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Fatal Desire (2006) PORTABLE

Fatal desire tells the story of the first Internet-related murder in the United States. Sharee Miller is a 27-year-old fiancee, when interviewing with Jerry Cassaday in an Internet chat room. Soon they are in the real life begin a passionate affair. Cassaday plan to have a second chance to fall in love with Miller, and makes plans for their future together. During this time, Miller leads a double life full of lies. His talent for deception and manipulation reach their summit with the murder of the husband of Miller and the suicide of his lover.

Fatal Desire (2006)

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Twin Peaks the Return (2006, Your Mom). That's not a diss, it's just... what it is! Eric "JERSEYGUY" Roberts works at a casino, does a lil sex chat with Anne "SEXYKITTEN4ONLYYOU" Heche and shit gets melodramatic in the way only a true Lifetime gem can. Just about lost it when Heche makes a dirty tape for Roberts called "For JOE's eyes ONLY" and there's a scene of him, kinda confused or sleepy I don't know what, watching her spread her legs on his bigass 2006 LCD TV while the subs read [slot machines whirring]

May-December Union. It did, except that I probably should have watched the Forensic Files version before seeing the Lifetime movie. It was a lot easier to buy Anne Heche as an irresistible femme fatale than the real woman who inspired Fatal Desire.

Lisa Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago:"Fatal Desire takes on the question of how female actresses' physical presence had an effect on generic developments and practices on both the stage and the page. Through readings that are subtle, thorough, and finely wrought from both a critical and theoretical point of view, Marsden adroitly and consistently elucidates how the female figure at the center of tragedy provides a useful gauge of such significant social, political, and cultural concerns as the management of female sexuality and desire, the status of masculine authority, and the articulation of national character."

This made for TV thriller is based on a book entitled "Fatal Error," which is almost what this film turned out to be. Toward the end, once the murder actually takes place, "Fatal Desire" picks up a little speed to a somewhat unexpected conclusion. The movie spends too much time on background, even attempting unsuccessfully to introduce a subplot involving Joe's (Eric Roberts) son who is caught in the middle of his father's chaotic lifestyle. Along these same lines, Tanya (Anne Heche), the troubled woman Joe meets via a chat room on the net, has a daughter, who once introduced nearly disappears from the story. The plot, based on a true story, sounds exciting on the surface. A lonely divorced man, Joe, begins meeting women online, which spices up his life. A co-worker at the casino where he works continually hits on him, even informing him that she hasn't had sex in twelve months. Joe views her as a good friend, someone to whom he can talk and confide his feelings. She warns him about the dangers of net dating. He becomes drawn to an online femme fatale, Tanya, who not only comes on to him but even sends him revealing photos through his e-mail. The couple ultimately meet and seem to be very compatible. One problem, Tanya is married. The two begin to spend time together when suddenly Tanya informs Joe that she is pregnant with his baby. Tanya claims that her husband is abusive. She e-mails Joe pictures of her bruises; then tells him that she has lost the baby as a result of the beatings and a gang rape that her husband engineered. This sends Joe over the edge with predictable results.Anne Heche takes the acting accolades without any real competition. Her part even involves a salacious dance or two including vocals. She plays her role so well that she convinces the audience of her sincerity yet is also believable when her true colors start showing. Unfortunately, Eric Roberts, who looks aged and tired, seems to be walking through his portrayal of the complex character Joe. Could be that he has played this type person so often that he has become burnt out. The others in the cast are adequate, especially the actress playing Joe's co-worker and confidant. The last fifteen minutes are worthwhile, if you can stay awake through the first hour and a half. This is one of those shows that should have been much better, with such an intriguing premise. That chat rooms and net dating services rely on fantasy and wish fulfillment that often lead to unrealistic and even dangerous consequences is a subject that still needs to be explored more fully in a suspense film.

The popular 45-year-old Dutch actress Sylvia Millecam died in August 2001 from untreated advanced breast cancer. She refused standard medical treatment and sought solace in many alternative healers, including three medical physicians. The Dutch Healthcare Inspection accused the three physicians of malpractice and asked the Medical Disciplinary Tribunal to pass judgment. In April 2006 one physician was struck from the physician register and the other two were suspended for 1 year and 6 months, respectively. These unusually severe measures were based mainly on the fact that they had neglected professional standards as defined by specialty boards, they had presented themselves as professional physicians and they had not tried hard enough to convince Millecam of the need for standard treatment. The Tribunal did not accept the strong desire of the patient to undergo only alternative treatment as a defence. Notably, the judgment of the Tribunal seems to be more severe than the present bylaws of medical-scientific bodies and the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG), which are apparently too lenient regarding the use of alternative treatments by their members.

The trial of a criminal complaint before five jurors was not a nullity as a matter of constitutional law [824], and the defendant's failure to execute a written waiver of his right to be tried by fewer than six jurors was not fatal to the validity of the trial, as the Commonwealth forfeited any such claim when it failed to object to proceeding on the basis of the defendant's oral waiver, taken after a full colloquy under oath [824-825].

Several days after the verdict, the Commonwealth moved to return the case to the trial list on the grounds that as a constitutional matter, "a jury of five is not a legitimate fact finder." Alternatively, the Commonwealth contended that even if such a trial was constitutionally permissible with Dery's consent, Dery's failure to execute a written waiver of his right to be tried by a full jury, as required by Mass. R. Crim. P. 19 (b), 378 Mass. 888 (1979), [Note 3] was fatal to its validity. The judge denied the motion, and the Commonwealth petitioned a single justice of this court for relief pursuant to G. L. c. 211, 3. The single justice reserved and reported the case without decision to the full court. We deny the Commonwealth's petition for relief. [Note 4]

Dery's failure to execute a written waiver of his right to be tried by fewer than six jurors, as required by rule 19 (b), is fatal to the validity of the trial, we conclude that the Commonwealth forfeited any such claim when it failed to object to proceeding on the basis of Dery's oral waiver, taken after a full colloquy under oath. While a written waiver (of a jury trial) is an important procedural safeguard deemed necessary by the Legislature to preserve trial by jury as a "basic and fundamental right in our judicial system," Commonwealth v. Osborne, 445 Mass. 776, 780 (2006) (citing G. L. c. 263, 6), [Note 5] it is a safeguard "for the benefit of a criminal defendant" (emphasis supplied). Id. The requirement set forth in rule 19 (b) that the defendant execute a written waiver to be tried by fewer than six jurors serves a similar purpose. [Note 6] We fail to see how subjecting Dery to a second trial would safeguard his statutory and constitutional rights to a jury trial, further the purpose of rule 19 (b), or further any proper interest of the Commonwealth in this case. Therefore, we decline to exercise our supervisory powers under G. L. c. 211, 3, and deny the Commonwealth's motion.

[Note 2] Dery represents that in agreeing to consent to a reduced jury, he considered his satisfaction with the five jurors empanelled in the case; the state of the Commonwealth's case (only one of three listed police witnesses appeared in court ready to testify); his desire to have the case resolved; and the burden of traveling to court (and missing work) on another day. 041b061a72


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