05 August 2008

Heath Ledger and Mary-Kate Olsen

The Heath Ledger story seems unlikely to fade away in the near future, particularly as The Dark Knight does a roaring trade at the box office. It is also likely to continue as the buzz for the first posthumous Oscar since 1976 (Peter Finch for Network, if I am not mistaken) builds. The story will also continue as long as Mary-Kate Olsen maintains her silence, refuses to talk to investigators, and asks for immunity from prosecution if she does talk.

The facts that we do know is that the masseuse that found the unconscious or dead heath Ledger made calls to Mary-Kate before she called 911, we also know that the masseuse called again after paramedics arrived, and we know that Mary-Kate sent around her personal bodyguards. Mary-Kate's lawyer is maintaining that the starlet has told investigators all that she knows and therefore any further questioning is unwarranted and unnecessary.

It would seem that the investigators do not believe this and have gone so far as to obtain a subpoena. The subpoena by its very nature will compel Mary-Kate to testify before a grand jury if one is convened. The fact that investigators have gone to the trouble of getting subpoenas would suggest that a grand jury will be called. But law is a game in that sense and the threat of a grand jury is like shaking a tree and seeing what falls out.

It would seem that the investigators into the unnatural death of Ledger suspect that at least some of the drugs in the lethal cocktail of drugs that killed him were illegally obtained. The suggestion is that the prescriptions used were forged. The interest in Mary-Kate and the desire for investigators to follow-up with her could infer certain things but the allegations where these inferences are likely to lead have not been made public. Yet, most people should be able to join the dots on this one.

The claim for immunity immediately suggests that there is some degree of illegality involved that requires the maker of the statements, in this case Mary-Kate, needs protection from. I would have thought pleading the Fifth might have been an option in terms of not incriminating yourself at all. It is also interesting because Mary-Kate is the only person who investigators have wanted to speak to who has been reluctant to talk or who has claimed a need for immunity to be granted before speaking. Nevertheless, the other possibility is that all publicity is good publicity and drawing this thing out maximizes exposure.

There are drawbacks to maximum exposure like that the more coverage this gets the more it draws people out of the woodwork and then allows the investigators to put together a chronology of events even without Mary-Kate's testimony.

I enjoy watching the legal machinations unfold. After all it is my thing! My expertise is in this area.

Maybe there will be updates on this as things unfold or unravel, depending on which side of the fence you stand!

7 comments:

the writer said...

OMG that girl looks like a granny. I don't know what's wrong with girls nowadays, they want to look older than their age.

About the law thing, do you like John Grisham novel? I'm suspecting something like that either you like it or loathe it LOL

Rob Baiton said...

Writer One...

I guess it is a hard life being a child star and that it ages you before your time!

Never been a big reader of fiction. Always been an avid reader of non-fiction crime stuff!

the writer said...

I guess so, it's just a bit absurd to see Kim Cattrall reaching 50 but still looks 30 and this girl, in her early twenties, I suppose?, she looks like someone over 40.

Rishardana said...

On a different note Heath was totally awesome as Batman's arch enemy. If and when he gets the nod for Oscar will be thoroughly deserving.

Now Morgan Freeman (the guy who plays Lucius) was having a near fatal accident ... some article I read already mentioned curse around TDK. It will only help the already record breaking box office.

On the topic, even if the investigators able to put Mary-Kate on the witness stand, can she still refuse to give information using First Amandement ? She may want to go to jail (following footsteps of Paris and Nicole) for contempt of court :)

GJ said...

I'm no expert here, but there are no dots to join. She's guilty as hell, of something, maybe only being stupid!! but still guilty!!!!

Rob Baiton said...

Rish...

Not much into curses, but perhaps a case could be made for one as a few of the stars of the flick have either died, had a run in with the law, or a near death experience...

Pleading the Fifth!

If she does not answer the subpoena she would go to jail for contempt.

GJ...

If I had to guess, then it is my guess that she is suspected of having something to do with the phony prescriptions.

Or the phone calls relate to tidying up the scene before the paramedics and the coppers arrived.

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