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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Brittany Spears Offers An Explanation

In a message posted on her web site Britney Spears has tried to explain her strange behavior.
"I just wanted to reach out to all of you and explain some of the things that I have been faced with recently."

Following a month stay at an exclusive luxury Malibu rehabilitation center the 25 year old pop-star writes
"I was like a bad kid running around with ADD (attention deficit disorder)."
Spears began acting out following the break up of her marriage and subsequent divorce from her husband aspiring rapper Kevin Federline (K-Fed) last November, only two months after giving birth to their second son, Jayden James. Spears and Federline also have another son, Sean Preston, who is nearly two years old.
We all want a certain image of ourselves out there, and at some point we all do really care what other people think or we wouldn't be here.

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Supreme Court Rules Searching Naked Couple in California Legal

During 2001, the Los Angeles Police Department began the investigation of a ring of thieves who relied upon false identities to work their scam. The investigation indicated four of the suspects, all African-American, could possibly be found residing in the town of Lancaster, northeast of the city.

Armed with a search warrant, seven L.A. police officers made their raid a little after 7 o'clock on the morning of December 19, 2001,led by veteran police detective Dennis Wattersan, at an address on Loneoak Avenue in Lancaster, California. The detectives did not know, as perhaps they should have if they'd checked, that several months earlier Max Rettele, Judy Sadler and her teenaged son, all white, had moved into the Loneoak property. When the police knocked on the door the boy came outside. At police gunpoint, the officers' report states, "He was then assisted to the ground." Four police ran into the house.

From the record: "His gun drawn, Detective Campbell opened a door to a bedroom. Rettele and Sadler were in bed under the covers. They were told to get out of bed and show their hands. Sadler stood up ... Rettele went to another bedroom, naked, to get Sadler a robe. When he came back, he put on his sweat pants and Sadler put on the robe. Sadler was naked in front of Campbell for about one minute."

Eventually the police detectives realied a mistake had been made. "Because all three residents were Caucasian and Watters was looking for African-American suspects, Watters decided to call off the search. He then explained why the deputies were there, apologized, thanked them for not getting upset, and swiftly left" this according to police records.

Rettele and Sadler sued the police for violating their civil rights. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer granted summary judgment to the officers on their plea of qualified immunity, but a panel of the 9th Circuit voted 2-1 to reverse:
"After taking one look at the plaintiffs, the deputies should have realized that plaintiffs were not the subjects of the search warrant and did not pose a threat."
In their petition to the Supreme Court, counsel for the police minimize the mistake:
"Simply stated, a mild inconvenience or embarrassment does not equal a constitutional violation. ... Plaintiffs were not injured. Their privacy was not unduly invaded. ... The incident was minimally intrusive."
Last week it was reported the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that ended the lawsuit. (This is gonna shock you.) The justices said the circumstances were regrettable but not an affront to the Constitution. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the police.

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