As Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan's Trial Continues, Judge Orders Both Sides To Quit Talking to Press

McMillan and Stolar during a press conference on Monday, April 14. The judge imposed a gag order on both sides on April 16.
The trial of Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years ago, is expected to drag on for an estimated three weeks. Judge Ronald Zweibel has been visibly irritated for much of the trial, displeased by McMillan's supporters wearing pink paper hands and hearts in the courtroom, and seemingly by the heavy media attention paid to the case. Before testimony continued yesterday, inflamed by a quote by one of McMillan's defense attorneys in the New York Times, he imposed a gag order on both sides.

Officer Grantley Bovell, the NYPD officer accusing McMillan of assault, began his testimony on Monday morning, telling Assistant District Attorney Erin Choi that McMillan deliberately elbowed him in the eye as he tried to lead her from the park. During a brief press conference after court that day, Stolar told reporters that Bovell's testimony wasn't consistent with McMillan's memories of the day, or a video of the incident posted on YouTube.

In truth, the chaotic video doesn't do any favors to either side: McMillan can blurrily be seen elbowing Bovell, an incident her attorneys do not deny took place. But it's impossible to tell whether or not Bovell grabbed her breast, which McMillan says is what preceded the elbowing.

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Empire State Building Says Photographer of Topless Ladies Is Making a Mockery of Its Very Serious Lawsuit

Photo by guy being sued Allen Henson, obviously
The offending photograph
Back in January, as you may recall, we told you about Allen Henson, the fine art photographer who was slapped with a million-dollar lawsuit after he took photographs of a model, Shelby Carter, topless atop the Empire State Building's observatory deck. Not to be outdone, Henson roundly mocked the lawsuit in the press and then countersued the company behind the iconic building for $5 million.

Representatives for the Empire State Building have never publicly commented on the lawsuit. As it turns out, though, lawyers for very tall buildings have feelings, too, and those feelings are, at the moment, deeply bruised. In new court filings, the building's representatives accuse Henson of "relishing" the publicity around the lawsuit, and planning an in-court demonstration consisting of dozens of topless women.

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LGBT Group Calls for Attorney's Apology After He Argues Transgender Murder Victim Wasn't a "Certain Class" of Person

Image via Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar
On March 28, 2010, Rasheen Everett murdered Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a 29-year-old transgender woman he'd met online. After Everett strangled Gonzalez-Andujar in her Glendale, Queens, apartment, he poured bleach on her body and ransacked her home, stealing her camera, keys, laptop, coat, and cell phone, and, according to one report, destroying all of her Marilyn Monroe photos. The neighbors could hear screaming and banging, yet no one came to Gonzalez-Andujar's aid. Everett left the apartment 18 hours later, carrying Gonzalez-Andujar's stolen property, and hopped a bus to Las Vegas. Her family discovered her body three days later.

Everett was arrested in Las Vegas a month later and brought back to New York to stand trial. Now 32, he was convicted last month of second-degree murder, second-degree burglary, and tampering with physical evidence. On December 5, before a Queens judge sentenced Everett to 29 years to life in prison, his attorney, John Scarpa, argued that his clients should escape serious prison time, given the low social status of the person he killed.

"Who is the victim in this case?" Scarpa asked the jury, according to the New York Post. "Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?"

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Jersey Lawyer Gives His City Council a First-Rate Spanking in Hilarious Memo

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What do you get when you mix one part smart-ass lawyer with one part overly litigious city government, and shake it all up in the merciless expanse of the Internet? The sassiest legal document to ever hit the blogosphere, that's what.

The story: Jake Freivald of West Orange, New Jersey, opened the website as a clearinghouse for the goings-on in the tiny Jersey suburb. Apparently the City Council of West Orange was none too pleased about it, because a website that looks like it was made on an Etch A Sketch could have been confused for the city's official web portal.

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Brooklyn A.D.A. Yaser Othman Charged With Failing To Punch Cop (Who Found Weed In Attorney's Car)

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There's bad news for a Brooklyn assistant district attorney: the law also applies to him -- which is unfortunate considering he's accused of trying to punch a cop who found weed in his car.

Brooklyn A.D.A. Yaser Othman, 41, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly tried to punch an NYPD officer in Queens who stopped him for driving erratically. Additionally, police found a few joints in the attorney's car.

According to police, Othman was speeding and swerving in and out of lanes on the Whitestone Expressway about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday. He was stopped by police near the corner of Astoria and Ditmars boulevards.

Once stopped, Othman refused to get out of his 2002 white Mitsubishi Galant. When the officer tried to physically remove him from the vehicle, Othman allegedly tried to punch the cop. However, he missed.

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