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Monday, January 28, 2008

If There's Such A Thing As Justice...

Hollywood Couple Sentenced In Maid "Slave" Case
A former top Hollywood studio lawyer and his wife were on Monday sentenced by a Los Angeles judge after admitting to mistreating their Filipino maid in a case of "modern-day slavery," a court heard.

US District Judge Dale Fischer ordered James Jackson, 53, a former vice-president of legal affairs at Sony Pictures to perform 200 hours of community service for admitting a charge of alien harboring.

Jackson's wife Elizabeth, 54, was given a three-year jail term after pleading guilty to a charge of forced labor.

In passing sentence, Fischer said Elizabeth Jackson had treated the victim, former schoolteacher Nena Ruiz, worse than her dog.

Ruiz was forced to eat three-day-old food and to sleep on a dog basket after working 18 hours a day. Over the course of several months' employment between 2001 and 2002 she was paid only 300 dollars. [...]

Elizabeth Jackson said in a letter read out in court on Monday that she took full responsibility for her actions.

"In my life I have always tried and strived to do the right thing," she said. "I failed in this case."
I failed?! Failed! Like it was some cocktail party gone bad. If there's such a thing as justice, Ms. Jackson's prison cellmate will be a former east German shotput champion name Gerta von Schlappenyurface who'll teach her what "failed" means when Jackson folds her girdles wrong.

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