Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Los Angeles to boycott Arizona

It may be largely symbolic, but Los Angeles has become the biggest US
city to boycott Arizona. City Councillors voted to stop doing business
with companies in the neighbouring state - in protest at Arizona's
controversial new immigration law. In reality many contracts between
the two states will stay in place - it would be impractical to change
them. But the message from LA is loud and clear: Arizona's new law
"encourages racial profiling and is unconstitutional."

Sean Penn ordered to attend anger management classes

Sean Penn has been ordered to undergo anger management counseling after pleading no contest to a vandalism charge. He was also sentenced to three years probation. The case stemmed from a confrontation with a photographer last year.

Hurt Locker piracy lawsuit

Hollywood is once again showing its teeth over movie piracy. It looks
like ISPs are about to receive a subpoena demanding the identity of
computer users who allegedly downloaded a copy of The Hurt Locker
illegally. Producers of the Oscar winning picture are about to launch
a multi million dollar lawsuit against tens of thousands of people.
The case may be filed in court later today.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Another LA court ruling against Roman Polanski

Fugitive film directive Roman Polanski's legal options are running out. A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to unseal testimony that lawyers for Polanski believe would support his fight against extradition.  They argued that sealed testimony given by a prosecutor in Polanski's 1970s sex case would bolster his case. They said the documents would show Swiss authorities were given inaccurate information in their request to extradite Polanski from Switzerland to face sentencing.  But judge Peter Espinoza said he believed Swiss authorities "have the information they need" to make a decision on the extradition request.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren: "The defendant, lacking both case law and facts in support of his position, and obviously running out of options to avoid extradition, makes completely baseless and reckless allegations apparently orchestrated as part of a public relations campaign, rather than being premised on any legal or factual foundation."