Celebrity Rape Verdict Draws Controversy

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The Motion Picture Association of America and the California Newspaper Publishers Association have joined legal analysts and reporters concerned that the law may be overly broad and interfere with legitimate news gathering and other legal activities. I expect this law to be challenged the first time prosecutors take a photographer to court, says Lou Virelli, a constitutional law professor at Stetson University in central Florida. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about California? Take our quiz. The law targets any person who intentionally harasses the child or ward of any other person because of that persons employment. It further specifies that harassment means knowing and willful conduct directed at a specific child that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the child and that serves no legitimate purpose and that includes recording an image or voice. These provisions worry education reporter Andrea Johnson, who writes for the Minot Daily News in North Dakota. She often covers childrens issues and notes that there are already many privacy protections in place for most children. It is very easy for parents to get riled up over privacy concerns when a new law passes. I am concerned that this might spread to other states, fanned by parents who have growing concerns over the privacy rights of their own children, she says. Its hard enough to do our jobs without having new restrictions such as the requirement to get written permission from parents for legitimate interviews with their children, Ms. Johnson adds. Legal challenges to the statute are likely, says Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Reporters and paparazzi will claim it infringes on their First Amendment rights, she says via e-mail. There are already laws on the books that prohibit stalking and assaults of celebrities and everyone else. Prosecutors might find it challenging to apply the actual terms of this statute, she says.


1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Cruises to launch ship-wide gaming Cruise Log Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:50 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free app. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises) Alaska SHARE 46 CONNECT 49 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE For those who want to play poker at the pool and slots at dinner, Celebrity Cruises has teamed with Las Vegas-based Cantor Gaming for a cruise industry first mobile gaming you can access ship-wide. Celebrity passengers will soon be able to play casino games even when they are not in a ship’s casino by downloading a free application, Cantor Mobile Casino, to their smartphones or tablets via the ship’s Wi-Fi. PHOTO GALLERY: Tour a Celebrity ship After creating a “virtual wallet” at the ship’s casino desk to activate and fund their accounts, cruisers will be able to choose from games including slots, table games and video poker to play anywhere onboard. One caveat: The ship needs to be in international waters. “This state-of-the-art technology allows guests to play outside of the action-filled casino, whether relaxing by the pool, or waiting for their partner to get ready for their night of onboard dining and drinks, and will be an excellent addition to the edgy entertainment we offer onboard,” said Celebrity Cruises’ senior vice president of operations Greg Purdy, in a prepared statement. The Cantor gaming app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. The new technology will be installed on Celebrity’s five Solstice-class ships and four Millennium-class ships in coming months, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

26, 2013. The teenage son of Li Shuangjiang, a renowned Chinese tenor, was sentenced to ten years in prison for rape on Thursday, according to the court. Five men were detained on Feb. 21 after a woman surnamed Yang reported to police that she had been taken to a hotel and gang raped after drinking with the men in a bar on Feb. 17. The case soon came to the spotlight as the son of Li, dean of the music department of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Arts, was among the five suspects. (Xinhua/Gong Lei) BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — A Beijing district court sentenced the teenage son of Li Shuangjiang, a famous Chinese tenor, to ten years in prison on Thursday. The widespread public speculation on whether the case was settled by manipulation from the privileged or pressure from the public may not end so easily. On Thursday morning, journalists gathered in front of the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court, swarming defendants and lawyers and indeed anyone who might offer them an exclusive morsel of news. By 6 p.m. Thursday, about eight hours after the verdict, the name of the younger Li was the most searched phrase in weibo.com, China’s most popular microblogging website, with more than 10 million users posting and reposting opinions or news about him. PRIVILEGE SUSPECTED Five men were detained on Feb. 21 after a woman reported to police that she had been taken to a hotel and gang raped after drinking with the men in a bar on Feb. 17.

Gwyneth went to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Art History. She didn’t complete her course, as she decided to pursue acting instead. Kate, on the other hand, graduated from her MA degree in Art History with a 2:1. 2. Dr Gwyneth Gwyneth’s dad, Bruce Paltrow was the executive producer of medical drama ‘St Elsewhere’. The cast and crew used their family and friends as inspiration for the names of doctors that were paged over the PA system. Bruce’s choice? Dr Gwyneth Paltrow, of course. 3. Has a famous godfather With an actress for a mother and a producer for a father, it’s no wonder Gwyneth’s godfather is from the world of showbiz too. It’s none other than director Steven Spielberg. He’s in demand for this role, as he’s also the godfather of Drew Barrymore . 4. Gwyneth’s big prosthetics had a big impact Gwyneth wore a fat suit for her role in ‘Shallow Hal’ taking her up to 350lbs, and the experience was an emotional one for the actress. She wore the latex suit to the hotel bar to see how strangers reacted, and told the Los Angeles Times that when people wouldn’t even look at her she found it “incredibly isolating and really lonely and sad”.