Two judges who presided over New Orleans rapper C-Murder’s trial for the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, are now under investigation.
According to published reports, Judge Martha Sassone and Judge Ellen Kovach are being investigated by a secret panel after the office received a credible complaint against one of the judges who presided over the controversial case.
Although Sassone was the convicting judge in the case, Kovach is being investigated for her alleged ties to the rapper and for her use of the ruling in the case to gain political favor.
Sassone was running for re-election to the 24th Judicial District Court against Ellen Kovach, when Kovach attacked Sassone’s rulings in regards to the C-Murder case in her campaign advertisements during her bid to be re-elected in 2008.
Although Kovach won, an ethics committee ruled that her campaign crossed ethical lines for using the C-Murder case as propaganda to be elected.
In 2003, C-Murder was convicted of shooting and killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas during a dispute at a nightclub.
The decision was overturned by the Louisiana Supreme Court, when it was learned the prosecutors expunged the criminal backgrounds of various witnesses in an attempt to strengthen their credibility on the stand.
At the re-trial in 2009, C-Murder was again convicted of the shooting, but controversy broke out when juror Mary Jacob claimed that she voted to convict the rapper after being pressed by a fellow juror.
“After she just kept harassing me, I decided, the judge don’t want to listen to me, doesn’t want to listen to us? I told them, ‘You want him to be guilty? He’s guilty, now let’s get the hell out of here,” Jacob said.
C-Murder, who is serving a mandatory life sentence, is currently planning an appeal of the latest ruling on the grounds that the juror in question was forced to convict him and that Kovach’s advertisements also prevented him from receiving a fair trial.
David Hasselhoff is under an involuntary psychiatric hold in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Hasselhoff was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Friday, as RadarOnline.com reported exclusively.
We have now confirmed that The Hoff had once again been drinking a large amount of alcohol before his hospitalization.
He was picked up under the California Welfare and Institutions Code 5150 that allows authorities to take into custody persons they believe may be a danger to themselves or others, are gravely disabled or suffer from a mental disorder. Cedars-Sinai doctors agreed he needed to be admitted, and under Code 5151, hold him for up to 72 hours for a psychiatric evaluation.
Hasselhoff has been battling alcoholism for years and has been hospitalized at least five times with alcohol poisoning.
He returned from Canada on Wednesday and saw a doctor. He had been drinking before that and also resumed drinking afterward. His several-day booze bender resulted in a seizure and transport to the hospital via ambulance Friday.
Now people close to him want to place him in a lock-down rehab facility to treat his alcoholism, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Hasselhoff and his pr and legal team have consistently covered for him, denying reports that he was previously hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. But this time things are so severe that for a while he was disoriented and didn’t recognize people he knew.
David Hasselhoff‘s ex-wife, Pamela Bach, had her own issues with alcohol
last night — we’ve learned she was arrested for DUI … and she will probably do jail time.
According to law enforcement sources, Bach took a breathalyzer test and blew a .14 and a .13.
She was taken to Van Nuys where she was booked and released. Bach tells TMZ, “I am remorseful and mortified. I am going through a really difficult time between David being in the hospital and dealing with the divorce.” By the way, the divorce was final in 2007.
Bach added that she was trying to comfort her daughters earlier in the evening, then went to dinner where she had a few drinks.
According to official documents, bail was set at $15,000. Bach said she was released on her own recognizance and will attend an AA meeting today.
Bach was busted for DUI in March, 2009, pled no contest and was placed on probation. A second DUI in California gets you mandatory jail time.
UPDATE 5:55 PM ET: We just got off the phone with Pamela. She says she’s on the way to an AA meeting right now. She says her girls “love and support her.”
KEYS, ARETHA, ROOTS BOOKED UNDER
Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and
the Roots join a lineup of
performers for NBC’s 12th annual
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,”
scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 2
from 8-9pm ET/PT.
DISNEY’S BLACK PRINCESS ALREADY A
“The Princess and the Frog”
merchandise is apparently flying
off the shelves despite the film
being weeks away from its debut in
theaters. Tiana is outselling other
Disney Princess merchandise by
double digit percentages.
TV ONE SETS THANKSGIVING TABLE
TV One is calling its Thanksgiving
weekend lineup “a schedule full of
family, fun and lots of music,”
including the TV One premiere of
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,
” starring Brandy and Whitney
Houston at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5