NBC Today Show Legal Video: Actor Jason Patric Interview About Wanting To See Son And Lawsuit Against Danielle Schreiber (July 16, 2013)

The following Today show video is about legal parental and custody rights as it relates to sperm donors. Actor Jason Patric sued for custody of a biological child. The problem is, for some reason, he donated sperm to his ex-girlfriend. And under existing California law, a sperm donor generally has no parental rights. Patric is now fighting for a new law to address this situation. The first Today video on this story aired on the July 15, 2013 episode of Today. Click below to see that one, which features an interview with the son’s mom, Danielle Schreiber.

Jason is interviewed for this new clip. Basically, he says he wants to see and have a relationship with his son. In Patric’s case, it may be that even a new law will not help him. Schreiber has a pretty good argument that Jason waived his rights to the child. But the real problem is Danielle just using this situation as a power trip. It’s her son we’re talking about here – a son whose dad actually wants to be in his life. Why would you do anything to harm that?

Today Video With Interview of Danielle Schreiber, Former Girlfriend Of Jason Patric And Mom Of His Biological Son

Today Video With Interview Of Jason Patric, The Day After Danielle’s Interview

NBC Today Show Legal Video: Actor Jason Patric Fights For New Sperm-Donor Law After Losing Custody Of Biological Child; Interview With Ex-Girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber (July 15, 2013)

The following Today show video is about legal parental and custody rights as it relates to sperm donors. Actor Jason Patric sued for custody of a biological child. The problem is, for some reason, he donated sperm to his ex-girlfriend. And under existing California law, a sperm donor generally has no parental rights. Patric is now fighting for a new law to address this situation. This video aired on the July 15, 2013 episode of Today.

Danielle Schreiber, the ex-girlfriend, is interviewed for this story. Her biggest evidence in support of her position is a letter where Patric said he was not ready to be a father but would let her use his sperm. She did that. What seems absurd is that she is now acting like this to someone that she supposedly loved. What harm is this guy trying to do? It seems like none. Schreiber seems way too interested in winning a legal battle.

Lawyer Carol Chodroff says the new bill is only for sperm donors that did not waive their parental rights. Most donors do waive their rights, such as when they donate at a sperm bank. This is part of the deal. But the situation with Patric is different.

Today Video About Actor Jason Patric’s Legal Issues With Sperm Donors And Parental And Custody Rights

NBC Today Show Video: San Francisco, California: Jim Angelus’s Bacon Restaurant Shut Down Over Bacon Aroma (July 12, 2013)

The following Today show video is about a restaurant that has been shut down in San Francisco, California. Neighbors complained about the aroma coming from this establishment, which specializes in bacon dishes. However, fans of the restaurant are raising their own stink to try to get it reopened. This video aired on the July 12, 2013 episode of Today.

The name of the restaurant is Bacon Bacon, and it is located in the Haight-Ashbury district. The owner is Jim Angelus. It cooks up about 300 pounds of bacon per day.

Ryan Patterson is a lawyer for the neighbors. He says it’s a pungent smell. But customers like Greg Robinson like the smell and are campaigning for the restaurant.

Ingre Nevis is complaining about the restaurant’s smell during a public hearing.

After the hearing, Bacon Bacon will be allowed to reopen after it installs the proper exhaust system. That will probably take about 2 months.

Today Video About San Francisco, California’s “Bacon Bacon” Restaurant Being Shut Down Over Smell

CNN News Video: Covington, Ohio: Kim Wymer Gives Up Bear Due To New State Laws On Exotic Animals

The following CNN animal news video comes out of Covington, Ohio. It is about a bear named Maddie and owner Kim Wymer. Kim is being forced to give up her bear to an animal sanctuary due to a new state law in Ohio. The video on this story, which was supplied by WDTN, was added to the CNN website on July 10, 2013.

This new law will essentially ban dangerous exotic animals without a special permit. And Wymer says the requirements for a permit are too demanding for her to meet. For example, she can’t build the kind of cage required by law to get a permit.

Maddie the bear is being given to Lions, Tigers and Bears, a rescue group based out of California. Bobbi Brink, founder of this rescue group, says the way these bears are treated by some owners is abuse. She did not specifically name Kim Wymer as an abuser in this video. However, Maddie, who is 10, has been kept in a 20 foot by 20 foot cage for several years.

Tim Harrison, who is with Outreach For Animals, supports the new Ohio law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014. He says it’s necessary to protect the public from dangerous animals.

CNN Video About New Ohio Exotic-Animal Law And Covington’s Kim Wymer Giving Up Maddie The Bear

CNN Crime News Video: Brazoria County, Texas: 2 Women – Brandy Hamilton And Alexandria Randle – In Bikinis, Subjected To Body Cavity Search During Traffic Stop

The following CNN crime news video is about a traffic stop in Brazoria County, Texas. KHOU (Houston) is the original source of the story. The clip was added to CNN on July 4, 2013.

Two women were returning from the beach when they were stopped, reportedly for speeding. After the male cop (DPS trooper) said he smelled marijuana, he called a female officer to come and give both the driver and passenger a body cavity search. The two women were Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (they control the Highway Patrol in this state) does not seem to be defending the body-cavity search. In fact, the KHOU report indicates that the female officer was fired, while the male officer was suspended.

Meanwhile, the girls have filed a federal lawsuit. One of them is charged with marijuana possession. But that is unlikely to affect the civil lawsuit, which is about whether a body-cavity search was an unreasonable search under the 4th Amendment, in these particular circumstances. Since this kind of search is very intrusive, the argument would go that you need some kind of suspicion that something illegal is being hidden in the body cavity before you can search it. In this case, there was no hint of danger and arguably no reasonable suspicion that drugs were being hidden there. In addition, it would appear that the officers violated DPS policy. However, that would not be the deciding factor in whether the search was unconstitutional.

Here are some of the people briefly interviewed for this story:

1. Allie Booker, an attorney for the girls;

2. Gerald Treece, a legal analyst who thinks this violated the 4th Amendment; and

3. Attorney Tara Long.

CNN Video On Allegedly Unconstitutional Body-Cavity Search By Texas DPS Troopers, On Bikini-Clad Brandy Hamilton And Alexandria Randle

CNN News Video: Ross Township, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area): Jennifer Finley Fired By European Wax Center For Refusing To Do Brazilian Wax Training

The following CNN news video comes out of Ross Township, which is in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. It is about Jennifer Finley, a certified aesthetician who was fired by the European Wax Center, for refusing to participate in Brazilian wax training. This video was added to the CNN website on July 2, 2013. WTAE is the original source.

The European Wax Center is located at 4868 McKnight Road.

However, it should be noted that she was asked to receive a Brazilian wax, which is something that really should not be a requirement. But refusing to give a Brazilian wax as part of her training might reasonably disqualify her for work at this company. It is not clear from this video, however, whether she offered to give a Brazilian wax as instructed (and only refused to get one), or whether she refused to both give and receive this treatment.

Janice Russell is Finley’s attorney. She says her client did not want to expose her privates to co-workers or undergo this painful treatment.

The European Wax Center owner refused to sit down for an interview. The company’s lawyer gave a completely cookie-cutter-type statement that meant nothing.

CNN Video About Jennifer Finley Being Fired By The European Wax Center, For Refusing To Get a Brazilian Wax

CNN Legal News Video: Mother, Paula Morris, Sues Monster Energy Drink, Claiming It Killed Her Son, Alex Morris

The following CNN news video is about a lawsuit filed by a mother after the death of her son. She is suing the makers of Monster Energy Drink. The mom claims that this high-energy drink killed her kid. The video for this story aired on the New Day TV show. It was added to the CNN website on June 27, 2013.

Son Alex Morris was only 19 years old when he had a heart attack and died. His mom, Paula Morris, says in the lawsuit that Alex consumed two cans of this Monster Energy Drink every day.

Rex Parris is the attorney for the mom. He says science is going in the direction of showing that these drinks are dangerous. Parris also represents Wendy Crossland, who is the mother of Anais Fournier. Anais was 14 when she died after drinking two cans of Monster Energy Drink. The Fournier case has not gone to trial.

Monster Energy says there is no proof of any link to the energy drink in the Fournier case and no link in the Alex Morris case, either.

CNN Video About Mom Suing Monster Energy Drink Over Death Of Her Son

CNN Anderson Cooper News Video: The RidicuList Segment On Georgia Town Of Moultrie Banning Saggy Pants

The following CNN news video is an edition of Anderson Cooper’s The RidicuList. It is about the town of Moultrie, Georgia. That municipality decided to ban saggy pants. This video was added to the CNN website on June 25, 2013.

There are two main parts to Moultrie’s saggy-pants ban:

1. Your underwear may not be visible.

2. Your pants cannot be more than 3 inches below your waist.

As to whether this ban is unconstitutional, it may be with respect to the 3-inch rule. That is completely arbitrary and has nothing to do with covering anything up. But the underwear rule is tougher.

First-time offenders of Moultrie’s baggy-pants rule are fined $25. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $200.

CNN – Anderson Cooper’s The RidicuList – Moultrie, Georgia Bans Saggy Pants

CNN News Video: Anderson Cooper Interviews Baby Veronica’s Parents, Melanie and Matt Capobianco, Who Won Supreme Court Case For Her Adoption

The following CNN news video comes from Anderson Cooper’s TV show. It has an interview with the parents of Baby Veronica. They are Melanie and Matt Capobianco. The parents ended up having to go all the way to the Supreme Court to have their adoption validated. That is because a law dealing with adoptions of Native American Indian babies was being used to block the adoption. But the adoptive parents won at the U.S. Supreme Court. This video was added to the CNN website on June 25, 2013.

Clarification: The case is not completely over. The lower court can now decide other issues in the case. But the Supreme Court said that the adoption was not a violation of federal law. It was a close 5-4 decision, however. And there is some possibility that the paternal grandparents may now try to block the adoption by seeking custody.

The Court said that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply because the father had essentially abandoned the child before litigation, refusing to pay support and not even seeing the child. Then, for some reason, he suddenly sued, invoking this Indian Child Welfare Act.

Naturally, the parents say they are happy with this decision. But this is not over yet. So we’ll have to see what happens at the next stage of litigation.

Click the link below to see the full interview with this baby’s parents.

CNN Video With Anderson Cooper’s Interview Of Baby Veronica’s Parents, Melanie and Matt Capobianco, After They Won Native American Adoption Case At Supreme Court

CNN News Video: Psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley Ordered To Pay $7 Million For False Claims Related To Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton

The following CNN news video is about a psychic who said that some spirits told her the location of some dead children. Naturally, authorities showed up to check this out. Even if the person providing the information claims to be a psychic, it could be an actual witness just claiming to be a psychic for some oddball reason. So authorities did show up and either alerted the media or confirmed to them what was going on, including the address of Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton’s house. At the time, they lived near Hardin, which is a small town north of Houston, Texas. The lawsuit was filed in Dallas County.

The defendant in the case is psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley. According to the Houston Chronicle, Gridley didn’t even show up to defend herself on the scheduled date of the trial. So the judge found in favor of Bankston and Charlton and ordered close to $7 million in damages.

The thing is, Gridley may have actually had a defense to defamation. She could have argued that she never said Bankston and Charlton were personally involved in building a mass grave on their property. After all, it could have been someone else who did it. Another defense – although an unlikely one to be used by a psychic – is that no reasonable person would have ever taken the word of a psychic as a serious statement of fact. But since the psychic didn’t even show up to defend herself, these arguments and defenses are a moot point.

This CNN video was added to their website on June 14, 2013.

Click here to see the CNN video about psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley being ordered by a judge to pay about $7 million total to Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton.