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December 17, 2011 |
A federal judge Friday sentenced baseball slugger Barry Bonds to probation, 30 days' confinement in his Beverly Hills home and community service, but put the sentence on hold pending Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who presided over Bonds' perjury trial, said "the jury got it exactly right" when it convicted Bonds in April for evasive testimony to a federal grand jury investigating doping in professional sports. "Mr. Bonds made an effort to obstruct justice here," Illston said, but "he didn't manage to succeed.
December 2, 2011 |
If "The Lady" is any indication, Luc Besson, the Paris-born filmmaker behind such testosterone-fueled thrillers as "Taken," "Transporter 2" and "The Fifth Element," is having a tough time getting in touch with his feminine side. Yes, there was his recent script for "Colombiana," but at least as portrayed by Zoe Saldana, that was one tough chick. "The Lady," on the other hand, required both elegance and eloquence in telling the story of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, whose efforts earned her a Nobel Prize.
October 19, 2011 |
A federal magistrate ordered the release on home detention Tuesday of a Syrian-born U.S. citizen the FBI says has been spying on Syrian dissidents in the United States with intentions of harming them, saying that the prosecution had not established that he had committed a crime. U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. said that the prosecution had proved only that Mohamad "Alex" Soueid had filmed protests and shared the films with Syrian government officials, which is not illegal, and that he did not seem to be a threat to flee.
July 25, 2011 |
The maid who says she was sexually assaulted by prominent Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn stepped out in public Sunday, allowing her name and face to be used in two media interviews in which she described in vivid detail the alleged attack. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, is apparently concerned that the Manhattan district attorney will drop four felony and three misdemeanor charges against Strauss-Kahn because of questions about her credibility that arose during the investigation.
July 3, 2011 |
NEW YORK — Scrutiny of the accuser in the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn intensified Saturday after more revelations about her conduct following the purported May 14 attack. A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and lifted strict bail conditions Friday after prosecutors discovered a pattern of lying in the accuser's background, although serious charges including sexual assault and attempted rape remain in place against the man once seen as a top French presidential contender.
July 2, 2011 |
In a twist that could signal the collapse of a sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a judge Friday lifted his house arrest and bail after prosecutors admitted a "substantial credibility issue" against the hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her. Among other things, the woman lied on her asylum application about having been gang-raped in the past and repeated the lie in interviews with attorneys from the...
June 30, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. After 35 days of house arrest, Lindsay Lohan ditches the ankle bracelet and is free. Let the probation begin. ( Los Angeles Times ) Someone won "The Voice" finale. If you read this, you'll know who. ( Los Angeles Times ) The third "Transformers" flick opens strong at the box office, though not as strong as the second film did. ( Los Angeles Times ) Justin Timberlake gets a piece of recently sold Myspace.
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June 30, 2011 |
Officials on Wednesday removed Lindsay Lohan's ankle bracelet and electronic monitoring system, formally releasing the actress from her much-chronicled 35-day house arrest. Steve Whitmore, an L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said a technician for the monitoring company went to the actress' Venice home about 9:40 a.m. and removed the bracelet by 10:30 a.m. "She is now under the supervision of probation," Whitmore said. "It took about 15 minutes to remove the equipment from her and her home.
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June 24, 2011 |
Angry with paparazzi photos that appear to show Lindsay Lohan partying on the rooftop of her beachfront Venice home, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told the actress she can no longer entertain more than one guest at a time while under house arrest. Lohan was in court Thursday after a probation report said she had failed a June 13 alcohol test, but Sautner ruled that a failed alcohol test did not violate her probation and that the testing requirement had ended months earlier.
May 21, 2011 |
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is out of jail, but instead of living under house arrest in a ritzy Manhattan apartment building that his wife had secured for him, the former head of the International Monetary Fund will stay downtown while he faces charges of sexually assaulting a chambermaid. Neighbors on the Upper East Side didn't want Strauss-Kahn in the building, so he'll stay temporarily in a corporate suite near the World Trade Center site owned by the security company he has hired, at $7,000 a day, to guard him. Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair, had rented an apartment in the Bristol Plaza on East 65th Street.