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A New York trial judge has refused to throw out a woman’s violation-of-privacy suit alleging that the Home Box Office reality show Family Bonds contained crude comments by participants about “the effects looking at [her had] on their respective libidos.” According to her complaint, Chanti Nieves, an aspiring actress and singer, was shown in an episode while standing on a street corner. Two members of the show’s featured “fun-loving and wild” family of bounty hunters made remarks about how looking at Nieves affected them. The broadcast of the episode resulted in “intense mental suffering,” Nieves alleged. “You can imagine if she were to get a part or recording contract and somebody took what had previously been put out about her on HBO and put that out in public,” said her attorney, Daniel N. Arshack. “It would be forever humiliating.” Supreme Court Justice Debra A. James ruled that the defense failed to show the broadcast was covered by a legal shield available to journalists.- New York Law Journal Bad call A Tacoma, Wash., judge who led her courtroom in a Super Bowl cheer before a manslaughter sentencing hearing has issued an apology to the victim’s family, prosecutors and others in the court. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Beverly G. Grant had said she was just trying to ease tensions when she asked everyone to say “Go Seahawks” before starting the hearing. Dissatisfied with the low volume of the response, she told them to try again. Lawyers said they were embarrassed by the cheer, and the victim’s stepmother said she was offended.- Associated Press

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