Archive for December, 2007

Celebrity New Year’s Eve Parties – NYC, Vegas, Miami

December 26th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

If you’re interested in welcoming in 2008 at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by a celebrity, then here’s a list of options to choose from.  Remember, though, that just because the celebrity is hosting and/or performing at the fete does not guarantee that you will see them, much less meet them ohiltons_lax_ad.jpgr get the chance for a chat.  Yes, even at these exorbitant prices. 

No lawsuit here, there’s no promise of anything but entry into the private party:

Miami Beach

Lenny Kravitz at the Florida Room in the Delano Hotel is sold out.  The lounge there has Gnarls Barkley and the Florida Room Players performing for $400/ticket.  Includes cocktails and a midnight champagne toast.

Jennifer Hudson at the Setai for $1000/ticket.  She performs.  Includes cocktails, dinner dance, five-course meal, and entrance into the Paradise Club.

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz host a party at The Shore Club while Eve performs for $300/ticket.

New York City

Mya hosts and performs at the Roseland Ballroom in Times Square for $75/ticket. Cash bar. 

Kid Rock hosts at the Hotel Gansevoort.  Rooftop Table for $350/ticket.  Open Bar.  DJ. 

Vegas

Debbie Reynolds hosts and performss at the South Point Grand Ballroom for $140/ticket.

Dave Navarro hosts at Palms’ Rain Nightclub for $100/ticket.

Jay-Z hosts at Palazzo’s 40/40 Club for $700/ticket.  Party favors and midnight champagne toast.

Paris and Nicky Hilton host at Luxor’s LAX Nightclub for $250-20,000.

Pamela Anderson hosts at PURE Nightclub at Caesars’ Palace for $250 – $5000.

Jamie Lynn Spears is 16 & Pregnant – What About Statutory Rape?

December 19th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

okmag.jpgStar of Nickolodeon’s Zoey 101, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant, and says her boyfriend Casey Aldridge is the father. 

They met at church, and have been dating for awhile.  It’s unclear from current news reports how long they’ve been an item, some say as long as 2 years.  Casey’s age is reported at either 18 or 19.

Britney Spears denied the story to TMZ, but US Magazine has a 16-page spread, and OK! Magazine broke the story, quoting Jamie Lynn directly.   Their father, Jamie, is reportedly furious about both (1) the pregnancy and (2) Jamie Lynn and mom, Lynn, selling the story to the highest bidder. 

So, what’s the law here?

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Drew Peterson Starts Legal Fees Fund: How Much Do Lawyers Cost?

December 11th, 2007 | Posted in Courts, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

drew_peterson1.jpgToday, Drew Peterson announced that he has created a website with a fund, established for those who would like to help him pay his legal fees.  AP reports that the site includes the following language (the site itself, www.defenddrew.com, shows “account has been suspended” as of the date of this post):

“For the cost of a few cups of your morning coffee, you can help to ensure that Drew can afford to support his ongoing legal defense, find his missing wife, and divert any remaining funds into a trust for his children.”

According to Peterson’s attorney, money that is collected will be used to pay not only for attorneys’ fees, but also for a private investigator to find Stacy, and anything left over will go into a trust fund for Drew’s four children. 

How much do lawyers cost?  How much would Drew Peterson need to collect here?  Continue Reading »

Drew Peterson: Do You Need a Body in a Murder Case?

December 5th, 2007 | Posted in National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

drew_peterson.jpgLast night, a third search warrant was served on Drew Peterson, allowing the police to search Peterson’s vehicles.  According to Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s attorney, the warrant authorizes the search and seizure of  things which “may have been utilized in commission of the offense of first-degree murder or the concealment of a homicidal death,” along with trace elements of several materials, including blue plastic.

Peterson’s lawyer is also setting up the defense.  He’s telling the media that this third warrant overlaps with the first search warrant but expands its language to allow for seizure as well as search.  Brodsky’s already arguing that anything taken will be an illegal seizure, because the authorities can’t attempt to correct their errors like this.

And why are the police going to this level of detail, going back for the third time?  Because they haven’t found a body.

Do they need a body to charge Drew Peterson with Stacy’s murder?  After all, Lacy Peterson’s body was discovered and identified through DNA testing (along with Connor) before Scott Peterson was charged.  Continue Reading »

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