The intruder who entered Frances Bean Cobain’s residence in October 2012 may be put on California’s sex offender list if convicted of first degree burglary and sex crime charges.
That won’t happen soon. A judge ruled, Marc James Franco, is incompetent to stand trial based on an evaluation by forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Sanjay Sahgal. The judge committed Franco to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County on April 8. Based on Dr. Sahgal’s report, Franco, age 23, lacks the capacity to understand court proceedings nor can he make rational decisions about antipsychotic drugs that could rehabilitate him enough to stand trial. The judge ordered the drugs be administered with or without Franco’s willingness.
Franco is charged with a violent felony. He entered Cobain’s home intent to murder her fiancé, musician Isaiah Silva.
“Defendant entered victim’s home while she (Cobain) was away,” says police Detective Steve Ramirez in his Oct. 16 report to the District Attorney’s Office. “He claimed to know her but does not. A journal was found in his (Franco’s) belongings in which he detailed his desire to kill victim’s fiancé who also lives at that location. Defendant is transient with no known local ties and he appears to have given a false name. He claimed to be from Michigan but had a driver’s license in another state in his belongings. He is a flight risk and is a threat to the victims.”
A government authority tells the Fair News Spears that Franco is from Illinois. Franco remains booked under the alias he gave police..
Meanwhile, public records lack detail on the sex crimes charged against Franco, but it’s clear that if convicted, Franco must give DNA samples and become a registered sex offender. One charge against Franco is particularly broad with a litany suitable to one’s imagination from sodomy to unwelcome touching of someone’s private parts under California penal code 667.5(c).
Sheriffs transferred Franco to Patton State on April 24 after holding him in custody for six months as litigation against him continued in Los Angeles Superior Court. Franco initially pled not guilty. He is not expected at a progress hearing on June 20, says a DA spokesperson.
Cobain did not respond to Twitter requests for comment. Her attorney likewise did not respond. Cobain is a victim and entitled to Franco’s arrest report which would contain full detail.
Franco may not be held beyond Oct. 13, 2015 which the court says is the “maximum state prison sentence possible in this case” minus time served.
Frances turns 21 in August. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports people at age 18 to 24 have the highest rate of stalkers and less than 10 percent of the victims knew their stalkers.
Singer Courtney Love doesn’t pay her legal fees and is impossible to work with. “Ms. Love has rendered it impossible for Pryor Cashman to carry out its employment effectively,” says lead counsel Jim Janowitz of New York.
“She is completely unresponsive to Pryor Cashman’s attempts to contact her. She has cancelled meetings with me with barely any notice on several occasions and has refused the calls of other attorneys on her legal team at the firm. She has also refused to respond to our letters.”
Calling it a complete breakdown in communication, Janowitz further states to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that Courtney hasn’t paid Pryor Cashman in more than a year. The firm had represented Courtney in many high profile cases since 2009 including custody loss of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, a later battle for control of Frances’ trust fund and numerous other cases involving money, libel, or slander.
“Sorry to hear about the loss of Pryor Cashman,” says attorney Robert G. Wilson, Gordon and Kemper LLC. “I was very impressed by Jim Janowitz, Bill Charron and Michael Niborski and thought Courtney was well represented.” Wilson faced off with Pryor Cashman in his representation of London and Company, a firm Courtney did not pay after they brokered a deal with Larry Mestel, Primary Wave, to sell part of Kurt Cobain’s publishing rights. Courtney had reaped millions from the deal.
Judges in Los Angeles and New York, where Courtney yet has lawsuits against her, will soon decide whether to grant Pryor’s request to be released as counsel.
The new judge in a lawsuit involving Sam Lutfi, Britney Spears and her parents, set a Feb. 28 status conference date last week.
Lutfi filed suit four years ago on Feb. 3, 2009 after attorneys representing Spears, who is under a conservatorship, obtained a 3-year restraining order against him. Lutfi immediately sued members of the Spears’ family claiming breach of contract, defamation, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. Lutfi claims he was Spears’ manager in 2007 based on a verbal contract, say court records.
This week’s scheduled jury trial involving Britney Spears and her alleged former manager, Sam Lutfi, was postponed after a change of judge.
The parties have ten days from Jan. 24 to contest the new judge or move to trial since early settlement conferences failed.
Lutfi sued Spears in early 2009 for breach of contract. He claims wrong termination and seeks his share of Spears’ entertainment earnings. He sued her parents at the same time with allegations of defamation, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress within days of a judge ordering a permanent 3-year restraining order against him in February 2009.
If the parties agree to the new judge, Michael C. Solner, he will rule on the admissibility recently filed court documents by Lutfi. They include sealed records from Spears’ 2007, 2008 child custody case involving confidential court-ordered drug tests and child visitation reports. Lutfi lived with Spears in 2007 and acted as a conduit of communication between her lawyers during Spears’ battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline for custody of their two children. Lutfi obtained the sealed documents.
(under reconstruction – sorry!)
I apologized to Lynne Spears in a dream two nights ago in front of Lou Taylor (I think) in a boardroom. You may remember Lou as a business agent for the family?
‘I started rough,’ I say to Lynne, thinking back to “Five say Lynne Spears lied in her book.”
In the dream, Sam Lutfi wrenches my wrist (ouch) from outside the room and forces me out through the front door. Noone sees him do this but Lou’s a mind reader, but she’s all business. She serves Lynne.
The subconscious is what it is, but the dream makes sense as I had read new court docs in the ongoing Lutfi v. Spears case before going to bed. The docs disturbed me.
(Pardon site reconstruction — ugh.)
I chuckled reading Radaronline’s claim of a lengthy engagement for Jason Trawick and Britney Spears based Britney’s status and lawsuits.
Sam Lutfi v. Jamie, Lynne and Britney Spears? Expect a jury trial beginning Jan. 23, 2012 and ending within 10 days, based on today’s court records.
(Pardon ongoing reconstruction through New Year’s — back to the list)
I wouldn’t want to sit in a hot seat before Joel Boxer (a Spears’ attorney). I’ve talked to him once on the phone, read his arguments in court documents, and read transcripts from his exam and cross-exams of witnesses in the 2009 restraining order proceedings against Sam Lutfi, Adnan Ghalib, and Jon Eardley.
(Pardon the reconstruction–on with news!)
Be back later with part one’s naughty and nice list.
Sam Lutfi and his attorney, Joseph Schleimer, tried to pull Lynne Spears off the Femme Fatale tour in November claiming Lynne was a liar and was stalling on being deposed by a Dec. 25 cut-off date, say court documents filed Nov. 14.
Pardon site reconstruction – on to the news!
Attorneys for Britney Spears’s conservators and family told a judge last month that they needed more time to depose Sam Lutfi. They got it.