Ludacris

Rap mogul Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has won primary physical custody of his baby daughter. A Fulton County judge today granted Mr. Bridges primary custody of 1-year-old Cai Bridges. The baby's mother, Tamika Fuller, was granted visitation.

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Craig Lamar Davis convicted of exposing woman to HIV

A Clayton County jury has convicted a Stone Mountain man who was charged with exposing a Union City woman to the HIV virus that causes AIDS, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Craig Lamar Davis, 43, did not react to the verdict when it was announced in the courtroom just moments ago. The self-proclaimed pastor faces up to 20 years in prison on the felony reckless-HIV conviction.

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Marissa Alexander

A Tallahassee woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband will get a new trial, Yahoo news reports.

A Florida state of appeals ruled Marissa Alexander is entitled to a new trial "because the judge failed to properly instruct the jury regarding her claim of self-defense," Yahoo News reports.

Alexander, 32, told police she fired the "warning shot" during an argument with her estranged husband who arrived at her home to pick up their son.

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Couple Convicted of Starving Adopted Daughter to Death

A Washington State couple was convicted of starving their adopted Ethiopian daughter to death, Goskagit.com.

Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley-area were convicted of all but one of the charges filed against them in the death of teenager Hana Williams and the abuse of an adopted son.

Hana was found starved to death in the back yard of the couple's home where Hana was forced to live as part of a strict discipline regimen dictated by the couple's religion.

A coroner's report concluded that Hana died of hypothermia (prolonged exposure to the cold weather) that was aggravated by gastritis (inflammation caused by her stomach eating itself) and malnutrition.

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Stacey Dean Rambold

The winds of change are swirling in America. Before President Obama was elected in 2008, men who had sex with underage girls were given lengthy jail sentences. But the president's gay agenda has ushered in a new era of social tolerance that no sane American could have ever imagined.

A former high school teacher was sentenced to just 30 days in jail for repeated sexual contact with a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.

Yellowstone County district Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended, because the girl looked older than her chronological age.

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Andrea Sneiderman sentenced

Andrea Sneiderman didn't shed any tears for her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, on the witness stand during the 2012 trial of the man who killed him. But she shed tears for herself today when she pleaded with Judge Gregory Adams to let her go home to her kids.

The judge ignored her pleas and sentenced Sneiderman to serve 5 years on each charge of perjury for lying to investigators. Sneiderman was convicted of 9 of 13 charges yesterday in a DeKalb County courthouse.

Judge Adams said the sentences would run concurrently -- not consecutively, meaning she will only serve 5 years in prison.

"Take her into custody," said Judge Adams to the court officer. "Lawyers, move out of the way... do not obstruct."

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50 Cent

Volatile rapper 50 Cent is due in court today to answer to a domestic abuse charge. Fiddy was arrested in June and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend and trashing her Toluca Lake condo. Fortunately for loose change, he has one less thing to worry about: he is not the father of his ex-girlfriend's son.

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Today's headline on Matt Drudge's news aggregate website Drudgereport.com screams "JEANTEL WARNED ZIMMERMAN COULD BE GAY RAPIST" -- a reference to trial witness Rachel Jeantel who was the last person Trayvon Martin spoke to before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Jeantel's first interview aired on CNN Monday night.

Drudge describes how Jeantel "opened up and let loose on the murder case that gripped that nation."

And because he's gay, Drudge immediately pounced on the notion that Jeantel called Zimmerman a "gay rapist."

Of course, that's not what she said, but that's the way Drudge heard it.

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Solange Knowles Protest

Singer/DJ Solange Knowles was among the demonstrators taking to the streets around the country to protest the acquittal of the man charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Solange participated in a rally for Trayvon at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday -- one day after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges. Solo's more famous sister, Beyonce, asked for a moment of silence during her concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. "I'd like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon," said Beyonce on Saturday, about 30 minutes after the verdict was announced. President Barack Obama called for calm after the verdict. And the Dept. of Justice says it will review the case to see if Zimmerman violated Trayvon's civil rights.

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  • George Zimmerman not guilty

    After deliberating for 2 days, an all-white, all female Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, 29, breathed a sigh of relief as the verdict was read in a Florida courtroom on Saturday.

    The self-appointed neighborhood watchman claimed self-defense when he shot the unarmed teen to death in February 2012 in a gated Sanford, Florida subdivision. Martin was returning to his father's friend's home after a trip to a convenience store to buy a pack of Skittles for his stepbrother and a beverage for himself.

    A White House official tells CNN President Obama will not issue a statement on the Zimmerman not guilty verdict.

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  • Kenya Moore at Fulton County Courthouse

    I received an email from a friend who is in the legal field. He covers court cases for another media entity. It finally dawned on him yesterday that the whole Kenya Moore eviction debacle is just another stunt to boost TV ratings and to draw attention to "Real Housewives of Atlanta" tv series. This shouldn't surprise anyone. I've been saying this all along about reality TV shows using the court system to boost ratings. Read the email after the break.

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    George Zimmerman

    The judge in the Trayvon Martin 2nd degree murder trial will decide on Thursday whether to allow the jury to convict George Zimmerman of lesser crimes if he is acquitted, People.com reports.

    Prosecutors asked the judge to let the all-female jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports. But Zimmerman's attorneys opposed the request.

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    Trayvon Martin

    The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.

    Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon's girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.

    Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father's fiancee's home from a convenience store. He described the man as "creepy" and a "cracker."

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    Texas Jury Acquits Man Who Killed Escort

    A Texas jury acquitted a john who shot and killed his escort because she refused to have sex with him.

    The jury found that Ezekiel Gilbert was justified in killing Lenora Ivie Frago, 21, on Christmas Eve 2012, because he paid her $150 for her escort services and she refused to return the money after denying his request for sex.

    Gilbert's lawyer cited a broad Texas law that allows for "deadly force" to “retrieve stolen property at night."

    Gilbert contracted Frago's services though an ad on Craigslist.

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    Rihanna Drops $5 Million Topshop Lawsuit

    Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.

    According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.

    In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.

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    Michael Parson Adina Broome

    A Sandy Springs jury today found Michael Parson guilty of the attempted murder of his ex-wife, Adina Broome.

    Parson, 43, sat emotionless in court as the jury foreman read the verdict, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    Broome, a lawyer, was shot eight times outside the couple's Sandy Springs apartment last April. Police initially believed the shooting was a botched robbery attempt.

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    John Welden and Remee Lee

    Tampa authorities arrested a doctor's son and charged him with deceiving his pregnant girlfriend into believing the abortion pill she was taking was an antibiotic.

    According to a federal arrest affidavit, John Andrew Welden tricked his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, which resulted in the death of their unborn child.

    On Tuesday, Welden, 28, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the six-week-old fetus, and product tampering. He was denied bail on Wednesday.

    Though the 6-week-old fetus is not considered medically viable, the age of the fetus is moot under federal law.

    "If someone kills an unborn child while committing a federal crime, it's considered murder," Tampa lawyer Todd Foster told ABC News.

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    TEXT

    Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who imprisoned 3 women in his Cleveland home for over a decade, will plead not guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and rape, say his attorneys.

    "The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote 'monster,' and that is not the impression that I got," said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday's Today show.

    "He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it's unfair and not equitable," added Castro's co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

    Castro's attorneys portray him as a misunderstood, loving father who only wants the best for the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of his captives, Amanda Berry, now 27.

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    OJ Simpson in court

    It's been 5 years since Orenthal James Simpson entered a Nevada prison to begin serving a nine-33-year sentence for armed robbery. Simpson, aka O.J., is 65, grayer and chubbier than he was when he was sentenced in 2008.

    O.J. was back in a Las Vegas courtroom today to ask for a new trial. Simpson says his attorney in the 2008 trial, Yale Galanter, had a conflict of interest and that he should not have tried Simpson's case. Simpson also said his prior attorney never told him a plea deal was on the table.

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    transsexual actress threatens husband's mistress

    A transsexual actress who gained notoriety for her small role in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 'The Dictator' was arrested for threatening her husband's mistress, the NY Post reports.

    Victoria Beltran, 34, found out that her husband, Brett Bergmann, was cheating on her when she searched through his credit card receipts and found a $500 charge for spa services.

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    Gloria Allred dumps Shaquille O'Neal's mistress Vanessa Lopez

    Famed attorney Gloria Allred continues her habit of rarely representing her clients in court. The only time she seems to represent her clients is in front of television cameras.

    According to Radaronline.com, Allred filed a motion in Miami to withdraw as counsel to Shaquille O'Neal's former mistress, Vanessa Lopez, citing fraud.

    Allred wrote in her motion: “Despite engaging in all reasonable, diligent and exhaustive effort on behalf of the client, counsel must withdraw as continued representation will likely result in one or more ethical violations..."

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    Oscar Pistorius

    A family friend describes Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as a "broken man" who is on the verge of suicide.

    "He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going," Mike Azzie told the BBC in an upcoming documentary.

    "I would say that, just speaking to him, he is a broken man. I would go as far as to say that he could be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me," said Azzie in the upcoming BBC documentary, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?

    Azzie said the double amputee has been forced to sell off his prized possessions to pay for his spiraling legal fees.

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    Charges dropped against pimp Pimping charges were dropped against a Brooklyn man who was accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into a life of prostitution in 2011, the NY Post reports.

    The NY Post reports Robert Pannell, 36, was cleared of all charges of pimping and sex trafficking after prosecutors were alerted to an online ad offering the woman's services in exchange for money.

    “We discovered a problem with the credibility of the witness and brought it to the attention of the court,” said Brooklyn District Attorney spokesman Jerry Schmetterer.

    “She’s still in business,” said defense attorney David Jacobs. “[Pannell] was very happy this morning when I told him the good news, that [his accuser] was a total liar.”

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