Prosecutors: Polanski defense motion is 'frivolous'
LOS ANGELES - A prosecutor on Friday urged an appellate court to reject a motion by fugitive director Roman Polanski's lawyer to disqualify the entire Los Angeles Superior Court bench from the rape case.
The California Second District Court of Appeal had stopped a scheduled hearing and asked for the district attorney's response to the motion by Polanski's lawyer.
Polanski is seeking dismissal of a 31-year-old rape case involving a 13-year-old girl. However, his lawyer, Chad Hummel, made a last-minute plea to stay the hearing, claiming the entire Los Angeles Superior Court bench was biased against the award-winning movie director.
Head Deputy District Attorney Lael Rubin wrote in a 24-page brief that the allegation of bias is 'patently frivolous' and based on 'mere conclusions with no factual basis.'
Spears gets order against Lutfi, Ghalib
LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears has obtained a restraining order against former pal Osama 'Sam' Lutfi and one-time boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, court records show.
Attorneys for Spears and her father, who is her legal conservator, received the order Friday. The documents state that Lutfi, Ghalib and attorney Jon Eardley have been trying to gain control of Spears' affairs.
'On the first anniversary of the establishment of the conservatorship, the co-conservators are informed and believe that these three figures are working in concert to disrupt the conservatorship, with an utter disregard for Ms. Spears' health and well being,' the documents state.
Lutfi was a manager and friend of Spears, whose mother once accused him of grinding pills into her food to control her. Ghalib, a paparazzo, had dated the singer.
Judge Aviva K. Bobb signed a temporary restraining order Friday forbidding Lutfi, Ghalib and Eardley from having contact with Spears, her parents and her young children. A hearing on whether to extend the order is scheduled for next month.