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There's So Much Wrong With the Heard, Depp Verdicts

Both actors should have lost their cases, writes Danny Cevallos

(Newser) - It's no wonder Amber Heard is "heartbroken" by the verdicts in her defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp. "It means the jurors didn't believe [she] was ever abused"—physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically, or financially—"not once," legal analyst Danny Cevallos writes at NBC...

Weinstein Jury Is Set, as Judge Slams Defense

'Nothing you said makes logical sense to me,' he says in rejecting bid for private jury screening

(Newser) - A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial in New York after an arduous, two-week process, setting the stage for testimony to begin in the next week. The final tally mostly erased a gender imbalance that, just hours earlier, led to...

Bill Cosby Lawyers Try to Have Judge Removed

They plan to portray Cosby's accuser as greedy

(Newser) - The judge in Bill Cosby's retrial rejected demands from the comedian's defense lawyers to step aside during a Thursday hearing in which they made clear they plan to attack his accuser as a greedy liar who falsely accused him of sexually assaulting her to collect a payoff. Judge...

First Cosby Witness Explains What He 'Made Me' Do

Prosecutors say there is a pattern to his assaults

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial opened Monday with testimony from one of the scores of women who accuse the star of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The woman, identified in earlier reports as "Kacey," testified that when she worked at the William Morris talent agency in Los...

Lindsay's 'Crime Wave' Costs California Millions

Experts estimate that taxpayers are footing a giant bill

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan's "one-woman crime wave," as some in LA's legal community have called it, seems like little more than the stuff of tabloids. But there is a dark side, Fox News points out: Experts estimate that the former actress' legal foibles are costing cash-strapped California millions of dollars....

11 Simpsons Predictions That Came True

Yucky soy snacks? Check. Crazy celebrities? Got 'em.

(Newser) - During its sixth season in 1995, The Simpsons gazed into the future—specifically, 2010—in the “Lisa’s Wedding” episode. Writing at 11points.com , Sam Greenspan lists 11 things about this year the episode got right:
  • Soy snacks: Not only did the show predict their popularity, it also “

Douglas Begs Judge: Show Cameron Leniency

Michael's letter joins long list of missives by famous pals

(Newser) - As Cameron Douglas awaits sentencing today on drug dealing charges, dad Michael is joining other family and friends in begging for leniency. Michael’s handwritten letter paints a picture of a child pressured by the two generations of fame that came before him and surrounded by other family members who...

Rip Torn Pleads Not Guilty
 Rip Torn Pleads Not Guilty 

Rip Torn Pleads Not Guilty

Judge orders actor to give up drinking after alleged bank break-in

(Newser) - Rip Torn entered a not guilty plea today to the charges leveled against him after his alleged drunken break-in at a Connecticut bank. At the same time, the judge added another bail condition: that he give up all alcohol. Torn’s lawyer pointed out that the actor is already undergoing...

Charlie's Defense: Brooke's a Liar
 Charlie's Defense: 
 Brooke's a Liar 
plus: heidi fleiss on the mess

Charlie's Defense: Brooke's a Liar

Sheen wants plea deal, but prosecutors aim for trial

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is ready to plead no contest to a misdemeanor and skip jail, but prosecutors think they have a strong enough felony case to go to trial—even without Brooke Mueller. Mueller wants the assault case to disappear so she doesn’t have to testify against her husband, sources...

Rip Torn Thought Bank Was Home: Lawyer
 Rip Torn Thought 
 Bank Was Home: Lawyer 
took off hat, boots

Rip Torn Thought Bank Was Home: Lawyer

Actor was so drunk he took off hat, boots in lobby

(Newser) - When Rip Torn broke into a bank Friday night, he was so drunk he thought he was in his own home and had even taken off his hat and boots and left them by the door, his lawyer said yesterday. "Obviously, he wasn't there intending to commit a crime,...

Judge Who? No Placard for Ito After Many Thefts

He even tried gluing it on, to no avail

(Newser) - Of all the people damaged by the OJ Simpson trial, Lance Ito’s tale is perhaps the saddest—err, most mundane. The poor presiding judge’s name became so famous that the placard announcing him outside his courtroom was repeatedly pilfered over the years. He tried everything, the Los Angeles ...

Anti-Semitism Got Polanski
 Anti-Semitism Got Polanski 
gore vidal

Anti-Semitism Got Polanski

Gore Vidal is less than PC while discussing Roman Polanski

(Newser) - Gore Vidal isn't afraid to say what he really thinks about the Roman Polanski fiasco. "I really don’t give a f---. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?" he tells the Atlantic in...

2nd Doc Hooked Up With Anna
 2nd Doc Hooked Up With Anna 

2nd Doc Hooked Up With Anna

Sandeep Kapoor wrote in diary about tryst with Anna Nicole Smith

(Newser) - Just in case anyone thought the Anna Nicole Smith hearing couldn't get any kinkier: It can, and it did. An investigator testified yesterday that Smith physician Sandeep Kapoor—who is facing charges along with psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and lawyer Howard K. Stern—had a less-than-professional relationship with Smith, "making...

Birkhead: Prosecutor Pressured Me
 Pressured Me 

Birkhead: Prosecutor Pressured Me

Anna Nicole Smith's former lover says he was told to 'ramp up' testimony

(Newser) - Anna Nicole Smith's babydaddy Larry Birkhead took the stand again yesterday in the Howard K Stern hearing, and testified that the prosecution pressured him to "ramp up" his testimony because he appeared to be taking Stern's side. "I felt I personally did my best and I was being...

Medic: Travolta Offered $15M to Hush
 Medic: Travolta 
 Offered $15M to Hush 

Medic: Travolta Offered $15M to Hush

Tarino Lightbourne tries to turn the tables on John Travolta at extortion trial

(Newser) - Jett Travolta was “dead, d-e-a-d, dead” before the ambulance arrived, Bahamian paramedic Tarino Lightbourne testified yesterday—adding that it was the Travoltas’ lawyer who offered him $15 million to destroy a “Refusal of Transport/Treatment” document signed by the actor. The paramedic is charged along with a former Bahamas...

Prosecutor: I Lied in Polanksi Film About Misconduct

Wells now denies coaching judge on how to send director to jail

(Newser) - A retired Los Angeles County prosecutor who told the creators of a documentary that he coached a judge on how to send Roman Polanski to prison despite a plea bargain now says he lied. David Wells—whose claims in Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired sparked accusations of misconduct and were...

It Wasn't Rape: Sharon Tate's Sis
 It Wasn't Rape: 
 Sharon Tate's Sis 

It Wasn't Rape: Sharon Tate's Sis

As Roman Polanski faces months in jail, Hollywood elite rally around him

(Newser) - The sister of Roman Polanski’s murdered second wife, Sharon Tate, says his crime was not rape. "There's rape and then there's rape,” Debra Tate tells MSNBC, and what happened between Polanski and his 13-year-old victim was “a consensual matter.” More from the Polanski saga:
  • Fake

LA DA Shouldn't Waste Time on Polanski

Los Angeles has more pressing problems; tragic director has been punished enough

(Newser) - Whether you side for or against Roman Polanski, one has to wonder why the state of California is “stalking an aging, 76-year-old man who has admitted his guilt and was long ago forgiven by his victim,” writes Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times. California’s legislature is...

Writer Dominick Dunne Dead at 83
 Writer Dominick 
 Dunne Dead at 83 

Writer Dominick Dunne Dead at 83

(Newser) - Dominick Dunne, the best-selling author who covered some of the past two decades’ highest-profile trials for Vanity Fair, died today at 83; his son, actor Griffin Dunne, told the magazine bladder cancer was the cause. Dominick Dunne served in World War II and produced TV shows and feature films before...

Winehouse Cleared of Assault
 of Assault 

Winehouse Cleared of Assault

Plus, Erin Andrews gets her own doll, and more

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse was cleared of assault today, with a judge determining evidence did not show dancer Sherene Flash suffered “the sort of injury that often occurs when there is a forceful punch to the eye,” the BBC reports. Winehouse told reporters, “I’m relieved. I’m going...

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