Preppie Killer Robert Chambers Gets 19 More Years In Jail

August 20, 2008 by Mark Siesel

Robert Chambers, the "preppie killer" who served 15 years for the 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, pled guilty this past week to selling cocaine and assault on a police officer. Chambers, who served the maximum sentence for strangling Jennifer Levin during what he characterized as "rough sex", was released from prison in 2003. During his original prison term, Chambers was cited for several violations, including drug possession. In November of 2004, Chambers was arrested after traces of heroin and cocaine were found in his car, which he was driving with a suspended license. He was then sentenced to an additional 100 days in prison.

During a three month undercover investigation, Chambers and his girlfriend apparently sold 246 grams of cocaine to police officers for $9,600 from a midtown New York apartment. When they were arrested last year, officers had to use a battering ram to enter the apartment, which was littered with 10 crack pipes and several tin cans of cocaine residue, among other drug paraphernalia. During a violent struggle with the police, Chambers broke one officer's wrist.

Under the plea deal, Chambers has been promised a sentence of 19 years and 4 months. Had he pled not guilty, he faced life in prison if convicted after trial. Chambers will be 62 years old when he completes his jail term in 2027.

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"Office" Actor Craig Phillip Robinson Faces Drug Charges

August 19, 2008 by Mark Siesel

L.A. prosecutors have filed felony drug charges against Craig Phillip Robinson, an actor known for his role on NBC's show "The Office." Robinson was arrested on June 29, 2008 on suspicion of possessing MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, and methamphetamine. Los Angeles County prosecutors have charges Mr. Robinson with two felony counts of drug possession and one count of being under the influence of illegal drugs.

The 38 year old actor is due to appear in Court on August 21. Robinson portrays Daryl Philbin, a warehouse foreman on "The Office." Recently, he appeared in the comedy film "Pineapple Express."

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Megachurch Pastor Victoria Osteen On Trial for Attack On Flight Attendant

August 18, 2008 by Mark Siesel

Victoria Osteen, the wife and co-pastor with her husband Joel Osteen of the megachurch Lakewood in Houston Texas, is on trial this week in Houston, Texas facing charges that she assaulted Sharon Brown, a Continental Airlines flight attendant on a 2005 flight from Houston to Vail, Colorado. The Lakewood Church draws approximately 40,000 people to Sunday services, with millions more watching on television. Ms. Brown testified that after a spill on Ms. Osteen's first class seat was not cleaned quickly enough for Ms. Osteen's liking, she angrily approached Ms. Brown and pushed her against a restroom door, then elbowed her in the left breast.

Ms. Osteen was escorted off the plane, accompanied by her husband and their two children. The Osteens both denied under oath that an attack had occurred; however, they did pay a $3,000 fine assessed by the Federal Aviation Administration for interference with crew members, "to put the incident behind [them.]"

Generally speaking, an assault is defined as a willful attempt to inflict injury upon the person of another, when coupled with a present ability to do so. Additionally, any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect bodily harm constitutes an assault.

Ms. Brown's lawsuit for the physical assault seeks an apology and punitive damages equal to 10% of Ms. Osteen's net worth. Punitive damages, (unlike compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate a person for his or her injuries) are generally only awarded when the conduct of the defendant is so outrageous that it is deemed to "shock the conscience" of the average person. Punitive damages are, as the name suggests, assessed to punish or make an example of the defendant for their malicious and wicked conduct. It remains to be seen if a jury will find that Ms. Osteen's conduct rose to the vicious level to justify a punitive damages award.

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