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Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E14, 15 (Season Finale)

"How To Get Away With Murder," our favorite legal soap opera/murder show, ended its first season with quite a bang last night, promising an equally interesting second season. Most of the mysteries -- who killed Lila, what happened to Rudy Walters, and what the deal is with Rebecca -- were answered, but the season ended on a brand-new mystery that will take us into Season 2.

Though only the first of this two-part finale had much to do with the law, it naturally got some of the points wrong.

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Kidnapping works pretty well, right? Rebecca didn't do it, after all. But everyone was so busy lying, they didn't notice Rebecca ran away.

The Internal Revenue Service filed $6.4 million tax lien against Robert De Niro in response to the actor's 2013 1040 filing.

The lien, filed three months ago, alleges the 71-year-old actor owes $6,410,449.20 to the IRS -- a sum possibly connected to his substantial real estate investments in New York City.

Well, maybe you personally didn't win an Oscar on Sunday night, but plenty of people did. And as it turns out, there are some limits on what you can do with that shiny gold figurine.

As The Hollywood Reporter noted in December, even though the Oscar statuette belongs to you, there are some contractual limits on what you can do with it and to whom, if anyone, you can sell it.

Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E13 ('Mama's Here Now')

What happened on "How To Get Away With Murder" this week? Detective Lahey is in jail, thanks to some scheming by Annalise and Frank. As Wes delves deeper into the mystery of Rudy Walters, it's becoming clear that Lila's murder isn't so clear-cut after all.

In addition, the arrival of Annalise's mother opens up some old wounds and lets us know where Annalise gets her vengeful streak.

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Bonnie's in the big chair this week. Rudy isn't so crazy after all. Has Rebecca been playing us this whole time? Don't mess with Mama.

Vanilla Ice, nee Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Florida and charged with burglary and grand theft after police found items allegedly stolen from a foreclosed home at Van Winkle's residence.

The burgled home was adjacent to a house the ex-rapper was renovating as part of his television show for DIY Network called "The Vanilla Ice Project."

Top 5 Legal Lies from 'HTGAWM' S1 E12 ('She's a Murderer')

Well, that didn't take long: Sam's body turned up in the landfill, and now Hannah is on a quest to get everyone to think Annalise killed him (which they do). The investigation puts everyone a little on edge.

In the meantime, the gang has to defend a client who's accused of hiding drugs in a shipping container. Let's just say you shouldn't learn your Fourth Amendment law from this episode.

#HTGAWM Recap in 140 Characters: Everyone's getting a search warrant. And having a breakdown. (What happened to Rudy?) You can always frame Lahey! Annalise needs her mama.

The Walt Disney Company has agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a settlement over alleged water pollution from its studios in Burbank, California.

The settlement ends six years of litigation involving the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

After Bruce Jenner's crash in Malibu over the weekend, what legal facts should the public keep in mind?

Jenner, 65, was involved in a four-vehicle crash that killed the driver ahead of him on the Pacific Coast Highway, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jenner declined medical treatment, but five people in other cars had minor injuries.

A sheriff's sergeant told the Times the investigation could take months to complete. In the meantime, here are five things to keep in mind about Bruce Jenner's crash:

Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E11 ('Best Christmas Ever')

What happened this week on "How To Get Away With Murder"? For starters, Annalise's sister-in-law comes to town and starts asking some difficult questions about Sam -- like where he is and why Annalise isn't out looking for him.

That's bad enough, but this week's client results in the biggest lawyer ethical mistake the show has made so far. That's right: Prosecutors hiding the ball and Annalise being an accessory after the fact to Sam's murder are nothing compared to this.

Before we get to the legal lies in this episode, here's your #HTGAWM Recap in 140 Characters: Sam's sister is snooping around. Just lie to her a lot. Christmas break was awful. Then we broke the ethics rules, but no one seems to care.

Alleged Killer of 'American Sniper' on Trial: 5 Things You Should Know

The Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper" was a huge hit at the box office, and has engendered many think-pieces about the film's treatment of the Iraq War -- as well as the veracity of many of the claims made by its main character, the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

One fact that's definitely real is that Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range in 2013, allegedly by Eddie Ray Routh, a fellow Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress. Routh was arrested and charged with the murder of Kyle and Chad Littlefield, another veteran.

Here are five things to know about Routh's trial, which is set to begin February 11: