Not groovy, dudes
Barry Russo is 68 years old. He has diabetes, high blood pressure and once suffered a stroke. He insists he’s never taken marijuana in any form. There is no way you’d mistake him for Jeff Spicoli, the stoner immortalized by Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
And yet Russo alleges he was tricked into consuming a pot brownie at a New Jersey country club. He is suing James Kavanagh Jr. and Gregg Chaplin, two members of the Copper Hill Country Club, for allegedly assaulting and poisoning him with a brownie he says was full of marijuana. Russo is also suing the country club and its president at the time, James MacDonald.
He claims the two insisted that the brownies were especially delicious because Kavanagh had “special culinary training.” Kavanagh and Chaplin told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that the accusations were entirely false. — Richard Binder
She loved not wisely
An Oklahoma City attorney charged with helping her boyfriend escape from jail has resigned from the state bar. Amy McTeer was arrested in 2011 for helping her boyfriend, a former client, escape from a jail where he was being held on drug charges. Police found them having lunch in a downtown restaurant, a few hours after she uploaded post-escape photos of the pair onto her Facebook page. — Leigh Jones
Gang life marked by death and prison is a common theme not subject to copyright, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held in affirming dismissal of a suit by an author who claimed rapper 50 Cent stole from his autobiography. Shadrach Winstead — author of The Preacher’s Son — But the Streets Turned Me Into a Gangster — claimed that 50 Cent, a/k/a Curtis Jackson, used plot lines and dialogue from his book in Before I Self-Destruct, a 2009 CD and DVD. The court disagreed, ruling that the basic storyline “has long been part of the public domain.” As 50 Cent attorney Peter Raymond put it: “It’s very hard to copyright a story about an individual growing up in the ghetto and getting involved in crime.” — New Jersey Law Journal
Miami attorney Larry McGuinness isn’t receiving a lot of love from Texas. He filed a class action against the San Antonio Spurs because its coach sat four star players against the Miami Heat on November 29 — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. “[The NBA] is a star-driven league, and when the stars aren’t there it sort of takes something away from them,” McGuinness said. “I have been receiving all sorts of warm emails from San Antonio,” he continued. “But everybody else has been pretty kind.” — Daily Business Review