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AP LA’s Anthony McCartney on the Joys of Covering Celebrity Courtroom Drama

Although there will be some fireworks during Katherine Jackson vs. AEG, this legal matter will in all likelihood not be as striking to AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney as the Conrad Murray trial. Speaking to FishbowlLA Tuesday morning ahead of a day of early jury selection for the Jackson-AEG battle, he cited last year’s Murray trial as one that stands out during his five-plus years with AP.

“The recording of Michael Jackson‘s voice that they played during the trial, during opening statements was one of the more stunning moments that I’ve handled as a court reporter,” McCartney remembers. “No one knew the tape existed.”

“So much of what happened in that Jackson case involved two people, and one of them was dead,” he continues. “So to hear from the deceased party, in the courtroom, was very haunting. [Prosecuting attorney] David Walgren was also extremely impressive. There was a closing argument that he gave, where he emphasized the refrain “poor Conrad Murray” to call out the excuses that Murray had made for his actions and Murray’s defense that he was persecuted and it wasn’t his fault. Very effective.”

Then there is Lindsay Lohan. McCartney has covered her ad nauseum for AP and when asked for his take on what ails her (pre-Tuesday night’s instantly infamous David Letterman interview), he points to something a judge once said.

“It’s gotten to the point where I absolutely refuse to predict what’s going to happen in a Lindsay Lohan court hearing,” he confesses. “One of the more surprising things one of her judges said, about a year and a half ago, was that after looking at all the psychological reports, she didn’t think that Lohan was an addict. She thought that her problems were psychological. I think that statement caught a lot of people by surprise.”

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This Bud’s for All Those Who Hate Hollywood Product Placement

At one end of the Budweiser advertising spectrum are the millions spent each winter on fancy Super Bowl ads. At the other, evidently, is Denzel Washington’s new drama Flight.

Per a report by AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney, Anheuser-Busch never explicitly authorized the inclusion of the brand in the Paramount Pictures release. What’s more, the studio is likely well within its anti-product placement rights via a scene showing Captain Whip Whitaker enjoying one in the cockpit:

Trademark laws “don’t exist to give companies the right to control and censor movies and TV shows that might happen to include real-world items,” said Daniel Nazer, a resident fellow at Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project. “It is the case that often filmmakers get paid by companies to include their products. I think that’s sort of led to a culture where they expect they’ll have control. That’s not a right the trademark law gives them.”

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Randy Quaid Adds Phone Hacking to Star Whacking

Just when you thought the story of Randy and Evi Quaid couldn’t get any weirder, along comes AP Los Angeles reporter Anthony McCartney with a juicy “Celebrity Docket” exclusive.

McCartney spoke with Quaid last Friday via telephone from British Columbia. The actor alleged that the only way New York Post reporter Michael Riedel could have written a certain February 2008 article about the troubled Seattle stage production of Lone Sar Love was by eavesdropping on a cell phone conversation between Quaid and his attorney. To McCartney’s credit, he contacted the Post for comment:

The paper rejected the allegation in a statement released to the AP late Friday. “Michael Riedel categorically denies this claim,” the paper said in a statement, stating that Quaid has provided no proof he was hacked.

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AP Beats Tabloids to Mel Gibson Scoop

The LA District Attorney’s office is reportedly “furious,” telling Radar Online that Oksana Grigorieva should not have found out via the media this morning that Mel Gibson will be pleading guilty later this week in court to misdemeanor battery, with no prison time. The deal relates to an alleged January 2010 physical altercation between the actor and his former girlfriend.

The juicy courtroom details were leaked via an AP item by Anthony McCartney:

Gibson will appear in person to enter the plea, according to the person who was not authorized to discuss details of the agreement publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Gibson was expected to be formally charged with battery this week, and the agreement could allow the actor-director to avoid jail time.

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