Yesterday afternoon, word leaked out of Orlando Florida that prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder case have put the death penalty back on the table. It had previously been removed, but the state’s position now is that “sufficient aggravating circumstances now exist” for the death penalty. In a change of heart, lead prosecutor, Linda Drane Burdick, of the state attorney’s office, filed a letter of intent to seek the death penalty for Casey.
The death penalty’s return as a possible sentence for Casey’s murder of her toddler Caylee, means that her current lead counsel, Jose Baez, will not be able to try the case. Death penalty cases have strict trial experience requirements for defense attorneys that Baez does not meet.
Casey still has a high-powered defense team whose funding is still a mystery. They’ve filed a motion to subpoena cell phone records from George, Cindy and Lee Anthony, meter reader Roy Kronk, who found Caylee’s remains, all of Casey’s past lovers (a considerable number), and from her former friends. The return of the death penalty option increases the chances that Casey may plea down to recieve a life imprisonment sentence if she’s convicted.
Uh, oh, Dancing With The Stars contestant and music maker Lil’ Kim had a wardrobe malfunction last night during the performances! Now, Lil’ Kim has never been afraid to basically be naked in public, but since DWTS is a family show…the accidental slip was a bit over the top.
Her top seemed to have a mind of it’s own at the end of a jive with partner Derek Hough last night. Host Tom Bergeron provided cover while the rapper adjusted as she and Hough approached the judges table.
Lil’ Kim told KABC-TV after the show: “I don’t know why this happens a lot of the time, but … the girls were tryin’ to come out.”
The nearly X-rated moment was edited out by the time the show was rebroadcast on the West Coast, where no one would have really cared. The oops moment didn’t seem to bother the judges: Lil’ Kim and Hough had the night’s best score: 28 out of a possible 30 for their spirited dance. Hopefully “the girls” will be a little less spirited next week!
Jurors in L.A. found former hit-maker and full-time nutbag Phil Spector guilty today of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of B-movie star Lana Clarkson. Spector, 69, could face life in prison when sentenced on May 29. This was Spector’s second judgment day in the case; in 2007, a jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting Spector.
At the second trial, just as in the first, prosecutors said Clarkson fell victim to a man who had a history of waving guns at, and acting violently toward women, especially when he’d been drinking. Spector’s defense contended Clarkson shot herself. This tale didn’t fool anyone this time. No word on whether Phil will be allowed to decorate his cell in the style he’s kept his mansion…namely “Early Elvis.”
Girlfriend-beatin’ Chris Brown wasted no time finding a replacement since his troubled relationship with pop chanteuse Rihanna ended last month. He’s gotten back together with another ex-girlfriend. Hope she has a good right hook!
Brownâ€™s new/old lady is University of Mary Washington student Erica Jackson. â€œ Chris and Erica met in Virginia, where heâ€™s from,â€ a source close to the singer tells the NY Daily News. â€œThey dated back in the day and reconnected a few weeks ago when Chris was in town. Theyâ€™ve been spending a lot of time together, but things only really heated up over the last two weeks.â€
Chris’s peeps think the new girl is going to be good for him in the long run. â€œErica has a good head on her shoulders; sheâ€™s solid,â€ says the insider. Being solid is a must if you’re gonna ride around with Chris. Less bruising. The blabber goes on to say â€œSheâ€™s more of a plain Jane â€” cute though. She’s helping to ease Chrisâ€™ pain over Rihanna. He was mad in love with that girl.â€
According to pals, the â€œmadâ€ one in this love trifecta will be Rihanna herself. â€œShe is going to be pissed!â€ says a pal of the pop starlet. â€œRi is going to be so hurt that Chris has moved on so quickly and is parading this new girl around town.â€
What a dumbass! Princess Ri-Ri reportedly has done a 180, and is now assisting prosecutors in her assault case against Brown. She had been reluctant to participate, but all that’s changed now! Nice work, Chris. Hopefully you’ll get what’s coming to ya.
Lindsay Lohan, queen of drama and leggings, had a major meltdown this weekend when she and her lezbud Samantha Ronson smacked each other up in public again. This time the fight led to a breakup and rumors of a RESTRAINING ORDER! SamRo changed the locks on the Hollywood Hills home she shared with Lindsay. Sam then hired five security guards to keep Lindsay out of an afterparty for Sams designer sister Charlotte at the Chateau Marmont. Li-Lo tearfully told US magazine that:
“It’s absolute hell. It was “the worst night of my life. I’m not a bad person and this is what happens. I was raised to treat people well, and I’m so tired of this drama.”
Lindsay even played the Mean Girls card! “I felt like I was in Mean Girls, but worse: Mean Girls was a movie.” Shameless plug!! Way to try and remind people that once upon a time you were an actress, girl. And puhleeze. You eat drama for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so don’t try to pull that shizz. Put the vodka bottle down you’ve been chugging on and take off for St. Lucia. Look what it did for Amy Winehouse! Er, scratch that. It’s still a lovely place- especially since Wino left.
Joe Galante, head of Sony BMG is one of the biggest of the big dogs here in Nashville. So, Jessica Simpson had the shot of a lifetime when he signed her on as a country artist. Galante did a wee roll of the dice after a Papa Joe snow job. He obviously DIDN’T throw a lot of cash into the deal. Seemingly zillions of painful performances later, including a COMPLETE desecration of the High Church of Country Music, The Grand Old Opry, Galante has mercifully pulled the plug on J. Simp’s country adventure.
Jessica Being A Boob At The Opry
Country Music Tattle Tale dished yesterday that:
If you remember – back in December – we told you that rumors were flying that Joe Galante, the head of Sony BMG Nashville was furious with all of her antics. They were threatening to drop her from the label.
Could these rumors finally becoming true after her shaking tour with Rascal Flatts?
Our reader noticed the following:
Today, her name appears nowhere among the artists listed on the web sites of Columbia Nashville or Sony Music Nashville. Even a search of each site finds that any prior mention of her photos, profile, press releases – has apparently been purged.
PURGED. You don’t get more gone than that. Galante apparently had enough of too much onstage yammering about Tony Romo, too much boobage and appearances in bingo halls, too many God-awful He-Haw outfits, and too much Papa Joe Simpson “managing” the trainwreck. Besides, there was no way Nashville would ever take that shizz seriously. I smell a reality show coming!