01:23 AM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:30PM
A DUI case against Amanda Bynes will move forward after a judge's finding that the troubled actress is mentally capable of understanding the charges against her.
"Defendant found mentally competent," read the minutes of a Los Angeles Superior Court mental health department hearing Wednesday. "Criminal proceedings are reinstated."
Bynes did not appear at the closed-door hearing, where her attorney did not contest the findings of a psychiatric report on which the ruling was apparently based.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:55PM
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday and expected to be released from prison while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, touched his hand to his chest and looked back at his supporters in the courtroom, his brothers among them, as the judge set bail at $1.2 million. He has been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life but his lawyers said bail would be posted immediately – meaning that he would be freed shortly after the hearing in Stamford Superior Court.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 11:55AM
Three traumatized women have been rescued from a London home after one called a charity to say she'd been held against her will for more than three decades, British police said Thursday.
Metropolitan Police said a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday at a home in south London as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
The investigation comes after a charity contacted police in October to report that a woman had phoned to say she'd been held unwillingly for more than 30 years.
The catalyst for the call was a television documentary on forced marriages, according to police.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 09:25AM
A judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday ordered Chris Brown to spend three months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother's car window.
Superior Court Judge James Brandlin also added additional rules for Brown in the coming months, requiring him to perform at least 24 hours of community labor a week and to submit to drug testing as he deals with anger management issues.
Brown, 24, and his attorney agreed to the terms, which were suggested by probation officials who are overseeing Brown's sentence for his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, 25.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 06:00PM
Jake T. Austin, who starred as the little brother of Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel hit Wizards of Waverly Place, was named in an incident report from a four-car hit-and-run accident.
A 2010 Audi registered to the actor, 18, crashed into three parked cars in Sherman Oaks, Calif., around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Valley traffic division confirmed to PEOPLE. The cars in the accident sustained major damage.
While it is still unclear whether Austin – whose real name is Jake Szymanski – was behind the wheel at the time of the accident, witnesses told TMZ that someone in the Audi tossed out a bottle of Ciroc vodka after the crash.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 02:00PM
The charges just keep stacking up against Teresa and Joe Giudice.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, who already face up to 50 years in prison for 39 counts of fraud, walked hand in hand into the U.S. District Court in Newark on Wednesday where they pled not guilty to two additional counts – bank fraud and loan application fraud.
"A lot is at stake here not only for Teresa and Joe but for their families, particularly the children," Joe's lawyer, Miles Feinstein, said outside the courtroom.
"Henry Klingeman, who is an excellent lawyer, and myself and our staffs have been preparing and preparing and will continue to do so."
Originally posted 11/20/2013 06:20AM
George Zimmerman is once again a free man after an arrest on criminal charges – but his freedom carries conditions.
The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin earlier this year was released from jail Tuesday pending arraignment on the latest charges against him: aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
Zimmerman was released on the condition that he wear an electronic monitor, keep his distance from guns, and stay away from the girlfriend who accused him of trying to choke her and then a week later pointing a shotgun at her. His bond was set at $9,000.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 11:45AM
Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is in fair condition after being stabbed by his son on Tuesday.
The senator had been hospitalized in critical condition after an incident at his home on Tuesday morning that left his son, 24-year-old Austin Creigh "Gus" Deeds, dead of a gunshot wound.
"Bath law enforcement and rescue personnel responded around 7:30 this morning to a report of a shooting and stabbing on Vineyard Drive, off Route 42, in Millboro, with two male victims – one with multiple stab wounds to the shoulder and torso; another with a gunshot wound to the head," The Recorder reported.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 01:30PM
Attorneys for an Army lieutenant and father of two facing life in prison for a three-state sex-crime spree will tell the jury that cops failed to investigate their client's twin brother.
Army 1st Lt. Aaron G. Lucas, 32, of Fort Carson, Colo., an artillery officer who has earned 10 medals including a bronze star, "just wants fairness. That?s what he risked his life for, for our country," his co-defense attorney, Elizabeth McClintock, told PEOPLE Monday.
McClintock says she's not claiming Brian F. Lucas is guilty of any of the 32 charges facing his twin brother – only that, if the evidence points to multiple suspects, the cops have to look carefully at each one. In this case, she says, DNA evidence linked to Aaron could just as easily have been linked to Brian.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 06:20PM
Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice are in more legal hot water.
The pair, who face up to 50 years behind bars for 39 counts of fraud, were indicted on two more counts – bank fraud and loan application fraud – on Monday, according to NJ.com.
"As she did with respect to the allegations contained in the original indictment, Teresa intends to plead 'not guilty' to the allegations in the new indictment," the Real Housewives of New Jersey star's lawyer Henry E. Klingeman tells PEOPLE. "She looks forward to defending herself at the trial, scheduled for February 24, 2014. Beyond that, we will answer all of the charges in court, not out."
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