Viola Davis

Screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes may have another hit on her hands with ABC's new legal drama How To get Away With Murder, which premiered last night.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Oscar nominee Viola Davis, 49, as a pop psychology law professor who compensates for her repressed sexual tension by intimidating her best law students.

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Attorney Phaedra Parks attends Angela Stanton's deposition

According to Reality TV Scandals blog, reality TV personality and local attorney Phaedra Parks finally sat for her deposition.

If you recall, Parks filed a lawsuit against author Angela Stanton for publishing a book detailing alleging criminal activity on the part of Parks and her known associates. Vibe magazine, which published Stanton's book, ultimately settled with Parks for an amount that was reported to be $2,500.

Parks sat for Stanton's deposition in February. Since then, Parks ducked and dodged Stanton's lawyer's requests to sit for her own deposition in the presence of Stanton.

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Chris Brown Rejects Plea Deal

Troubled singer Chris Brown is heading back to court to stand trial for assaulting a fan in D.C.

Gossip tabloid TMZ caught up with the 25-year-old singer as he rushed into his lawyer's office today. Brown was prepared to accept a plea deal with a D.C. prosecutor to avoid jail time but the deal fell apart because Brown and the prosecutor couldn't agree on the terms of the plea bargain.

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Accused Killer Can Wear Turtleneck to Hide Neck Tattoo A Kansas judge has ruled that an accused killer can wear a turtleneck sweater to cover his neck tattoo because his body can be used against him in court.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Chapman, 32, argued that jurors would prejudge Chapman if they were allowed to see the word "MURDER" that is tattooed backwards across his neck from ear to ear.

The Kansas man is in jail awaiting trial for a 2011 murder.

State law prevents a tattoo artist from going into a licensed jail facility to remove the tattoo.

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Rolex Presidential

A missing Rolex watch worth $35,000 was found hidden in the most unlikeliest of places: inside a masseuse's vagina.

The bizarre lost & found incident occurred in January after high roller Kenneth Herold met masseuse Christina Lafave at a bar in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Gawker.com reports.

The 25-year-old Lafave talked the 66-year-old Herold into paying her $300 for a private massage in his hotel room. Several hours later, at 3 a.m., Herold noticed his pricey 18K gold Rolex Presidential timepiece was missing.

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Phaedra C Parks vs Angela Stanton

James Radford, Jr., the attorney for author Angela Stanton, has asked a Gwinnett County judge to rule in favor of his client in the matter of Phaedra C. Parks vs. Angela Stanton. Radford cites the fact that Parks, an attorney herself, has refused to sit for a deposition to show evidence that Stanton defamed the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member in her book, Lies of a Real Housewife.

Radford is also asking the court to order Parks to pay Stanton's attorney's fees.

Read the full Motion for summary judgment below.

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Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas

According to a confidential source, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas have reportedly retained a high-powered attorney.

I have no idea if Bailey and Thomas retained an attorney to combat rumors that he, along with another Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member, are named in the federal indictment charging RHOA cast member Apollo Nida with bank and identity fraud.

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Phaedra Parks

Uninformed sources are reporting that local attorney Phaedra Creonta Parks, 44, is due to appear at an upcoming disciplinary hearing to determine the status of her law license. According to my source at the Georgia bar there is no disciplinary hearing set for Ms. Parks, whose law license remains in good standing with the bar.

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Brando Murphy and Eddie Murphy

Comedian/actor Eddie Murphy is fighting back against an up-and-coming fellow comic who has taken one comedy skit too far.

Gossip website TMZ reports Brando Murphy insists Eddie Murphy is his father. The unknown comedian even changed his last name to Murphy in an attempt to get Murphy's attention.

Murphy's lawyers fired back by threatening to file a lawsuit (and possibly a restraining order) against Brando.

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Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander could wind up back behind bars today if a judge decides to revoke her bond for running errands.

Alexander, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for firing what she called a "warning shot" at her estranged husband who was at her home to pick up their son. The prosecution had argued that Alexander stalked her ex-husband because she had trouble letting go.

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Chris Brown leaves court after rejecting plea deal, DC

Troubled singer Chris Brown appeared before a judge in a Washington, D.C. courtroom yesterday to face charges stemming from an assault outside the W Hotel in October.

Brown, 24, is accusing of punching a fan who asked for a photo. Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, who was also involved in the fracas, both rejected plea deals that would charge them with simple assault.

Both sides agreed to meet again on Feb. 20 where they would review possible surveillance video evidence and try to negotiate another plea deal.

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Tamika Fuller Ludacris

This letter, sent to rapper Ludacris' attorney in August, landed in my email Inbox this morning. The letter was sent by a well-connected insider who begged to remain anonymous.

As you know, rap artist Chris "Ludacris" Bridges accidentally knocked up a longtime friend during a moment of unbridled passion. According to court documents obtained by Hiphopenquirer.com, the woman, Tamika Fuller, demanded that Ludacris buy her a luxury vehicle -- and pay her attorney's retainer fee -- or she was spilling the TEA about their baby.

The contents of the letter have already been made public by TMZ.com. What's interesting about the missive is how it is worded.

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Jahi McMath body moved

One day after 13-year-old brain dead Jahi MacMath was moved from a California children's hospital to an undisclosed location, her family and lawyer finally concedes her situation is hopeless.

"Right now, we don't know if she's going to make it," said attorney Christopher Dolan.

On Friday, a judge ruled the family could take the deceased eighth grader from Children's Hospital Oakland to an undisclosed location. But Dolan admits the body is too badly deteriorated from decay and failing organs to save it.

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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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Blurred Lines

R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye's family and Funkadelic's copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic's rights owners claim there are similarities between "Blurred Lines" and a song they own the rights to.

Gaye's family say "Blurred Lines" borrows heavily from Marvin's hit single "Got to Give it Up."

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B. Scott sues BET Network

BET Network will probably never hire celebrity blogger B. Scott to host another red carpet event. The flamboyant, openly gay blogger and media personality slapped the entertainment network with a lawsuit for forcing him to wear men's clothing.

How dare BET demand that a contract employee dress appropriately on their set?

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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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4 Tons of Quarters

A retired Illinois foot surgeon paid back a court ordered $500,000 in insurance money the unconventional way -- in quarters that weighed 4 tons.

Roger Herrin was awarded $1.6 million in personal insurance compensation when his teenage son, Michael Herrin, was killed in a Jeep crash in 2001. Michael, 15, was the only passenger killed in the crash. Three survivors who were also in the Jeep sued Roger Herrin who collected the bulk of an additional $800,000 insurance policy, since his son was the only one killed.

After a decades long court battle, Herrin was ordered to pay back $500,000 of the $800,000 to the survivors who complained that he received too large a cut of the insurance proceeds.

"I've had 10 years to think about this a little bit, and I'm very, very bitter at this ruling," he said. "It's wrong, and everybody knows it's wrong."

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Rashia Wilson sentenced

Rashia Wilson, the Florida woman who bragged about stealing millions from the IRS on Facebook.com, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. The 27-year-old mother-of-three pleaded guilty to federal charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and aggravated identity theft. She dropped her head on the table and sobbed when she heard her punishment, Tampabay.com reports.

Wilson's 3 children, ages 2 to 12, wailed in open court when the judge denied the defendant a final chance to hug her kids.

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A Los Angeles judge has revoked Chris Brown's probation in his 2009 domestic abuse conviction for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The judge revoked Brown's probation today after reviewing a request from the LA prosecutor's office, which alleges that Brown violated the terms of his probation by committing an alleged hit-and-run in May.

Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin set a August 16 court date to determine if any punishment is warranted. Brown faces up to 4 years in prison.

Before the hearing, Brown took to his Twitter page today to plead his case in the court of public opinion: "I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C'mon!!"

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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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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with first degree murder in the death of a friend on Wednesday, hours after he was taken from his North Attleborough mansion in handcuffs.

Also on Wednesday, Connecticut police detained Carlos A. Ortiz near Bristol, CT on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Ortiz, 23, is believed to be one of two men who was with Hernandez the night semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bond. His charges have not been released.

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Tajreed rich mugshot

A Minneapolis father returned home early and caught 41-year-old Tajreed Rich naked with his 17-year-old daughter, UK's Daily Mail reports.

The father, who is not being identified, told police he returned home early and heard strange noises coming from his daughter's bedroom. When he entered the bedroom he found Rich standing naked over his daughter who was also naked on her bed. Rich was later arrested after the girl's family reported him to police.

The father told police he recognized Rich who works as a hall monitor at Robinsdale Cooper high school in Minneapolis.

The girl told police she had sexual intercourse with Rich twice -- at his home and at hers. Rich also said he slept with the girl twice -- without condoms both times. He added that he knew the girl was "a vulnerable student" and he felt remorse for taking advantage of her vulnerability. Rich, who had counseled students about relationships, had previously helped coach a cheerleading squad at a different high school.

School is closed for the Summer, but a voice mail was sent out to parents informing them of Rich's arrest. Rich worked at the school for 2 years prior to his arrest.

A family member at Rich's North Minneapolis home spoke with FOX9 News and described the situation as "a nightmare." The family member said Rich had two daughters and a son who graduated from the same high school as the girl.

The age of consent in Minneapolis is 16, but the prosecutor's office is charging Rich with abusing his position of authority.

"He’s 41, she’s 17 ... He’s a hall monitor. I mean, the charge here is a position of authority," said County attorney Mike Freeman. "I think parents have a right to expect when their kids are at school that people employed at that school are not going to mess with their daughters, or sons, for that matter," he told the StarTribune.

He added: "[It's] a tragedy for any father [who] comes home and finds his daughter in bed with another man"

Rich faces 15 years and a $30,000 fine if convicted.

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  • Chad Johnson Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

    Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson will be tweeting from jail for the next 30 days. The out-of-work football player was in court today to seek a plea deal with no jail time for head butting his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year.

    The judge was all set to agree to the plea deal when she asked Johnson if he was satisfied with the work of his attorney. Johnson responded by slapping his lawyer on his butt.

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    Cop Arrests Sober Man Because He Looked Drunk Jesse Thornton was previously arrested 10 times for driving while black in surprise, AZ. Now he is taking action after his latest arrest.

    WXYZ.com reports that Thornton, a 64-year-old retired firefighter hadn't been drinking when he was pulled over by police one recent night.

    "I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes," Thornton said the cop told him.

    "I take my glasses off and he says, 'You've got bloodshot eyes. I think you're DUI,'" said Thornton.

    Thornton said he told the cop his eyes were red because he was swimming earlier in the evening. Thornton was ordered to take a sobriety test and sit on the curb, despite having a bad hip and knee.

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    Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

    A hearing is currently underway in Sanford, Florida, to discuss audio experts testimony in the upcoming Trayvon Martin case.

    According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, key expert audio witnesses give conflicting testimony regarding what can be heard on the audio in a snippet from a call placed to 911 the night George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

    Alan R. Reich, an audio expert says Trayvon can be heard screaming, "I'm begging you!" just before the shot rang out.

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    Trayvon Martin Photos Not Allowed in Zimmerman Trial

    George Zimmerman has lost another round in his upcoming 2nd degree murder case. ABC News reports that the judge presiding over the case will not permit Zimmerman's lawyers to mention pictures of drugs or guns found on Trayvon Martin's cell phone during opening statements.

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    Juanita Bynum mugshot

    Prophetess Juanita Bynum is cooling her heels in a Dallas County jail today after being picked up on a "capias warrant" on Thursday, April 18.

    According to online records. Bynum, 54, was booked into the Dallas (Texas) County jail last night on civil charges. A capias warrant is usually issued when a judge wants to compel a defendant to do something, such as when someone loses a civil case and they failed to pay a judgment against them. In general, capias warrants and not criminal in nature.

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