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Danny Masterson’s Lawyer Speaks Out After Actor Is Sentenced to Prison

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Danny Masterson‘s lawyer says the actor’s legal battle is not over following his jail sentence for rape, maintaining that the actor didn’t commit the crimes for which he was convicted.

On Sept. 7, the actor, who rose to fame in the ’90s playing Steven Hyde on That ’70s Show, was sentenced to 30 years to life behind bars for raping two women in 2001 and 2003 in his Hollywood Hills home. Masterson, 47, was convicted in June in a second trial, with the jury remaining deadlocked on an additional charge that he allegedly raped a third woman.

After the hearing, Shawn Holley, one of Masterson’s attorneys, said in a statement to E! News that “a team of the top appellate lawyers in the country has been reviewing the transcripts of the trial” and “have identified a number of significant evidentiary and constitutional issues which they will address in briefs to both state and federal appellate courts.”

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The attorney continued, “The errors which occurred in this case are substantial and unfortunately, led to verdicts which are not supported by the evidence. And though we have great respect for the jury in this case and for our system of justice overall, sometimes they get it wrong. And that’s what happened here.”

Masterson, Holley said, “did not commit the crimes for which he has been convicted and we—and the appellate lawyers—the best and the brightest in the country—are confident that these convictions will be overturned.”

After the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s sentencing of Masterson, Alison Anderson, a lawyer representing two accusers, said in a statement to E! News that her clients had “displayed tremendous strength and bravery” in coming forward. She added, “Despite

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I drove around Los Angeles with the star of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,’ Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season Two of “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

There’s a footbridge between the Spring Street Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles and a public square that has a clear view of City Hall with its distinctive tower. The location is used for a handful of scenes in the Netflix series “The Lincoln Lawyer” — it also happens to be the spot where I meet up with the star of the show, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

It’s about 12:45 p.m. on a 70-degree day in sunny Los Angeles. Expecting to see the actor in his character Mickey Haller’s sleek tailored suits, Garcia-Rulfo is more casually dressed than expected. My black wide-leg trousers and black-and-white striped blazer look too professional next to his stylish navy trousers, polo, black sneakers and tortoise shell sunglasses.

Leaning in to greet me with a kiss on the cheek (a traditional greeting for two Latinos of Mexican descent) and flashing a smile, he introduces himself — but I’m fully aware of his rising star. This is just the beginning of our casual afternoon together in the City of Angels.

Garcia-Rulfo is back as the charismatic criminal defense attorney —  along with his signature “coat of armor” suits — for the show’s second season. Part One, which consisted of five episodes, premiered July 6. The actor tells TODAY.com that although returning to the show was “a little easier” it was also “more pressure because you now have the shadow of the first (season) being a success.”

The actor’s feelings of pressure is warranted. One month after the show’s release, the series was renewed for a second season. 

After posing for a handful of photos on the footbridge and square where he shyly says he’s not great at modeling (I would say otherwise) it’s now about 1:05

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Families of 2 Seattle women killed in Gorge campground shooting hire lawyer to investigate

The families of two women fatally shot last Saturday, allegedly by an Army specialist who told police he was hallucinating on mushrooms, have hired a lawyer to investigate what led up to the shooting at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington.

Los Angeles-based attorney Kevin Boyle is representing the families of 29-year-old Josilyn Ruiz and 26-year-old Brandy Escamilla, said Angela Bailey, a spokesperson for their law firm.

The women’s families want to know, among other things, how Live Nation, the company that operates the Gorge Amphitheatre and its campgrounds, keeps guns off the property, Bailey said.

Weapons are not allowed within the concert venue and its campgrounds, according to the campground’s website. The women were attending an electronic music festival at the concert venue.

“(The families) are not litigious people, and they are not after money, but they do want to know why this happened and how it can be prevented in the future,” Boyle’s said in a statement Friday. “Live Nation has a legal duty to its paying guests to keep them safe.”

Representatives for Live Nation did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Boyle, of Panish, Shae, Boyle, Ravipudi LLP, previously represented victims of the 2017 mass shooting Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, when a gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500.

The engaged couple traveled from Seattle to attend the Beyond Wonderland festival when James Kelly is accused of opening fire at an amphitheater campground about 8:30 p.m., police said.

Escamilla died from a gunshot wound to the head and Ruiz died from a gunshot wound to her trunk, according to Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison.

Three others were also wounded in the shooting spree but survived, police said.

A police officer working undercover at the festival shot and

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Disbarred lawyer Girardi pleads not guilty to client thefts

LOS ANGELES — Disbarred lawyer Tom Girardi had not guilty please entered on his behalf Monday on charges he embezzled millions of dollars from some of the massive settlements he won for clients during a once prominent career.

Girardi, 83, is charged in Los Angeles federal court with wire fraud for allegedly stealing more than $15 million from clients that included an Arizona widow whose husband was killed in a boat accident, a Los Angeles couple injured in a car wreck that paralyzed their son and a man who was severely burned in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

As one of the nation’s most prominent plaintiff’s attorneys, Girardi took on powerful corporations, movie studios and Pacific Gas and Electric in a case that led to a $333 million settlement, which was portrayed in the 2000 Julia Roberts film “Erin Brockovich.”

But Girardi’s law empire collapses and he faces mounting legal problems.

He lost his law license last year because of client thefts, creditors of his bankrupt Girardi Keese firm are seeking more than $500 million and he’s in divorce proceedings with Erika Jayne, who starred on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

He’s gone from living in a mansion in Pasadena to an assisted living facility memory care unit, where attorneys say he has Alzheimer’s and is under a court conservatorship.

Girardi also faces federal wire fraud charges in Chicago, where he is accused of stealing about $3 million from family members of victims in a 2018 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

Public defenders in LA are seeking a mental competency evaluation for Girardi that will determine if he can stand trial.

Girardi, wearing a purple V-neck sweater and blue shirt, appeared to be frail as he walked slowly into a federal courthouse in front of cameras.

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Rodney King’s Ex-Attorney Says Tire Nichols Officers Like ‘Pack of Wolves’

Rodney King’s former attorney has spoken out after a video was released showing Tire Nichols being beaten by police, saying officers behaved “like a pack of wolves” and hit him “without any regard” to his physical condition.

In the video, published on Friday, Nichols was repeatedly punched and kicked after being detained by police in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 7. Days later the 29-year-old father died in hospital.

Five officers—Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith—have been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

Lawyers for Mills and Martin have said they plan to plead not guilty. It is not yet known how the other three officers will respond.

The footage immediately sparked parallels with video showing the beating of Rodney King, a Black man who was beaten by police in March 1991 whilst being detained after he refused to pull over.

The video of King’s beating was recorded by George Holliday, an amateur videographer, and sent to local television network KTLA to spark a media sensation.

John Burris, King’s former attorney, reacted to the video of Nichols being punched and kicked during an appearance on NewsNation.

He said: “When I looked at this young man Tire beaten and laid aside, my heart went out to him because I can just see that he didn’t know if he was going to live or die during the course of this.

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Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith (pictured) have been charged with second-degree murder and other offenses, over Nichols’ beating.
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“Obviously he did die but there was a point, I’m certain, that he couldn’t believe this was happening to him because he hadn’t done anything to justify it.

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State insurance regulators largely prevail in legal dispute over public records

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected most of a lawsuit that a consumer advocacy group filed against the California Department of Insurance accusing state regulators of illegally holding public records.

In a decision issued this past week, Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled against a request by Consumer Watchdog that sought to force regulators to turn over emails and meeting information sought under the California Public Records Act.

The judge further declined to order the agency to provide unredacted copies of other records or conduct a more extensive search for documents that may be subject to the initial request.

“Petitioner’s demand would require extraordinary effort from respondents resulting in an intrusive search,” Beckloff wrote in a 16-page ruling.

“As a practical matter, the petitioner would have respondents and their 1,400 employees shifted through documents in their possession to determine whether any particular document contains a name of an otherwise unidentified individual,” he added.

The decision was issued Monday, almost three months after lawyers for Consumer Watchdog and the Department of Insurance squared off during a court hearing in Los Angeles.

State insurance officials said they work diligently to provide public records upon request.

“The judge ruled the Department of Insurance adhered to California’s Public Records Act guaranteeing the public’s right to know,” spokesperson Michael Soller said in an email.

“We will continue to respond to each and every public records request in accordance with the law and our core values ​​of transparency and public access,” he added.

Despite prevailing on most elements of the legal dispute, state insurance officials were ordered to release some of the withheld paperwork.

The ruling directed the state to provide Consumer Watchdog unredacted copies of a single calendar entry. The judge also ordered that copies of certain emails be turned over to the court to

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Tory Lanez’s attorney says they are ‘exploring all options including an appeal’ following guilty verdict in the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion

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A jury found Tory Lanez guilty of three charges related to the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Attorney George Mgdesyan spoke out after his client, Tory Lanez, was found guilty on Friday.

  • A Los Angeles jury found Lanez guilty on charges related to the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.

  • Mgdesyan said Lanez’s legal team was “shocked” by the verdict and was “exploring all options.”

Tory Lanez’s legal team is “exploring all options” after he was found guilty of charges related to the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper’s attorney said.

On Friday, a Los Angeles jury found Tory Lanez – real name Daystar Peterson – guilty of all three charges brought against him in the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez, 30, was convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

in a statement obtained by Rolling Stone reporter Nancy Dillon, attorney George Mgdesyan said Lanez’s legal team was “shocked” by the guilty verdict.

“We are shocked by the verdict. There was not sufficient evidence to convict Mr. Peterson. We believe this case was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Mgdesyan said. “We will be exploring all options including an appeal.”

Mgdesyan and Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney Alex Spiro did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Lanez previously denied shot Megan and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial began on December 12 and the jury reached a verdict on Friday. Lanez faces up to 22 years in prison and possible deportation to Canada. According to CNBC, a sentencing hearing is set for January 27.

Following the verdict, members of Lanez’s family became angry in and out of the Los Angeles courtroom. Clips of Lanez’s father, Sonstar

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Megan Thee Stallion’s former bodyguard is ‘missing’ and didn’t appear for testimony during Tory Lanez trial, her attorney says

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The charges filed against Lanez are still pending.Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

  • The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has accused Tory Lanez of shooting Megan Thee Stallion.

  • The Lanez trial began on Monday and Megan’s former bodyguard was set to testify on Friday.

  • Megan’s attorney confirmed to Insider that her ex-bodyguard, Justin Edison, is nowhere to be found.

Megan Thee Stallion’s former bodyguard is missing after failing to testify on Friday in Tory Lanez’s trial on criminal shooting chargesher attorney told Insider.

“I can confirm that Justin Edison, Megan’s bodyguard, was set to testify in court, did not appear, and is now missing,” Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro, told Insider. “Law enforcement is investigating the matter,” he added.

Edison’s last post on Instagram is dated December 2. Besides working as a bodyguard, he is a certified physical trainer, according to his page. The details surrounding when and where he was last seen are not clear.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has accused Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, of shooting Megan in the feet after a small gathering at Kylie Jenner’s house during the early morning hours of July 12, 2020. The “Luv” rapper has denied shooting Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete. The other two individuals present during the incident were Kelsey Harris, Megan’s ex-best friend and former assistant, and Lanez’s driver, Jauquan Smith.

The prosecutors and the defense team agreed that an argument ensued in the car when the group left Jenner’s house, even though they gave conflicting descriptions.

While Edison was not present the night of the conflict, Harris texted him from the car: “Help. Tory shot Meg. 911,” prosecutors said in court this week.

The day after the shooting, Edison went to Lanez’s home to pick up Megan’s belongings, Deputy District Attorney Alexander

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Weinstein attorney tries to blame Jennifer Siebel Newsom


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It’s still 1940 in a courtroom in downtown Los Angeles, where a “bimbo” who supposedly tried to get ahead by sleeping with a big-time Hollywood movie producer is turning on the waterworks.

I say this because unfortunately, nothing about Harvey Weinstein defense attorney Mark Werksman’s cross-examination of California’s first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, has been updated in the years since we all thought that only liars recalled traumatic events imperfectly. Now we know that it’s actually the liars whose stories are tidy and perfectly groomed. They never vary, because they are scripted from the start.

But in the retro world of rape prosecutions, the defense never varies, either. So of course Werksman suggested that it’s highly suspicious that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife, whom the defense attorney called a “bimbo” in his opening argument, has remembered more about the night in 2005 when she says Weinstein raped her than she did when she first talked to police about it.

Why didn’t she say from the start that he had penetrated her manually, for instance? Why didn’t she mention that he’d dropped a gift off at her home? And how could she not remember, even now, how long she was in her hotel suite, or what time it was when she left?

After trying not to think about what happened at all for many years, she answered, she couldn’t just pull those memories out of a trunk in her mental attic all pressed neatly and the camera was ready.

“I offered to talk to detectives initially to support other women, not to be up here on the witness stand,” Siebel Newsom said. “I

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Owner of car buried at Bay Area mansion had reported it stolen, collected $87,000 insurance payout

A mansion is under investigation by police after a car was found buried on the property the day before, in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct.  21, 2022. Three decades after a car was reported stolen in Northern California, police are digging the missing convertible out of the yard of a $15 million mansion built by a man with a history of arrests for murder, attempted murder and insurance fraud.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Authorities are continuing to investigate for the presence of human remains days after a car was found buried in the yard of a mansion in Atherton, Calif. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

Days after a car was found buried in the yard of a San Francisco Bay Area mansion, authorities are continuing to search for human remains as questions mount about the property’s former owner and his violent past.

On Monday, San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe told the Mercury News that Johnny Bocktune Lew, who died in 2015, reported the Mercedes-Benz stolen in 1992 and collected $87,000 in insurance on the vehicle.

The district attorney described the case as having the elements of a true crime novel, but with missing parts.

“This book has 15 chapters in it and we’ve only got two chapters,” Wagstaffe told the Mercury News. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to get the other chapters, but I sure hope we do because it is an interesting story.”

The Times could not reach Wagstaffe for comment on Monday.

Landscapers found the car on Thursday, buried in the backyard of a $15-million mansion in Atherton, a small town of about 7,000 people with a median income above $250,000, according to US census data.

The car was discovered 4 to 5 feet deep in the ground behind the home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue, according to the Atherton Police Department. Unused bags of concrete were found inside.

Cadaver dogs were brought in to scour the scene and “made a slight notification of possible human remains,” police said. But so far no remains have been found.

Adding to the questions around the car are sordid details from Lew’s past.

Neighbors told the Mercury News that Lew, who sold the property in

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