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September 24, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
At the request of her attorney, Amanda Bynes' drunken driving case will be referred to a mental-health court, a judge decided Tuesday. The troubled actress did not appear in court, but her lawyer argued that Bynes was not capable of understanding the proceedings, according to TMZ , which first reported the news. "The mental health court will examine Bynes and determine her competency to stand trial," attorney Richard Hutton told E! News . Bynes was arrested on suspicion of DUI in West Hollywood in April 2012 after she allegedly clipped the rear corner of a sheriff's deputy's cruiser while trying to pass it around 3 a.m. near Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards.
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September 24, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
An L.A. County judge has ordered that the drunk-driving case against former teen star Amanda Bynes be moved to a mental health court. Her attorney, Richard Hutton, argued that the 27-year-old former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial because of doubts about her mental competence, Reuters news service reported. Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a Thousand Oaks home in July. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton referred the case to the court's mental health division, where a judge will decide if Bynes is fit for trial, the court said.
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July 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Before actress Amanda Bynes was detained by Ventura County sheriff's deputies Monday and hospitalized for an involuntary mental health evaluation, she had accidentally set her pants on fire, witnesses and officials said Tuesday. Bynes reportedly ignited a pant leg while setting a small fire with a gas can in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home, according to reports. A witness who called 911 reported seeing Bynes with a small gas can and was concerned it could explode. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots Andrew Liverpool told reporters he saw "this girl lying down here with her left pant leg on fire and there is this gas can right here and it is trailing fire.
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July 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Before actress Amanda Bynes was detained by Ventura County sheriff's deputies Monday and hospitalized for an involuntary mental health evaluation, she had accidentally set her pants on fire, witnesses and officials said Tuesday. Bynes reportedly ignited a pant leg while setting a small fire with a gas can in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home, according to reports. A witness who called 911 reported seeing Bynes with a small gas can and was concerned it could explode. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots Andrew Liverpool told reporters he saw "this girl lying down here with her left pant leg on fire and there is this gas can right here and it is trailing fire.
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May 30, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Amanda Bynes' L.A. legal woes remained unresolved Wednesday as a hearing in the actress' drunk driving case was pushed back to July. Bynes was not required to appear in court for the misdemeanor charge, where her attorney could have entered a plea. The next hearing was scheduled for July 18 at the county's Airport Courthouse. The court date came just days after Manhattan prosecutors charged Bynes with attempted evidence tampering, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after New York police alleged she tossed a bong out of her apartment.
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May 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Beverly Hills judge could take a plea Wednesday in Amanda Bynes ' drunk driving case in which she allegedly smashed into a Los Angeles County sheriff's department cruiser last year. Bynes is not required to be present in Judge Elden Fox's courtroom because it is a misdemeanor charge, but her DUI attorney, Richard Hutton, could enter a plea to resolve the case. It will be last chance to resolve the case in Beverly Hills as criminal cases there are being transferred to the Airport courthouse.
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July 8, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Amanda Bynes has gone straight to the top once again, this time adding the U.S. president and first lady to her "ugly" list on Twitter. "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!," she wrote Monday morning, adding the first couple to a list that has included Drake, RuPaul, Perez Hilton, Jason Biggs, Zac Efron, Lance Bass and more. The Obama comment was retweeted more than 16,000 times. Keep in mind, this is the same person who last week tweeted , "I Want A Million Dollars A Year For Illegally Having My Mind Read And Privacy Stolen" and has thanked outlets for making her more famous by writing about every missive she issues.
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May 10, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Paris Hilton has a new lawyer and a new strategy: public contrition. The celebrity heiress, sentenced to 45 days in jail last week for repeatedly driving on a suspended license, now says she is "ready to face the consequences" of her actions. In a statement released by her new attorney, Richard Hutton of Pasadena, Hilton seeks to "correct what I believe are misperceptions about me ... no one is above the law. I am surely not."
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February 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Actress Amanda Bynes was convicted Monday of reckless driving in April 2012 when she crashed into an L.A. County sheriff's deputy's cruiser. Her no-contest plea was entered by her attorney, Richard Hutton, a renowned expert on driving-under-the-influence cases. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton sentenced the "She's the Man" star to three years of probation and three months of alcohol education classes, said Jane Robison, an L.A. County district attorney's spokeswoman.
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May 29, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County jury has acquitted Simi Valley day-care provider Margaret Major of child-abuse charges after two days of deliberations. Major, 49, was accused of violently shaking an 11-month-old boy in her care on Sept. 24, 1997. The child was hospitalized with severe head injuries and suffered permanent brain damage. Major told police that Jack Read screamed while she was changing his diaper and then went limp in her arms.
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May 30, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Amanda Bynes' L.A. legal woes remained unresolved Wednesday as a hearing in the actress' drunk driving case was pushed back to July. Bynes was not required to appear in court for the misdemeanor charge, where her attorney could have entered a plea. The next hearing was scheduled for July 18 at the county's Airport Courthouse. The court date came just days after Manhattan prosecutors charged Bynes with attempted evidence tampering, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after New York police alleged she tossed a bong out of her apartment.
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May 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Beverly Hills judge could take a plea Wednesday in Amanda Bynes ' drunk driving case in which she allegedly smashed into a Los Angeles County sheriff's department cruiser last year. Bynes is not required to be present in Judge Elden Fox's courtroom because it is a misdemeanor charge, but her DUI attorney, Richard Hutton, could enter a plea to resolve the case. It will be last chance to resolve the case in Beverly Hills as criminal cases there are being transferred to the Airport courthouse.
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May 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Paris Hilton won't appeal the 45-day jail term she was sentenced to earlier this month for violating probation, according to court documents filed Thursday. A lawyer for the 26-year-old socialite notified Los Angeles County Superior Court that she was abandoning her appeal, said court spokeswoman Katherine Roberts. Hilton was ordered to report to jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
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