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Top Celebrity News Stories for Thursday, January 10 2008

Sugar Bits — Michelle Rodriguez Out of Jail After 18 Days

  • Michelle Rodriguez has been released from jail after serving 18 days, one tenth of her 180 day sentence. The lucky actress was released due to the usual jail overcrowding. I'm starting to think we need more jails in LA. Besides, tough girl Michelle must be very disappointed, considering how much she likes jail. — TMZ
  • The California Department of Health has ruled that Cedars-Sinai failed to adhere to procedure when Dennis Quaid's newborn twins received a nearly fatal overdose of blood thinner, and has yet to determine whether or not to fine the hospital. Fortunately, the babies are at home now and are doing well. — The LA Times

  • New mother Salma Hayek is fronting a campaign to vaccinate Asian and African babies in need against tetanus. We're sure little Valentina is proud of her do-gooder mom. — LilSugar
  • Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, passed away yesterday in his suite at the Roosevelt Hotel at the age of 84. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. — AP
  • After responding to reports of her pregnancy on her blog with a simple, "no", Pamela Anderson's rep has confirmed that she is not pregnant. That's one less thing to complicate her messy on-again off-again divorce. — People
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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
The state of California does need more prison's and jails. But they also need to fix their Criminal Justice system all together.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
flutterpie- who was the "you" that you were referring to? And why do you keep acting like someone is saying to build more jails? The only other person on this board to mention it was justingirl and she said, "L.A jails needs a seriously wake up call..they need to come up with soem new rules." When I mentioned jails I did so to specifically point out that it is not the laws that allow people to leave early, but the overcrowding, which necessitates bending the rules. However, I assumed you were talking to me because I was the only one that mentioned ANYTHING about building more jails, and I thought that you had misunderstood me as saying that more SHOULD be built. If you are going to say things like "plop you down in the middle of LA" people will assume you are talking to a specific "you." If you want to make a general point then you should pepper your post with general terms about the state of the LA legal system in general, addressed to a general audience! And I still don't get why you repeated in your next post that building more jails won't fix the problem. No one has said that, so who are you arguing with? The general board still!? As far as your comment about community service, I wasn't talking about the most effective form of punishment, I was talking about why people are let out 160 days earlier than they were supposed to be let out from their sentence. You are bringing up an entirely different and completely irrelevant debate. Yes, jail crowding might be alleviated if we allowed people serve community service, it would also be alleviated if we just stopped sentencing non-violent offenders. Seriously, why give people sentences if they only serve 10% of them anyway? Change the sentencing guidelines and then you can have people serve 100% of their 2-day sentence for multiple DUIs. (I kid I kid...) I agree in with you (not speaking to the "general you", but you, flutterpie) that there should be alternatives for non-violent offenders that includes community service and rehab. DUI is not a violent crime, and people drive drunk all the time without killing anyone. The second they do, they are treated much more harshly than the normal vehicular manslaughter defendant, and can even be charged with second degree murder in California. Any time someone gets into a car drunk they take this risk.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Celebs are so great, they just get whatever the fuck they want.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
and building more jails doesnt fix a broken system, community service for the majority of non violent crimes is just as if not more effective than actual jail time and then there is the whole seperate issue of three strikes....
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
snow-um i wasnt really talking to you, just talking in general which is what you do on a mesage board, thats what happens when you assume, ass-u-me
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Yeah...but I can see why they would hide it even more than the normal person. Jamie Lynn Spears and Pam Anderson might not be the greatest candidates for mothers right now, but if they did have one and it got out, I think people might be angry that they had so much $$$ that they should be able to get help raising the kid and they still didn't want to have it. I mean, JL is way too young to have a kid, but she is in a much better position that most other 16 year olds who find themselves pregnant because she can get some hired help, take a ton of parenting classes, and she can even use her time as a mom to take classes at a local college or something if she takes a break from acting. Most teen moms would have to work a ton at a fast food place, or depend on their parents primarily. If I were a celeb, I would totally hide it, but I also wonder if it might not help erase some sort of stigma or shame that their fans might feel about having an abortion if they knew that their fave star had had one. Then again, I am not really comfortable enough with the idea of abortion to worry too much about erasing stigma from having one, and it is obviously too much to ask any person to share those really personal details!!! Maybe the fact that the media doesn't speculate means there is still SOME sacred ground in celebs personal lives!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Snow - I've often wondered the same thing, I'm sure some celebs must have abortions, right? It seems like it would be a pretty hard thing to hide, yet we never hear about it.
trishcmc trishcmc 9 years
God I hate that woman.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Flutterpie- I didn't say we needed more jails. I said that if people are angry that people are being released early, then they need to build more jails. LA doesn't have lenient rules, just a lack of space. I said I lived in LA, and I work in an after-school program at a pretty rough school. We need better schools, not necessarily more schools. What is with the huge attitude you have?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Okay, I just read Wikipedia, if you want to know more about all the crap she has done look under "legal troubles." Here's what they have to say about the last time she went to jail: "Because the Kailua incident was a violation of her Los Angeles probation, Rodríguez was sentenced to 260 days in jail, a 30 day alcohol rehabilitation program and another 30 days of community service, including work for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, by a judge in Los Angeles on May 1, 2006.[23] Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered it." This is a completely different incident.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
yes we need more jails in la not schools, better roads or homeless shelters but jails. tell you what how about we plop you in the middle of la for week and then we will see if you say we need more jails.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Uhh...she served less time than Paris Hilton. I'm sorry I live and go to law school in LA and all of you crazies who thought Paris got a cakewalk are wrong. LA has serious overcrowding issues, and either the taxpayers are going to have to pay ALOT more in taxes to open up new ones, or nonviolent offenders are going to be let out early to keep the violent ones in longer. Paris had one DUI where she was like .01 over the legal limit. For those of you who think Michelle is "so awesome!!" this is her rap sheet: "Michelle must serve 180 days in jail without the possibility of early release after she violated her probation four times. She was on probation for many crimes including DUI, and hit and run. She violated probation by lying about completing community service, and drinking alcohol three times while wearing an alcohol monitoring bracelet." Yeah, she's pretty freaking awesome. Does anyone ever wonder if celebs get abortions when they are reported to be pregnant and aren't...I'm not saying that is the case because obviously we can't know, and there are so many stupid rumors about celebs being pregnant I'm sure that when they get shot down it means they aren't! But still, it's something no one EVER talks about! I"m happy Dennis Quaid's babies are okay. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Oh Michelle! You're so awesome!
jmast jmast 9 years
Didn't Nicole Kidman and her rep say she wasn't pregnant either? I think Pam should go to rehab for being addicted to drama, getting married to guys she's dated for a couple of weeks and then claiming to be pregnant or not to be pregnant, and not setting a good example for her children. To steal Tia's line for Britney...she blows!
LolaDub LolaDub 9 years
just 18 days? so i guess keifer will be released soon too. L.A jails needs a seriously wake up call..they need to come up with soem new rules. im glad pams not expecting..i dont think a baby is appropiate right now in the midst of a divorce.. and thats so nice of glad shes helping others :) R.I.P johnny grant.
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