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Brian David Mitchell, the infamous kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart, has been sentenced to life in prison for the abduction he carried out in 2002.

Smart, now 23, was present in the Salt Lake City courtroom Wednesday along with her mother Lois, sister Mary Katherine and father Ed Smart.

Elizabeth Smart addressed the court and Mitchell, saying:

The verdict was clearly for the best.

“I don’t have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did."

"I know that you know what you did was wrong. You did it with a full knowledge. I also want you to know that I have a wonderful life now, that no matter what you do it will never affect me again. You took away nine months of my life.

"That can never be returned, but in this life or next, you will have to be held responsible for those actions, and I hope you are ready for when that time comes."

Ed Smart also addressed Mitchell.

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Jake Busey plans to check himself in to a rehab facility for substance abuse issues next week after being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

The actor explained how he woke up in an L.A. hospital this week after having "a little too much fun" with booze. He's very candid about it.

Jake insists he's determined to get himself on a "straight path to clean living" and will take rehab seriously. Here's hoping that he does.

Jake, 39, is the son of Gary Busey.

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A jury acquitted Nancy Kerrigan’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, of manslaughter in the death of their father, according to news reports Wednesday.

While Mark was acquitted of manslaughter, he was convicted of a second charge of assault and battery related to the January 2010 incident.

The death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel, took place in the family's home in Stoneham, Mass., and Mark was charged shortly afterward.

Olympian Nancy Kerrigan and her mother Brenda have been in the court each day and have supported Mark Kerrigan throughout the trial.

Brenda testified that the fight between Mark and Daniel lasted only a few seconds and that she saw them in a "bear hug", nothing more.

She never saw Mark put his hands around his father's neck, she said, making it unlikely he directly caused his father's fatal heart attack.

The prosecutor countered to jurors that Mark Kerrigan, was an "angry, mean, nasty, drunk son" who killed his father in the fight.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is gearing up to throw the book at disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws.

The alleged crimes took place as the former U.S. Senator tried to cover up an extra-marital affair and love child, revealed in '08 by the National Enquirer.

Edwards is aware the government intends to seek an indictment and is considering his (limited) options. He could accept a plea deal of some kind.

The government contend that huge donations made to his presidential campaign were used, illegally, to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

If the case were to proceed to trial, the government would have to prove that the intent of the donations was to cover-up the affair so that Edwards could continue his pursuit of the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

Not a big stretch, according to his ex-aide Andrew Young.

The former staffer says he was intimately involved with all facets of the coverup - even claiming paternity. He also has a John Edwards sex tape, BTW.

Hunter was a campaign videographer with whom Edwards had a lengthy affair that resulted in a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now three years old.

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Teen Mom star Gary Shirley was arrested this morning. Incredibly, a fight with Amber Portwood wasn't the reason ... although they were having one at the time!

According to the police report, Shirley was arrested in Alexandria, Ind., at 1:34 a.m. on a Class A misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

“I observed a Silver Dodge stopped on the south side of Berry street. I could hear a female arguing with a male inside the vehicle ..." the report reads.

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Gary Shirley had his picture taken earlier this morning.

Gary's booking photo instantly becomes one of the bigger celebrity mug shots in our gallery. And just so you know, we don't mean bigger as in the size of the .jpg file or severity of the criminal charges against him.

Apparently Gary's wooing of Amber with sexy texts didn't last.

“I asked the male sitting in the driver seat if everything was okay and he advised yes. The female also advised that everything was fine," the officer writes.

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There's baggage and then there's what West Lee brings to the table.

On The Bachelorette premiere Monday, Lee, a South Carolina-based prosecutor, discussed how his wife Sarah, "the true love of my life," drowned in 2007.

"She had a history of seizures," West recalled of his wife of seven years, getting noticeably choked up on screen. "One day she went and got in the bathtub."

"I found her face down ... [I] pulled her out and I called 911."

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Sarah's death "hurt more than anything I've ever felt in my life," he said. "That part of my heart, that trusting part, the loving part, it just vanished. It died."

According to a lengthy police investigation, West was not responsible for his wife's death, but the story is more complicated than he presented Monday.

There were allegations of drug use by both West Lee and his wife and signs Sarah had mental health problems. Her mom, Dianna Sapp, was suspicious.

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The case of Casey Anthony - a woman accused of killing her her two-year old daughter, Caylee - got underway today. And the defense attorney presented a shocking argument on behalf of his client.

Claiming that Casey lied about her child going missing in 2008, Jose Baez told the jury that Caylee "was never missing. She drowned in the family swimming pool."

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Almost three years go, the young girl's body was found just a half mile from her Orlando house. By that time, Casey, who hadn't reported Caylee's disappearance weeks, had already been arrested.

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Apparently Jersey Shore drama extends beyond international borders.

Ronnie and The Situation got into a major fist fight with each other last night in Italy, according to TMZ, and based on the post-brawl images, well...

Let's just say someone won and someone lost. And let's just say Sitch was not the winner. Anyone surprised after he's antagonized Ron for years?!

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The two arrived separately back to their apartment hours ago, with The Situation showing some red marks across his face and in particular around his left eye.

Ronnie's knuckles were torn up and bleeding.

Details around the fight are still unclear but reports say, astonishingly, that it all began with a blowout argument between Ronnie Magro and Sammi Giancola.

Somehow we're guessing Frank Sorrentino may be quietly smiling after reading this report. Dude had it coming. More details and bloody knuckles to follow ...

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Lots of people are not fans of the Teen Mom phenomenon. Add Chelsea Handler to that list, and for some surprisingly personal reasons, she revealed.

The E! star described her own personal ordeal with teen pregnancy and the choice that changed her life in an interview with the New York Times.

“We need to be focusing on other things. We’re seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment," she says.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta and some of these other shows are just racist. Or 16 and Pregnant. Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you’re a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody.”

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Chelsea Handler knows this situation personally, confessing that she was a pregnant teen who exercised her right to choose, which she's grateful she has.

“I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that’s what I should have done,” Chelsea blantantly states. “Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid."

"Those are things that people shouldn’t be dishonest about.”

You have to hand it to the Handler. She does not mince words and is not shy about who she is, even if that means a lot of people won't like what she is.

Regardless of her view on the issue of choice, do you think Chelsea makes a point that teen pregnancy being too glamorized? Discuss in the comments ...

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Actress/model Estella Warren is in jail right now, according to TMZ, after what is likely one of the better celebrity arrest stories you'll read about for awhile.

Warren allegedly slammed into three cars, while drunk, then took off, only to be arrested later ... then kicked a cop and escaped from the police station!

The crazy incident occurred last night just before midnight.

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Police say Warren was driving in L.A. when she struck three parked cars in her Toyota Prius. Warren drove away but cops found and arrested her for DUI.

Not before she resisted and kicked an officer, of course.

Warren was taken to the police station in handcuffs, and during the booking process she managed to get out of her handcuffs and run out the door!

Warren was quickly recaptured and is now being booked for felony escape as well as for assault, hit and run and DUI. Not a good night for her.

As one law enforcement source put it, "She was really hammered." We would sure hope so, although we don't expect that'll play well as an excuse.

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