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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