April 23, 2014

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Sister Wives appeal to federal judge to drop bigamy charges

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The many wives of polygamist Kody Brown (first wife Meri, second wife Janelle, third wife Christine, and fourth wife Robyn) have asked a Utah federal judge to drop charges against them. Their complaint? Their family has been “hurt” by the looming threat of prosecution under state bigamy law.
Court papers alluded to lost jobs, a move to Nevada, and severe harm to their reputations in the wake of police investigations made more public by their voluntary rise to celebrity through TLC’s reality show, “Sister Wives.” Fourth wife Robyn is reported to have sustained an unhealthy weight loss as a result of the probe.
Though none of the family has been convicted of the third-degree felony in question (in fact, almost no one has recently been convicted on these charges), patriarch Kody Brown continues to push the issue, saying “our continued labeling as presumptive felons has proven a barrier.” Yet, their primary defense argument is far more basic than the current plea. The July countersuit they filed against the state alleges that bigamy laws are simply unconstitutional.
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Plagiarism Lawsuit Against “Harry Potter” Publisher Dismissed

HollywoodNews.com: A federal judge has dismissed the plagiarism lawsuit filed against Scholastic Books, publisher of the Harry Potter novels, stating that “the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.”
The lawsuit, which was filed last year on behalf of the estate of Adrian Jacobs, alleged that parts of the best-seller “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” borrowed from Jacobs’ 1987 book, “The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard – No 1 Livid Land”. US federal judge Shira Sheindlin disagreed in a 49-page ruling, where she writes: “Indeed, a reading of the works unequivocally confirms that they are distinctly different in both substance and style, and ultimately engender very different visceral responses from their readers.
Scholastic released the following statement on their website:

Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. The Court’s swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd. Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed, stating: “…the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.” Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality of Harry Potter and the brilliant imagination of its author, J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released in 2000 and has sold over 66 million copies. The “Harry Potter” 7-volume series has sold over 400 million copies since the release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1997.
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Ben Affleck talks about filming with felons

HollywoodNews.com: In Ben Affleck’s newest film, ‘The Town,’ they tried to keep everything as real as possible and that included casting felons for some of the roles.
However, Affleck and crew found that it wouldn’t be as easy as they thought as there are some important restrictions that affected the process, reports Hollyscoop. As convicted felons, they aren’t allowed to hold weapons such as guns, but that was one thing the film crew needed them to do.
So, the matter was taken up with the federal judge and the felons’ probation officers. Despite the fact that “they take those laws very seriously,” Affleck and his team were able to work things out in the end.
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