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Two major New York museums have lost a bid to throw out claims by a Jewish scholar that he is the owner of two Picasso paintings and the case will head to trial next week.
The Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will battle the scholar, Julius Schoeps, in court for the ownership rights to the paintings, "Boy Leading A Horse" and "Le Moulin de la Galette." The trial is due to begin on Monday in Manhattan federal court.Two major New York museums have lost a bid to throw out claims by a Jewish scholar... more
The director of the influential music video "Thriller" has sued pop star Michael Jackson over his share of profits from the 14-minute work.
Filmmaker John Landis, who co-wrote and directed the 1983 "Thriller" video, filed a breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court just days before Broadway producers announced this week they had bought the rights to adapt the video for the stage.The director of the influential music video "Thriller" has sued pop star... more
Boy George, the 80's pop singer turned not-very-good club DJ has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for falsely imprisoning a male escort last year.
The imprisoned escort told the court that Boy George had beaten him with a metal chain as he tried to get out of his flat.
Right before he was sentenced to 15 months in jail, the judge David Radford said: "This is a case where custody is the more likely option."
Reports are still unconfirmed if the make-up in this picture was a previous attempt at seeing what life behind bars was like.Boy George, the 80's pop singer turned not-very-good club DJ has been sentenced... more
MIAMI: Public defenders' offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the poor.
Public defenders are notoriously overworked, and their turnover is high and their pay low. But now, in the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.
In September, a Florida judge ruled that the public defenders' office in Miami-Dade County could refuse to represent many of those arrested on lesser felony charges so its lawyers could provide a better defense for other clients. Over the last three years, the average number of felony cases handled by each lawyer in a year has climbed to close to 500, from 367, officials said, and caseloads for lawyers assigned to misdemeanor cases have risen to 2,225, from 1,380.
"Right now a lot of public defenders are starting to stand up and say, 'No more: We can't ethically handle this many cases,' " said David Carroll, director of research for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.MIAMI: Public defenders' offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on... more
A man attacked a convicted killer before a judge pronounced the death sentence for him in the hammer-slayings of his wife and twin 2-year-old sons. The man rushed the defense table in the Dekalb County, Georgia courtroom. A man attacked a convicted killer before a judge pronounced the death sentence for him... more
(Miami, FL) A sobbing Jason Hartley broke down to police, telling them as he cried that he killed his 14-year-old friend Neica Gibbs this past July. The video of his police interrogation has finally been released for the first time.
So Here is the story He told the girl to come to his place and have sex with him for 50$, So when they get back to his place no money no sex (He kills her)
(Miami, FL) A sobbing Jason Hartley broke down to police, telling them as he cried... more
A porn actor is on trial for the alleged rape of a Washington State University student last year. Lawyers for Christopher Reid are blaming the incident on another man. A porn actor is on trial for the alleged rape of a Washington State University student... more
Apple could shut down its iTunes music store this week, if a verdict from the US Copyright Royalty Board forces the company to pay higher royalty rates.
A ruling is expected by the board tomorrow (October 2) on an application by the National Music Publishers' Association to raise the royalty fees paid to its members on songs purchased from online music stores including iTunes.
The association wants to increase rates by 66 per cent, from nine cents to 15 cents per track, whereas Apple wants a decrease to 4.8 cents per track, reports CNN.
In a statement submitted to the board last year, iTunes vice president Eddy Cue said that Apple would not stand for an increase:
"If the [iTunes store] was forced to absorb any increase in the... royalty rate, the result would be to significantly increase the likelihood of the store operating at a financial loss - which is no alternative at all," the statement read.
Cue added that Apple would have no qualms about shutting iTunes down if it was not making enough money.
"Apple has repeatedly made it clear that it is in this business to make money," he said, "and most likely would not continue to operate [the iTunes store] if it were no longer possible to do so profitably."
Research analysts Piper Jaffray predict that Apple will have an 85 per cent share of the digital music market this year.
Apple could shut down its iTunes music store this week, if a verdict from the US... more
The long-awaited inquest into the controversial fatal shooting of the Brazilian electrician who was wrongly identified by armed police as a suicide bomber is to start today.
De Menzes was shot dead at Stockwell tube station in July 2005, and today the police officers who fired the fatal shots, passengers who were on the train and members of the Menezes family, who "have publicly blamed Commissioner Sir Ian Blair for instigating a 'cover-up' after the shooting," will all speak to the court.
The long-awaited inquest into the controversial fatal shooting of the Brazilian... more
More sad news of US troops showing the ugly side of war, and we wonder why people hate us?
A US soldier has been jailed for seven months and given a dishonourable discharge for conspiracy to murder four Iraqi men in April 2007.
Specialist Belmor Ramos (23) pleaded guilty to knowingly standing guard as the men were blindfolded, shot and their bodies dumped in a canal.
It was alleged that the killings were in retribution for casualties sustained by the soldiers' unit.
Three other soldiers were charged in connection with the case on Wednesday.
Sgt John Hatley, Sgt 1st Class Joseph Mayo, and Sgt Michael Leahy Jr have been charged with premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice.
A pre-trial hearing will be held at a later date to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.
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Performance meets politics with "Lucasville: The Untold Story of A Prison Uprising." In 2004, a book by the same name was published. The authors, family members and participants are calling for an investigation and raising awareness about the use of the death penalty.
The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville was home to an 11-day stand-off in April 1993. One guard, Robert Vallandingham, and 9 prisoners were killed on the inside before terms of surrender were reached. 5 men were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for their role in the uprising, which included negotiating its end and holding meetings with other prisoners. Inmates testified against one another. Some of the key eyewitness claims have since been recanted.
The play is taken from actual dialogue, court transcripts and official statements from inmates and negotiators. The production toured Ohio in 2007 and it is being performed in August at the 2008 New York City International Fringe Festival. It is scheduled to be performed on the west coast in late September 2008.
The State of Ohio and Prosecutors stand by the cases and the convictions of the Lucasville 5. The state admits there is little to no actual evidence. Prosecutors maintain, and the juries have agreed, that the men who were the leaders and the voices during the disturbance could be held complicit and responsible for any and all actions during the deadly riot.
Sentences have been upheld by state courts.Performance meets politics with "Lucasville: The Untold Story of A Prison... more
Dominic Noonan is the head of one of Manchester's most notorious criminal families. In this controversial documentary Donal McIntyre discovers what its like to be one of Britain's most wanted gangsters. This pod is a special short cut of the feature documentary A Very British Gangster by Donal MacIntyre and Dare Films. For more films by Dare, check out: http://current.com/topics/88820309_dare_filmsDominic Noonan is the head of one of Manchester's most notorious criminal... more
Britney Spears' father will retain control over the singer's affairs until the end of the year, says a US court.
James Spears was granted control of his daughter's assets in February after she was admitted to a psychiatric ward.
The Los Angeles court also heard that Ms Spears did not want to extend a restraining order against her former manager, Osama "Sam" Lutfi.
James Spears' lawyer said a "private agreement" had been reached with Mr Lutfi, and no court action was needed.
Neither the singer nor her father were in court for Thursday's hearing.
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Sophie Lancaster, 20, was kicked and stamped to death by Brendan Harris, 15, and Ryan Herbert, 16, in Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire, last summer.
The pair turned on her as she tried to get them and three other youths to stop attacking her boyfriend, Robert Maltby.
What made this news stand out to me was what the judge said to the boys who killed her in court.
"This was a terrible case which has shocked and outraged all who have heard about it. At least wild animals, when they hunt in packs, have a legitimate reason for so doing, to obtain food. You have none and your behaviour on that night degrades humanity itself."
He described the Goth community as "perfectly peaceful law-abiding people who pose no threat to anybody" and added: "This was a hate crime against these completely harmless people targeted because their appearance was different to yours."
Good for you, judge, for saying those things. It's true.Sophie Lancaster, 20, was kicked and stamped to death by Brendan Harris, 15, and Ryan... more
A three-month drugs trial involving over 100 witnesses and costing half a million pounds has been thrown out of court after members of the jury pleaded guilty to curing their boredom by doing sudoku puzzles .
Apparently, the Jury' forewoman admitted that her and a few others had been trying to crack the puzzle games since the second week of the trial, claiming that it had helped keep her mind 'busy'.
Just can't get the staff nowadays.
A three-month drugs trial involving over 100 witnesses and costing half a million... more
A forensic video expert took the stand yesterday at the R. Kelly trial to show that the sex tape in question could not be faked and to blow a hole in the defense’s argumentA forensic video expert took the stand yesterday at the R. Kelly trial to show that... more
By STEPHANIE SIMON and ANN ZIMMERMAN// Wall Street Journal
Texas authorities prepared to return hundreds of children seized from a polygamist ranch after the state Supreme Court ruled that child-welfare authorities were wrong to have separated the children from their parents.
The Texas Supreme Court let stand an appellate ruling that the state acted illegally in taking custody last month of 468 children from the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado.
"Removal of the children was not warranted," the justices wrote.
Texas Child Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins said the agency would "prepare for the prompt and orderly reunification of these children with their families."
Full story at link.By STEPHANIE SIMON and ANN ZIMMERMAN// Wall Street Journal Texas authorities... more
Gary Coleman and his disgruntled bride Shannon Price are thinking about getting divorced. Gary, obviously attention starved, is taking this matter straight to Divorce Court. He’s reportedly looking for a little guidance from Judge Toler in hopes of saving the marriage before it’s too late. Keep reading...Gary Coleman and his disgruntled bride Shannon Price are thinking about getting... more