Charges in Michael Jackson death expected Monday

Actor Charlie Sheen's Mercedes is towed out of a ravine after it was found overturned hundreds of feet down a cliff near his home early Friday.
Actor Charlie Sheen's Mercedes is towed out of a ravine after it was found overturned hundreds of feet down a cliff near his home early Friday. (Gus Ruelas/associated Press)
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Charges in Jackson death expected

No charges will be filed in Michael Jackson's death until Monday, a Los Angeles district attorney's spokesman said Friday. Attorneys for Conrad Murray say they expect the Houston cardiologist to be charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter for administering drugs to Jackson before his death June 25.

Like nearly everything surrounding Jackson's death, timing of the charges -- and whether Murray will be allowed to surrender -- has become a spectacle.

Murray's legal team has been negotiating with prosecutors, attempting to arrange his surrender for arraignment, his representative told the Associated Press. The negotiations derailed after law enforcement officials said they wanted to arrest him.

"What's the holdup? To us this is showmanship, and we are just done," his rep said. "We know he's going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter, and we are ready with a counter-argument. . . . He's not guilty."

Youngs held in contempt

Andrew Young is taking a turn in the hot seat. The former John Edwards aide, who dominated news cycles last week with salacious revelations from his tell-all book, has been ordered to turn over a "very private" videotape being sought by Edwards's former mistress.

A North Carolina Superior Court judge declared Young and his wife, Cheri, in contempt of court Friday but declined to put them in custody. The ruling will be lifted if the Youngs turn over a videotape "of a personal nature" and other items by Wednesday, the judge said, explaining that the items will be kept "under lock and key -- and under seal -- until the lawsuit is resolved."

Edwards's former mistress, Rielle Hunter, had won a temporary restraining order against Andrew Young that sought the return of a video she made in 2006. In his book, "The Politician," Young says he found a sex tape featuring Edwards and a "visibly pregnant" woman he believed to be Hunter.

When deputies went to retrieve Hunter's video late last week, Young's attorney declined to release it. It remains unclear whether the Youngs even have the tape.

Sheen's car goes over a cliff

What on earth happened to Charlie Sheen's car?

The actor's stolen Mercedes was found overturned hundreds of feet down a cliff near his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home early Friday, and police say there's no evidence anyone was in the car when it went into the ravine.

A Bentley was later found off the same road nearby Friday afternoon, and police said three other cars were broken into in the same area. Police were investigating whether the incidents were linked.

Police got an emergency call about 4 a.m. from an alert system that notifies emergency officials when there is a problem with a vehicle, Officer Wendy Reyes told the AP. About the same time, Sheen called police to report the theft, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

Police and firefighters found the car 300 to 400 feet down a cliff, upside-down in a brushy ravine. They searched on foot and with an infrared-equipped helicopter but found no one.

End notes

Spotted: Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) downing a Guinness at the Dubliner, a Capitol Hill pub, with his family, new staffers and Massachusetts supporters Thursday, just after his swearing-in. The group took a table near the bar, our colleague Amy Argetsinger reports, where they were serenaded by an Irish tenor.

End quote

"Wasn't painful, not even a little bit." -- Gisele B√ľndchen, 29, describing the birth of her and husband Tom Brady's 2-month-old son, Benjamin, in an interview with the Brazilian TV show "Fantastico." The supermodel says she didn't take painkillers and had a water birth at home, in her Boston condo's bathtub.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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