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The jury summons was sent to a "Lawrence Tureaud." But many of those waiting outside a Chicago courthouse to report for jury duty last week recognized the man as Mr. T, star of television's "The A-Team" and the movie "Rocky III."

Tureaud, 62, wasn't wearing any of his trademark gold chains, reports the Daily Herald, but he was still in Mr. T form as he waited to see if he was selected as a juror. "I pity the criminals today," Tureaud said, adding: "I've got to set an example. I understand my responsibility."

Although Mr. T wasn't selected as a juror, why should you follow his example and show up for jury duty?

Perennially troubled pop star Justin Bieber has agreed to a plea deal following a DUI arrest in Florida earlier this year, according to local news reports in Miami.

Under the terms of the deal, Bieber is set to plead guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest, attend an anger management course, and make a $50,000 charitable donation, reports the Miami Herald. In return, the state will drop the DUI charges against Bieber.

What led to the charges against the Biebs, and why is Bieber likely to be well-versed in anger management techniques by the end of this year?

As rapper deponents go, Kanye West may have Lil Wayne beat.

Transcripts obtained by TMZ from the rapper's recent deposition show that, like Lil Wayne before him, West isn't afraid to bring his on-stage swagger into the legal arena. Accused of beating a photographer and smashing his camera, West warns the photographer's lawyer "I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears." One of those things is definitely true.

What else did West have to say in his deposition, and what should you do if you're ever subpoenaed for a deposition?

It's been a tough summer for Morrissey.

After first being mobbed on stage by fans at a show, then cancelling a planned tour due to illness, the singer has now been sued by a man who claims he was fired as Morrissey's bodyguard after refusing an request by the singer's manager to do away with the administrator of a Morrissey fan site, reports Rolling Stone.

What did Morrissey have to say in response to these allegations? And is getting fired for refusing to commit a crime grounds for a wrongful termination suit?

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is suing a Beverly Hills auction house to get some prized possessions back, claiming they're holding his property "hostage."

According to the suit, Julien's Auction House had initially been contracted in 2012 to sell 400 of Abdul-Jabbar's treasures, but the deal fell through when he decided not to sell some of the pieces, reports TMZ. One of the items in contention was a poster for the movie "Game of Death" signed by Bruce Lee, who made the film with Abdul-Jabbar.

Will Abdul-Jabbar pry his poster from Julien's kung-fu grip?

Joe Francis, the embattled founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video franchise, has been hit with a $5,000 daily sanction by a bankruptcy court judge.

The fines are meant to compel Francis to return two luxury cars -- a Bentley Flying Spur and a Cadillac Escalade -- that belong to his former business, reports The Wall Street Journal. Girls Gone Wild was sold after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.

What is Francis's suitably "wild" reason for not being able to turn over the cars, and how do court sanctions work?

Former Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre is suing state and national scholarship pageant associations for telling her she was too old to maintain her title.

And by old, Longacre means that she is 24. Miss America pageant rules state that "contestants must be 17 to 24 years old," and Longacre, who is gunning for the Miss America crown, will turn 25 in October. The News Journal reports that not only is Longacre suing to reclaim her crown, titles, and scholarships, but she is part of a $3 million suit that includes other contestants who were certified by the pageants and then disqualified.

Is Longacre really "too old" for Miss America?

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a negligence lawsuit against Walmart, claiming the retailer is responsible for last month's truck crash that injured Morgan and killed another comedian.

Morgan's lawsuit claims Walmart Stores and its subsidiary, Walmart Transportation, should have known big rig driver Kevin Roper was on too little sleep when he crashed into the tour bus carrying Morgan and his entourage, reports The New York Times.

What are the facts behind this crash, and what will Morgan need to prove in court in order to prevail?

Justin Bieber will have to pay the piper after pleading "no contest" to vandalism -- something to the tune of $80,900 in restitution. And that's not all the rabble-rousing pop star have to do.

The Biebs, charged with the misdemeanor egging a neighbor's house, accepted a plea deal which also includes two years of probation, five days of community service, and 12 weeks of anger management classes. CNN reports that Bieber didn't even appear in court on Wednesday to enter his plea, but Shawn Holley, a notable celebrity defense attorney, accepted the deal on his behalf.

Why so much fuss over a celebrity egging?

A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit on behalf of rap group Insane Clown Posse and their fans challenging an FBI report that the group's legions of face-painting fans -- known as Juggalos -- amounted to a criminal gang.

The lawsuit, filed by the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), claimed that Juggalos have been targeted by law enforcement since a 2011 FBI report characterized them as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," according to The Associated Press.

Why did the judge toss the group's suit?