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Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" is the first ACM Song of the Decade

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert’s 2010 hit, “The House That Built Me,” is the Song of the Decade, according to the Academy of Country Music.

Miranda recently accepted the trophy backstage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium — along with writers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin — at the ACM Honors. That same night, Miranda performed the song with Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban, who was there to present her the ACM’s Gene Weed Milestone Award.

Song of the Decade is one of seven new honors the ACM will only give out once every ten years, along with ACM Album of the Decade, ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade, ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade, ACM Single of the Decade, ACM Songwriter of the Decade, and ACM Music Event of the Decade.

Look for the Academy to announce the winners in the other new categories in the coming weeks. Back in April, the ACM gave Jason Aldean its Artist of the Decade honor at its annual awards in Las Vegas.

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Michael B. Jordan fights for justice for death row inmates in Alabama in 'Just Mercy' trailer

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Jake Giles Netter/© 2019 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (LOS ANGELES) — After dropping a teaser Tuesday, Michael B. Jordan released the full trailer Wednesday for his legal drama Just Mercy, co-starring Jamie Foxx.

Jordan stars as attorney Bryan Stevenson, and Foxx plays his client Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death in 1987 in Alabama for a crime he didn’t commit.

As previously reported, the film is based on Stevenson’s 2014 New York Times best-selling memoir of the same name. Just Mercy chronicles the real-life story of Stevenson, a civil right activist who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal center for inmates who did not receive proper legal representation.

In the clip, Stevenson tells his mother, “The first time I visited death row, I wasn’t expecting to meet somebody the same age as me. From a neighborhood just like ours. It could have been me, momma.”

She responds, “Look, what you’re doing is going make a lot of people upset.”

To which Stevenson replies, “You always taught me to fight for the people who need the help most.”

When Stevenson speaks to McMillan and explains that he’ll attempt to have his sentence reversed, the convict replies, “You really don’t know what you’re into down here in Alabama, when you’re guilty from the moment you’re born.”

The film also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. from Straight Outta ComptonMudbound’s Rob Morgan and Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson.

Just Mercy will open in select theaters on December 25, followed by a nationwide release on January 10, 2020.

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Victim in Brock Turner Stanford sexual assault case goes public with her name and memoir

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(Credit: Mariah Tiffany) Chanel Miller’s rape case became U.S. news in 2016 when she read a statement at the sentencing of Brock Turner. Turner, a Stanford student, was convicted in the assault but given just six months in jail.(NEW YORK) — The woman who Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting in 2016 has come forward, not only revealing her real name but also releasing a new memoir.

In the book titled Know My Name, which she began working on in 2017, Chanel Miller discusses the assault, which occurred after a fraternity party in 2015, The New York Times reported.

In a 60 Minutes segment to be aired in full Sept. 22, Miller read part of the victim statement that she previously read in court to Turner.

“You don’t know me but you’ve been inside me. In newspapers, my name was ‘unconscious, intoxicated woman.’ Ten syllables and nothing more than that. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity, to relearn that this is not all that I am, that I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster. While you are the all-American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty with so much at stake. You cannot give me. You cannot give me back the life I had,” she read in the clip.

In January 2015, Turner was a 19-year-old freshman and swimmer at Stanford and Miller, then identified only as Jane Doe, was a 22-year-old recent college graduate who went to the party with friends.

In an interview with ABC News in June 2016, Swedish doctoral student Carl-Fredrik Arndt said he and his friend Peter Jonsson were riding their bikes through campus in January 2015 when they spotted Turner on top of a woman behind a dumpster outside a fraternity house. Jonsson immediately sensed something wasn’t right, Arndt said.

“She wasn’t moving,” he told ABC News during the 2016 interview. “She was half-naked.”

The two Swedes decided to intervene and there was an exchange of words. Then, Turner fled as the two men approached, Arndt said. Jonsson chased down Turner while Arndt stayed with the victim. Arndt said the woman was unconscious the entire time and he checked “to make sure she was still alive.”

Arndt said he and Jonsson restrained Turner, as they called police and waited until officers arrived. The two graduate students testified in court.

A Santa Clara County jury convicted Turner in March 2016 of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.

In court, Miller read a statement to the judge that directly addressed her attacker and also thanked the two Swedes. She shared her story in court, detailing how she was unconscious and had no memory of much of the night. Her letter went viral after she gave it to the media.

“Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” her letter reads. “I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.”

In June 2016, however, trial Judge Aaron Persky drew criticism when he sentenced Turner to six months in county jail and three years’ probation, based on the recommendation of the probation department. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year prison sentence.

Turner served three months in jail and was released on Sept. 2, 2016. Following his release, he returned to his hometown of Oakwood, Ohio, where he registered as a sex offender.

Persky’s sentence of Turner triggered widespread outrage and a recall campaign, in which voters in Santa Clara County removed the 15-year judge from the bench in a June 2018 California primary election.

Some of the backlash against Persky also stemmed from Turner’s being sentenced to jail rather than prison. The judge had cited the “severe impact” that prison would have on the athlete.

In July 2018, Eric Multhaup, an attorney for the former Stanford University swimmer, argued before a three-judge panel in state appellate court in San Jose, California, that the conviction should be overturned because his client was fully clothed.

Multhaup said that because Turner was fully clothed and his genitals were not exposed when he was confronted, the prosecution’s case fell short of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Turner intended to rape the woman.

Deputy Attorney General Alisha Carlile argued that the conviction should stand, telling the judges that Santa Clara County prosecutors presented sufficient evidence in the high-profile case and the jury reached its verdict “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

In August 2018, Turner’s appeal and request for a new trial was denied.

Miller’s book is set to be released in bookstores Sept. 24.

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Carrie Underwood will help you "Find Your Path" to fitness with first book next year

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ABC/Image Group LAWanna be as fit as Carrie Underwood? Next year, the superstar will share her secrets in her first book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life.

Carrie’s publisher, Dey Street Books, describes the Fit52 program as a “sustainable, common-sense approach to staying active, eating well, and looking as beautiful as you feel — 52 weeks a year.”

“Fitness and healthy living have been a passion of mine for years,” Carrie adds. “It took time to find my way and navigate my wellness journey, and this book will provide tips and tools to help the reader find what is practical and sustainable in his or her everyday life for all 52 weeks of the year, and help lead them toward a positive lifestyle.”  

Carrie also looks great while getting healthy, thanks to her own line of CALIA fitness wear, which is available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

While we don’t know the exact release date for Find Your Path, look for Carrie’s fitness volume sometime in 2020.

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New York judge orders 'expedited' review of sealed lawsuit related to Jeffrey Epstein

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RichLegg/iStock(NEW YORK) — A New York City federal judge ordered an “expedited” private review of sealed files from an earlier lawsuit related to Jeffrey Epstein in response to a news organization’s effort to see the thousands of pages that remain hidden despite the wealthy financier’s death.

Once the documents are reviewed and categorized, Judge Loretta Preska said she would be able to decide which ones could be unsealed.

“This will not be easy,” the judge said during a brief hearing Wednesday morning.

In 2018, The Miami Herald petitioned to unseal all the documents connected with the defamation lawsuit filed in 2015 by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former companion. A three-judge panel on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that many of the sealed documents should not have been sealed without proper arguments from the parties.

Among the sealed documents are 50 pending motions that were not answered, including those regarding 29 depositions. One person deposed mentioned an address book that has “probably thousands of names” that may not have ties to the underlying allegations, said Jeff Pagliuca, Maxwell’s attorney.

Giuffre accused Maxwell of recruiting her as a teenager to have sex with Epstein and Epstein’s prominent associates, which include Prince Andrew of Great Britain. Maxwell denied the allegations, and the prince issued a statement denying knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.

The lawsuit settled before it was slated to go to trial in 2017.

Pagliuca suggested to Preska that the documents could get split into three categories: judicial, non-judicial and negligible judicial.

On Aug. 10, the day after more than 2,000 pages were unsealed, Epstein killed himself inside his New York City jail cell. He had been facing sex trafficking charges.

Lawyers for a “John Doe” submitted a seven-page letter on his behalf on Tuesday expressing their concerns about the potential unsealing.

“Unsealing references to non-parties would throw those non-parties into the middle of this frenzy, and unfairly do irreparable harm to their privacy and reputational interests,” wrote attorneys Nicholas Lewin and Paul Krieger.

“Non-parties whose names become associated with misconduct can suffer the ‘unfairness of being stigmatized from sensationalized and potentially out-of-context insinuations of wrongdoing’ utterly bereft of any opportunity to respond,” according to the letter that suggested the documents should get placed into two categories instead of three.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was arrested in July for allegations of sex trafficking involving several minors in New York and Florida.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida for soliciting a prostitute and procuring an underage girl. Maxwell is a well-known socialite who has been accused of helping Epstein find and exploit young women.

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