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Mel Gibson

Charged with Crime

3/11/2011 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The L.A. County District Attorney has just filed a single misdemeanor battery charge against Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson Charged
The misdemeanor specifically targets someone who either cohabits or has a child with the alleged victim.

TMZ broke the story, Mel will plead no contest today to the charge and will not receive jail time ... but will undergo continued counseling.

The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt.

Mel must appear in court today for the arraignment and the plea, which will take place at 1:30 PM PT ... which TMZ will broadcast live.

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Tellthetruth59    

LA justice system and DA. You're an embarrassment to the legal profession and a blight on humanity.

Posted at 11:14 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Johnny Carcinoma
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You got that right. But it's because they aren't charging the baby shaking extortionist and the DA is protecting his buddy Eric George.

1286 days ago
17.

Rotter    

Mel avoided jail, but will Oxkart??

1286 days ago
18.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Mel avoided jail, but will Oxkart??

Posted at 11:19 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Rotter


If she does, there are going to be a lot of angry people the world over. Backlash....

1286 days ago
19.

Who'sThat    

The filing guidelines followed by most District Attorneys in California (there is one for each of the 58 counties) include a good faith belief that they can prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

In addition, prosecutors have a huge amount of discretion concerning what cases to charge and not to charge and what charges to file if there is a prosecution, thus the phrase “prosecutorial discretion”.

In addition, county prosecutors are elected, and they generally like to be REelected.

Therefore, it is inevitable that politics tends to creep into the process.

Not to say that the vast majority of filing decisions by district attorneys are not made in good faith on the merits of the facts presented, but whenever you get a case involving people who are 24/7 tabloid fodder and the prosecution is in Hollywood no prosecutor wants that media machine to turn on him.

And there is also the Eric George angle. George is the son of a former CA Supreme Court Chief Justice, is politically active, and has raised a lot of money for Steve Cooley IN GEORGE’S OWN HOME WITH COOLEY PRESENT—reportedly $70,000. In addition, Cooley and George are personal friends.

There would be no way to charge Oksana without tarring George to some degree, even if he was not charged himself, since he was one of the lawyers who relayed Oksana’s alleged extortionate demands to Mel’s camp at the mediation where the original cash for tapes deal was struck.

March 11, 2011 7:31 AM

Blogonaut's comment on his sight! interesting bit...

1286 days ago
20.

TRACI    

**** another free ride hollywood ur such a disgrace for r legal system **** mel he is a woman beater jealous cause she was old enough to be his daughter la sucks all go to hell and die bitches crazy people

1286 days ago
21.

Jus Another Viewer    

Karma's comin for Octosana!
Congratz Mel for this awesome strategic legal move!
God Bless.
*Team MEL and Family!*

1286 days ago
22.

ciimonstr    

and still always a bagged punching nag. or some **** hole calling them self a star-cult-COPOUT-warlok... 13 ****. should do actual crime.

1286 days ago
23.

rg1    

"The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt."

Oh yes, it is.

Posted at 11:12 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by moussemaker
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Wrong as usual.

1286 days ago
24.

Lori    

If she does, there are going to be a lot of angry people the world over. Backlash....

Posted at 11:21 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Sam
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Backlash towards WHOM? You gonna start a petition or something? She's a NOTHING and when this is over she'll con some other MORON going through his mid life crisis needing a Russian whore to lick his...wounds.

1286 days ago
25.

Frieda    

Woo hoo!!!! He cut off Ox at the knees with this one; no more circus. Haha, Ox, the judge didn't believe you! Civil suit is down the tubes O-Greedyorieva! Just you wait, girl, just you wait.... right back atcha.

1286 days ago
26.

Friend?    

Charged for stopping a woman from shaking a baby??? Really sick in my opinion.

1286 days ago
27.

Duane Garrett    

YES!

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28.

anonym    

Mel avoided jail, but will Oxkart??

Posted at 11:19 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Rotter


If she does, there are going to be a lot of angry people the world over. Backlash....

Posted at 11:21 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by Sam

Don't let her avoid charge!!!! Spread wide and far the whole truth about her and her gang

1286 days ago
29.

jim    

Japan Nuclear Power Plant to release Radioactive vapor to try to avoid explosion from pressure buildup. They do not need a Chernobyl meltdown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsxXUN31LrA&feature=related

1286 days ago
30.

Who'sThat    

The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt."

Oh yes, it is.

Posted at 11:12 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by moussemaker
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Wrong as usual.

Posted at 11:24 AM on Mar 11, 2011 by rg1
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mousemaker is an ignorant who needs to be educated...that is what is so wrong in our education system...the teachers keep passing these morons out of their classrooms to make it other people's problems.

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