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Nobody wants to end up on "Cops," but those who appear on the long-running reality TV show do have some legal rights.

"Cops" will soon begin a 10-week filming stretch in San Jose, California, for the first time in the show's 26-year history, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The "Cops" crew will hit the streets alongside San Jose's finest to provide a window into what these men and women do in America's 10th largest city.

As for the "bad boys" (and girls) caught on video, what rights do they have when being filmed for an episode of "Cops?"

Will Arnett, Amy Poehler's Divorce Seeks Joint Child Custody

After being separated for more than 18 months, "The Millers" star Will Arnett has filed for divorce from "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler.

The comedic duo announced their separation in September 2012, but is just now filing for divorce. In Arnett's court filing, he's seeking joint custody of the couple's two sons, according to The Associated Press.

Celebrity divorces are pretty common, but for those couples with children, what happens when there's joint custody?

3 Legal Tips for Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg's Engagement

Wedding bells are ahead now that 90s icons Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are engaged.

McCarthy, a TV host and former Playboy model, and Wahlberg, an actor and member of New Kids on the Block, announced their engagement on "The View," according to E! News. After the engagement was announced, "The View" host Barbara Walters offered up her New York City apartment as a potential wedding venue.

Now that the celebrity duo is heading down the aisle, here are three legal tips for their pending nuptials.

Johnny Depp Subpoenaed to Testify in Murder Case

In a plot that seems straight out of a movie, Johnny Depp has been subpoenaed to testify in a murder case.

Nancy Lekon is accused of killing a pedestrian in Los Angeles by running her down and dragging her for a mile. Lekon's attorney wants Depp's testimony to help prove her client is insane because Lekon claims she was in a relationship with the actor at the time of the alleged homicide, according to TMZ.

So does Depp have to take the witness stand?

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" opened with drinking and closed with some drama, but there was a tiny bit of law in between.

Let's try to make a meal out of the side dish of legal information served up in "A Material World":

Mickey Rooney Estate Fight Ends With Burial Agreement

The late actor Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace, now that an agreement has been reached between his estate and his ex-wife regarding his burial plan.

Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, expressed interest in being buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars, while his estranged ex-wife Jan Rooney believed that the actor should be buried at a family plot near Hollywood, according to the New York Daily News.

The now-diffused legal battle may leave fans wondering if burial plans should be included as part of a will.

Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reade Over Twitter, Facebook Pics

Actress Katherine Heigl is suing drug-store chain Duane Reade for using her name and image for advertising purposes without her permission.

Duane Reade apparently posted an unauthorized paparazzi photo of the actress on Twitter with the caption "Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can't resist shopping #NYC's favorite drugstore," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The same photo was posted to Duane Reade's Facebook page.

Heigl is suing the pharmacy under the false advertising clause of the Lanham Act and under New York's right of publicity laws.

'Bar Rescue' Lawsuit Alleges Setup, Battery; but Is There Proof?

"Bar Rescue" host Jon Taffer, his wife, and the production company of the show have been sued by a bar owner for an alleged conspiracy to assault the owner.

Dr. Paul Wilkes, the owner of a bar that was featured on the show, is claiming that Taffer and the producers conspired to have him hit on Taffer's wife and get attacked by Taffer for doing so, according to Deadline Hollywood.

So how will Wilkes prove the setup?

Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom are under legal fire in federal court for infringing on multiple Hollywood studios' copyrights.

The online file-hosting site was raided in January 2012 by the feds, but now Dotcom is facing civil allegations as well as criminal charges for running Megaupload, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

What does this new suit add to Megaupload's already full legal plate?

'Hardcore Pawn' Stars Arrested Over Repawned Stolen Goods

While pawn shop employees are known to think twice before accepting stolen goods, two stars of "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" were arrested for re-pawning stolen goods from their own store.

Cast members Jeremy Jackson and Karl Bell were arrested by Chicago police after the owners of Royal Pawn Shop became suspicious when merchandise went missing, according to TMZ.

Jackson and Bell were charged with felony theft.