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March 26, 2013 |
A federal judge has ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department can have 40-year-old taped conversations between one of Charles Manson's most fervent followers and his late attorney to see if they can help solve more murders. U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Schell ruled Sunday that Charles "Tex" Watson waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he allowed the lawyer to sell the tapes to an author who wrote a book about Watson, who was convicted of several murders. LAPD robbery-homicide detectives are seeking the tapes because they believe that during the several hours of conversations, Watson "may have discussed additional unsolved murders committed by followers of Charles Manson.
February 24, 2013 |
It's a pretty good bet that when stars arrive on the Oscar red carpet Sunday they'll be wearing clothes, jewelry and accessories selected with the help of a fashion stylist. And fans are more aware than ever that their idols don't create their looks alone. It's been only half a decade since celebrity stylists really began stepping out from behind the camera to claim a piece of the spotlight generally reserved for their clients. In the short time since Rachel Zoe first appeared in her own docudrama on Bravo in 2008 and her former assistant Brad Goreski splintered off from Team Zoe to star in his own series, a slew of other stylists have launched clothing lines and major collaborations, establishing that the age of the celebrity stylist-as-brand is here to stay.
February 14, 2013 |
The first words in Abbas Kiarostami's sinuous and beguiling new drama are "I'm not lying to you," and they're a lie. There'll be more equivocation and feints, more quietly disorienting shifts as the Tokyo-set story's events play out among an unlikely - and well-cast - triangle. A filmmaker long fascinated with matters of truth, fiction and identity, Kiarostami embarks on a typically indirect but never rambling path in "Like Someone in Love," crafting an elegant mystery that resonates beyond its final, jolting moment.
January 31, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - The military judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case angrily ruled Thursday that government censors and intelligence officials can no longer shield the proceedings from public view and that he will decide when to cut off a live audio/video link in instances where classified information is discussed. Judge James L. Pohl, an Army colonel, also is considering halting the entire case to investigate allegations from defense lawyers that the censors have been using technology to improperly eavesdrop and spy on the lawyers' private conversations with their clients, both in the courtroom and in other parts of the detainee compound at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
January 29, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Lawyers for five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators asked a judge Tuesday to allow them to spend 48 hours every six months inside the Guantanamo Bay prison to document conditions to persuade a jury not to recommend the death penalty if their clients are convicted of capital murder. The highly unusual request came on the second day of weeklong pretrial hearings at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was challenged by military and government prosecutors who said they would permit just "one single visit," control whom the lawyers talk to and what they see, and be in charge of the defense lawyers' written notes, sketches and photographs of the prison.
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January 29, 2013 |
Defense attorneys representing three Filipino nationals accused of weapons smuggling failed to persuade a federal judge to toss out criminal charges against their clients based on "outrageous government misconduct. " U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the case. During a two-week hearing, defense attorneys accused FBI Agent Charles Ro of knowingly paying for prostitutes for the defendants. While working undercover in the Philippines, Ro frequently met the defendants in karaoke clubs - where scantily clad and sometimes topless young women worked as hostesses - to discuss weapons deals, Ro testified.
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Parties at the Sundance Film Festival typically feature maverick filmmakers, the best in nouvelle cowboy cuisine and plentiful pours of high-end spirits and Utah microbrews. But the bash thrown by Hollywood's powerful Creative Artists Agency on Sunday night took festival revelry in an unexpectedly bawdy direction, as Sundance guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.
January 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Van Nuys debt collection operation and the people who ran it agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle federal allegations that they improperly bullied consumers to get them to pay overdue bills and deceived clients about fees. The settlement ends a case in which a federal judge in Los Angeles found the defendants liable for $33.8 million in fines and penalties. The defendants, however, had no more money to pay the judgment, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The deal, stemming from a 2011 case against Forensic Case Management Services Inc., owner David M. Hynes II and other officers, permanently bars the operators from the debt collection business.
January 17, 2013 |
The new frontier for 3-D projection? Forget movie theaters or television sets. A Fairfield, N.J., company is using state-of-the-art 3-D projection technology to make a 12-story building downtown "vanish. " Pearl Media, which specializes in doing giant outdoor 3-D projections for such clients as Chevy Sonic, Lexus, Hyundai and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, on Thursday night will use its proprietary 3-D mapping technology and high powered projectors to make a building on West 9th Street look like it has disappeared.