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    During his marathon seven-week libel trial in Fairfax, Virginia, this spring, Johnny Depp was a creature of habit. He would arrive every morning in a large grey SUV with loud reggae music pumping, and exit waving to fans while carrying a notebook and briefcase. In his wake would follow three bodyguards who had been in the car with him — plus a petite and elegant brunette, Joelle Rich. Rich, a 37-year-old married, privately educated London lawyer and mother of two, stayed a few careful paces away from the client at all times. She would then typically join his packed benches of supporters — sitting across from Amber Heard's team, as the sordid and prurient details of the libel trial, brought by Depp against his ex wife, were spilled out. In the evenings, with Johnny, 59, ensconced in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in McLean, Rich would be among those joining him for nightly dinners at the nearby Palm steakhouse. The Depp party would spend thousands every night on meals which always featured chicken parmigiana and plenty of the best...
    JOHNNY Depp is dating the lawyer who represented him when he lost a libel trial against The Sun in 2020.  The 59-year-old actor is reportedly smitten with mum-of-two Joelle Rich, 37, who is a partner at international law firm Schillings and in the middle of a divorce.  1Johnny Depp is said to be dating Joelle Rich, the lawyer from his failed libel case against the SunCredit: Getty Although she represented Depp in his failed trial against The Sun, she was not part of the legal team in his recent defamation case with ex-wife Amber Heard.  Joelle was in the courtroom to offer personal support but had “no professional obligation” in the proceedings, according to a US Weekly magazine source. The source said the couple are “seriously dating” and “their chemistry is off the charts”. But Rich is not the first brunette lawyer Depp has been linked to. Camille Vasquez, 38, was part of his team for the Heard trial in New York and rumours were rife about the pair enjoying a romance. But Vasquez was actually dating Brit exec...
    InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was grilled on the stand for calling the judge sitting next to him a 'tyrant' with 'lasers coming out of her eyes'  during his Sandy Hook hoax trial.  Jones, 48, seemed wildly uncomfortable as he took the stand on Thursday to answer questions about Judge Barbara Bellis, who is also presiding over the defamation trial.  The loud-mouth conspiracy theorist was often found squirming in his chair, his face blush pink, and rapidly blinking as he tried to avoid any eye contact with Bellis, as the Sandy Hook Attorney Chris Mattei grilled him.  'And you’ve called this judge a tyrant, correct?' Mattei asked him, to which he agreed. 'You actually use that word a lot with your audience, you call people tyrants, don't you?'  After a long pause, Jones replied: 'Only when they act like it.'  Alex Jones, 48, seemed wildly uncomfortable as he took the stand on Thursday to answer questions about calling Judge Barbara Bellis a 'tyrant.' Bellis is also preceding over the defamation trial  Bellis kept her face neutral, but peeked over at him...
    Infowars founder Alex Jones was grilled on the stand Thursday for his comments about Judge Barbara Bellis and the entire defamation trial, with the plaintiff’s team putting meme images from the conspiracy site on screen. On the seventh day in of Jones’s second Sandy Hook defamation trial, attorney Chris Mattei confronted the far-right host about his conspiracy theories in general, including his website and podcast commentary about the lawsuit itself. “Ever since this trial started, you’ve been calling it a kangaroo court yourself, right?” Mattei asked Jones. “And you’ve called this judge a tyrant, correct?” Jones agreed he has, and when asked if he uses the term tyrant a lot, Jones said, “only when they act like it.” “One way that you’ve been conveying to your audience that Judge Bellis has been acting like a tyrant is by showing her with lasers coming out of her eyes, right? You know you did that?” asked Mattei. “I didn’t direct that, the first time I saw it was in court,” said Jones. This image from his show was then shown on screen....
    Adnan Syed's murder sentence for killing his high school sweetheart has amassed a cult following across the globe in the 23 years since he was thrown behind bars.  A judge ordered the release of Syed, 41, on Monday after serving part of his life sentence for strangling Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a shallow grave in Baltimore's Leakin Park.  The sensational move came after investigators revealed there are two other murder suspects in the case that were not thoroughly investigated at the time - while also throwing out their faith in some of the old evidence.  Syed and Lee were high-school classmates and later sweethearts who had attended prom together just months before her death in 1999.  The murder case was unraveled, investigated, and examined in pop culture after taking center stage on the 2014 podcast Serial.  Following Syed's release, DailyMail.com now takes a look at the gritty details and the damning evidence - or lack thereof.  Speaking in the latest sensational podcast on Tuesday, veteran reporter on the case Sarah Koenig said: 'It was a mess...is a...
    McNeill tried to explain her actions and then accused the judge of insulting her in front of her client. "You've been insulting me the entire trial!" Scherer shot back. “Blatantly taking your headphones off, arguing with me, storming out, coming late intentionally if you don’t like my rulings. So, quite frankly, this has been long overdue. So please be seated.” Nikolas Cruz has pled guilty to murdering 14 students and three staff members in the 2018 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The trial is to determine whether Cruz will be sentenced to death or life without possibility of parole. Here's the video of Scherer's comments: Judge Yells at ‘Insulting’ Parkland Shooter’s Defense, Rips ‘Unprofessionalism’ www.youtube.com
    Harvey Weinstein has begged a judge to let him see a private dentist rather than have prison medics pull out his rotten teeth and leave gaping holes in his mouth. The disgraced movie producer said his rotten molars had become a dental 'emergency' as he pleaded with a judge at a Los Angeles courtroom. Weinstein, serving 23 years after being convicted of sex charges in New York, said: 'I will pay for the dentist … it will be one trip and one trip only.' The 70-year-old is locked up ahead of an October 10 trial on charges he raped and sexually assaulted five women between 2004 and 2013. But in court Wednesday, he argued he should be allowed a bridge or fake teeth to look 'presentable' at the trial. 'I'm in pain every day. I have cavities and I can't eat because I'm missing teeth,' Weinstein told Judge Lench, reports the New York Post.  Harvey Weinstein (pictured outside Manhattan courthouse in 2020) has begged a judge to let him see a private dentist rather than have prison medics pull out...
    THE case of Adnan Syed has fascinated the public since the Serial podcast posed questions about his conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend. Fans of the show were left shocked on Wednesday after Baltimore prosecutors in the case said the 2000 conviction should be vacated and Syed should be given a new trial. 4Prosecutors have said Adnan Syed's murder conviction should be vacated after a new investigation uncovered two possible suspects in the killing of Hae Min LeeCredit: Getty - Contributor 4Hae Min Lee's body was found buried in a shallow grave in Maryland in February 1999 4Alonzo Sellers said he found Lee's body after stopping to urinate in Leakin ParkCredit: HBO 4Donald Clinedisnt, then 22, was Lee's boyfriend at the time of her deathCredit: HBO The state’s attorney for Baltimore City said in a motion that an investigation found new evidence including two alternative suspects, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. While they are not stating Syed is innocent, prosecutors said "the State no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction.”  Syed...
    (CNN)Special counsel John Durham's office is in the final stages of its closely watched investigation into potential criminal misconduct during the Trump-Russia probe, and his team is finishing up its written report, according to multiple people briefed on the matter. Top Durham prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis -- who led the team's case against a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer earlier this year, which ended in a swift acquittal -- was supposed to handle another trial next month, but instead is leaving the Justice Department for a job at a private law firm, according to sources. DeFilippis in recent months was at one point working on writing a report on Durham's findings, which will be submitted to Attorney General Merrick Garland.The Steele dossier: A reckoning The scheduled upcoming trial, against a Russian expat who was a primary source of information for the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, is set to begin next month in Alexandria, Virginia. But four weeks before trial, Durham's case suffered a significant blow, with prosecutors acknowledging in recent court filings that they can't convince a critical witness to return to the...
    Deep-pocketed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones reaped nearly a quarter of a million dollars in just one day off of the bogus claim that the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax, the lawyer for the families suing the InfoWars host said Tuesday. The trial will determine how much money the Texas media mogul will have to pay to the families of the victims of the mass murder at the Newtown, Connecticut school. He was found liable for damages last November in a default judgment.  The civil case, the second of three, is a consolidation of lawsuits by 15 family members and an FBI agent against the shock jock. It could potentially be far more financially devastating than the $50 million Texas verdict against Jones last month in a civil case by the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who died in the shooting on December 14, 2012.  Attorney Chris Mattei, who is representing 15 people suing the Texas media mogul, said that Jones made $232,000 in a single day when the InfoWars website published the story that the FBI...
    Twitter's shareholders have voted in favor of selling the company to Elon Musk for $44 billion, a deal that the billionaire is now furiously scrambling to terminate. Twitter said that a preliminary tally of the shareholder vote on Tuesday found a majority in favor of accepting Musk's April 25 offer to buy the company for $54.20 per share. Shares of Twitter rose 2 percent following the vote, to $42.30 -- but remained priced well below the deal terms, indicating high investor uncertainty that the buyout will go through.  Musk has fought tooth-and-nail to back out of the deal, claiming Twitter lied about the prevalence of fake accounts on the site. The dispute will go to trial in Delaware business court next month. Hours before the shareholder vote, the former security chief at Twitter bolstered Musk's criticisms by telling Congress that the company is plagued by weak cyber defenses that make it vulnerable to exploitation by 'teenagers, thieves and spies'.  Twitter 's shareholders have voted in favor of selling the company to Elon Musk for $44 billion, a deal from which the...
    THIS is the horror moment a Brit brawls with terrified easyJet passengers forcing the pilot to divert the flight. The rampage erupted on Friday on a flight heading to Paphos, Cyprus, from London - with the man allegedly fighting passengers and crew in a drunken meltdown. 3The man can be seen attacking other passengersCredit: Supplied 3A group of passengers is trying to restrain himCredit: Supplied 3The flight was diverted to Thessaloniki, GreeceCredit: Supplied The disturbance caused the plane to divert to the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Shocking footage shows a man attacking other passengers while bystanders are frantically trying to restrain him. Anthony Maxted, 22, was arrested and allegedly told investigators his behaviour was due to nerves about a family reunion. A passenger on the flight spoke of the horror moments before the drama unfolded. READ MORE ON GREECEMARBS AND CARBS Why Athens is worth a trip this year with free attractions & delicious food They described how everything began when the man started annoying other passengers by "being loud and swearing". The witness said it all went downhill...
    A judge Monday refused to delay disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial in Los Angeles until after a controversial movie about his case comes out in November. LA Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench ruled that the trial of Weinstein – accused of 11 sexual assaults against five women – will go ahead as scheduled, starting October 10. With 269 people on the prosecution's witness list, the trial is expected to last six to eight weeks. In his motion today to delay the trial, Weinstein's attorney, Mark Werksman argued that a 'firestorm of publicity' about the upcoming Brad Pitt-produced film She Said could 'prejudice the jury' against the one-time movie big-shot. She Said, opening in theaters November 18, stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor who wrote an exposé on Weinstein in 2017. Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial will go ahead as scheduled, starting October 10. He's pictured in July at a hearing  Werksman said billboards, other advertising and social media about the movie will highlight...
    Amber Heard's sister has slammed MTV for inviting Johnny Depp to their 2022 Video Music Awards in New Jersey last night, his first TV appearance since his ugly defamation trial.  Whitney Heard took to social media to voice her anger, fuming on Instagram late Sunday evening: '@MTV you're disgusting and clearly desperate! I really hope that none of the people that made this call have daughters.' Whitney, 34, also shared another message on her Instagram Story that said 'I stand with Amber Heard' alongside a graphic that renamed the event the 'DVMAs' an apparent reference to domestic violence.'  Bizarre: Johnny Depp was seen flying into the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night in New Jersey in a bit that was pre-recorded The pre-recorded bit showed Depp, 59, dressed up as the music channel's iconic Moonman logo in his first major TV appearance since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp - whose face appeared to be superimposed in the space suit - could be heard in a voice over saying: 'I just want you guys to know that I'm...
    Johnny Depp made a bizarre, surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards with a sequence of cameos as the event’s signature “moonman.” The award show took place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Sunday night, and throughout the evening, an astronaut floated from the ceiling as a nod to the VMA’s “moonman” statuette. Shortly after Fergie and Lizzo wrapped up the first musical performance of the night, the astronaut lifted his visor shield and Depp’s face was digitally imposed inside of the helmet. “Hey, you know what? I needed the work,” Depp said, as the crowd cheered. Depp’s moonman remained present in the air throughout the evening. At one point, the show came back from commercials, and Depp welcomed viewers back by saying “Hey VMAs, let’s get back to the f*cking music, shall we?” Later on, Depp once again welcomed back viewers from an ad break by telling the crowd “I just want you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need. Anything. Oh, and I’m...
    Getty Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp stepped into the spotlight for the first time since the verdict in his defamation case against Amber Heard by playing the famed MTV “Moonman” during the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Depp appeared in a pre-recorded video at the VMAs after rumors spread about the possibility the post-trial moment would take place during the award show. The “Moonman” statue has been a symbol of MTV’s award show since its debut in 1984. While Depp’s name wasn’t said, his face could be seen in a spacesuit hanging above the stage at the awards show after the announcer listed the presenters and hosts. Depp introduced LL Cool J, who was co-hosting the VMAs with Jack Harlow and Nicki Minaj Depp’s appearance can be seen below: Johnny Depp appearing as a Moon Person ???? at the #VMAs (we talked about the rumours surrounding this, we were totally right) #WitherReport???? pic.twitter.com/aTLb4bFwXa — Virgin Radio Windsor (@VirginRadioWin) August 29, 2022 The brief appearance left viewers questioning if that was actually Depp: Wait…...
    (CNN)Older heart disease patients who took a combination "polypill" made up of three different medications had a lower risk of major cardiovascular events, according to a new study published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Spain. Study authors led by Dr. Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart in New York City and general director of the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research, looked at 2,499 patients in seven European countries who had a history of type 1 myocardial infarction in the past six months and were either over the age of 75 or a minimum age of 65 with at least one risk factor, such as diabetes or mild or moderate kidney dysfunction. Latest statins guidance keeps more conservative approach to preventing first stroke or heart attackHalf the patients were given the polypill that contained aspirin, ramipril and atorvastatin, while others received the usual standard of care. Patients were followed for a median of three years. The researchers found 48 cardiovascular deaths in the polypill group and...
    A lawyer representing parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre says he received death threats and child pornography following his defamation case victory over conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.  Mark Bankston of Houston, Texas had a moment in the limelight when he shared that Jones' lawyers had accidentally sent him 2.3 gigabytes of Jones' cellphone data on his way to getting $45.2 million for the grieving families.  And Jones' fans were furious at Bankston's successes, as he explained to Law and Crime.  'I think both I and my judge got a small taste of what my clients have experienced for the past 10 years,' Bankston said. 'There were people threatening to kill us. 'There were people who have sent child pornography child sexual abuse images to both me and my judge 'It is it is really strange that people have come out of the woodwork 'You know I had a father who did criminal work for many years and as a criminal defense lawyer. 'He would often run into this sort of thing and you would see it...
    Tensions flared during a court proceeding in Delaware County, OH when a prosecutor accused the judge of holding a “sham” trial before angrily walking out of the courtroom. The blow-up took place during the trial of Matheau Moore, who has been charged with killing his deceased wife, Emily Noble, and staging her death to appear as a suicide. Law & Crime notes that Noble was reported missing back in late May 2020, and her body was discovered four months later when she was found hanging from a tree near her home. Medical examiners say Noble’s cause of death was strangulation, and the autopsy report says there were multiple injuries identified around her neck and face. Investigators determined that her death was a homicide, and prosecutors have accused Moore of killing her and staging her hanging. Attorneys Melissa Schiffel and Mark Sleeper were representing the state for the Noble case, with Judge Stephen Wolaver presiding. As the trial entered its 7th day on Thursday, Sleeper objected to the fact that the trial was proceeding without Schiffel — who had informed the...
    Nikolas Cruz's half-sister was questioned on the stand this week about her knowledge of a reality show involving the siblings' half-brother that allegedly capitalized on the Parkland school massacre.  Danielle Woodard, 35, initially avoided the question when the Florida prosecutor asked her if she was aware of the reality TV series that follows the siblings' half-brother Zachary Cruz in the time since the mass shooting.  'What does that have to do with anything, sir?' Woodard shot back to prosecutor Jeff Marcus from the stand while testifying at her brother's death penalty trial on Monday. Woodard, who is currently awaiting trial on carjacking charges, was brought into the courtroom where she testified that her 'baby brother' Nikolas Cruz came from their mother's 'polluted womb.' The prosecutor pressed Woodard, asking: 'Do you think it would be appropriate to capitalize on the murders of 14 children and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by filming, or creating a reality show based on being the brother of a mass murderer?'  The question was met with objection from the defense that was sustained...
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    MONKEYPOX patients in the NHS will trial the first ever drug to treat the disease. Oxford University scientists who discovered life-saving Covid medications now plan to stamp out the viral skin infection. 1At-risk Brits are offered monkeypox vaccines but there is currently no treatmentCredit: Getty There is currently no cure for monkeypox, which has infected 3,017 people in the UK since May. Patients simply have to self-isolate and wait for it to heal, which can take weeks. Infected Brits are now being offered the antiviral drug tecovirimat, which stops the virus from spreading inside the body by blocking it from breaking out of diseased cells. Researchers hope the twice-daily pills will speed up recovery and reduce painful skin blisters and rashes, keeping patients out of hospital. Trial leader Professor Sir Peter Horby said: “Monkeypox is a distressing and sometimes dangerous infection.  “For the benefit of current and future patients worldwide, we need definitive evidence that tecovirimat is safe and effective.” Read more on monkeypoxLAST RESORT Monkeypox vaccine doses cut five-fold as health experts stretch low suppliesBUG BEAR Window of opportunity...
    Elon Musk has subpoenaed his friend and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey amid the ongoing legal battle over his $44 billion acquisition of the social network.  Musk's legal team is likely seeking support from Dorsey - the ultimately Twitter insider who ran the company for eight years - for his argument that the platform has not been truthful about the number of bots and fake accounts among its 238 million daily active users.  Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006 and reportedly grew close to Musk, urging him to buy the company and take it private. He stepped down from running the company a second time last November and handed the role to current CEO Parag Agrawal. Scroll down for video  Musk's legal team is likely seeking support from Dorsey - the ultimately Twitter insider who ran the company for eight years According to the subpoena, Dorsey is being asked for documents related to 'the impact or effect of false or spam accounts on Twitter’s business and operations, Twitter’s use of mDAU as a Key Metric' and other information According to the...
    The defense attorney for Parkland mass school shooter Nikolas Cruz urged the jury to spare his life, arguing that he was 'poisoned in the womb' from his biological mother's drinking and drug use during pregnancy and that 'his brain was irretrievably broken.' Lead public defender Melisa McNeill told jurors on Monday that 'there is no defense for this crime' committed by Cruz - who killed 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day 2018 in Parkland, Florida.  But McNeill cited brain damage linked to fetal drug and alcohol exposure as reason not to impose the death penalty.  'Because of that, his brain was irretrievably broken, through no fault of his own,' McNeill told the jury. Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty last October to committing premeditated murder at the high school, about 30 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Cruz killed 14 students and three staff members. Nikolas Cruz's attorney urged the jury to spare his life as she revealed the school shooter was 'poisoned in the womb' and that his brain was...
    Amidst a host of serious accusations, there was one more relatable domestic drama that emerged from the otherwise grim Ryan Giggs trial this week. Because it seems that whether your spouse is a postman or a Premier League footballer, there’s one thing that can prove a bone of contention: the dishwasher. Do you place the bowls on the top or bottom shelf? Which way should the cutlery be pointed? And do the plates clean better on the left or right-hand side? Giggs told the courtroom the dishwasher would often be on three or four times a day. ‘I would be opening the dishwasher and the tablespoons would be the wrong way round,’ he said. ‘It would wind me up.’ So, to help couples up and down the country who are experiencing their own disputes over the correct way to stack a dishwasher, the Mail has collated the expertise of those in the know — from manufacturers of appliances and detergents to professors who have carried out extensive studies — to give you a definitive guide to getting the most out...
    Lawyers for Alex Murdaugh are accusing prosecutors of allegedly hiding evidence - including blood splatters and phone records - and leaking information about the South Carolina family murders to the press ahead of Murdaugh's looming trial.  'It's trial by ambush,' attorney Dick Harpootlian said in a press conference on Wednesday. 'Give us the stuff. I don't have a shred of paper. I don't have an email. I don't have an exhibit. I don't have any evidence.'  Murdaugh, 54, was indicted in July on murder charges in the deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, who were killed on June 7, 2021, at the family's home. He has adamantly denied killing them.  The disbarred South Carolina lawyer's trial for the double murders is not set to happen until next year, but drama in the courtroom is already in full swing. Murdaugh's legal team blasted prosecutors of leaking details to the media instead of handing it over to the defense as required. They also claim they have never received any reports on blood splatter or evidence found on phones....
    (CNN)A man accused of killing at least two Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will remain in custody as he awaits trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Muhammad Syed, 51, faces murder charges in the killings of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, which police say occurred on July 26 and August 1, respectively. Syed is also the primary suspect in the homicides of Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, 62, who was killed November 7, and Naeem Hussain, 25, who was killed August 5. Syed has not been charged in those killings. Syed denied involvement in the killings during an interview with police last week, according to an arrest affidavit.Suspect in the killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque makes his first court appearanceThe killings of the four Muslim men who were all of South Asian descent terrorized the Muslim community in Albuquerque, with fear spreading to other parts of the state. Read MoreSecond Judicial District Court Judge Joseph Montano determined Wednesday that Syed's release before trial would pose a risk to the public. "I am finding that the information does indicate...
    A dog handler testified at the Kristin Smart murder trial this week that her cadaver dog made a beeline for the bed in suspect Paul Flores' dorm room in the weeks after the student's 1996 disappearance. Paul Flores, 45, and his 81-year-old father, Ruben, are on trial for the disappearance and death of 19-year-old California Polytechnic State University student Kristin Smart, who was last seen with the younger Flores. Dog handler Adela Morris, who was enlisted to assist in the police investigation in the weeks after Smart vanished, took the stand at the Monterey County court on Monday. She told the court that when she released her K9 Cholla at Santa Lucia Hall, the border collie search dog 'immediately made a U-turn and became 'very methodical and slow' ultimately wanting to get into room 128 — Paul Flores' room.  Morris said that when Cholla entered the room she was 'extremely focused' and 'very clearly in scent' as she alerted her handler by jumping to her hip, focused only on the left side of the room - where Flores slept.  'I had no doubts that...
    Amber Heard has dumped the attorney who defended her in her unsuccessful defamation trial with Johnny Depp as she now tries to appeal the verdict.  Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, who represented the Aquaman actress in the six-week defamation trial, has parted ways with Heard. Attorney's David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, who represented The New York Times earlier this year in a defamation lawsuit against 2008 vice president nominee Sarah Palin, will take over as the appeal proceeds.  The pair work for Ballard Spahr and have covered various cases, including companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation, speakers in First Amendment cases, journalists, and news organizations. Announcing the news, Heard's spokesperson said in a statement: 'When it comes protecting the fundamental right of Freedom of Speech, we look at the jury's decision - to paraphrase a famous quote - not "as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning."'  'A different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.' Heard, 36, was ordered to pay her ex-husband more than $10 million in damages at...
    Johnny Depp has been pictured as King Louis XV of France in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor, 59, was almost unrecognisable in the new still from the film where he sported a blindfold and a vintage blonde wig. The film star was dressed in 18th-century clothing as he sported a gold regal jacket with a high collar and a white shirt. Comeback: Johnny Depp has been pictured as King Louis XV of France in Jeanne Du Barry, his first film role since his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard The actor also looked noticably paler in the image and he appeared to have reddened lips.   Johnny will play King Louis XV alongside Maiwenn Le Besco, who will both direct the film and play the main character, Jeanne du Barry, King Louis' mistress.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Johnny Depp 're-signs with Dior as the face of Sauvage... 'I saw a man that really cared': Britney Spears' ex-husband... Mariska Hargitay stays close to...
    The drugged-out truck driver who crossed the center line of a northern New Hampshire road, killing seven people on motorcycles, was found not guilty by a jury - a verdict that sparked 'shock' 'outrage' and 'anger' by the state's governor. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, a Ukrainian national who now faces deportation, was acquitted on Tuesday by a jury of seven counts of negligent homicide and reckless conduct after less than three hours of deliberation following a two-week trial. The grateful and relieved truck driver wiped away tears, kissed his finger and pointed to the sky after he was cleared.  He's been in jail since the June 21, 2019, crash in Randolph, New Hampshire, that killed seven members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, including six who were former Marine Corps soldiers. The verdict prompted outrage by the survivors of the crash, the families of the dead bikers and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. 'The Fallen Seven did not receive justice today, and that is an absolute tragedy,' the Republican governor tweeted. 'I share the shock, outrage, and anger that so many have...
    In a 2019 briefing following the couple's conviction, State Attorney Amira D. Fox stated, "The evidence in this case is horrendous. With this indictment, the O'Learys are formally charged with the neglect, torture, and murder of an 18-month-old child due to starvation and extreme lack of care." Authorities reported that the couple's two other children, ages 3 and 5, were also underweight and neglected. A previous malnutrition case was brought against O'Leary in Virginia, court records show. In that case, O'Leary's fourth child was removed from her custody and returned to her biological father because of malnutrition. O'Leary's lawyer, Lee Hollander, attempted to portray the mother as loving toward her children by showing family pictures during the trial. Hollander said, "Just because it happened doesn't mean she committed a crime." Hollander insisted that "errors" led to the conviction of O'Leary, and he has requested a new trial. O'Leary stated that if a new trial is granted, she would like to be represented by a different attorney.
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent Trump ally and known swinger Roger Stone a naked photo of his wife, the attorney representing families of Sandy Hook victims has revealed — noting he is unsure whether she gave consent to send the picture. The racy photo was included in a trove of messages Jones was shocked to find his attorney accidentally sent to the lawyer representing the families of Sandy Hook victims, which he claims proved Jones was lying under oath. For years, Jones claimed that the 2012 shooting was a hoax and the children who were killed were 'crisis actors,' but after Mark Bankston told Jones he had a record of his text messages, the Infowars host could be seen visibly squirming in his seat. Jones was later ordered to pay $50 million to two families in punitive and compensatory damages during the deformation trial, and his texts are now under scrutiny by the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. It is unclear what the House committee hopes to find in this trove of messages, but Jones has previously admitted that the text...
    An Egyptian man on trial for the murders of his daughters in what prosecutors call an 'honor killing' took the stand in his own defense Monday and claimed that he left the girls alive in his taxi and fled because he thought he was being followed and 'felt his life was in danger.' Yaser Said, 64, a taxi cab driver in Texas, is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina on New Years Day in 2008. Their bodies were found in the back of his taxi outside a Dallas-area hotel.  Said denies that he killed his daughters and told the court on Monday that the girls were 'certainly' alive when he left them in the taxi that evening and fled after he apparently became fearful that he was being followed. The cab driver explained that he and his daughters were on their way to dinner when he attempted to escape whoever he believed was following them by leaving the girls in his taxi and taking the bus in a different direction.  Yaser Said, 64, took the stand in...
    Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones celebrated on Monday, just days after a jury in Texas awarded more than $49 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of a child murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School – a shooting Jones called a hoax. “I’ve seen a judge tell a jury, I’m already guilty. I’ve seen them order them to get the money I don’t have. But I tell you, it has been actually invigorating and buoying in a way bittersweet,” Jones said. “Because I’ve seen everybody from Steve Bannon to Charlie Kirk to Jack Posobiec to you name it, thousands of prominent people, hundreds of really big folks, come out and say, hey, this is for all of us. They’re coming after us all now,” Jones argued. “And I have really seen the Republican Party go from us with an insurrection. Not the one on January 6th, but the peaceful insurrection to take over the Republican Party five, six years ago to now we are the Republican Party and our populist movement is winning,” Jones added in a clip...
    (CNN)Approximately two years' worth of text messages sent and received by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been turned over to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, a person familiar with the matter told CNN on Monday.The messages were handed over to the committee by Mark Bankston, the attorney who represented two Sandy Hook parents who successfully sued Jones in Texas and won nearly $50 million in a civil trial that concluded last week. Bankston would only tell CNN that he is "cooperating with the committee." The select committee declined to comment.During the trial, Bankston revealed that one of Jones' lawyers had "messed up" and inadvertently sent him the two years of text messages. Bankston also said during the trial that the January 6 committee had expressed interest in the material. JUST WATCHEDWill the Alex Jones trials change conspiracy culture?ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWill the Alex Jones trials change conspiracy culture? 06:31Jones' attorney Federico Andino Reynal asked the judge in the case to order Bankston to destroy the material and not transmit it to the House committee, but...
    Megyn Kelly revealed that she was set to appear in court as part of the Alex Jones defamation trial, in support of the families of Sandy Hook victims. Jones was facing a lawsuit from the families of Sandy Hook victims who were seeking damages after the far-right radio host spread theories that the entire shooting back in 2012 was a hoax. After being found guilty last week, Jones now owes $45.2 million in punitive damages and $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of Jesse Lewis, a six-year-old boy murdered in the shooting. During The Megyn Kelly Show Monday, she revealed that she had been personally asked by Jesse’s parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis to take the stand, regarding a 2017 interview Kelly had conducted with Jones. In the 2017 interview, Jones doubled down on his theories that the shooting had been a cover up for something bigger. On Monday, Kelly said, “I will tell you the truth. I was not excited to do this and really wrestled with whether I could or should. This whole story every...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department’s effort to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster isn’t just a showcase for the Biden administration’s tougher approach to corporate consolidation, it’s a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. Through the first week of an expected two- to three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, top publishing executives at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and elsewhere, along with agents and such authors as Stephen King, have shared opinions, relived disappointments and revealed financial figures they otherwise would have preferred to discuss privately or confide on background with reporters. “I apologize for the passionate language,” Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle testified about correspondence exhibited in court that reflected tensions between him and other Penguin Random House executives. “These are private text messages to my closest collaborators in the company.” The government is trying to demonstrate that the merger will lead to less competition for bestselling authors, lowering their advances and reducing the number of books. The Justice...
    The City University of New York deleted a profile of a graduate who was the youngest member of Johnny Depp's legal team in his defamation trial against Amber Heard.  Yarleyn Mena, 29,  a 2015 graduate of CUNY's Hunter College and a Brown Rudnick LLP associate, was originally touted for her work in helping Depp win a $10.35 million verdict in the heated trial that captured the nation's attention.  The show of support for the graduate, however, went out the door after CUNY said it received concerns from students and faculty over the profile piece as they offered an apology.  'We understand the strong negative emotions this article elicited and apologize for publishing the item,' the public university system said in a statement replacing the link to the story on Mena.  'The article was not meant to convey support for Mr. Depp, implicitly or otherwise, or to call into question any allegations that were made by Amber Heard,' CUNY added.  'Domestic violence is a serious issue in our society and we regret any pain this article may have caused.'  Yarleyn Mena,...
    A wealthy Nigerian politician, his wife and a London doctor face a provisional trial next May on charges linked to an alleged organ-harvesting plot. Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a lawyer and district senator for the People's Democratic Party in Nigeria, his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, an accountant, and Obinna Obeta, 50, a doctor, are accused of the organ-harvesting plot after allegedly taking the man off the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Prosecutors claim they planned to have his kidney removed at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north west London, so it could be given to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure. The man is said to have refused to consent to the procedure after undergoing tests.  The Ekweremadus, from Willesden Green, north-west London, allegedly treated him as a slave before he 'escaped' and went to Staines police station in Surrey. The alleged offences are said to have taken place between between August 1 last year and May 5.  Wealthy Nigerian politician Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (pictured together) and London doctor Obinna Obeta, 50, face a...
    InfoWars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones continued his maligning of presiding Travis County, Texas District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble on Wednesday night not long after his defamation trial adjourned. The drama between Jones and the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims ballooned earlier in the afternoon when the plaintiff's lawyer Kyle Farrar revealed that Jones' defense attorney Federico Reynal had accidentally sent him the contents of Jones' phone. That mishap immediately raised suspicions that Jones had perjured himself in prior testimony. Gamble even accused Jones of violating his oath to tell the truth. By the evening, Jones had become incensed. READ MORE: ‘You know what perjury is?’ Sandy Hook families obtain Jones' text messages "And she said, 'I'm gonna instruct the jury that you're a liar tomorrow.' I mean, it's unprecedented. This – you ordered my lawyer to violate attorney-client privilege and tell her about our private conversations, which is just unprecedented. I mean, this is like a tour-de-force of how to violate people's rights," Jones said in a phone call. "It's unbelievable and I just...
    A Vermont man charged with killing his mother at sea during a 2016 fishing trip off the coast of New England in a plot to inherit millions of dollars will remain in jail until his trial because he's a flight risk, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford denied Nathan Carman's request to be released and ordered him held without bail, saying he is a potential flight risk and danger due to the seriousness of the charges, lack of strong family, employment or community connections 'and his involvement with firearms and the ongoing feud with his family' over his late grandfather's inheritance. Crawford said the evidence regarding the loss of his mother at sea, and 'the acrimonious dispute' with his aunts over the inheritance, as well as his purchase of AR-15 type weapons 'are evidence that this is a volatile situation.' Carman, 28, of Vernon, Vermont, was charged in May with murder and fraud in the killing of his mother, Linda Carman of Middletown, Connecticut, during a fishing trip in which his boat sank. He was found...
    Sergio Flores/Getty Images The defamation trial of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sparked headlines across the media this week as the courtroom drama offered one wild moment after another. The week began with a judge allowing the trial to move forward on Monday morning despite the company associated with Jones’ conspiracy-based show InfoWars declaring bankruptcy. The move has been seen by critics as a ploy to avoid paying the $150 million claim that the parents of a child murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre are seeking against Jones. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of murdered six-year-old Jesse Lewis, are suing Jones over the threats and harassment they faced after Jones repeatedly told his audience the massacre was a hoax and their child was an actor. On Tuesday, Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis confronted Jones in court and spoke to him directly: I wanted to tell you to your face because I wanted you to know that I am a mother first and foremost. And I know that you are a father and my son existed,” Lewis said, speaking directly...
    John Durham is taking the reins as the trial against the main source for Christopher Steele’s dossier draws near after the special counsel's investigation was dealt a blow with a "not guilty" verdict earlier this year. Russian national Igor Danchenko was charged last year with five counts of making false statements to the FBI. Durham says the comments were about the information Danchenko provided to British ex-spy Steele for the dossier. The Department of Justice's watchdog concluded that Danchenko undermined Steele’s unfounded claims of a “well-developed conspiracy” between former President Donald Trump and Russia. The October trial against Danchenko comes after Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann was found not guilty in May, a blow to Durham's investigation. Sussmann had been charged with allegedly concealing two clients — technology executive Rodney Joffe and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — from FBI General Counsel James Baker when he pushed debunked allegations of a secret line of communication between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa-Bank. Durham did the talking for the prosecution on Monday during a brief Danchenko...
    Alex Jones found himself shocked and playing catch up during his Wednesday testimony in the Sandy Hook defamation trial as he was informed while on the stand that his lawyers had accidentally sent two years’ worth of text messages to attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing families of Sandy Hook victims. “Did you know 12 days ago your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?” Bankston asked Jones. The trouble here is Bankston said Jones had previously testified he had no text messages regarding Sandy Hook, something Bankston could now prove was false. Worse still, Bankston informed Jones that his lawyers had taken no action to get the messages deemed privileged. Jones was asked if he was aware of this, to which he threw out a backhanded compliment, telling Bankston he was having a “Perry Mason moment.” “See, I told you the truth. This is your Perry Mason moment. I gave them my phone and —” Jones said, before Judge Maya...
    Kristin Smart's former roommate claimed police didn't take her seriously when she reported the 19-year-old missing twice before police finally filed an official report.   Testifying in the 1996 murder case of her fellow CalPoly student on Monday, Crystal Teschendorf said she became concerned about her roommate after she left to go partying on May 24.  Teschendorf said she and several other residents in the dorm contacted police two days after Smart failed to return to her room, and then, again, two days later when she didn't show up for class, KSBY reported.   'We had talked about possible scenarios of why she would not have come back to the dorms,' Teschendorf said of the concerned students. 'We kind of thought it was unusual.'  She claimed police didn't take her concerns seriously at first, but following the second call on the fourth day of Smart's disappearance, police filed a missing persons report.  Smart was declared dead in 2002, but her body has never been found as Paul Flores, 45, and his father Ruben Flores, 81, stand trial for her murder.  Crystal Teschendorf (pictured), Kristin...
    The son of a convicted Capitol rioter says his father 'absolutely' deserves his seven-year prison sentence for the 'off the rails violence' committed on January 6, 2021. Jackson Reffitt, who turned his dad Guy Reffitt into the FBI, argued that while his father was is a 'narcissist' that made poor decisions, he was also 'used as a puppet' for then-President Donald Trump. Guy, 49, of Wylie, Texas, was convicted by a jury in March of five felony charges, including bringing a gun onto the Capitol grounds and obstructing an official proceeding.  He never entered the Capitol, but video evidence showed him egging on the crowd and leading other rioters up a set of stairs outside the building.  Guy was also recorded saying he planned to drag House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out by her feet 'with her head hitting every step on the way down.  The father and known recruiter for the Three-Percenters, a right-wing militia group, was sentenced to seven years in prison, despite the recommended sentence for his crimes being nine to 11.25 years.  Jackson Reffitt, the son of convicted...
    DID Becky say arguing with Coleen ‘Would be like arguing with a pigeon. You can tell it it’s right and you’re wrong but it’s still going to s*** in your hair’? TRUE. Becky explains: “Sometimes when things are serious I can’t find the words to explain it, so sometimes that comes across as arrogant.” 1Rebekah Vardy lifts the lid on claims made in her Wagatha trial in an exclusive interview with The SunCredit: Louis Wood YOU sat behind Coleen at the 2016 World Cup to get papped?  FALSE. “Ludicrous. It is nothing but fantasy.” IS Caroline Watts’ phone at the bottom of the North Sea? That was her evidence in court not mine. Read more on Wagatha‘I DID NOT DO IT’ Rebekah Vardy breaks down & says she’s been ‘let down’ over Wagatha feud YOU’RE selling your Portuguese home to cover court costs?  FALSE. “I am sick of talking about my villa.” YOUR I’m A Celeb campmate Iain Lee called you a bully, are you? FALSE. “Edited TV looks a certain way. I don’t have anything bad to say about him.”...
    Horror author Stephen King has testified at a trial to block a $2.2billion merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster calling the proposed plans post-merger 'a little bit ridiculous.' King, author of 'The Shining,' 'Carrie' and other blockbusters, told a court that if the two mammoth publishing houses merge and still fight against each other for books it will be like 'a husband and wife bidding against each other for the same house.'  He is among a group of people standing against the $2.2billion merger at the antitrust trial, along with publishing executives and authors' agents. Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, said it planned to buy rival Simon & Schuster in November 2020. The publishing house is owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Simon & Schuster is owned by ViacomCBS, now Paramount Global. The Justice Department filed its lawsuit in a bid to block the merger in November 2021. King is fighting against his own publisher Simon & Schuster, who has represented him for years - as many fear that the 'Big...
    (CNN)It's been 1,630 days since Linda Beigel Schulman spoke to her son Scott Beigel, a geography teacher killed in the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as he ushered students to safety in his classroom. "I will never get over it. I will never get past it," she said Monday, testifying in the gunman's death penalty trial in a Broward County courtroom. "My life will never, ever be the same." Parkland gunman spent weeks making violent social media posts and searching online for information about mass shootings, testimony showsBeigel Schulman was among the first of the victims' loved ones to take the stand Monday in the death penalty trial of shooter Nikolas Cruz, along with relatives of Joaquin Oliver and Alaina Petty, students who, along with Beigel, were among 17 people gunned down on Valentine's Day 2018 in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "It's been four years and four months since he was taken from us, his friends and his family," Patricia Oliver said of her son, who was 17 when he was killed. "We miss...