When New York police detained the head of the International Monetary Fund for questioning on sexual assault charges last weekend, he called on the same lawyer as Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Sean "Diddy" Combs and other A-listers who faced criminal charges.
The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged sexual assault at a New York hotel predictably dominated the front pages of France's newspapers Monday, with most focusing on the likely damage to his political career. The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) appeared in court Monday to answer allegations of sexual assault. Benjamin Brafman, one of the IMF chief's attorneys, vowed Sunday to vigorously defend him in court, insisting his client is innocent.
Plaxico Burress hopes an unusual legal strategy will keep him out of prison. On Wednesday, the former New York Giants wide receiver testified before a Manhattan grand jury on the charges he faces for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The charges, which carry a minimum three-and-a half year prison sentence, stem from Burress accidentally shooting himself in Manhattan's Latin Quarter Club last November. Burress' counsel, Benjamin Brafman, and prosecutors have reportedly been unable to strike a plea deal, with Burress willing to serve one year behind bars and prosecutors demanding two. For a 31-year-old wide receiver, the difference between one and two years in prison could be worth millions of dollars.
Plaxico Burress' representatives believe that Monday's adjournment of their client's trial until Sept. 23 clears the way for the 31-year-old free agent to sign with an NFL team. They are particularly optimistic that teams will be interested because the trial may be adjourned again until after the 2009 season.
Singer Akon pleaded not guilty to charges Monday in connection with an incident in June in which he threw a fan off a concert stage – and allegedly caused another fan in the crowd to suffer a concussion.
California court officials hope they can prevent the circus-like scene that overshadowed January's arraignment, when singer Michael Jackson appears Friday morning to hear the charges a grand jury returned against him last week.
As officials in the town of Santa Maria coordinate security plans for pop star Michael Jackson's court appearance Friday, the singer's legal team decided to revise its security as well by replacing the Nation of Islam with a private firm, a source familiar with the defense said.
Attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman are stepping down from defending Michael Jackson in a child molestation case. The move comes less than a week after a grand jury indicted the pop star and days before his arraignment.
Pop superstar Michael Jackson will plead not guility at his arraignment Friday on child molestation charges in a case expected to attract busloads of fans, curiosity seekers and news people from around the world.