Friday, January 21, 2011

Fountain female faces felony flap

Cathy Cruz Marrero, now famous for failing into a fountain in a mall in Reading, PA, apparently has had a status hearing on five felony charges -- including theft by deception and receiving stolen property from a store in that mall.

Marrero was apparently looking into suing the mall, on the (postulated) basis that the mall was involved in facilitating circulation of the video, which made Marrero look bad.

One wonders whether there is an IP issue here? Is there a right of negative publicity? noted:

Marrero's attorney, James Polyak, said he wants to know the identities of the security personnel at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing responsible for making the video public, as nearly 2 million people have watched his client stumble obliviously into the fountain.

"I was like, 'I'm hoping nobody saw me. So let me just walk away,'" Marrero said, adding a word of advice to the digitally obsessed: "Do not text and walk. … The fountain could have been empty. ... I could have walked into a bus, you know. ... I could have got hit by a car. It can happen anywhere ... anywhere."

Marrero has her own legal problems, having been charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property in October 2009. Her next court date is April 21, where she likely will be sentenced to six months of house arrest and electronic monitoring for allegedly using a co-worker's credit cards to purchase jewelry worth thousands of dollars without authorization, ABC said.


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