Houston based playwright Je’Caryous Johnson is celebrating while thanking God tonight after winning a major lawsuit.
Johnson was sued this year by national radio host and author Michael Baisden.
Baisden claimed in a civil lawsuit that his work was ripped off by Johnson.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges Johnson conspired with his business partner Gary Guidry to tour the stage-plays Men Cry in the Dark and the Maintenance Man without Baisden’s permission.
Court documents indicate Baisden is the author of the two works.
Johnson was also accused of selling dvd’s of the productions without Baisden’s consent.
Monday a Harris County civil court jury ruled in Johnson’s favor.
How? A spokesperson for Johnson says:
“Michael actually gave them permission to do the play based on his books, but later claimed the rights had expired. A jury disagreed, saying there was no copyright infringement.”
Late Monday afternoon Johnson sent out this text to friends, supporters, and family members:
“We just WON!!!! We just WON our lawsuit with Michael Baisden!!!! Thank you Jesus!! When you are for us who can be against us!!”
- Ical, 51, a transgendered individual, was found partially clothed in a field at 4300 Garrott about 2 p.m. on January 10, 2010.
- Mundy, 24, was found in a field at 300 St. Charles about 4 p.m. on June 18, 2010. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with a male outside the downtown Greyhound bus station.
- Rodriguez, a transgendered individual, was found inside his residence at 207 Frawley about 8 a.m. on September 13, 2010.
- Long was found near a stairwell of a building at 1700 San Jacinto about 6:20 a.m. on September 30, 2010. DNA evidence developed Ward as a suspect in the case and he (Ward) confessed to his role and was charged in Long’s murder.
- Flood, 62, was also found lying near a stairwell of a building, at 1600 Louisiana about 5:10 p.m. on October 10, 2010.
|Greg Groogan wins another major award!|
Congratulations to FOX 26’s Greg Groogan and Mark Muller. The hard working local reporter and photographer won a first place prize in education reporting from the Education Writers Association based in Washington, D.C. The Insite was told Greg and Mark beat out such major news organizations like NBC, PBS, and others to take the #1 spot. Congratulations Greg and Mark. You guys are awesome!
Damali Keith has just learned Jessica Tata is already in Nigeria – go to MyFoxHouston.com for more details!
The 22 year old wanted in the death of four children who died while in her daycare is already in Nigeria. FOX 26 reporter Damali Keith says American investigators are trying to find ways to get her back into this country. Prosecutors filed charges against Tata for endangering the lives of the kid at her daycare. Those children according to court records were left alone in the the daycare while Tata was gone. There was also a pot left on the stove investigators believe lead to the fire. Tune into FOX 26 news at 5pm for more details!
http://myfoxhouston.com for more details!
You know him as the face of the Houston Police Department.
He is John Cannon.
When there is a major story involving crime in Houston John is usually out on the scene for HPD.
The public information officer comes into your home just as much as any local reporter via tv.
The Insite spotted Cannon in downtown Houston Monday likely on a stroll after lunch.
John, that makes you the celebrity sighting of the DAY!
The Insite hears a large group of contract workers got their walking papers this morning at the Johnson Space Center.
One worker says at least 20+ people were let go.
This transition by the space agency is not a surprise to those in the industry.
Since the federal government decided to cut back on manned space missions it was assumed NASA would see some significant downsizing.
The companies we hear that are involved in the contract are MEI Technologies, DB Consulting, and Wyle Labs.
So far the Insite has not been able to reach officials for a comment today.
FOX 26’s Damali Keith has learned the daycare owner, who now faces criminal charges, attempted to leave the country over the weekend. 22 year old Jessica Tata may have been stopped in Atlanta while trying to leave the country. Tata is a native of Nigeria and Keith’s sources say that’s where the daycare owner was heading before being stopped. It was last week when four kids were killed in a fire at the Houston daycare Tata operates. We’ll continue to follow this story and bring you more today at 5 pm.
Details from February 24, 2011:
Around 1:30 p.m., the Houston Fire Department received a report of a fire in a single-family home in the 2810 Crest Park Lane, in west Houston. The home was operated as a licensed daycare center under the name, Jackie’s Child Care.
Firefighters arrived to find fire and smoke coming from the two-story structure. Upon further inspection firefighters found two children outside the rear of the home, and five children still inside.
The ages of the children ranged from approximately 18 months to 3 years of age.
In all, seven children were transported to area hospitals by ambulance. Four of them were transported with CPR in progress. Three children were pronounced dead at three separate hospitals.
The identification of the children was being withheld pending notification of relatives. The caregiver was also transported to an area hospital.
The case is under investigation by the Houston Fire Department Arson Division, Houston Police and State Family and Protective Services investigators. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
You can call it a huge upgrade. Fox 26 photographer Torrey ‘T-DUB’ Walker has upgraded the wheels on his Avalanche. Walker has gone from the standard issue tire to 24’s. Walker, who hates attention, allowed the Insite to snap these photos only after I threatened to flatten his New 24 inch rims with Thor’s hammer. Roll on T-DUB!
The Insite made a quick weekend trip to Los Angeles. It was to make an appearance on the Comedy Central show Tosh.0. While I was there to work I also tok in some of the sights during the big Oscar weekend. Here are some of the pictures I snapped in and around Culver City. It’s where Comedy Central shares a set with the Tennis Channel!