Angelina Jolie’s 2011 directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” has her in some hot water.
Croatian journalist James Braddock says Jolie ripped off his work. Jolie says she never read anything by him.
Jolie lives in California but the lawsuit was filed in Chicago. Jolie would like the case dismissed but if it is not dismissed – she would at least like the case to be moved to California because nothing she did on the film “occurred in the state of Illinois.”
In all likelihood if this lawsuit moves forward, it will wind up in California but there are no guarantees here. The final decision ultimately rests with the judge.
Judges wield extraordinary and largely unchallenged power. A judge in this case will decide if Jolie stole ideas for her film or if the plaintiff is a loon looking to strike it rich.
Good judges strive to wield this power wisely, which is why we as citizens need to pay attention to the individuals we elect to serve on the bench. There are many judicial elections all across the state of Illinois. It is up to citizens to educate themselves about the various judicial candidates on the ballot on March 20th and make sure to cast an informed vote.
One of the best resources to learn about judicial candidates is online at www.illinoisjudges.net. This site provides links to news articles and other information about judges on the ballot throughout the entire state of Illinois. Too much is at stake this year to skip these important down ballot races.