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A pair of twins who tried to dupe a judge in a larceny case have doubled their trouble. Yaricza Ortiz stood in for her sister and pleaded guilty to using a stolen credit card. New Britain, Conn., Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford sentenced her to probation. Soon after, the public defender was back in front of the judge with the 18-year-old twins, Yamahile and Yaricza. Yamahile had a simple explanation for why her sister came to court for her. “I had a final today,” she said. “Do you think this is funny? I don’t know why you think it’s funny,” the judge said. He withdrew Yamahile Ortiz’s original guilty plea and set her bail at $50,000. Then, Yaricza complained to her sister about having to help raise the bail money and used an obscenity-so Clifford increased Yamahile’s bail to $250,000 and placed her in custody.- Associated Press Really, no lie a man who sued The Home Depot Inc. claiming a prank left him glued to a restroom toilet seat has passed a lie detector test with questions about allegations that he previously made a similar claim in another town. Bob Dougherty had offered to take the test to dispel doubts about his story. His lawsuit claims that officials at The Home Depot in Louisville, Colo., called for an ambulance after he had been stuck for about 15 minutes. He said he suffered abrasions and feared he was having a heart attack. -Associated Press Got a reputation the front man of the rock band KISS will have to defend a lawsuit in which an ex-girlfriend alleges he implied she was a “24 Hour Whore.” Georgeann Walsh Ward claims that Gene Simmons, born Chaim Witz, who boasts of having slept with 4,600 women, defamed her in the documentary, When KISS Ruled the World, which aired on cable television network VH1 beginning in July 2004. A New York trial judge, Rosalyn Richter, ruled that the claim raises a question of fact and denied Simmons’ motion to dismiss. The documentary reveled in Simmons’ sexual escapades and, although it never mentioned her by name, allegedly implied that Ward was more a groupie than a girlfriend. In a segment entitled “24 Hour Whore,” a photograph of Ward and Simmons appears, then Simmons exclaims, “I was a 24-hour whore. All I ever thought about was sex.” Ward claimed that she was in an “exclusive, monogamous relationship” with Simmons that began before KISS formed. “[T]he court concludes that the juxtaposition of plaintiff’s photographs alongside commentary by Simmons and others recounting Simmons’s repeated casual sexual encounters with various female strangers is reasonably susceptible of a defamatory meaning,” wrote Richter, a New York County Supreme Court justice. “The repeated use of plaintiff’s photographs during the documentary could lead a reasonable viewer to conclude that plaintiff was a woman who would regularly make herself available to Simmons, at his beck and call, for casual sexual encounters.” Richter rejected defense claims that “no defamatory meaning could be inferred because [he] is simply describing his own conduct and not that of the plaintiff,” according to the decision. “[T]he fact that Simmons is recounting his own behavior does not defeat the inference that plaintiff participated in that behavior,” she held. “It’s one thing if Simmons wants to go around and call himself a whore . . . but that doesn’t mean that just because [he] had a relationship with somebody [he] can pull them in,” said plaintiff’s attorney Benedict P. Morelli. -New York Law Journal

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