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Photo: Las Vegas Metro Police -- O.J. Simpson Fall 2008

20 years after the infamous white Ford Bronco chase where is O.J.?

On the 20th anniversary of the infamous police chase of O.J. Simpson in a white Ford  Bronco, the disgraced ex-NFL star is doing time in a Nevada prison for a kidnapping and armed robbery. That 2008 case involved the hold up of two sports memorabilia dealers. Back on June 17, 1994, an estimated 95 million viewers across the nation were glued to television screens watching  the white Bronco lead authorities on a slow-speed pursuit.  At the wheel, long time friend of the former actor, Al “A.C.”... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Maria Shriver got a new gig, Jackson trial, and “Iron Man 3” rave review

Maria Shriver returns to NBC News Maria Shriver messy break-up and separation from former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently has not hurt her reunion with NBC News. In a press release, NBC announced Shriver “… joins NBC News as a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.” Shriver worked for the network as an anchor and correspondent from 1986 until 2004. Shriver’s new role at NBC  reportedly “… will build upon her pioneering work as First Lady of... Read More →

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A verdict in another Burbank police trial: Will there be an appeal?

On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury ruled in favor of the city of Burbank in the discrimination/retaliation lawsuit trial of Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez. In an article up on the Burbank Leader website, City Attorney Amy Albano is quoted as saying: “We believed that Ms. Guillen had not been discriminated against or retaliated against . We are pleased that the jury system worked for us in this case.” Wait, wait! It may be a little early for city officials to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez at Fire Service Day/National Police Week celebration in Burbank May 12, 2012

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Lawsuit trial of Burbank police officer in hands of the jury A Downtown Los Angeles jury is expected to continue deliberating today in the lawsuit trial of Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez. This is the third trial in the past few months  involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the BPD brought by a current or former member of the force. Guillen-Gomez’s trial got underway last week. Judge Joanne O’Donnell trimmed the allegations in the suit, originally filed back in May of 2009, to pregnancy discrimination and retaliation,... Read More →

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A verdict in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial

Today a Chicago jury came back with a verdict in the murder trial involving the shooting deaths of three members of entertainer Jennifer Hudson’s family: her mother 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, brother 29-year-old Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The jury convicted the brother-in-law of the Oscar-winning actress on all counts. Thirty-one-year-old William Balfour faces a mandatory life in prison term. The prosecution argued the motive for the killings, back in October of 2008, was jealousy after Jennifer’s sister Julia dumped Balfour and was seeking a divorce.... Read More →

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Photo: Pool/Los Angeles Times -- A grim faced Dr. Conrad Murray is sentenced in a Downtown Los Angeles courtroom November 29, 2011

Convicted Jackson doctor sentenced today

An outraged Los Angeles judge today sentenced Dr. Conrad Murray to the maximum of 4 years behind bars. Earlier this month, Dr. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of pop superstar, Michael Jackson. Dr. Murray will be doing his time in Los Angeles County jail where he will most likely spend less than a year due to inmate overcrowding. More on the Murray trial and sentencing on the Los Angeles Times website.

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Phil Spector found guilty of second degree murder

The second time around turned out to be a real downer for legendary music producer Phil Spector. Today, the Los Angeles jury in Spector’s retrial found him guilty of second degree murder for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion in 2003. The first trial in 2007 ended in a mistrial because the jury was unable to reach a verdict. That jury deadlocked 10-2 for conviction. The retrial began last October. This time Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave jurors the option of second degree murder or a lesser... Read More →

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O.J. Simpson sentenced to prison!

O.J. Simpson after his conviction in October/Las Vegas Metro Police photo/Las Vegas Sun   Former NFL star running back O.J. Simpson fell several more notches from glory and grace today. A tearful and somewhat remorseful Simpson was sentenced on kidnapping and armed robbery convictions by Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass. On October 3, Simpson and his friend and co-defendant, Clarence C.J. Stewart, were convicted of 12 charges stemming from their involvement in a confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in September of 2007.... Read More →

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A jury reaches a decision in the MySpace hoax trial

Today a Los Angeles jury came back with mixed verdicts in the first ever so-called cyber bullying case. Lori Drew, a Missouri mother, is accused of conspiring with her daughter and a business assistant to send harassing Internet messages to 13-year-old Megan Meier who later committed suicide. Prosecutor says Drew helped orchestrate a ruse to have a make-believe boyfriend humilate the emotionally fragile Meier on the MySpace social network. Meier was once a good friend of Drew’s daughter, Sarah. Meier hanged herself in 2006, after receiving a message from the hoax boyfriend saying the world would be a better place... Read More →

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Judge rejects new trial for O.J.

  O.J. Simpson booking photo The  Las Vegas judge who presided over former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s kidnapping and armed robbery trial declined a request from the defense for a new trial today. About a month ago, on October 3, a jury deliberated about 13 hours before convicting Simpson and his golfing buddy Clarence Stewart on all 12 counts. Both defendants were jailed immediately. The charges stem from a raid by Simpson and a group of cohorts on two sports collectibles dealers in a Vegas hotel room back in September of 2007. The defense claimed Simpson was just... Read More →

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Delay in Phil Spector’s second murder trial

  Google file photo Music legend Phil Spector’s second murder trial hit a bump on its second day. Actually, an alternate juror stumbled and reportedly broke his foot in the parking lot of a Downtown Los Angeles court Thursday morning. The prosecution had been scheduled to call witnesses yesterday, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler decided to delay the trial until Monday. The 68-year-old Spector is being retried in the death of actress Lana Clarkson. The 40-year-old actress was found shot to death in the hallway of Spector’s Alhambra mansion back... Read More →

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Another high profile celebrity trial gets underway in L.A.

Google file photo Eccentric rock music legend Phil Spector is on trial for murder, for the second time, in Downtown Los Angeles. Spector is accused of shooting to death actress Lana Clarkson after she allegedly blew off his sexual advances during an encounter at his mansion in February of 2003. The first trial ended in a hung jury  — with the jurors deadlocked 10-to-2 for conviction.  Yesterday, prosecutor Alan Jackson’s opening statement included details of Clarkson’s death and a long list of women whom he says have been threatened by a gun wielding Spector over... Read More →

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Case dismissed against Britney Spears

Entertainer Britney Spears has more to sing about today. In Van Nuys this morning, a mistrial was declared in the singer’s driving-without-California-license trial after jurors could not reach a unanimous decision. Jurors have been deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquittal since yesterday; and felt further deliberations would not help them reach an agreement. So Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Steele dismissed the jury. A short time later, prosecutors announced they were dropping the criminal charge. Spears was on trial for not having a valid California driver’s license when she was involved in a hit-and-run... Read More →

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Jury deliberations resume in Britney Spears trial tomorrow

The jury in the San Fernando Valley trial of pop star Britney Spears deliberated briefly on Friday before taking a break for the weekend. The jurors, eight women and four men, are set to return to a Van Nuys court Monday to continue working on reaching a verdict in the singer’s misdemeanor case. Unlike most celebrity trials, this one has not had a lot of strange twists and weird drama. At the center of the case is a traffic accident; back in August of 2007 Spears hit a parked car and left the scene. Later, Spears settled with... Read More →

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O.J. found guilty in Vegas trial!!!!!!

Google file image Today, 61-year-old former NFL football star and celebrity O.J. Simpson is cooling his heels behind bars. Last night, Simpson was found guilty on all counts in his armed robbery and kidnapping trial. In a strange twist of fate, the Las Vegas jury returned its verdicts, after 13 hours of deliberations, on the 13th anniversary of the not guilty verdict in Simpson’s double murder trial in Los Angeles. In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in what was called... Read More →

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O.J.’s Vegas trial nears an end

  Closing arguments are expected today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial. Yesterday defense witness, Tom Scotto, testified that two of Simpson’s cohorts tried to extort $50 thousand out of him. Scotto pointed the finger at Michael McClinton and Walter Alexander who have admitted carrying weapons to an alleged raid on two sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel room in September of 2007. Scotto was in Vegas to get married. Simpson was supposed to be Scotto’s best man. The hotel confrontation occurred two days before Scotto’s wedding. Also, Scotto handed over... Read More →

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A break in the O.J. Simpson Vegas trial

  Google file image/O.J. signs a jersey. O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial in Las Vegas is on hold today — in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year. Yesterday, witness Michael McClinton continued his testimony which began last Friday. McClinton is the Simpson accomplice accused of brandishing a gun in a Vegas hotel room during a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers last September. On Friday, McClinton testified that Simpson told him to bring his weapon. McClinton has come under some tough questioning from defense... Read More →

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More interesting testimony in O.J.’s Vegas Trial

Google Image Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, site of the Simpson trial.    The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial in Las Vegas. Yesterday, Alfred Beardsley, one of the memorabilia dealers allegedly robbed during that encounter in a Vegas hotel room last September, called a key piece of evidence in the case, a “…work of art.” Beardsley was referring to the tape of the encounter that middle man Thomas Riccio sold to... Read More →

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Three key witnesses testify in O.J.’s Vegas Trial

  The O.J. Simpson armed robbery/kidnapping trial has hit a few bumps, however, it is still rolling right along in Las Vegas. Over the past two days, Simpson has had to listen to three cohorts give damaging testimony against him. Simpson’s ex-friend, Charles Ehrlich, was on the stand for a second day on Tuesday. Ehrlich was cross-examined by the defense, but held fast to his story that Simpson knew at least one member of his group was packing a gun when they confronted two sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel room a year... Read More →

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Busted: Thomas Riccio, O.J., and the Vegas case

Thomas Riccio, the resourceful collectibles dealer who is at the center of O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas trial, has written a book about the case. It is called “Busted: The Inside Story of the World of Sports Memorabilia, O.J. Simpson, and the Vegas Arrests.” Busted was published last April. It’s on the Barnes & Nobles website for $25.95, if you don’t have a membership card. The price drops about five dollars, if you are a member. There are several used copies for $12.97 as well. The real bargain is over on Read More →

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A health scare and more dramatic testimony at O.J. trial

  Crime Writer Dominick Dunne O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial is kicking off day seven in Las Vegas, today. Yesterday, there were some anxious moments when celebrity crime writer Dominick Dunne was rushed to the hospital complaining of pain. Dunne, who is reportedly battling cancer, is covering the trial for Vanity Fair magazine. Dunne is well known for reporting on high profile trials. He took up the profession in the mid-1980s, after his daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, was strangled by John Sweeney, a former boyfriend, in the driveway of a West Hollywood home. She died... Read More →

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First week wrap up of O.J.’s Vegas trial

O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery/kidnapping trial is gearing up for a second week in glitzy Las Vegas. The highlights of the first week’s court drama include a string of colorful witnesses, the debate over the authenticity of audio tapes, and a surprise visit to the alleged scene of the crime by the jury. The trial got underway slowly last Monday with opening statements and two witnesses, one of them, Bruce Fromong, became ill on the stand. The next day, Fromong, a memorabilia dealer, was back to continue his testimony.  Fromong and another sports memorabilia dealer, Walter Beardsley,... Read More →

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