Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Winter

This is cute

Anna Nicole Trial today

"We will not allow elements which want to sabotage the ongoing peace process succeed in their nefarious designs," Pakistan state media quoted Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as saying.

Leaders in both India and Pakistan are saying they are not going to allow the attack on a train in India to derail the advance they are making towards peace. The name of the train "
Samjhauta Express", means understanding and it was that connection and understanding between the two countries that may have been the real target of the attack.

A judge has ruled in favor of the Bush administration over the right for detainees in the
Guantanamo bay facility to challenge their detentions in a court of law. In effect the court ruled in the 2-1 finding that these detainees did not have the rights that are granted to American citizens arrested in criminal cases. This sides with the policy that the Bush administration has held all along that these are not criminals, but enemies of the state and should be dealt with as such. Following this there is talk in congress of moving forward a bill that would focus on granting the detainees the right to challenge their detention. I think that some middle way needs to be found to give those who are in the detention centers the right and the ability to prove to those holding them that they may be innocent of the charges while understand the position by the Bush Administration that what we are dealing with in real terms is different than a criminal case as it is standardly understood.

TMZ is reporting that Britney Spears has re-entered rehab at an unknown facility, a representative for Spears has confrimed to People Magazine, "Britney Spears has voluntarily checked herself into an undisclosed rehab facility today. We ask that the media respect her privacy as well as those of her family and friends at this time." According to sources, Britney entered into rehab after pressure from her mother and other members of her family. It was just last week that Spears entered into rehab, to leave the facility the next day, we can only hope that this is a move that will bring order and healing to Britney and her life.

Reuters is reporting that the satellite companies behind the merger of XM Radio and Sirius Radio are expecting that the merger will be complete by the end of they year. They still need to hold votes among the share holders of the two companies and the deal needs to pass regulatory approval. Company officials are not expecting that either of these hurdles is going to create a difficulty for the merger.

In Florida a court is in session to determine the location for the burial of Anna Nicole Simpson's body. Her mother wants her to be buried in Texas, where he family is from, Howard K. Stern is saying that Simpson wanted to be buried in the Bahama's near where her son is buried. The case needs to be settled soon, as the medical examiner in Florida has said that the condition of the body is deterioration faster than was expected. There is some concern about a clause in the contract that states that all future children will be witheld from any of her estate upon her death. The judge in the case seems to be very impatient, driving the session forward, saying over and over again, "I have no time for this...". He is going at both the lawyers, telling one that you want me to look at things in isolation, like you take me to a museum and tell me just to look at this wall. The judge has allowed Stern to return to the Bahama's tonight on the condition that he would fly back tomorow and appear in court at 9am.

Nicole Richie has entered a plea of not-guilty in the DUI case resulting from her strange drive down the wrong side of the highway on December 31st. At the scene she admitted to officers that she had taken Vicodin.

Jury selection for the Jessica Lunsford case is going on today, as they attempt to gain enough jurors to move forward with the trial. The jury is going to be sequestered, and this could prove a difficulty for jurors who are unable to set aside the time from work or other obligations. The other pressing concern is to find jurors that have not been tainted by the coverage of the case in the news, and do not have a bias either for or against the defendant. In four days, Feb. 24, will be the two year anniversary of her disappearance.



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