LEGAL BRIEFS Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to seek the death penalty against Robert Blake. Instead, the district attorney’s office will seek a sentence of life without parole for the 68-year-old actor. The office did not explain the reasoning behind the decision.
Meanwhile, Blake’s daughter, Delinah, gave an interview to Barbara Walters defending her father’s alibi, that he had returned to Vitello’s restaurant to retrieve his gun at the time his wife, Bonny Bakley, was shot in their car, parked a block away. In the interview, to air Friday on ”20/20,” she said, ”My father is… left-handed, right-brained, severely dyslexic. My father leaves things places… he’s not someone who is tremendously strong in memory.” She acknowledged that her father did not love Bakley and married her only for the sake of their infant daughter, Rose, but said that Bakley was a neglectful mother….
A Seattle judge has ruled against a motion to have Courtney Love tested by a shrink to see if she’s mentally competent. The motion had been filed by surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl in their ongoing dispute with Kurt Cobain‘s widow over control of Nirvana LLC, the company that oversees the band’s musical assets. Love herself had raised the issue of her competence, claiming she’d been stoned and her judgment ”significantly impaired” when she signed the partnership agreement and had sued to have it dissolved. But Love withdrew her claim that she’d been incapacitated, leading Judge Robert Alsdorf to deny the request for an examination in a ruling on Wednesday. Such an exam would ”serve no purpose other than to contribute a circus-like atmosphere” to the suit. Still, Novoselic and Grohl’s lawyer claimed victory, saying of Love, ”I don’t think she has any reasonable grounds to pursue this case any more.” The suit goes to trial in September….
Dr. Dre won a First Amendment dispute over a video shown during a Detroit concert appearance two years ago, only to be sued Wednesday by five current and former city officials over another video, shot at that same tour date. It all started during Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s ”” tour in 2000, at which Detroit officials enjoined Dre from showing a sexually explicit video during the concert. Last year, however, Dre wrested a $25,000 settlement and an apology from the city for violating his free speech rights. Now, though, the officials are suing because, they allege, their negotiations backstage with tour organizers were taped without their permission and included on a DVD from the show. Also named in the suit are Magic Johnson, who helped produce the tour; DVD distributor AOL Time Warner (EW.com’s parent company); retailer Best Buy, which sold the disc; and Panavision, which provided cameras for the taping. Dre’s lawyer, whose firm is also a defendant in the suit, called the charges ”basically comic.”…
Shock rocker Rob Zombie is suing Mazda and its advertising agency over what he says is the unauthorized use of one of his riffs in truck commercial. ”How do you explain to every kid that you didn’t sell out and didn’t do exactly what you said you weren’t going to do?” the former White Zombie frontman said in a statement. ”Basically it’s a question of what your reputation is worth…. Someone like Britney Spears doesn’t have any integrity to maintain so it doesn’t matter — she’s a corporate puppet from the get-go. But for people who AREN’T, it’s different. I don’t want to play that song live and see the kids go, ‘Hey! It’s the truck song!”’ The suit goes to trial in July.