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November 25, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
A prominent Los Angeles attorney was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison and fined $250,000 for conspiring with Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's former wife. Terry Christensen, 67, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to three years on supervised release after his prison term. He will remain free pending an appeal. Christensen was found guilty by a federal jury in August.
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September 26, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
The young girl stood at the podium in a cavernous federal courtroom in downtown Los Angeles, 8,000 miles and a world away from her native Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A prosecutor offered her a wooden footstool to stand on so she could better see the judge, but the girl declined. She eyed the defendant, who had done unspeakable things to her and six other girls. He was seated just a few feet away with a smirk on his face.
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December 16, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Kim is a Times staff writer.
Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for running an illegal wiretapping operation that gathered information for a list of well-to-do clients, including celebrities, attorneys and business executives. U.S. District Judge Dale S.
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January 10, 2008 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Wednesday agreed to allow Anthony Pellicano to represent himself at his wiretapping trial next month, but only after repeatedly warning the indicted private eye that the move was risky. Noting the complexity of the more than 100 wiretapping and conspiracy charges facing Pellicano and five codefendants, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer tried several times to persuade him to reconsider his decision to relieve his attorneys.
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August 11, 2006 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys in the racketeering and wiretapping case of private investigator Anthony Pellicano and six others have agreed to postpone a scheduled trial date until February because the defense needs more time to prepare. The postponement, described in court papers filed late Wednesday, still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer.
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March 20, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Former private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five codefendants pleaded not guilty Monday to a new wiretapping and racketeering indictment after a contentious hearing over potentially crucial evidence. Throughout the 90-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys clashed over whether the government has turned over a mountain of tapes, FBI interviews and other evidence in a timely manner.
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April 16, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
The federal judge hearing the criminal case against Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano denied a request Tuesday for a mistrial from one of his co-defendants, former Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Mark Arneson. But before she ruled, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer stopped the trial for the day and sent the jury home so she could hold a hearing on Arneson's motion.
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December 18, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
In their most contentious court hearing to date, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping case sparred Monday over whether the government's conduct in the long-running investigation should invalidate crucial evidence, including a search warrant for the onetime private eye's offices. With only two months before the scheduled start of trial, U.S. District Judge Dale S.
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November 27, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday agreed to hold an unusual evidentiary hearing to explore defense allegations of government misconduct in the wiretapping prosecution of private investigator Anthony Pellicano. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer was a rare victory for attorneys of the former private eye to the stars.
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March 13, 2008 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Tearfully confronting her former boss, a key government witness in the racketeering trial of Anthony Pellicano told a federal jury Wednesday that she feared for her life after telling the FBI and a grand jury about the indicted private investigator's alleged wiretapping and other crimes. "I was shattered. I was so scared . . . about your retaliation," a seemingly terrified Tarita Virtue said to Pellicano, who is acting as his own defense attorney.
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