- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

Actors may snub Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES — Golden Globe-nominated actors are expected to snub the awards in support of striking Hollywood writers, the actors union said yesterday, jeopardizing one of the entertainment industry’s signature showcases.

NBC said it was sticking by its plans to air the Jan. 13 ceremony, despite the uncertainty about how much — if any — star power the Globes might muster.

Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg made the announcement after canvassing nominees during the past several weeks.

“There appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross” the picket lines to present or accept an award, he said.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the awards, said it was wrestling with the “unfortunate predicament.”

High court to hear death penalty case

The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide whether a state can execute someone convicted of raping a child, one of the few remaining crimes that does not require the death of the victim to result in capital punishment.

Patrick Kennedy, 43, was sentenced to death for the rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter in Louisiana. He is the only person on death row in the United States for a rape that was not also accompanied by a killing.

The Supreme Court banned executions for rape in 1977 in a case in which the victim was an adult woman.

Kennedy’s lawyers say the death penalty for child rape violates the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The justices will hear arguments in the case in April.

‘Texan of the Year’ selection draws fire

DALLAS — When editorial writers at the Dallas Morning News chose an illegal alien as the newspaper’s Texan of the Year, they expected some criticism. But not this: 800 blog postings and more than 150 letters to the editor criticizing the decision.

Some of the critics threatened to cancel subscriptions or pressure advertisers to stop doing business with the paper.

“What part of stupid are you guys that support illegal aliens? This puts us ALL in danger,” one person wrote.

The Texan of the Year designation, announced in Sunday’s paper, has been an annual year-end editorial page feature since 2003.

It recognizes — without passing judgment — someone who has had a major impact or affected change in Texas during the past year. Previous recipients included the city of Houston for its response to Hurricane Katrina and a former police officer whose two sons died in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as President Bush and Karl Rove.

Prosecutors won’t seek 3rd assault trial

OMAHA, Neb. — Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a third trial in a sexual assault case that gained national attention because the judge barred the words “rape” and “victim” in court.

The first two trials of Pamir Safi ended in mistrials. He claimed he met Tory Bowen in a bar in October 2004 and had consensual sex with her, but she said she was too intoxicated to give consent and he knew it.

Miss Bowen, 24, said yesterday that prosecutors called her Thursday to explain their decision before they filed official notice with the court yesterday. The notice did not explain the decision.

Padilla sues former official

MIAMI — Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla sued a key architect of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies yesterday, claiming the official’s legal arguments led to Padilla’s purported mistreatment and illegal detention at a Navy brig.

The lawsuit claims that John Yoo, a former senior Justice Department official, wrote several legal memos that led President Bush to designate Padilla as an enemy combatant shortly after the U.S. citizen was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on suspicion of involvement in an al Qaeda plot.

Mr. Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, did not respond to phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.

Padilla attorney Jonathan Freiman said Mr. Yoo was sued because “he gave the green light” to how to deal with Padilla, which ultimately led to his detention without criminal charge for 3½ years at a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C.

Amy Fisher, husband promoting sex tape

NEW YORK — Former “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher is joining her husband in trying to market a sex tape, saying, “I always wanted to be No. 1 at something, but I didn’t think it would be something like this.”

Mrs. Fisher said her husband, Louis Bellera, sold the sex tape to Red Light District video of Los Angeles in August when he and Mrs. Fisher were divorcing. They have since reconciled, and Mrs. Fisher said she took a six-figure payout rather than fight to have the video pulled from the Internet.

As a teenager, Mrs. Fisher was sent to prison for seven years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her former lover, Joey Buttafuoco. Mr. Buttafuoco, twice her age, served time for statutory rape for having sex with a 16-year-old.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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