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Celebrity Sentencing
Posted by Charles Esslinger on Feb 28th, 2014

Justin Bieber on video:

As you might know, Justin Bieber was arrested last month on charges of drag racing and DUI. Although the details of his arrest weren't immediately clear, more and more information has since been released.

This week, prosecutors handed over several video clips of Bieber inside the Miami Beach police station, where the pop singer was held after he was arrested. In one of the videos, law enforcement officers are shown asking Bieber to walk a straight line, which he does unsteadily. However, it is important to note that Bieber did not collapse, stagger, or fall down during the exercise. Even though he appeared to be off-balance at times, it is unclear whether or not he failed the test.

Videos of Bieber's time at the Miami Beach police station were initially made available to reporters (for a fee of $135 each) a day after the pop star's defense team said they would not object to prosecutors releasing the footage. In total, there were more than 10 hours of video of Bieber's time in lockup, which include recordings of him talking to cops and doing push-ups in a cell. The videos' release came with only one condition – no video clips showing Bieber relieving himself, which he did five times, could be shown.

According to police, Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana and taking prescription medicine at the time of his arrest. Urine analysis taken while he was in custody showed that he tested positive for both marijuana and Xanax. Although Miami-Dade prosecutors have indicated that they would offer Bieber a plea deal that adheres to the terms of the “Back on Track” program for first-time offenders, his lawyers have refused their offer in attempt to avoid probation and drug testing.

Video of Justin Bieber performing a sobriety test is available here.


Amanda Bynes accepts plea deal:

Like Justin Bieber, Amanda Bynes has been in the news a lot lately. Unfortunately, her time in the spotlight has little to do with her turbulent career.

Earlier this week, Bynes accepted a plea deal to avoid jail time for DUI charges from 2012. The former child star ended up pleading no contest to the lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving and received three years of probation. As a condition of her plea, she must also attend three months of alcohol education classes. “She's doing very well,” her lawyer Richard Hutton said. “This case took some unexpected turns, but it's resolved. Everything is going just like it should.”

Bynes' charges stem from an incident incident that happened on April 6, 2012, when she hit a Los Angles County Sheriff's cruiser in West Hollywood. She was also involved in two hit-and-run incidents that year, though those cases were dropped after Bynes reached civil settlements with the victims.

Bynes, who is a former Nickelodeon star, was formally diagnosed with schizophrenia last year after repeated instances of disturbing, criminal behavior.


Miguel says he's sorry:

Miguel Jontel Pimentel, who most probably know simply as Miguel, recently spoke up about a DUI conviction he received last year. Apparently, he's very sorry.

Miguel was arrested last August in Los Angles on DUI charges after failing multiple field sobriety tests. He was eventually shown to have blood-alcohol levels of .10 and .11, which is over the legal limit of .08. In court, the singer plead no contest the the charges in an attempt to receive a light sentence. When everything was said and done, he was fined $360, sentenced to probation, and told to take alcohol education classes.

“Driving with alcohol in my system was reckless,” Miguel said in a statement. “I'm really sorry and I'm taking responsibility for this mistake.” Miguel is currently at work on his third album, which will be a followup to his Billboard topping sophomore release, “Kaleidoscope Dream.”


Sources:

Miami Herald - http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/26/3961030/police-video-shows-justin-bieber.html

Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/amanda-bynes-scores-plea-deal-dui-case-article-1.1700464

Billboard - http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5915640/miguel-really-sorry-for-dui-conviction