Former private investigator Anthony Pellicano has a reputation for bravado, which was on full display Tuesday morning as he instructed a judge and a courtroom full of lawyers on legal procedure -- from the downtown Los Angeles jail where he is awaiting trial on illegal wiretapping and racketeering charges.
Pellicano is accused of eavesdropping on opponents of his Hollywood and business clients to gain information that would help his clients in legal battles. Based on similar allegations, he also faces civil lawsuits, which were the subject of a court hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Pellicano officially "appeared" at the hearing via speaker phone, noting how difficult it was to get a line out from his current location.
Saying that he had been served with about only half the suits against him, he instructed lawyers on how to fulfill their duties: Send summonses to the prison, where "the deputies can bring me downstairs and serve me in about five minutes," he said.