(crowd cheering) All right, we’re back. It’s time for the legal scoop here to break down the biggest legal stories of the week is HOT BENCH Judge Tanya Acker. You recognize her.
(audience cheering) Welcome back to the show. Thank you Wendy, great to be here. We need your help, please.
Okay. Nice shoes, by the way.
I’m here, thank you. Jennifer Lopez is being sued by the paparazzi for $150,000 dollars. The paparazzi grabbed a picture of Jennifer and A Rod walking down the sidewalk and Jen posted it on her social media and then ended up taking it down. But the picture was up.
Yeap. All right, now why are they suing her? So-
Watch this. Here are some things to remember. If you are in a public place, somebody can jump out of the bushes and take your picture. And the person who snaps the picture owns the copyright. They own the rights to use the picture, even if of you, they don’t need your consent. So, what’s being alleged in this case is that because JLo is famous the paparazzo who took this picture had an opportunity to make money from the picture and that by posting it on her Instagram page- She watered down the amount of money. She watered down the market for his photo. Yeah. So he’s claiming, I know right? He’s claiming $150,000 dollars. This really strikes me as the kind of case that likely should settle. I mean, when you think about the time, and the expense, and the hassle of a lawsuit. Who knows what’ll happen, but my prediction would be that you’re not gonna wanna. Why would she wanna spend all the time fighting a $150,000-dollar case when the law very well may be on his side. We know that and she is smart enough to know that too. Right. The law is on his side, it’s just not fair. You know, somebody grabs a picture of you and you can’t post it yourself. Isn’t it kind of, it’s so counterintuitive. I mean, somebody could literally jump out of a closet, as long as it’s a public closet. (Tanya laughs) You’re at the right show.
Yeah, right. (Audience laughs) (Tanya laughs) Take your photo without your permission and then sue you if you allegedly diminish their right.
Isn’t that crazy? Yeah, the law doesn’t always do the thing that feels just. All right, so we’re still talking law. All right Judge, how about R. Kelly hiding money? Now, I’ve heard-
Yes. That he’s hiding money. So the prosecutors have alleged in court documents that R. Kelly is receiving music royalty payments and diverting those funds to a childhood friend so that he’s not as broke as he’s claimed to be. Oh!
The reason this is relevant is because the prosecutors argue that he is more of a flight risk, right? Like if you’ve got cash on hand it’s easier to charter a jet and disappear than it is if you’re broke. But there’s a paper trail with money. You know, if he’s gonna get royalty it’s gonna show whoever sent it to him, sent it to him. And then, the childhood friend is gonna have all this money in his account that he doesn’t make because maybe all he does is cut hair, or something.
(Tanya and audience laugh) You know what I mean? That’s right, that’s right. And one of the things the prosecutors have argued is that even though the friend may have access to those funds, there’s nothing that would stop R. Kelly from getting that money back or making use of it in someway. So the court ultimately sided with the prosecutor and denied his request to be released. Okay, well how’s this hiding money accusation gonna affect his case? Look, when the government is after you it’s never a good idea to give them more ammunition which with they can pile on. I just say as a general rule, try not to lie to law enforcement. Especially, when you’re already in jail. (Wendy and audience laugh)
(audience clapping) Okay, so the prosecutor is saying wants to go harsher on Lori Loughlin than on Felicity Huffman. Yes, the prosecutors have indicated that they’re going to seek a substantially higher sentence for Lori Loughlin. Now you remember, Felicity Huffman took a plea. She served 14 days in jail.
Right. The prosecution has said that they’re not spilling any state secrets when they point out that Lori Loughlin will likely face, they will likely request a harsher sentence. When you force the government to go all the way to trial and they win, you’re likely going to be on the receiving end of their trying to give you more time than you would have if you take a plea early.
Will there be a jury? There will be a jury. And so you gotta imagine, this jury is going to have to disregard everything that they heard outside. Which is tough, ’cause it’s gonna be hard to find somebody who hasn’t heard anything about this case. So they will be instructed by the judge to put aside everything.
They got what O.J. got off. Okay, (laughs).
You know what I mean? And it’s challenging, they can only focus on what happens in court. They’ve gotta disregard all of the other info that they very likely will have accumulated- Wow.
about the case. Should she just plead guilty right now? You know, it’s really a strategic decision. She, in order to, if she doesn’t take the plea you gotta think that she’s playing out that she has got a good chance at beating it. You know, it’s a calculated risk that people take. When they think that they can go to trial.
What would you do? If I were her?
Uh-huh. Well, first of all I wouldn’t be in that situation. But I’m just saying.
(audience clapping) (Wendy laughs) Would you take the plea at this point? You know, it’s hard without knowing all of the specifics of all the specific elements of her defense, which we haven’t heard yet. It’s hard for me to say what I would do. I mean, I gotta tell you, being faced with that sort of accusation and seeing that Felicity Huffman did 14 days would make a plea perhaps more appealing. But, again, you don’t know what little cookies she’s got in her tin in terms of fighting this out. So we’ll just have to wait and see. I like you being here.
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