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Tuesday
Feb152011

Bruno Mars to Enter Guilty Plea Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(LAS VEGAS) -- Just three days after winning a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Bruno Mars is expected in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday to enter a guilty plea in his drug possession case.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Mars was supposed to appear in court Monday for his arraignment on a felony cocaine possession charge, but he had his presence waived.  He's now required to appear on Wednesday, when he will formally change his plea to guilty.

The plea is part of a deal that will keep Mars out of jail -- and if he stays out of trouble for a year, the arrest will be stricken from the record.  The singer will also be on probation for a year, pay a $2,000 fine, undergo drug counseling and perform 200 hours of community service.

Mars was arrested on Sept. 19 after he was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  He told the arresting officer that he had made a mistake and had never before used drugs.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Judge Revokes Lindsay Lohan's Probation, Sets Bail at $40K

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has escaped a fourth stint in jail -- for now.

Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz continued Lohan's felony grand theft hearing to Feb. 23 and set bail at $40,000 -- $20,000 each for the felony charge and for violation of her probation stemming from her 2007 DUI case. He also urged her to obey the law.

"You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. Look around this room. Everybody needs to follow the law," Schwartz said. "You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."

Lohan said, "Yes, sir," when Schwartz asked if she understood him.

Clad in a white dress, a sparkly ring and pearl earrings, Lohan stayed silent for most of the hearing. She was accompanied by her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley.

At prosecutor Danette Meyers' request, the judge also told Lohan "and her agents" to stay away from the victim of the theft case, the Kamofie & Co. jewelry store, from which Lohan allegedly stole a $2,500 gold necklace adorned with semi-precious stones on Jan. 22.

Lohan replied, "Yes, sir," to the judge's order to stay clear of Kamofie & Co.

The L.A. District Attorney's Office formally charged Lohan with felony grand theft Wednesday morning. If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years. The 24-year-old actress already has been to jail three times in the past three years for DUI, drug possession and probation violations.

Lohan reportedly has said that the necklace was loaned to her by Kamofie & Co. and her assistant returned it to police.

After detectives started looking into the case and began preparing a search warrant, a friend of Lohan's brought the necklace to the Pacific Division police station.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Report: Michael Jackson's Former Doctor to Be Arraigned

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is scheduled to be formally arraigned Tuesday on involuntary manslaughter charges related to the singer's death in June 2009, according to AFP.

Murray will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court to be formally notified of the charges against him.  Murray is expected to plead not guilty.  A trial date has not yet been set.

Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in an attempt to get Jackson to sleep.  He's denied the charges and his defense attorneys have suggested that Jackson himself administered the fatal dose.  Prosecutors claim Murray "abandoned his patient" after administering propofol and then tried to cover up his actions after the singer died.

Two weeks ago, a preliminary hearing on the case ended when a Los Angeles judge ordered Murray to stand trial.  At that time, Superior Court Judge Robert Pastor also granted a request to have Murray's license to practice medicine in California suspended.

Jackson's former bodyguards, as well as police detectives and paramedics, testified at the hearing that Jackson appeared dead long before Murray ordered him to be taken to the hospital.  Two doctors also testified at the hearing that Murray "acted outside the standard of medical care" in dispensing the drugs, then failed to provide proper care when things took a turn for the worse.

Murray faces up to four years in prison and the permanent loss of his medical license if he is convicted.

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