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Saying she was sending a message to any American who would consider traveling abroad to sexually exploit children, a federal judge on Friday sentenced a retired U.S. Marine captain convicted of having sex with young girls in Cambodia to life in prison. Michael Joseph Pepe, 60, was convicted in 2008 of illegal sex acts with seven girls ages 9 to 12. Six of the girls flew to the U.S. to testify at trial that Pepe, who was working as a civilian teacher in the country at the time, had drugged, bound, beat and raped them in his compound in Phnom Penh.
August 24, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Former Hollywood fundraiser Aaron Tonken was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Monday for defrauding donors and underwriters of star-studded charity galas he organized. Tonken, 38, pleaded guilty last year to one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. As part of a plea agreement, Tonken received the minimum sentence of 63 months in prison from U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer in Los Angeles. The fundraiser also was ordered to pay about $3.8 million in restitution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
In a Perry Mason-like turn of events, federal prosecutors in the criminal trial of private detective Anthony Pellicano put a witness on the stand Friday to further impeach Pellicano's co-defendant, former Police Sgt. Mark Arneson -- only to have Arneson's attorney impeach the witness and raise the specter of a mistrial for the former cop. Pellicano is facing multiple counts of wiretapping and racketeering. Arneson, one of four co-defendants, faces charges of racketeering and illegal access of law enforcement databases to get confidential information for Pellicano.
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