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July 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An attorney for Chris Brown said Saturday the singer did not take his mural of monster characters down from a wall outside his Hollywood Hills home because of pressure from the city, but simply because he is gearing up to sell the property. Mark Geragos, Brown's attorney, said there have been erroneous reports that the entertainer took the mural down because of a lost appeal. It had nothing to do with the city, Geragos said. The mural earned notoriety after some of Brown's neighbors complained about the 8-foot-tall, neon-colored figures with goofy eyes and big fangs painted on an exterior wall of his Hollywood Hills home.  Brown was given a citation by the city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It was billed as a "shocking tell-all" and a "world exclusive," but the National Enquirer's March 26 cover story landed with a thud. TMZ, Page Six and other major players in celebrity gossip ignored the article in which a masseur claimed John Travolta offered money for sex. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article used the term "masseuse"; it should have said "masseur. " Five weeks after the issue left the checkout aisle, a DUI attorney from Pasadena put the anonymous masseur's tawdry tale in a lawsuit and it became an overnight pop culture sensation, topping Google News, trending on Twitter and meriting a segment on "Good Morning America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher
Republican attorney general candidate John Eastman must change the way he identifies himself to voters on the June 8 primary election ballot, a judge ruled Thursday. Eastman wanted his job described as "assistant attorney general," a title given to him for work on a single case in South Dakota. The judge said the title could mislead voters and also ruled against Eastman's second choice: "taxpayer advocate/attorney." Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ordered Eastman, who recently resigned as dean of Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, to be identified instead as a "constitutional law attorney."
NEWS
August 29, 2010 | By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Paris Hilton and Cy Waits mug shotsAn attorney for Paris Hilton and her boyfriend -- who were arrested in Las Vegas late Friday -- urged the public not to rush to judge the pair. Hilton and Cy Waits, in a Cadillac Escalade, were pulled over by Las Vegas police, who said they smelled marijuana. Officers found a small amount of cocaine inside Hilton's purse, police said at a press conference Saturday. Hilton flew back to her home in Los Angeles and has not made a comment. Her attorney, David Chesnoff, released a statement urging people not to make a "rush to judgment.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ORLANDO, Fla. - In an impassioned and at times deeply personal speech, the nation's first black attorney general vowed Tuesday to investigate the "tragic and unnecessary" death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in nearby Sanford and called on the country to address racial injustice he and his family had experienced firsthand. Eric H. Holder Jr. told delegates to the NAACP convention here of his father sitting him down years ago to advise him how to deal with the police - "what to say and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll
The attorney for Michael Jackson's family told the jury Monday that AEG missed warning after warning about the singer's physical and mental condition and the doctor hired to treat him. During his opening argument, attorney Brian Panish told the jury about a series of emails between AEG executives and people involved in the planned “This Is It” comeback tour discussing Jackson's mental and physical condition and Dr. Conrad Murray, who was treating...
NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- An attorney for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay attempted to convince a Texas appeals court Wednesday that Delay's 2010 felony conviction should be overturned, arguing his efforts to influence Texas elections did not break the law. DeLay, 65, was found guilty in November 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering and sentenced to three years in prison, although the sentence has been on hold and DeLay...
NATIONAL
July 19, 2012 | By Corina Knoll
Family members of two missing Iowa girls took different stances with authorities Thursday, nearly a week after the cousins vanished. Daniel and Misty Morrissey, parents of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, have hired an attorney who has advised them to stop talking to police, Misty's sister, Tammy Brousseau, told local media. But Misty's other sister, Heather Collins, and her husband, Drew, plan to continue cooperating with authorities who are searching for their 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and her cousin, a friend of the family told the Los Angeles Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2009 | By Richard Winton
Detectives investigating the shooting death of Jeffrey Tidus, a prominent L.A. lawyer, are examining a 2005 case in which the attorney obtained a restraining order against a litigant who allegedly had threatened him, according to sheriff's deputies. The case is one of several being looked at as detectives pore over Tidus' files seeking clues, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson said. He stressed that the investigation is in its early stages and there is no evidence that Tidus' work was tied to his slaying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The attorney for a Los Angeles woman who was sentenced to 180 days in jail after calling 911 more than 400 times over the last three years said Tuesday that her client suffers from panic disorder and calls the emergency number "honestly believing she will die. " In an email, attorney Rachel Rossi said 43-year-old Linette Young never had the intent to annoy or harass law enforcement and did not deliberately lie or report an emergency she knew was...
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