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Ass-emblywoman Misses Point in Gibson Case

5/22/2007 1:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Julia BrownleyMel Gibson had his rights violated after his DUI arrest and big, bad TMZ is responsible, according to California State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley. Brownley seems to think TMZ may have actually bribed someone to get the critical pages of the arrest report detailing Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade. Well, Brownley is an idiot.

The Assemblywoman, inspired by TMZ's Gibson story, introduced a bill which was unanimously passed by the State Assembly, prohibiting the exchange of money or other compensation for information in criminal investigations. Here's the problem, Julia: TMZ didn't pay squat.

Brownley said, "Mel Gibson was one of those cases where information was given out before his due process was executed." Huh? You may recall, L.A. County Sheriff's officials lied to TMZ and other media the entire day following the arrest, claiming it occurred "without incident." Officials ordered the arresting deputy to rewrite his report, eliminating all references to "f**king Jews" and other bad behavior.

So why is Brownley wasting taxpayers' money by pushing a bill with a totally faulty premise? Why isn't she interested in the fact that Sheriff's officials lied to the people they serve and manipulated evidence? How's this for a theory -- she represents the district in which Gibson and other celebs live. We're guessing Brownley is banking on a big celebrity turnout at her next fundraiser. We're just sayin'...

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just asking    

Driving Under the Influence of Fame

The famous—Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nichole Richie, Mel Gibson, Ty Pennington, Vivica A. Fox, Tracy Morgan, Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Rodriguez, George Michael, Ray Liotta, Mike Tyson, rap artist Eve and players in the NFL, NBA and MLB—all have one thing in common: driving under the influence. And the public outcry over Hilton’s release and reincarceration only underscores the fact that—famous or not—the nation wants something to be done about it. Find out what MADD has to say and the simple solution that could put an end to drunk driving.

In the last year, a great number of celebrities and high-profile sports figures have been arrested for committing drunk driving offenses. Among them, Paris Hilton has gotten the most attention—and public outrage. And for good reason.

Hilton has not taken responsibility for the fact she drank before getting behind the wheel, drove on a suspended drivers’ license and then appealed to the governor for leniency in her sentence for that offense. MADD believes she should accept full responsibility for her actions, especially since a vast young audience is watching her every move.

MADD also believes that Hilton should have an alcohol ignition interlock installed on her car so that she cannot drive drunk again. In fact, through our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, we are advocating for an ignition interlock to be placed on every car for all convicted drunk drivers.

The reason why people continue to drive drunk is because they can. And Hilton is a good example. She, like many others who have had their license suspended, continue to drive. Ignition interlocks would put an end to this as an interlock device prevents the car from being started if a measurable amount of alcohol is in the driver’s system. Courts across the country are too lenient on those who drive on suspended licenses due to drunk driving. In addition to jail time, fines and other sanctions, MADD would like to see at least a one-year interlock provision for those who drive on suspended licenses.

Armed with new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which shows that drunk driving fatalities are higher than they have been in 15 years, MADD’s National Board met with Congressional leaders in June to ask them for an increased focus on drunk driving across the nation and to support MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. In addition to ignition interlocks on all convicted drunk driver vehicles, the Campaign also calls for the exploration of new technologies to prevent a vehicle from being driven by someone who is drunk as well as increased enforcement and public support

2634 days ago
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OY OY    

LOSER

2617 days ago
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Ann    

How is the world a better place for knowing what people say when they are drunk, whether they are famous or not? Whether the info from Officer Mee or whomever was free or whether you paid for it, Harvey, why would you want to make a living this way? When you are down on your knees, sick and saying stupid things without a clue for the moment, I hope you receive more compassion than you were able to show Mel Gibson and others. Hatred and profit/pleasure in another's fall must be a kind of illness in itself. May your spirit be healed soon.

2676 days ago
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joe    

THIS ASSEMBLY WOMAN IS NOT TAKING GIBSONS SIDE ANY MORE THEN TMZ IS TAKING HILTONS. THATS OK THATS WHAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ABOUT. RIGHT?

2651 days ago
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costaMesaboy    

" another mental patient"

2679 days ago
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Giggles    

I am *** SHOCKED *** to hear that legislators write legislation only knowing half of the facts or part of a story. *** SHOCKED***

2679 days ago
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shesanidiot    

She's probably in bed with the dumbass judge who decided to send Paris to jail instead of humiliating her like the cell phone throwing "super model" and make her scrub nasty toilets for 2 months. They're all wasting Tax payer dollars, and since we have too many damn illegal immigrants taking the rest of our taxes, we're left to pay high gas prices.

The madness needs to stop. We have to put a halt to our out of control economic conditions and stop goons like this fat ass from creating legislation that wastes our money.

2679 days ago
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annab    

will that be a fundraiser with a lot of alcohol and drugs? seems celebs can't function without it. they love to self-destruct.

i don't think mel gibson had his rights violated. he is such a nice, loving guy. i think the jewish community embraces and loves him right back!

2679 days ago
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annab    

at first glance at the assembly woman's picture, i thought it was hasselhoff!

2679 days ago
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tba    

Ooohh, it appears TMZ got it's feelings hurt. How dare anyone question TMZ's credibility with all it's Pulitzer Prize award winning articles. Don't be so defensive, like a great president once said; if you can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen you bunch of little pansies.

2679 days ago
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anonymous    

She has the right to her opinion.

2679 days ago
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judgingotherssux    

Mel Gibson Rocks and kicks ass.So f&**k off as they say...Rock on Roller Mel

2679 days ago
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Missi    

Don't be obtuse, TMZ, there is a limit to how much information that tabloids and the public are entitled to when it comes to celebrities. The old 'well, they ask for it, if they want to be actors' is a tired, flawed and obviously illogical argument. I'm an engineer, I love my job and I'm good at it - if tomorrow it suddenly became all the rage to follow engineers around, I don't think that I should have to quit my job because we live in a society with a bunch of cheeseball tabloid reporters and cheeseball readers (myself included).

2679 days ago
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idaho potato    

TMZ gave compensation to someone who had access to Mel's paperwork, in my opinion. TMZ should be investigated for this and also how they got the tape of a private conversation between a minor child and that child's father, in my opinion. Given by the mother or stolen? Follow the money, in my opinion. What other gossip has TMZ 'bartered' for? Hey Harvey, you're a rude thoughtless little pig, in my opinion.

2679 days ago
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christine    

ANOTHER MEL FAN TRYING TO BLAME EVERY ONE BUT HIM.ITS TOO BAD THESE PEOPLE CANT SEE THE LIGHT.EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD SEEMS TO NEED REHAB WHEN THEY MAKE MISSTAKES. REHAB MUST BE PRETTY COOL.STOP BLAMING THE MEDIA WHEN YOU F UP. THE MEDIA IS WHAT KEEPS YOU ON TOP ASS WIPES.

2679 days ago
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