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3 'Myrtle Manor' Stars Arrested for DUI, Underage Sex

If you've seen "Trailer Park Boys" and, for whatever reason, wished it was real life, you're in luck. "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" is a "docu-drama" reality show on TLC about a group of South Carolinians living in a trailer park.

But in what could be a new record for reality TV, three stars of "Myrtle Manor" were arrested in the span of one weekend.

Here's the lowdown on what the method actors were cuffed for:

'Good Wife,' Good Law: Voter Fraud in a Box

The season finale of "The Good Wife" was a doozy, with the buzz of election night, a midnight court battle, and a cameo by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Recap: 'What's in the Box?'

Alicia, Will, and Diane handle a series of emergency court proceedings to deal with potential ballot-box stuffing in Peter Florrick's gubernatorial campaign. They file a motion with the court to get the votes thrown out. But when they learn that most of the votes in the box were cast for Peter, they burn the midnight oil to reverse course.

Katt Williams Sentenced to Community Service for Evading Police

No joke, comedian Katt Williams has been sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to recklessly evading a police officer.

It was a short chase -- on a ridiculous three-wheeled Spyder, no less -- through downtown Sacramento, California. After barrelling down a pedestrian-only street and nearly hitting five people, Katt Williams was sentenced to 90 days of community service.

But what is community service exactly?

Rapper 2 Chainz Not Guilty of Pot Possession Charges

The rapper known as 2 Chainz was found not guilty on marijuana charges stemming from a traffic stop on Valentine's Day.

2 Chainz, aka Tauheed Epps, was apparently a big hit with the troopers who pulled him over. They posed for a few pictures with the hip-hop artist, TMZ reports -- but still arrested him on drug possession and paraphernalia charges.

A judge, however, agreed that the rapper "ain't never told no lie" about an incriminating grinder not being his.

3 Doors Down Bassist Todd Harrell Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Todd Harrell of the band 3 Doors Down knows that "When it's all said and done, it gets hard but it won't take away my love." In the bassist's case, however, it might be a love for alcohol and prescription pills.

Harrell was arrested late Friday after a fatal crash in Nashville, Tennessee. The musician posted $100,000 bail on charges including vehicular homicide while intoxicated.

When people think of "homicide," they may think of a grisly "Law and Order" scene, but not all homicides are committed with malicious intent. This is especially the case with vehicular homicide.

Porsha Stewart Blindsided: Learned About Her Divorce on Twitter

We all know it's a cop-out to break up via text message. But you know what's even worse? Twitter.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Stewart recently found out her husband of two years, ex-NFL star Kordell Stewart, was filing for divorce -- and she got the news through a tweet.

Of course, filing for divorce is only the first step. He also has to serve her -- in real life. Here's the process for divorce in Georgia:

'Good Wife,' Good Law: A More Perfect (Labor) Union

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" took a look at more perfect unions -- labor unions, that is. But did the dramatic depiction of unionizing jibe with actual labor union law?

Recap: 'A More Perfect Union'

In "A More Perfect Union," Alicia's mother volunteers her daughter's services in an employee contract dispute. When the employees refuse to sign new employment contracts that don't pay them overtime, their employer (Blowtorch) tries to terminate them.

Reese Witherspoon Arrested; Husband Busted for DUI

Proving that celebrity won't always get you out of tickets, actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct last Friday. The "Legally Blonde" star was legally cuffed after mouthing off to a Georgia trooper who had pulled her husband over on suspicion of drunken driving.

Witherspoon's husband James Toth was charged with DUI after registering a 0.139% blood alcohol level in a breath test, CNN reports. But he apparently was not the only one that night who may have been a bit plastered.

In Kim Kardashian Divorce, Kris Humphries Gets Nothing: Report

It's official: Kim Kardashian's divorce case is finally over, and reports say it's a slam dunk for the reality TV star.

As we all know, NBA star Kris Humphries liked it and put a ring on it, but Kim has been trying to take it off -- for a while.

Today, a judge dissolved Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries. Here's what we know about Kim Kardashian's divorce settlement:

Garth Brooks Sued by Ex-Partner

Given his heartwrenching songs, Garth Brooks knows that breaking up is hard to do. The country singer is being sued by his former business partner, who claims that she was induced to work on his behalf with the promise of great rewards. The allegations, which sound more like a country song than a lawsuit, describe Brooks as a "paranoid, angry, deceitful and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime."

The complaint alleges breach of oral contract and fraud, and seeks $425,000 in damages from unpaid salary, bonuses and punitive damages.

Billy Joel Daughter Alexa Ray's Alleged Cyberstalker Arrested

A cyberstalker allegedly barraged Billy Joel's daughter Alexa Ray Joel with creepy Facebook messages, and the content involved "pedophilia, sadistic-sexual behavior, violent physical assaults and murder," according to court records.

Alexa Ray Joel, whose song "Notice Me" seems to have landed her with wrong kind of notice, was reportedly afraid to leave her Manhattan home.

Good Wife, Good Law: Rape, Anonymous, and Digital Freedom

With only two episodes left in season 4, "The Good Wife" turned its focus on a hot-button issue: digital activism.

What some viewers may not realize is that this episode is almost entirely based on a recent rape case in Ohio involving a football team, an underage girl, Anonymous, and political corruption.

Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries Divorce Settlement Hearing Fails

Kim Kardashian might live for the limelight, but even she knows that not all publicity is good publicity. Kimmie K. dutifully showed up to court for a hearing to settle her divorce confidentially. Instead, it was her estranged hubby, Kris Humphries, who pulled a Lindsay Lohan and failed to appear in court. If the two can’t reach an agreement, a public (and likely messy) divorce is set to begin in early May.

The settlement hearing was supposed to prevent a drawn-out divorce, but it completely failed. Here are a few reasons why mediation could have helped Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries:

Joan Rivers' 'Fashion Police' Writers File Labor Complaints

Is Joan Rivers really a Prada-clad Miranda Priestly in her own right? Rivers' "Fashion Police" writers recently filed labor complaints against her production company for back pay with the California Division of Labor Standards. Now, the reality show writers have added another $400,000 to the $1.1 million they are already seeking.

The labor issue highlights the question of when an employer owes creative employees wages for overtime.

Kanye West Sued For Sample in 'Gold Digger'

Kanye West is being sued, yet again, for allegedly using unlicensed samples in his music. Remember singing along with West's hit single "Gold Digger" back in 2005? The song's golden line, "Get down girl, go ahead, get down," is back to get Kanye down into a lawsuit.

The children of a deceased musician named David Pryor are suing West for sampling a very small part of their father's song, "Bumpin' Bus Stop," CBS News reports. A very small part indeed: The case revolves around Pryor faintly singing "Get Down" three times.

Is this a legitimate copyright infringement case or are the plaintiffs just gold-digging?

Ex-Porn Star Jenna Jameson Busted for Battery

Ex-porn star Jenna Jameson was arrested and charged with battery after allegedly attacking someone over the weekend.

Police in Newport Beach, California, offered few details about the alleged attack, aside from stating that the victim made a citizen's arrest of the actress, reports CNN. The victim and Jameson were acquaintances, though it's unclear the exact nature of their relationship.

Jameson, 38, was taken to a jail in Orange County, but she was released without having to post bail. She faces a misdemeanor charge for the battery.

WWE Settles Lawsuit Over Owen Hart Royalties

The widow of the late WWE star Owen Hart says she has settled her lawsuit brought against the WWE.

In her lawsuit, Martha Hart claimed her right to royalties related to the use of her late husband's image, reports The Associated Press. Owen Hart died in 1999 as he was being lowered into a wrestling ring at a WWE event in Kansas City. He was 34 years old.

Martha Hart brought her lawsuit in 2010, alleging that the WWE failed to pay her royalties and violated a contract restricting the use of Owen Hart's name and likeness.

TMZ Sued Over Hidden Microphones in Court

Celebrity gossip website TMZ is being sued over hidden microphones in court.

According to the suit, TMZ has been placing hidden microphones in courtrooms and recording confidential conversations between court officers, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

A man named Alpha Walker brought the lawsuit, claiming TMZ had placed the microphones on the judge's bench and behind books on the counsel table during his criminal trial. These microphones allegedly transferred court communications directly to TMZ headquarters. At the time, Walker was in court to face charges of attempting to extort Stevie Wonder.

'Buckwild' Star Dies; Was 'Mudding' Accident to Blame?

MTV's "Buckwild" star Shain Gandee was found dead inside a sport utility vehicle that was partially submerged in a deep mud pit near his West Virginia home.

Gandee's uncle and another man also died in the SUV, which had apparently gotten stuck in the mud, reports The Associated Press. Police do not suspect foul play.

Gandee, 21, had a penchant for outdoor activities, and "mudding," or driving off-road in muddy conditions, appeared to be a big part of his life. In fact, in the first episode of "Buckwild," Gandee ruined his truck's motor by going mudding.

This week’s episode of “The Good Wife” showed how quickly the wheels of justice can turn. But were the show’s writers correct about a defendant’s right to a speedy trial?

Recap: ‘The Wheels of Justice’

In “The Wheels of Justice,” Alicia’s client Colin Sweeney (“a psychopath who’s lucky he didn’t get convicted for killing his wife,” as the judge tells Alicia) is back. This time, he’s facing a criminal charge over an alleged shooting at a private club.

But when Alicia learns that the Illinois Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling — one that could make Sweeney’s conviction a “third strike” that sends him to prison for life — she quickly demands a “speedy trial,” hoping for a verdict before the Supreme Court’s ruling.

She gets her “speedy trial” the very next day. But is that how the right to a speedy trial really works?