Jersey Shore's Snooki: 'Drunk and Criminally Annoying'?
As previously noted on FindLaw's Celebrity Justice, Jersey Shore Cast member Nicole Polizzi, better known to the western world as Snooki, was arrested for on July 30 for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, etc. As you may recall, Snooki was arrested after an afternoon of boozing and evidently annoying other people in the general vicinity of the pint-sized pop culture phenom.
Specifically, during the filming of an episode of the MTV reality hit Jersey Shore in July, Snooki became intoxicated, disorderly and was bothering other patrons. According to the New York Daily News, Snooki later said she had been drinking tequila for hours before her arrest and doesn't actually recall actually being taken into custody.
The Daily News reports today that the charges Snooki will face in court now include not only the disorderly conduct charge, but that of creating a public nuisance and being "criminally annoying." If this were a crime outside of the state of New Jersey, the cast of every reality show would be looking at jail time. The offense everyone is now interested in, that of being criminally annoying, is a local law that could fall under the general disorderly conduct category.
Is Snooki too pretty for jail, as reported by the Daily News? Time and one over-scheduled New Jersey judge will tell.
Update: Most of the charges against Snooki have been dismissed by the judge handling the case. Snooki will pay a modest fine and serve community service working with animals as her attorney told the court she loves to do. However, the judge did reprimand the diminutive defendant for being "self indulgent" and acting like Lindsay Lohan. He inquired of Snooki if this event was scripted or just her idea of having a good time. "Do you want to trade your dignity for a paycheck?" the judge asked. Too late?
- MTV's "Jersey Shore" reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi in court today (CNN)
- Disorderly Conduct - 2C:33-2 (New Jersey Criminal Code)
- Disturbing the Peace (FindLaw)
- Cast of 'Jersey Shore' Goes on Strike? (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice)
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