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Follow Up To Ryan O’Neal and Son’s Meth Bust

Last month I reported that Actor Ryan O’Neal and his son Redmond had been arrested for drug possession of Methamphetamine.  Now, both men have been officially charged with felony possession of methamphetamines.  In addition, Redmond was charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of illegal possession of pepper spray.  Redmond is already on probation for a heroin and crystal meth arrest earlier in the year, so this will probably not go well. That is, unless they have an awesome criminal law attorney who can defend them and work to get these very serious charges reduced.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment on November 13th.

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October 16, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Drug Abuse, Under Arrest | , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Sued by CA Inmate for Medical Negligence

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

An inmate at Wasco State Prison in California has sued Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (I still giggle typing that) for medical negligence for $100,000.

The inmate had previously written and requested a transfer to another prison after contracting a disease known as “valley fever” because of the prison’s location .  This disease prompts its victims to start every sentence with “Like,…” and tease their bangs up with hairspray.  Actually, valley fever it is a real disease that is a fungal infection in the lungs prominent in the Southwest which produces flu-like symptoms and can in rare cases lead to death.  Ha!  You just learned something of substance from this stupid blog.

The inmate, Terry Alexander, claims he is now confined to a  “wheelchair for life” because of Schwarzenegger medical neglect in not approving the transfer.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Lawsuit, Prison | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Seeking Divorce

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Planning Divorce

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Planning Divorce

Its been a strange journey for Madonna and movie director husband Guy Ritchie, but now word is out that the two are planning to get divorced.

For now neither of the celeb’s representatives have made official statements, nor have any divorce attorneys made any remarks.

This should be an interesting case to follow, and you can be sure there will be follow ups right here.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Custody, Divorce, Family Law | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alleged Domestic Violence Leads to Order of Protection for Hayden Panettiere’s Mom

Hayden Panettiere in Middle of Domestic Violence Case

Hayden Panettiere in Middle of Domestic Violence Case

A family law judge in the domestic violence case against Alan Panettiere, father of Hayden, is the real “hero” today, as he has filed an order of protection against him for the misdemeanor battery charges he is facing from an alleged fight with his wife in August.

The protection order states that Alan is not to “harass, strike, threaten, assault (sexually or otherwise), follow, stalk [or] molest” Lesley. Alan is due in court for the actual arraignment on December 11th and remains free on $50,000 bail.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Domestic Violence, Family Law | , , | Leave a comment

Julianne Moore Gets A Traffic Ticket in New York City

Not all celebrity justice is grandoise and spectacular.  Some of it is just mundane run-of-the-mill run-ins with the law that proves they are “just like us”.  Here is dinosaur hunter, cannibal chaser and friend of Knox Harrington (the video artist) Julianne Moore getting a traffic ticket outside her New York City home over the weekend.

A quick jaunt over to a new york criminal defense attorney should clear that parking violation right up.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity | , , , , | 1 Comment

Bon Jovi Sued for $400 Billion (Yes Billion) for Allegedly Borrowing Lyrics

Jon Bon Jovi is being sued for allegedly borrowing lyrics from the song “(Man I Really) Love This Team”, the Boston Red Sox Anthem by a band called The Chelsea City Council.  Frontman Samuel Bartley Steele is seeking $400 Billion (thats $400,000,000,000 or over half of the Wall Street Bailout the Congress is working on) from Bon Jovi, who he says used his lyrics for the song “I Love This Town”.

Representatives for Bon Jovi and their and any other copyright protection lawyers that may need to get involved have stated they have yet to see the lawsuit.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | Leave a comment

Violation of Privacy Lawsuit Against Hustler Magazine Thrown Out

Chris Benoit and Nancy Benoit

Chris Benoit and Nancy Benoit

Remember a few years back how WWE wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy Benoit and their son before committing suicide?  Well not ten months after those tragic events, first-amendment-loving Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine printed nude photos of Nancy Benoit that had been discovered, and her family sued the magazine for violation of privacy.

Today, the case was thrown out by a judge, who claimed that Hustler had the right the print the photos, though noting that the photos were “offensive and distasteful.”

Nancy’s family are still contemplating a wrongful death lawsuit against the WWE.

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Lawsuit | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Foo Fighters Demand McCain Campaign Stop Using Song… Could a Lawsuit Follow?

The Foo Fighters, led by guitarist Dave Grohl, are fuming at the McCain group for using their song “My Hero” at campaign rallies.  The campaign has not asked for permission from the band, management, publisher or record label.

The following statement was issued by the band:

“This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song–and start asking artists’ permission in general!”

Could a potential intellectual property lawsuit be far behind? This is not the first time the McCain group has used music without an artists position. The were pumping Heart’s “Barracuda” when Palin was first announced.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hannah Montana Co-Creator is Demanding His Royalties Percentage

Michael Poryes, co-creator of the Hannah Montana character which has brought in billions for Disney, says he is entitled to a percentage of the bank brought in by the books, movies and merchandise.

Poryes is suing using intellectual property law for almost $1 million dollars for compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs and of course interest.

Disney at this time does not have any comment.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Plastic Surgeon from Dr. 90210 Placed on Probation for Negligence

Dr. Michael Omidi on Probation

Dr. Michael Omidi on Probation

Dr. Michael Omidi, a Hollywood surgeon who has appeared on the self-esteem destroying TV show Dr. 90210, has been placed on a three year probation by the Medical Board of California for being “grossly negligent” with several of his patients, including one that wound up on TV.

The medical negligence charge is because Omidi performed liposuction for one episode on a patient at a facility that was not accredited, and furthermore did not document which painkillers he administered. The board continued to state that “Dr. Omidi’s use of general anesthesia on this patient with a loss of his life preserving reflexes at an unaccredited outpatient facility is an extreme departure from the standard of care.” The concluded by noting that Omidi had used the unaccredited facility two other times, and did not document an oxycodone prescription.

The board had at first revoked Omidi’s medical license, before reinstating it and putting him on probation.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity Wannabe | , , , , | 3 Comments