Muslim Students Call NYPD Monitoring “Violation” of Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say they are considering possible litigation against the New York Police Department over their surveillance and monitoring of Muslim student groups across the Northeast. The groups are calling on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the NYPD, and Muslim students attending CUNY, one of 13 schools targeted, say they applaud the group’s efforts....more

Out of Powell Tragedy, One Bright Spot: A Lesson Learned

When Josh Powell killed his two young sons, blowing up his home with both inside immediately after a social worker dropped them off for a visit, people across the nation were left asking one question: how could this have happened? How could a man under suspicion for his wife’s murder, a man ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation, a man whom many had expressed fears about his capability to harm his children, be allowed visitation in his private home with Charlie and Braden Powell?...more

Suit Blames Media for Sexualizing "Toddlers & Tiaras" Star

Watching this video, it seems pretty clear to me that Susanna Barrett had no qualms letting her daughter,Toddlers & Tiaras star Isabella, sing along to “Sexy and I Know it.” And with her nudges and lyric help, Barrett seems to be encouraging her 5-year-old daughter to sing and dance along to a song whose lyrics are, “I got passion in pants and I ain’t afraid to s...more
@Trans_Topia @blogher @BlogHerPop I don't think the media is responsible either. The parents set ...more

EXCLUSIVE Details on Lawsuit Over Brittany Murphy’s Death

Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon, is now convinced her daughter and son-in-law’s deaths were caused by the “sick house” they lived in. However, she cannot sue the builders of the home for wrongful death under terms of her original settlement with the contractors. Murphy is now suing her former attorneys, claiming they did not preserve her legal rights and never told her she’d be giving up her rights to a wrongful death suit....more

The Most Charitable Celebrity Lawsuits

Tis the season of giving, and in that spirit, we’re sharing with readers the growing trend in Hollywood of celebrities donating the damages won in a lawsuit to the charity of their choice. The motivation is in part to get some good PR at the close of a scandalous court battle. However, we applaud the stars who’ve chosen to make their losing parties give to non-profits instead of filling their own already-stuffed wallets. Here, The Legal Lady shares the most charitable celebrity lawsuits:Katie Holmes...more

To Networks Considering 75K Casey Anthony Interview: Don’t Do It. Here’s Why

Throughout Casey Anthony’s murder trial this summer, the nation was glued to their television screens, captivated by the case on a level that hasn’t been seen since OJ Simpson’s trial more than a decade before. People were so fascinated by the story that Casey Anthony now ranks as the fourth most Googled search term for 2011. If or when a network does air an interview with the acquitted murderer, there is no denying that millions of viewers would watch and the ratings would go through the roof....more

Selena Gomez’s Stalker Agrees She Needs Restraining Order

The man who says he’s had conversations with God about killing Selena Gomez is now asking the judge to grant the star a permanent restraining order against him, claiming it’s the only way to protect her. Thomas Brodnicki filed a sworn declaration telling the judge, "I do not wish to object to the restraining order against me because I know it is the only thing that will make me stay away from Selena."...more

All Lindsay Needed was a Little Bit of Structure

When Lindsay Lohan showed up in court today for a progress report, the judge gave the troubled starlet something she’s rarely heard: glowing remarks. In the ten minute hearing, Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan “you have actually done your work,” noting she completed her 12 days of community service early and had attended an extra therapy session than what was required. By requiring Lohan to complete 12 days of morgue duty and four therapy sessions of month, and to check in each month for a progress report, Judge Sautner gave Lohan something she so desperately needed: a routine. ...more

A Celebrity Ex’s Final Revenge: The Tell-All Book

Just when you thought the bitter divorce battle between Hulk Hogan and his ex Linda was finally over, the sparring exes are set to head back to court yet again. The financial details of the couple’s divorce settlement were revealed last month, showing Linda scooped up over $7 million of the couple’s id="mce_marker"0 million in bank and investment accounts. While the divorce may be settled, the legal fights are far from over as The Hulk is now suing his ex for defamation over allegations made in her tell-all book Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes....more

You Thought Your Dad Was Embarrassing? The Most Scandalous Celeb Parents

If Academy Award winner Jodie Foster plans on visiting her father anytime in the next five years, she’ll have to take a trip out to prison. The actress’ estranged father Lucius was just sentenced to 5 years in jail after being convicted of 21 counts of grand theft and 9 counts of contracting without a license. The Sherman Oaks building contractor is charged with taking$130,000 in down payments for homes he never ended up building. Lucius Foster faced up to 25 years for his misdemeanor charges....more