until July 12

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen went to court in Aspen today to plead no contest to a misdemeanor in the domestic assault case involving his wife, Brooke Mueller, but the plea bargain didn't go down. "They need time to re-work the final points of the plea deal," the DA said. Asked... More »

Gossip Girl Guy Popped for Pot Possession

Chace Crawford charged with misdemeanor in Texas

(Newser) - Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was arrested early this morning and charged with misdemeanor drug possession, TMZ reports . Crawford, 24, was with a friend in a car in the parking lot of a pub when Plano, Texas, police found one unlit joint. He was arrested and charged with possession of... More »

Charlie Sheen Headed to Jail

Plea deal will get actor out in time to film sitcom

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen will reportedly go to jail after a plea bargain reducing a felony charge stemming from his Christmas Day brouhaha with wife Brooke Mueller to a misdemeanor. "Charlie intends to go to court on June 7, plead to a misdemeanor, and immediately begin serving his 30 days,"... More »

Palin Hacker Found Guilty on 2 Counts

David Kernell convicted of obstruction of justice, unlawful email access

(Newser) - A federal jury has convicted a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student of hacking Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account during the 2008 campaign. David Kernell was acquitted of wire fraud but convicted of a felony, obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor, unlawful computer access. The jury failed to reach a... More »

Gilbert Arenas' Dueling Partner Pleads Guilty

Javaris Crittenton hit with 1 year probation for gun possession

(Newser) - The dispute that started with gambling on a Washington Wizards team flight and spilled over into a locker room confrontation claimed its second victim today, when Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun possession charge. Gilbert Arenas, who pleaded guilty to a felony and has been indefinitely suspended from... More »

Woman Who Shoved Cop Must Wear Sign Saying So

It reads: 'I battered a police officer'

(Newser) - An Orlando woman is the latest to run afoul of the novel-sentencing fad: Her punishment for pushing a police officer was to wear a sign reading, “I battered a police officer.” The 24-year-old woman, who got into a tiff with an off-duty cop outside a bar on her... More »

Balloon Parents Plead Guilty

Sentences unclear, but judge assures 'significant' monetary cost

(Newser) - The parents of “balloon boy” Falcon Heene pleaded guilty today to charges related to the hoax that sent police and rescue personnel on a wild-goose chase. Richard Heene pleaded to a felony, Mayumi Heene—a Japanese citizen who risked deportation if she had a felony on her record—to... More »

25 Chicago Kids Jailed After Food Fight

Students face criminal charges, and parents are outraged

(Newser) - Twenty-five Chicago students ages 11 to 15 had to cool their heels in jail for 5 hours last week after a food fight at their school apparently got out of hand. The kids face charges of misdemeanor reckless conduct, NBC Chicago reports. Parents are angry that their kids were treated... More »

Judge Throws Out Sentence in MySpace Suicide Case

(Newser) - A Los Angeles federal judge has tentatively thrown out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide. US District Judge George Wu acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. Wu... More »

Charge Vs. Mom Who Kicked Kids to Curb Will Be Dropped

NY lawyer just needs to stay out of trouble

(Newser) - Madlyn Primoff, the New York lawyer who gained notoriety when she kicked her squabbling kids out of the car last month, will likely not face legal repercussions, the Journal News reports. Though she faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, it will be dropped in 6... More »

Oprah to Rihanna: 'He Will Hit You Again'

But 'she hit me first,' Brown claims

(Newser) - As Chris Brown tries to negotiate a misdemeanor plea, Oprah Winfrey spoke to battered girlfriend Rihanna through her show Friday, telling the battered singer, “If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again.” An expert on her show compared Brown to... More »

SC Sheriff Vows to Prosecute Phelps for Pot

Says if Olympian toked in his jurisdiction, it'll be an 'easy case'

(Newser) - A South Carolina sheriff says he’ll charge Michael Phelps with whatever crimes he can if the Olympian smoked pot in his jurisdiction, the State reports. “This case is no different than any other,” the Richland County sheriff said yesterday. “This one might be a lot easier... More »

Teen Pranksters Get a Dose of Revenge

Minnesota man charged after spraying them with fox urine

(Newser) - A Minnesota man faces misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct after police accused him of spraying mischievous teens with fox urine, the West Central Tribune reports. The 50-year-old—fed up with youths toilet-papering his house—loaded up his Super Soaker squirt gun with the offending fluid, donned night-vision goggles,... More »

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